Manchester United are set to break the world transfer record on Paul Pogba, who left Old Trafford four years ago in search of first-team football.
It’s understood the Red Devils will pay over £90 million for the France international - the total fee could even reach close to £100 million - and to some people, spending such an extraordinary amount of money on one player is nothing short of obscene.
Others, such as Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, believe spending £100m on one player goes against what football is all about.
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In fact, Klopp has vowed to walk away from football if the sport becomes more about spending money on the world’s best players and less about building a great team spirit.
But if last season proved anything, it’s that buying the most expensive players in the transfer market doesn’t always guarantee success. Just ask Louis van Gaal and Claudio Ranieri for their thoughts.
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Klopp hints United spending £100m on Pogba is wrong
“Other clubs can go out and spend more money and collect top players, yes,” Klopp was quoted as saying by the Mirror, before dropping a hint about Man Utd’s imminent deal for Pogba. “But if you bring one player in for £100million or whatever, and he gets injured, then it all goes through the chimney.
“Do I have to do it differently to that? Actually, I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money.
“I want a special team spirit – I don’t feel it is necessary, I want it.”
Klopp continued: "You can’t say at the end, 'Only 11 best players will play together and let’s see what happens.' The day that this is football, I’m not in a job anymore. Because the game is about playing together.
“That is why somebody invented passes — so these players can play together. It’s not about running with the ball because you can do it all the time.
"But building the group is not my unique idea, it is necessary to be successful in football.”
Leicester City proved money isn't everything
Indeed, Leicester City - 5,000/1 outsiders before a ball was kicked last season - produced arguably the biggest shock in football history by winning the Premier League title on a shoestring budget.
It was their magnificent team spirit which saw them cross the finish line in pole position, but whether Jose Mourinho - with his new galaxy of stars - will be able to do the same this season remains to be seen.
Klopp: There are many promising players on the way up
Klopp added: “If you all swim in the same pool, the pool is too small - you all go for the same players.
“There are a lot of players outside that pool — good players on to the next step in their career. We try to find them. The best player of the last season is good to know, but it is more interesting trying to find out who will be the best one next year.
“If you knew it now, that would be a really cool transfer! It would be much cheaper too. That is what we work for.
“It is not about being creative because creative is cool or something, it is about finding the players who can make the next step with us.”
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