Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Liverpool’s purchase of Andy Carroll was inflated by the price of Fernando Torres, after the Spanish striker departed to Chelsea for £50 million.
"It was a transfer where one goes in and one goes out, which explains the exact amount of the transfer," Wenger said.
"You do not consider [how Liverpool] have spent that money - they used the money they got from the Torres transfer on two players, and for me they have done well.
"I think this kind of transfer was a bit special because what went on Carroll came from the Torres transfer.”
Carroll moved from Newcastle to Liverpool in the January transfer period for £35 million, a record momentarily held and broken by Torres’ £50 million move to Chelsea.
Some argued that Carroll’s fee of £35 million was inflated, considering the starlet was only 21 years old and had played half a season in the last two years in the top flight.
Wenger attributes Liverpool’s inflated transfer fee to the top dollar received for Torres, which in turn allowed Liverpool to use a majority of their funds on second striker Luis Suarez as well as Carroll.
“In this kind of opportunity you can understand that the club spends the money because they got it in on the other side,” Wenger said.
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