Jürgen Klopp has had his say on the ludicrous sums of money being thrown around in European football and claims Lionel Messi could be the next target.
Jürgen Klopp has given his opinion on the way that Paris Saint-Germain recently demolished the previous record transfer fee paid by Manchester United for Paul Pogba last summer.
The Red Devils paid £89m to sign the Frenchman back from Juventus after seeing him develop into one of European footballs hottest midfielders but it didn’t remain a record fee for long.
Paris Saint Germain decided to pay more than double that sum for Brazilian forward Neymar, shelling out nearly £200m for his services and despite Financial Fair Play supposedly being an existing thing, are set to part with another £160m on Frenchman Kylian Mbappé. Madness.
Now, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp believes that the next big-money move could be Neymar’s Barcelona team mate Lionel Messi. A player previously thought of as untouchable.
“It’s pretty simple. Until now it was simply seen as impossible,” Klopp said.
“Then there is the list, with the release-clauses for Barcelona. Leo Messi, €300m. In a period of just a month that suddenly sounds possible too. That used to be an outrageous amount. They just set that amount randomly. I mean who would pay €300m? And now it simply happened.”
Much controversy has arisen in the middle of the Neymar transfer, with the rules of Financial Fair Play in particular called into question.
“I don’t even know if this is right,” Klopp continued.
“No coach would demand such a thing. That’s been decided on other levels and now he is a PSG player, obviously. A simple solution would be a rule. Where we want to go and where this should stop.
“The biggest clubs can decide on that, where they would want to set a limit. €150m or €550m or whatever, and then no one would complain anymore. This is a topic now since it happened for the first time.”