Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants the January transfer window to be scrapped.

The head of global development for FIFA believes the January transfer gives the out-of-favour player an excuse not to fight for a place. Wenger’s ideas include imposing limits on how much clubs can pay in wages, and reintroducing licensing for agents, as well as the abolition of the mid-season transfer window.

“I am for the abolition of the January transfer window. Managers don’t deal with this second window well,” he said in an interview with L’Equipe.

“In October, as soon as a player does not play anymore, he tries to find a solution elsewhere and waits for January to leave, he is no longer mobilized, he gives up. When you make a mistake, a player as much as a club, very well! You have to assume that responsibility.

Wenger led the Gunners to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups before stepping down in 2018. He achieved all that within a financial structure that prevented players’ salaries from spiraling out of control.


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