By Russell Edge
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has accused rival sides of tapping up players in order to secure their transfers.
Under FIFA ruling, a club should not make contact with another club’s player or player’s agent without having first approached the selling side, with the parties only set to join discussions upon an agreement on the fee.
The action of making such contact without an agreement has been dubbed ‘tapping up’, and the Arsenal manager believes that a number of sides have been ignoring these rules, insisting that such actions happen every day.
He questions whether there can be any way to enforce the rules, which have seen fines and even bans placed on clubs found guilty of the illegal conduct.
When asked about the possibility of his own players being tapped up during the club’s pre-season tour in China, he was quoted by the Telegraph as saying: “What do you think? If you have top players you cannot stop it from happening. It’s frustrating.
“It happens every day. I don’t know what we need to do really because no-one has found the right solution.
“We’ve fought against this for 20 years but it still happens.
“How can you check when an agent meets a director from another club or which player speaks to who.”
This summer has already seen one major incident of an illegal approach being made, with Liverpool reported by Southampton to the Premier League over a move for defender Virgil van Dijk, which saw the Anfield club issue an apology and publicly end their pursuit.
Monaco also threatened to report “important” clubs to both the French Football League and FIFA for what they reported as unauthorised contact between the clubs and their players, namely Kylian Mbappe.
Arsenal have already seen Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette through the door, but Wenger will be hoping to see more names come in, while also hoping he can keep a hold of the likes of Alexis Sanchez this summer, despite his contractual issues.
In other Arsenal news, a club have claimed they are in talks to secure this Gunners midfielder.