The Red Devils boss believes Neymar’s switch to Paris Saint-Germain significantly boosted all prices on the market.
Jose Mourinho admitted that he was satisfied with Manchester United’s quick work on the market, sealing all important deals early on. The Portuguese tactician revealed that the people working at the Red Devils could feel that the market would go crazy this summer, and with Neymar joining Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million euros, they were proven right.
“I think we were very clever,” he told the Times. “We thought that something could happen that could change the market forever. Normally the last part of the market is less expensive, but this season, after Neymar everything changed – and changed for the worse in terms of prices.
“I think Lukaku on August 31 would have been £150m. Matic would have been £60m or £70m.Report: Mourinho rejects several offers amid Real Madrid talk Andrew Smyth – Jose Mourinho has reportedly turned down several job offers in Europe as he eyes up a potential shock return to Real Madrid.
“Lukaku and Matic, now, would have cost us £200m in total. But because we did it in the first part of the summer, it was much less. I think we did well in financial terms and well in preparation terms, getting them before the season started. That is not crucial but it is important.
“Neymar changed everything. If the biggest transfer in history had still been Pogba, I think Philippe Coutinho would now be in Barcelona at £101m.
“People look to the £200m figure now. Now the players of £20m became £40m, the players of £40m became £60m and everything changed.”