With Manchester United on the brink of signing Paul Pogba from Juventus and setting a new transfer record, manager Jose Mourinho is defending the reported fee of £89 million.
There’s been a lot of numbers thrown around in the summer regarding Pogba and just how much he would end up costing United. £89 million is the latest number, but that doesn’t take into account a hefty broker’s fee for agent Mino Raiola.
But despite the big price tag, Mourinho believes that it’s a reason to be proud of the club for being able to attract elite level players.
“I don’t think Real Madrid were upset when they broke the record with Gareth Bale. I don’t think it is a reason to be sad,” Mourinho said after United’s 2-1 win over Leicester in the Community Shield. “It is a reason to be proud with the dimension of the club that can do that and can attract players of this dimension.
“If you ask me if I think it is a lot of money, I think football is crazy, the market has become crazy.
“What you think this season is crazy you realise three years later is not crazy anymore. I think there are players who cost £10m who are super expensive because they are players £400,000 or £500,000 or £1m so what is expensive and not expensive in football? I don’t know anymore.
“I just know he is a big player that is going, for sure, to be important for a big club like Man United.”