Jose Mourinho admits the money Manchester United will spend on Paul Pogba is ‘crazy’.
The Red Devils have agreed a world record £89million (€105m) fee with Juventus for the French midfielder who will undergo a medical on Monday.
Asked if paying a new record amount for one player bothers Mourinho, the Portuguese acknowledged that the transfer market has forced the situation but is confident it will all be worth it in the end as Pogba is a class act.
“No, I don’t think Real Madrid was upset when they broke the record with Gareth Bale or when they broke the record with Cristiano [Ronaldo], I think that was a world record too,” he told BT Sport and MUTV after United beat Leicester City 2-1 in the Community Shield.
“When other people break records, I don’t think it’s a reason to be sad. I think it’s 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 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 that three years later it’s not crazy any more. And I think there are players that cost ten million that are super expensive because there are players who are four hundred or five hundred thousand or one million.
“What is expensive and what is not expensive in football, I don’t know any more.
“I just know that he’s a big player that is going for sure to be important for a big club like Man United. And I’m sure that every Man United fan around the world will be proud to belong to such a big club.”