Jose Mourinho has said Neymar’s inevitable world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain is “not expensive,” but added the consequences of the fee could be.
Neymar is on the verge of a €222 million move to Paris after Barcelona stated on Wednesday the Brazilian wants to leave the Camp Nou.
He said: “When we paid that amount for Paul I [said] that he was not expensive. Expensive are the ones that get into a certain level with a certain quality, I think Neymar is going to happen the same, I don’t think he’s expensive.
“I think he’s expensive now because you are going to have more players of £100 million and £80 million and £60 million and I think that’s the problem because Neymar is one of the best players in the world.
“Commercially he’s very strong and PSG thought about it, so I don’t think the problem is Neymar, it’s the consequences.”
Mourinho has expended close to £150 million during the summer to bring Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic to Old Trafford.
But with a month still to go, the United manager admits he would like one more new arrival.
“The squad is good and as I told a few months ago I was hoping for four players to improve the squad and the club did a fantastic job by getting three of them which is difficult in the crazy market where we are now.
“To get three out of four I thank the club for that, I would be happier if they give me four of four but they did a great job.”