United brought in Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in a swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan make a move to the Emirates.
Besides Sanchez’s £350,000-a-week wages, the deal potentially cost the Red Devils absolutely nothing. However, manager Jose Mourinho believes if a price tag had been put on the Chilean starlet, it would have cost United a fortune.
The Special One claimed that Sanchez’s move was not about the money, though he did label the former Gunners’ talisman as a player worth £100-150 million.
Mourinho stated: “I don’t know. I know that if other clubs didn’t get it it’s not a problem of money for sure. You go and analyze the numbers and Manchester City, Chelsea, even Everton spend more money than us.
“You have to put things in perspective – how much would Alexis Sanchez cost in a normal transfer with three years left on his contract? Look at the numbers now and I would say roughly between £100-150 million.
“Alexis could go everywhere, he had lots of choices, he decided to come here and you have to ask him why. Was expensive? Was cheap? Honestly, I think it was fair. I think it’s a very good deal for us.”
The Portuguese tactician, who penned downed a new contract at Old Trafford on Thursday, discussed the Chilean’s deal using ‘a philosophical metaphor’.
“Alexis reminds me a little bit the metaphor when you see a tree with amazing oranges in the top of the tree and then you cannot get there and you say I got the lower ones because I don’t like the ones in the top.
“You like the ones in the top, they are so nice and so orange and so round, so full of juice, but you cannot get there. So you say I didn’t want to go there or I prefer the other ones. I think it reminds me a little bit of that story,” Mourinho added.
United signed Sanchez from right under the noses of cross-city rivals City, after the 29-year-old had already agreed to personal terms with the Cityzens.
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