Jose Mourinho has surprised many in world football with his latest comments, wherein he dubbed Neymar’s £199 million transfer to PSG as ‘not expensive’.
Neymar’s proposed record-breaking transfer to Paris Saint-Germain has been the talk of the football town over the last few days.
The Brazilian superstar is set to become the world’s costliest footballer, and that too by some margin. Neymar’s £199 million transfer will dwarf Paul Pogba’s big-money return to Man Utd last summer.
While football pundits and fans are busy slating the transfer fee involved in this massive transfer, however, Jose Mourinho has come to the defense of the deal.
The Portuguese coach was talking to the press after wrapping up United’s pre-season, and he stated: “When we paid that amount for Paul I told that he was not expensive. Expensive are the ones that get into a certain level without a certain quality.”
The 54-year-old then confessed his admiration for the quality that Neymar possesses, by adding: “I think with Neymar it’s going to happen the same, I don’t think he’s expensive for £200 million, I don’t think he’s expensive.”
However, the Portuguese coach also indicated that market would get affected because of the Brazilian’s transfer, by claiming: “I think he’s expensive the fact that now you are going to have more players of £100 million and you are going to have more players at £80 million and you are going to have more players at £60 million.”
Notably, Mourinho had ruled out a transfer for Neymar away from Barcelona back in March, when he had assured the media: “I always try to be objective and pragmatic with the clubs and ask the clubs for what can be given to me. Neymar is absurd. A club like Barcelona cannot and will not lose Neymar.”
Interestingly, the Red Devils had tried to sign Neymar two years ago, but their pursuit ended in failure.
Written by Shorya Panwar
Has 20+ years of experience managing Schalke in Football Manager 2017. Believes wing-backs are the most complete footballers in the modern/evolved football. Writes weird stuff on his personal blog.