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sport news Lukaku would have cost £150m a few weeks later, says Jose

Jose Mourinho believes Romelu Lukaku would have cost £150million had he not rushed through a deal before Neymar's record-breaking move to Paris Saint-Germain.

United paid Everton £75m for Lukaku in early July, weeks before PSG smashed the world transfer record with their £198m buy of Barcelona's Neymar.

And Mourinho says had his striker purchase been left until the final days of the window, United would have faced a doubling of their transfer bill.

 Manchester United paid Premier League rivals Everton £75m for Romelu Lukaku in early July

  paid Premier League rivals Everton £75m for Romelu Lukaku in early July

Jose Mourinho believes Lukaku would have cost £150m if United had not pushed through deal

Jose Mourinho believes Lukaku would have cost £150m if United had not pushed through deal

The Premier League leaders also brought in Nemanja Matic for £40m from Chelsea and Benfica's Victor Lindelof for £30.7m as United got their business done early this summer.

And their manager says that was a deliberate ploy to avoid the bombshell Neymar's move was set to drop on the transfer market.

'I think we were very clever,' Mourinho said in an exclusive

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