Jose Mourinho believes Romelu Lukaku would have cost Manchester United £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
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