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 interview with The Times. 'We thought