Mourinho blasts after Morata agrees to join Chelsea ••
Jose Mourinho has criticised the inflated figures in the transfer market and says they will not pay over the odds for ‘modest’ players.
Jose Mourinho has lashed out at the inflated fees being quoted for players in the transfer market today, and has insisted they will not be held ransom.
The Manchester United manager has seen primary target Alvaro Morata agree to join Chelsea, while they continue to struggle to land another target Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan, both due to financial disagreements with their respective clubs.
United paid Everton an initial £75 million, rising to £90m, for Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku and also signed Sweden defender Victor Lindelof, but they have so far balked at Inter Milan’s £49m valuation of Ivan Perisic.
Morata, meanwhile, is also on the verge of joining Chelsea for around £60m, £20m less than United were quoted by Real Madrid for the Spain striker.
Mourinho said he is now prepared to settle for one more signing as opposed to two after claiming United would not pay inflated fees for modest players like some rival clubs, who view the market differently.
“Everybody knows because I said I would like four players, I asked for four players, and I’m ready to go from four to three because the market is difficult, because some clubs think the market is different from others,” Mourinho said.
“We are not a club that is ready to buy and buy and buy non-stop, we are not a club that is ready to pay what clubs want us to pay so I’m ready to go from four to three. With these three it just gives us a better balance to the team and give us better conditions to compete.
“The transfer fees don’t surprise me, really. I kept saying there is big economic power at every club that allows clubs to say no. Or to say pay what I want or you don’t get it.
“I can imagine City would like to pay £25m for Kyle, I can imagine that, but I’m sure they knocked on Spurs price and they were told this is the price and if you don’t pay you don’t get.
“So you have the option to pay or not. The strange thing now is I am used to teams paying big amounts for big players. And now everybody is paying big amounts for good players. And there is a difference between good players and big players and now the figures are really crazy also for normal players.”