Jose Mourinho says that clubs are "paying too much" for players but, oddly enough, doesn’t think that Manchester United are part of the problem.
Mourinho's United hold the record for the most expensive transfer ever (Paul Pogba for £89.3m in 2016) and have spent around £121m this transfer window, including £75m for Romelu Lukaku, a player Mourinho allowed to leave Chelsea for Everton for £28 million in 2014.
"Every club is getting good players," Mourinho told the BBC. "Every club is investing a lot and some clubs are paying too much and by paying too much they create a very strange and out-of-control market."
José Mourinho has identified Tottenham as strong rivals to win the Premier League title next season and compared his challenge at Man Utd to the one he faced previously at Real Madrid, insisting the club had been left behind in “the evolution of football” when he succeeded Louis van Gaal last summer. Asked how he assessed his chances of making United champions again, Mourinho said: “I don’t think we are big candidates for the title but we are [candidates]. Everybody speaks about the dimension of the investment at Man City [so far just below £220m] but there is another team that I feel the dimension of their investment is also phenomenal – Tottenham. Until now they spent zero pounds, right? They keep everybody they want to keep. They keep Dele Alli, [Harry] Kane and [Toby] Alderweireld, they keep Eric Dier, they keep everyone they want to keep. “We spent big money on a striker because, with strikers, you either spend [big] or you don’t get,” said Mourinho. “And we spent because of what happened to Zlatan [Ibrahimovic, who has a serious knee injury] and we cannot allow ourselves to be without an important, strong striker for the first six months of the season.” Via @guardian #footballplanetcom #manutd #mourinho #josemourinho #manchesterunited #summerwindow #transferwindow #summersignings #chelsea #tottenham #tottenhamhotspur #realmadrid Link in bio ⬆️
Mourinho’s issue is not with a few big clubs paying massive fees for a few star players, but with the rest of the Premier League willing to up their spending as well.
"I always thought the problem is not what you pay for these kind of (top) players, I don't think the problem is what you pay for Pogba, I don't think the problem is going to pay crazy for Neymar," he told several newspapers, quoted by Sky Sports.
"I think the problem is with the other group, which is a big group because players like Pogba, there is one or two transfers per transfer window. The other ones are where you have 100 transfers and for me, that is the dangerous area of the market.
"Some clubs are paying or they don't buy because they don't accept the numbers that are now ruling the market, or to do it they have to go the same levels and for me that's what worries me a little bit because now we speak about £30m, £40m, £50m in such an easy way."
Mourinho could be referring to reports in The Telegraph saying that Everton could buy Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea City for between £45m to £50m, or reports in The Mirror that Leicester City will not sell Riyad Mahrez for less than £50m.
"But this is the reality now," the Portuguese coach admitted. Last season saw the £5.14 billion Premier League TV rights deal kick in, ensuring that each side earns £84.4m for competing in the Premier League.
With the rest of the money distributed according to performance and TV revenue, most top-flight clubs are earning over £120m per season.