Jose Mourinho Says Paul Pogba Will Make Manchester United Transfer Look 'Cheap'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2017

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11:  Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United gives instruction to Paul Pogba during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on December 11, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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While Paul Pogba hasn't had an ideal transition to Manchester United after his world-record transfer from Juventus, United manager Jose Mourinho is confident the 23-year-old will prove worth the investment.

Mourinho said the continued inflation of transfer fees will work to Pogba's benefit, per the Telegraph's Mike Whalley:

I am pretty sure that next summer some players with only half his quality probably will cost the same money or more so I am waiting for that moment to release him from the scrutiny. I think in a couple of years you will realise he was cheap but I have to admit that not many clubs have this vision of anticipation of what can happen in the near future. A few years ago £25 million was a phenomenal player. Today, £25 million is not even a player, it is a prospect of a player. Now, if you want to buy a good prospect, a good 20-year-old player who can be fantastic, you are paying as if the player is already a big player.

Mourinho isn't necessarily far off the mark.

For eight years, Zinedine Zidane held the distinction of being the world's most expensive player following his £46.2 million move from Juventus to Real Madrid in July 2001. In September 2015, Manchester United paid £36 million—with the possibility of the fee rising to £58 million—for the services of 19-year-old Anthony Martial, who had appeared in only career 52 Ligue 1 matches.

Finding value on the transfer market isn't impossible, but it's becoming increasingly rare, especially since Premier League clubs have money to burn after the league secured a £5.1 billion domestic television package.

Chinese clubs are beginning to flex their financial muscle as well, and they have to pay over the odds in order to entice players to join a league where the standard of competition is well below that of Europe's top competitions.

Few could've envisioned Oscar fetching a £60 million transfer fee, which is what Shanghai SIPG paid Chelsea to sign the Brazilian midfielder.

In an interview with Sky Sport Italia (h/t Goal), Cristiano Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, claimed a Chinese club offered Madrid a €300 million transfer fee to bring Ronaldo aboard.

After a rough readjustment to the Premier League, Pogba has begun to find his footing in England following his return to Manchester United. While he still has a long way to go to justify the club's outlay, he could still become a bit of a bargain over time should transfer fees maintain their current upward trend.