Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has expressed his belief that normal players are now attracting "really crazy" transfer fees.
The Portuguese coach was offering his assessment on the state of the current market in football after Manchester City's £50m signing of Kyle Walker.
And Mourinho has admitted that the inflation in the transfer market, particularly this summer, has not been unexpected.
Mourinho on Walker: I can imagine Man City wanted to buy Walker to £25m. The market will be what people ask and what people pay.— James Robson (@jamesrobsonES) July 20, 2017
“It doesn’t surprise me, really," he said, quoted by the Independent.
“I can imagine that Man City would like to pay £25million for Kyle. I can imagine that.
“Then you have the option to pay or have the option to say no, so the market will be always what people ask and what people pays.
“The strange thing is that now I am used to paying or seeing teams paying big amounts for big players – and now everybody is paying big amounts for good players.
“There is a difference between good players and big players, and now the figures go really crazy also for normal players.”
And Mourinho added that he is not willing to pay over the odds to strengthen his squad before the window shuts in September.
"Everybody knows because I said it, very objective I would like four players and asked for four players," he said. "I'm ready to go from four to three because the market is difficult, because some clubs they think the market is different from others.
"We are not a club that is not ready to buy and buy and buy non-stop. We are not a club that is ready to pay what clubs wants us to pay, so I am ready to go from four to three. With these three, I just give a better balance to the team, to the squad and better conditions to compete."