Jose Mourinho has offered a simple explanation as to why Manchester United beat Chelsea to the signature of Romelu Lukaku.
United spent a British record £75million on signing Lukaku from Everton this summer, despite the Belgian having been courted by Premier League champions Chelsea.
The Belgian has already scored five goals in as many games for the club since joining, quickly hitting the ground running at Old Trafford despite a difficult working relationship with Mourinho previously.
Lukaku failed to break through at Chelsea under the Portuguese before being sold in 2013, and many felt he would choose to return to the Blues as a result.
Mourinho denied that he had any “influence” over the deal, and that United simply paying the money necessary helped facilitate the move.
“I don’t think it was my influence, no. I think we paid the money that Everton asked for and we paid the player the wages that his agent asked for and we paid the agents the commission that they asked for.
“I think that was the way. I don’t see another reason. We paid what Everton asked for. The seller club is the club that decides the amount the buying club pays or doesn’t pay. With Romelu my club decided to pay and they got him.”