Man Utd, Mourinho denies he 'influenced' Lukaku swoop

Romelu Lukaku may only be six games into his Manchester United career but he already looks well on the way to paying back the £75 million Jose Mourinho spent in the summer to bring him to Old Trafford. When players are similar, you can compare. Another interesting storyline to watch is Wayne Rooney returning to Old Trafford for the first time this season. What I like to see as well is the innovation.

I think this Premier League is much more defensive-minded, and much more hard.

"And football needs kids, simple kids, who just enjoy what they're doing".

Lukaku, 24, joined the Red Devils in July, ending a four-season stay at Goodison Park, after the Belgium worldwide scored 25 league goals last season and he has netted six in six in all competitions for United. 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.

The 24-year-old's missed transfer almost caused a crisis at Stamford Bridge, with Antonio Conte reportedly very frustrated at the Pensioners' failure to land Lukaku.

"He's not a bargain because we paid what Everton asked", he says. The seller club is the club that decides the amount the buying club pays or doesn't pay. "That's how it worked".

It's that power to resist financial overtures of other clubs that has transformed the landscape of the Premier League in Mourinho's view.

"The economic power belongs to everyone".

However, Mourinho said he couldn't stand in the way of England's record goalscorer when he wanted to leave. It means that every club is potentially strong. It is hard because this is the country with more teams that fight for the title.

"It is also clear that the Premier League has a much more defensive profile than it used to, and that also makes it more hard".

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