Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes that world record signing Paul Pogba was a snip at £89million when he re-signed for the Old Trafford side in the summer.
The Mail Online reports that the Portuguese manager also believes that the record fee will be broken this summer - and that will help 'release' the French international from carrying the world's most expensive player tag around with him.
Having initially struggled to find his form in the early part of the season, the 23-year-old is now starting to show the form that tempted the Old Trafford outfit to break the world record. Pogba has now scored seven goals and also hit the woodwork eight times already this season.
Long-term Mourinho sees the transfer prices continuing to rise and in time the midfielder will be seen as a bargain.
"I think in a couple of years you will realise he was cheap. A few years ago £25m was a phenomenal player, now £25m is not even a player, it is a prospect of a player."
Mourinho went on to say: "I think next summer can bring a few surprises at this level and probably Paul will lose this status as the world's most expensive player which will probably be a good thing."
"I am pretty sure that next summer some players with only half his quality will cost the same money or more so I am waiting for that moment to release him from the scrutiny."
There are certainly some big name players being linked with moves away from their current clubs, including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez, Edinson Cavani and Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann.
The Old Trafford manager concluded by saying: "The most important thing for him is not to lose that happiness. I am really happy with what he did for example at Leicester and against Watford where people didn't see him so much in dangerous areas but he gave us an incredible balance; recovering the ball and starting the build up from the back."
It was really impressive and at the top of the pitch he is a guy that can score goals. He is still very young, he can be fantastic."
It will be interesting to see how Mourinho uses his influential midfielder in the next few weeks, as Manchester United have an FA Cup tie away at Blackburn, followed by the Europa Cup return leg in St-Etienne and an EFL Cup Final in the next eight days.