Manchester United never went that high, having already spent around £150m on three other players, and the Croatia worldwide stayed in Milan this season, now playing under Luciano Spalletti and enjoying himself.
United's credentials will certainly be tested in their next game after the worldwide break - when they travel to Liverpool on October 14. With 19 of a possible 21 points, and five points clear of third place Tottenham, it will come as a shock to learn that manager Jose Mourinho isn't completely confident in his club's ability to earn a Champions League spot next season.
"They've got (Nemanja) Matic in there (now), they've got a more dynamic striker in (Romelu) Lukaku, who obviously hasn't got the quality of (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic".
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"I think they've taken a stride forward, I really do". The clash at Anfield will provide United with their first serious Premier League test of the 2017-18 campaign.
Many are hailing United's return to form as the best they have been since the Sir Alex Ferguson era, with fans and pundits slating the side to win the league.
United then face a trip to Chelsea on November 5.
The Red Devils have matched rivals Man City stride for stride this season, but while Pep Guardiola's team have locked horns with Liverpool and Chelsea over the last few weeks, United have had a relatively kind fixture list.
These reports claim that these concerns were raised as early as last season and it's what explains Valencia's absence in the Red Devil's line-up towards the end of last year's Premier League campaign.