Jose Mourinho finally got his man yesterday as Chelsea completed the signing of Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado.
The deal could only be completed once Andre Schurrle had confirmed his move to Wolfsburg, and Mohamed Salah joined Fiorentia on loan until the end of the season as part of the deal for Cuadrado.
But as well as having a world class winger in Cuadrado joining his already impressive squad at Stamford Bridge, it appears Mourinho’s transfer activity since re-joining the Blues 18-months ago is just as impressive.
Mourinho has spent just short of £200m on building a side capable of winning the Premier League, but has recouped a massive £134m in getting rid of the talent he didn’t want – leaving him with a net spend of just £62.8m. Not exactly a large price to pay for domestic domination.
Meanwhile, Man United’s net spend over that same period is over £175m, despite them trying to the exact same as their Premier League rivals. They’re trying to return to the top of English football, but so far are falling short of expectations.
Mourinho is a shrewd operator in the transfer window, and the numbers below prove it…
Chelsea net spend since Mourinho returned: £62.8m Man United net spend in same period: £176.9m pic.twitter.com/pNEjHuGiCV
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) February 3, 2015