Whilst Paul Pogba’s record breaking transfer to Manchester United has pushed the side’s summer spending ever closer to the £200 million mark, it has also given Jose Mourinho a title of his own.
The €100 million transfer, as well as being enough to buy 1 billion freddo’s, has also pushed Jose Mourinho past the €100 billion mark for the amount that has been spent on new players under his managership.
He has not been shy to splash the cash during his time as manager, with Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Manchester United all giving the Portuguese man the funds to bring success to their club.
Whilst the boss has always had an eye for top talent, he hasn’t always made the right calls.
With that, here are FIVE of the WORST transfers of Jose Mourinho’s €1 billion spending spree
The pinnacle of poor signings.
Chelsea were in need of a top striker, and Jose Mourinho looked to the seemingly prolific Andriy Shevchenko to prove the firepower to lead Chelsea to the top of the Premier League for years to come.
In reality, Shevchenko was a flop from the moment he arrived in England.
After three long years with the club and just nine league goals to his name, he departed for Dynamo Kiev and Chelsea fans have been quick to forget that he ever existed.
Nice one Jose.
Simply put, Shaun Wright-Phillips was never good enough to hold down a regular starting spot at a top Premier League side.
He was brought in for nearly £25million by Jose, and he never really managed to nail down a spot in the Chelsea first team.
Simply put, he was a back up player at best – and this was a role he would play at for many of his future sides, including Manchester City, and even a lowly QPR side that was battling relegation.
A sad truth, but Wright-Phillips was an absolutely shocking signing by Jose Mourinho.
Now this signing has definitely worked out for Real Madrid; but for Jose Mourinho, Luka Modric’s arrival at Real Madrid was an absolute disaster.
Signed for over £30 million, Luka Modric completely failed to adapt to Spain and Jose Mourinho during his first season for Madrid, eventually topping a number of “Worst Signing of the Summer” lists in Spain.
It seems likely that it was no coincidence that Modric began playing better after the departure of Jose Mourinho, and he has now gone on to regain his place as one of the best midfielders in the world.
Now, the deal looks like a great one – but if Jose had stayed it would no doubt have ended in disaster.
It’s not that Fabio Coentrao is a bad player, he has just been a victim of consequence during his time with Real Madrid.
He is a good player, certainly not the best at the club, but he could put in a shift when called upon, but what really hurt his Real Madrid career is, firstly, his transfer fee.
Mourinho opted to pay a whopping £30million for the Portuguese defender, and his performances have definitely not warranted such a ridiculous fee.
On top of that, injuries have made the price even less feasible, with the defender only just breaking 50 league games so far during his spell with the club.
He now finds himself on loan with Monaco, and seems unlikely to return to Madrid when the deal is over.
A bad signing all round for Mourinho.
The most recent of Jose Mourinho’s transfer failings, Juan Cuadrado may well be the worst signing in recent memory.
Signed by Jose Mourinho in January of 2015 for nearly £30million, he never looked even close to good enough to play in the Premier League.
He was subsequently shipped out to Juventus on loan, and has never really looked set to make it in a Blue shirt.
A complete failure of a deal, and a prime example of Jose Mourinho’s rash approach to new signings.