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Mourinho: I could not buy who I wanted

ESPN staff
February 11, 2014
Mourinho: Pellegrini's numbers don't add up

Jose Mourinho claims the Financial Fair Play rules were the reason why Chelsea were unable to make moves for the likes of Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani in the summer.

Mourinho does the maths

  • The Chelsea boss accused Manuel Pellegrini of getting his sums wrong. "What I would like to say that Pellegrini was talking about the money we've spent," he said.
  • "I think he's a fantastic coach, and I respect that a lot, and on top of that, outside his football career, he's an engineer by academic formation.
  • "I don't think an engineer needs a calculator to do [Juan] Mata £37 million and [Kevin] De Bruyne £18m, so that's £55m."

Mourinho had been linked with two of the most coveted strikers in the world, as well as Gonzalo Higuain of Napoli, who he worked with at Real Madrid during his time in La Liga.

But with interests not being converted into bids and potential transfers, Mourinho has revealed why he was unable sign Falcao and Cavani when they were available - with Falcao heading to Monaco and Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain respectively - to Stamford Bridge during the summer transfer window.

"Correct," Mourinho replied when asked what previously denied him landing the star names.

"Because of transfer fees and salaries. Players are not just about transfer fees, but big wages. Of course there's a certain profile of player we don't go near."

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