Mourinho Mocks Chelsea Over €100M Transfer Fee For Mudryk

Mourinho could not hide his jealousy at Chelsea’s spending power, aiming a little dig at his former club’s €100million (£88.5m) deal for Mykhailo Mudryk

Mourinho Mocks Chelsea Over €100M Transfer Fee For Mudryk
Mudryk (left), Jose Mourinho (right)

Roma boss, Jose Mourinho, has aimed a dig at Chelsea’s €100 million (£88.5m) deal for Mykhailo Mudryk.

The Blues struck a deal with Shakhtar Donetsk to pay £62m upfront and a further £26.5m in add-ons, hijacking Arsenal’s bid to sign Mudryk.

Chelsea has now spent about £400m under new co-owner Todd Boehly.

After using Marash Kumbulla as cover for the suspended Roger Ibanez during their 2-0 win over Fiorentina, Mourinho said: “We need to find a solution, we can’t just buy Mudryk for €100m!”

“I worked at clubs with those sorts of practically limitless funds. There are more and more clubs nowadays that fit that profile, but it’s not our profile. We work, we give our all, we work with the characteristics we’ve got.”

Mourinho managed Chelsea across two spells, working under former owner Roman Abramovich, who was quick to pay huge transfer fees for players.

Mudryk signed an eight-and-a-half-year contract when he joined Chelsea and was presented to fans at Stamford Bridge on Sunday prior to their win over Crystal Palace.

They have already spent £35m on defender Benoit Badiashile this month, as well as paying around £15m to take Joao Felix on loan until the end of the season, and there are suggestions they still want more players.