This news may not come as a surprise to many but Jose Mourinho has become the first manager to spend over £1bn on new signings.
Obviously, this isn’t just at Manchester United – Paul Pogba was only £89m – but over his career.
Between 2004 and 2014, the former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss racked up £903m in transfers for his clubs and now, after his signings upon his return to the Blues and new acquisitions with the Red Devils, he’s crossed into the £1bn club. A pretty lonely club considering he’s the only one in it.
But hang on, is this a little bit unfair? After all, the managers aren’t solely responsible for the signings. Particularly at Real Madrid, Florentino Pérez is known for being very ‘hands-on’ over transfers and some of the La Liga club’s biggest signings, like Cristiano Ronaldo (2009) and Gareth Bale (2013) have come before or after Mourinho.
There’s an undeniable trend though. The man loves to spend money. Just this summer he’s spent £89m on Pogba from Juventus; a reported £26.3m on Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund and £30m on Villarreal’s Eric Bailly. Alright, he got Zlatan Ibrahimovic from PSG for free but his wage packet is bound to be massive.
Jose may be known as a master tactician but he’s spent a lot of money earning that title.