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Five Of Mourinho’s Biggest Transfer Flops

Often referred to as the ‘Special one’, Jose Mourinho has also made a few bad phone calls in his managerial career. Yes, he has coached at some of the biggest football clubs in Europe, but even he can make a mistake. The Fan Park crew takes a look at those transfers that never lived up to expectation.

Andriy Shevchenko

The Portuguese coach signed Andriy Shevchenko for £30.8 million in 2006 and the Ukrainian went to Stamford Bridge with a massive reputation, after enjoying an illustrious seven years at AC Milan. However, the big money transfer never lived up to the hype after only managing nine competitive goals in 48 games for the London Club. He was later sold for an undisclosed fee, but we have no doubts that Chelsea suffered a loss.

Shaun Wright-Phillips

After banging in screamers from all areas of the field for the blue half of Manchester, Shaun Wright-Phillips was signed by Mourinho in 2005. He managed 15 starts in three seasons and only scored four goals in his Chelsea career. He was signed for a large fee of £21 million and was later sold for £8.5 million.

Asier Del Horno

Chelsea made a loss of £5 million after Asier Del Horno never lived up to the high expectations of the Portuguese mastermind. He arrived at Stamford Bridge and was described by Mourinho as an “outstanding international player”. After arriving for £12 million he was sold for £7 million the following season after a dismal effort for the boys in blue.

Khalid Boulahrouz

An injury-stricken spell, Khalid Boulahrouz only managed 13 league appearances in two seasons at Chelsea. He was signed for £8.5 million and was sold for exactly half that amount. The towering centre-back never impressed the faithful at The Bridge and could never adapt to the fast pace of the Premier League.

Mateja Kezman

After scoring 129 goals in 176 games for PSV Eindhoven, Mateja Kezman seemed the perfect fit for Mourinho’s Chelsea. Things, however, did not go as planned for the forward as he only scored seven goals in 41 appearances – a remarkably poor return for a fantastic talent. He was then sold for what Chelsea paid for him. It’s a miracle as to how Chelsea did not make a loss!

It’s evident that even the biggest football brains can make the biggest transfer mistakes. Can you name any other players that Mourinho signed that never lived up to their transfer sum? Have your say in the comments section below.


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