Jose Mourinho: Chelsea opted out of signing Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao
Jose Mourinho has revealed that he opted out of signing both Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao due to Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. Jorge Mendes, the agent of both Di Maria and Falcao, informed Mourinho of his players’ need, but the Blues boss decided not to go ahead with the suggested moves. Mendes, who also represents Mourinho, had to find solutions for both of his players as they were seeking a move.
Mourinho said, "Jorge told me Di Maria and Falcao are his players and he has to find solutions for them. But if Chelsea doesn't have the financial capacity to pay eight, nine or ten million euros a year, because of [financial] fair play, of course, Mendes has to think about his players.”
Mourinho spent around £88 million on Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Loic Remy last summer, but financed the deals by selling David Luiz to PSG for £50 million, Romelu Lukaku to Everton for £28 million and Demba Ba to Besiktas for £4.7 million.
Chelsea have been brilliant so far across all competitions and lead the Premier League by five points from Manchester City. Their major summer recruits, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, have been very good so far and are crucial to Chelsea’s hopes of winning many trophies this season.
Wage disparity could have caused problems in dressing room
The Blues could have signed both Di Maria and Falcao had their wages not been so high. Instead the Argentine who played for Mourinho at Real Madrid, and the Colombian, joined rivals Manchester United who currently fourth in the table. The pair reportedly earn a combined £465,000-a-week at Manchester United.
Mourinho also insisted that he never wanted to sign those players, but even if he had wished to, it would not have been possible. He cited dressing room problems as a reason he did not opt for Di Maria and Falcao and their huge wages.
"We couldn't bring Falcao or Di Maria because I didn't want to, either. I can't have a player earning 10 million when others earn three, four or five. That would have caused an explosion,” he said in the book, “The Key to Mendes” as quoted by the Sun.