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Looking at every £30million+ player Jose Mourinho has ever signed

Mourinho has signed eight players for £30million+ or more in his career so far. Here we assess whether or not each one was worth the money

No manager has spent more money than Jose Mourinho in the last decade.

The Special One has had the pleasure of coaching some of the biggest clubs in Europe and has always been backed by wealthy and ambitious chairmen.

Mourinho has signed eight players for £30million+ or more in his career so far.

Here we look at each of those signings (aside from Victor Lindelöf who can’t be judged yet) decide whether or not they were worth the money…

Andriy Shevchenko (£30million)


The Ukrainian forward was one of the best forwards in Europe during his AC Milan years.

But he scored just nine goals in 47 Premier League games for Mourinho’s Chelsea between 2006 and 2009.

Roman Abramovich was particularly scalded by this waste of money but it didn’t stop him doing something similar with Fernando Torres a few years later.

Worth it? Absolutely not.

Eric Bailly (£30million)



A recent purchase and probably too early to give a full assessment.

But judging from this season alone the Ivory Coast international looks to have all the attributes to be a quality centre-back.

Worth it? Too early to say but probably…


Cesc Fabregas (£30million)


Mourinho dealt his old rival Arsene Wenger a huge blow in 2014 by signing one of Arsenal’s former golden boys.

Fabregas returned to English shores in fine form and was arguably the best player in the league for the first half of the season.

The Spanish playmaker racked up 19 assists as Chelsea won the league.

Worth it? Yep!

Willian (£30million)

The talented Brazilian midfielder arrived from Anzhi as the Russian club imploded and sold all their assets in the space of six months.

His role this season has been diminished but last campaign he was named Player of the Year by the fans and his team-mates.

At just 28-years-old he could still be sold for a decent wedge if Antonio Conte deems him surplus to requirement.

Worth it? Yes, especially with the resale value.

Diego Costa (£32million)


Chelsea’s primary goalscorer has been terrorising Premier League defenders since 2014 and his record speaks for itself.

49 goals in 80 league games represents value for money, especially when you consider that his goals look set to fire Chelsea to two titles in three seasons.

Worth it? Proven goalscorers are invaluable… 100% yes.

Luka Modric (£33million)


Incredibly, the Croatian passmaster was voted worst La Liga signing of the year of the summer in 2012 by Marca readers.

These days not even the most blindly loyal Barcelona or Atletico fan would deny Modric’s pedigree.

One of the very best midfielders in the world, he was instrumental in Madrid’s two recent Champions League victories.

Worth it? Every penny!

Paul Pogba (£89million)



The most expensive signing in football history.

Very few players divide opinion as much as the charismatic Frenchman right now.

His natural talent and confidence is obvious to all; and he’s one of the most marketable athletes in the world.

But does he influence enough games to worth justify his stratospheric price tag?

Worth it? Afraid not but at 23-year-old he’s got plenty of years left to prove his doubters wrong.