Playing the Market: 7 of the Best Ever Jose Mourinho Signings From Throughout His Career

Jose Mourinho is embarking on what could be the most crucial season in his career. 

Failure to win the Premier League with Manchester United after two seasons of financial backing could mean failure and even the sack for the Special One.

The Red Devils have started the 2017/18 season in great form and new signings Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof have all started strongly.

Here are seven times throughout his career Mourinho has lived up to his nickname and got his signings bang on.

7. Paulo Ferreira

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Paulo Ferreira was one of Mourinho’s first ever signings when at Porto. 

He bought him for £1.7m in 2002. Jose converted the young Portugal star from a right midfielder to a right back. 

Ferreira went on to win back to back league titles at Porto, a UEFA Cup and a Champions League title. In his two years at Porto he only missed two league games.

Jose was so proud of this signing that he signed him again when appointed Chelsea manager in 2004, this time though for £17m, which shows just how much Ferreira impressed at Porto. 

Once again Paulo would go on to achieve back to back league title wins and three in total. As well as four FA Cups, two League Cups, another Champions League title and another Europa League.

6. Mesut Ozil

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When Mourinho became manager of Real Madrid in 2010 he faced the mammoth task of trying to overhaul Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Barcelona. 

One of the new Madrid bosses first acquisitions was Mesut Ozil, who had shone for Germany at the World Cup, for £15m. 

In Ozil’s first season Real Madrid won the Copa Del Rey, but in the league they fell just short of Barcelona’s incredible 96 points. 

The following year, Ozil played a crucial role in the Mourinho jigsaw. Scoring four goals and getting 17 assists as Madrid amassed an incredible record breaking 100 points to wrestle La Liga title back from their greatest rivals.

5. Didier Drogba

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Drogba is one of the Premier League’s greatest strikers and was signed by Chelsea for £24m in 2004. 

While he had a fairly slow start to life at Stamford Bridge, it was in his third season at Chelsea that he would start to become the legend we now know him to be. 

Scoring 33 goals in all competitions and winning the golden boot that season, Drogba had the highlight of netting the only goal in a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the 2007 FA Cup Final.

He would score in many finals for Chelsea, most famously in the Champions League final of 2012, and became the archetypal Mourinho striker against which all other forwards were compared

4. Ricardo Carvalho

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Having played under Mourinho at Porto originally, Carvalho played twice more for the Special One – following him to Chelsea in 2004 and Real Madrid in 2010. 

It has often been said that to win league titles you need a solid defence, and the acquisition of the Portugal international proved a shrewd move on multiple occasions for Mourinho. There is simply no way a Mourinho all-time signings XI could not feature Carvalho.

3. Lucio

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Mourinho brought in veteran Brazilian Lucio in his final (but most important) season at Internazionale in 2009 for just under £6m – an absolute bargain even if Lucio was 31 at the time.

Lucio would be pivotal that season in helping Inter achieve an historic treble ending a 45-year wait to be crowned European Champions and delivering Jose’s second Champions League title. 

If you ever want to understand what it means to play with heart and without fear just watch Lucio’s performance against Barcelona in the second leg of the semi final of the Champions League.

2. Luka Modric

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Mourinho signed the magic Croatian in 2012 for an absolute steal at around £30m.

In his first season in the Spanish capital, Modric completed the most passes in the team and in his time at Madrid, he has so far won a league title, a Copa del Rey, three Champions Leagues and voted La Liga’s best midfielder twice.

1. Ashley Cole

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What makes the Cole signing so significant? Well, in landing the Arsenal left back Mourinho and Chelsea managed to capture the greatest left back in the world, in his prime, on the cheap and get one over on their biggest rivals at the same time.

Cole may not be a well-loved figure in the game. However, what is undeniable even to his biggest critics, is his talent. 

If Mourinho’s signings can emulate the quality and success of Cole, Man Utd fans will probably be celebrating their first league title since Fergie.

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Wife of Inter Ace Mauro Icardi Opens Up About Infamous Sampdoria Love Triangle Saga

The wife of Mauro Icardi has sought to end rumours concerning the pair’s infamous love triangle saga with the striker’s former Sampdoria team mate Maxi Lopez.

Wanda Nara, who is also Icardi’s agent, was a guest on South American TV show ​Telefe recently as she opened up about the affair that made the back pages of many papers.

Icardi and Nara are believed to have begun cheating on Lopez – who was the husband of Nara at the time – and many media reports alleged that the now Inter Milan ace had “stolen” the 30-year-old away from Lopez.

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However, Nara moved to refute those claims and explained why any flak should be directed at the Udinese forward instead.

She said: “Maxi Lopez? He cheated and I got tired of it. It’s not true that Mauro was very good friends with Maxi.

“They were teammates and had a good relationship, but his best friends are in Argentina.

Maxi and Mauro met several times and it was all very calm. The story, in fact, was noisier 

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“We won’t forget, for the good of the children, to try keeping our relationships as calm as possible.”

Nara and Lopez got divorced in November 2013 as speculation over an extra-marital affair gathered pace, and various media outlets continued to stoke the fire as, five months later in a clash between Inter and Sampdoria, Lopez refused to shake Icardi’s hand.

Icardi and Nara got married a month later in May 2014, and have two daughters – taking Nara’s total number of children from her two marriages to five.

Meanwhile, the 30-year-old celebrity has also revealed why Icardi opted to turn down playing for the Italian national side in favour of Argentina.

The 24-year-old forward had played just seven minutes of senior international football for Argentina back in October 2013 before his recent call-up, and the marksman played the full 90 minutes of his nation’s 0-0 draw with Uruguay during September’s international break.

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Asked why he had resisted I Azzurri’s call, Nara admitted that Icardi had always held out hope of playing for the country of his birth.

She added: “Yes, the Italian national team tried to call him up Icardi 2-3 times, but he always refused.

“Mauro had clear ideas and only wanted Argentina. He was moved when Sampaoli’s call-up came because he dreamed about being part of the Argentina squad for a long time.”

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Mauro Icardi’s Agent Reiterates His Client’s Desire to Stay at Inter Milan for Foreseeable Future

​Mauro Icardi’s long-term future rests with Inter Milan despite interest from numerous European clubs according to his wife and agent, Wanda Nara – as per ​FourFourTwo. 

The Argentine striker has been linked with big money moves away from the San Siro in recent seasons but the Inter captain seems happy in Milan, especially after signing a 5-year contract last October.

Nara has said that the couple enjoy a great relationship with the club as the board has treated their star man extremely well, leaving Nara to state that they are unlikely to seek a move in the near future.

“We’ve renewed his contract with Inter three times because, when other clubs have wanted Icardi, they’ve done everything to keep him,” she told Telefe.

“Our relationship with the board is great, especially on a personal level. For example, when the girls were born, the club gave us a lot of gifts.

“As a family, it’s better for us to stay in Milan because the children want to stay there. Aside from that, Mauro’s very happy and he’s also the captain.

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“It’s not our intention to leave Milan but, if Mauro changes city for work purposes, of course we’d follow him.”

Icardi has started the season well with braces in both of Inter’s victories against Fiorentina and Roma. The Argentine will be hopeful that they can challenge the dominance of Juventus and bring a Scudetto to the Nerazzurri faithful for the first time since 2010.


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Inter, Napoli & Tottenham Target Suso Close to Extending Millan Stay

​Milan are ​said to be close to agreeing a contract extension for Spanish international and former Liverpool player Suso.

The Spaniard has been attracting interest from many teams including Tottenham, Roma, Atletico Madrid and even from Milan’s rivals Inter. 

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The midfielder is said to be currently in negotiations with the Italian giants, despite earlier having said to have considered leaving after Milan acquired no less than eleven summer signings. 

Suso’s proved his worth to the Rossoneri, scoring nine goals and contributing 11 assists since the start of last season, the proposed contract is said to be worth a sum of 3m a year.

Speaking to Calciomercato.com about his stay at the San Siro Suso stated: “I had hold talks with Galliani and Berlusconi but I wanted to reach an agreement with the new owners. I am not for sale, AC Milan won’t even sell me for €80m and I am now close to signing a contract extension.

“My agent is talking with the club and everything seems to go the right direction. “Inter, Roma and Napoli wanted to sign me, I can confirm that.”

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Inter Milan’s Summer Move for Sassuolo Defender Francesco Acerbi Blocked by Luciano Spalletti

Sassuolo defender Francesco Acerbi was on the verge of agreeing a transfer to Inter this summer, according to his agent in an interview with ​Calciomercato.

However, when Inter manager Luciano Spalletti and director of football Walter Sabatini, caught wind of the deal they reportedly shut down negotiations:

“This was the missed move of the summer,” claimed Acerbi’s agent Augusto Carpeggiani.

“The negotiations were at an advanced stage, we’d had meetings and discussions, but when Spalletti and Sabatini arrived, things changed and they made other choices.

“Therefore, we decided to renew the contract with Sassuolo to 2022.”

The centre-back had said at the end of last season that he would not be renewing his contract with the Neroverdi, as it was time to move on. However, with a move to Inter failing to materialise he decided to renew his Sassuolo contract.

Acerbi is a vital part of Sassoulo’s defence and played every game from the start last season, scoring four times from his centre-back role, as his team finished 12th.

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Inter Milan signed two centre-backs this summer transfer window, which may be the reasoning for pulling out of a deal for Acerbi.

Milan Skriniar joined the Nerazzurri for £20m from Sampdoria, while Alessandro Bastoni also joined from Atlanta for around £7m, however he was loaned back for the remained of the season.

Despite the departure of Juan Jesus to Roma for £7m  to Roma, it is thought that Spalletti felt he had enough in that area, without needing to sign Acerbi.

Spalletti now has Miranda and Ranocchia at his disposal, with Skriniar also coming in. 18-year-old youth product Zinho Vanheusden was also in the squad for Inter’s most recent 1-3 victory over Roma.

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Bayern Munich Enforcer Arturo Vidal at the Centre of Tug-of-War Between Italian Giant Duo

​Bayern Munich’s star enforcer Arturo Vidal is at the centre of a battle between two Italian heavyweights – AC Milan and Inter Milan  – according to a report in Tuttosport, as per ​ESPN.

The Chilean midfield general will only have a year remaining on his existing contract next summer, and if reports are anything to go by, both Italian clubs will fight tooth and nail to land the player, with Bayern keen to recoup most of their original £33m outlay in 2015.


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Vidal was at the epicentre of controversy last week after hinting that he was considering retiring from Chile’s national team, amid claims of unfair treatment by the media.

This was after local newspapers suggested that the Bayern star had been involved at an incident at the casino in Chile, resulting in the player being interviewed by police. This claim was subsequently refuted by both Vidal and law enforcement officials.  

Vidal declared that the Chilean press were attempting to ‘stain his image’ and may have had a debilitating effect on La Roja’s preparations for their World Cup qualifier at home to Paraguay, in which they surprisingly lost 3-0.

After the game, Vidal tweeted: “Now they must be happy those tetchy [people] we have in our country!!!

“But don’t worry, each time I’m closer to leaving.”

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Ivan Perisic’s Proposed New Inter Deal Set to Include Huge €70m Release Clause Amid Man Utd Interest

Inter Milan’s talismanic midfielder Ivan Perisic is set to sign a new contract with the Nerazzurri, which will include a colossal €70m release clause, according to a report in ​Tuttosport. 

The Croatian midfielder, 28, was subject to a deluge of speculation linking him with a summer move to Premier League giants Manchester United, which, despite a bid, failed to come to fruition. 

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The reputed new deal will make Perisic the second highest paid player at the club, behind Argentine striker Mauro Icardi, with a salary increase that will see him earn €4.7m net-per season. 

This is compared to Icardi’s €450k-a-year image rights, as well as the fact that the Inter captain will receive a further 10 per-cent increase should Inter qualify for next season’s Champions League, will keep him above Perisic at the San Siro. 

Inter hope to dissuade interest in their star midfielder with the insertion of a €70m release clause, with claims suggesting that the deal will contain an anti-Man Utd clause, such was their irritation at the Red Devils’ protracted chase for the Croat.  

The Premier League club allegedly had a £35m bid rejected for Perisic, with the Serie A giants holding out for a fee in the region of £48m, which will now no doubt irritate Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho who tried to broker a deal for the wide-man. 

Despite rumours to the contrary, Man Utd did not up their bid, and only last month did Mourinho accept that the player would not be moving to Manchester.

“That’s football,” Mourinho admitted when quizzed on the failure to land the coveted player.

“If I was playing against Inter tomorrow I’d want to win.

“They’re strong, they put up a good defence to keep someone who’s an important player for them. That’s football.”

Inter Milan’s sporting director Piero Ausilio also claimed a new deal for Perisic, who is held in high regard at the San Siro and valued much higher too, was underway.

“The same goes for Perisic, who is an important player and we are currently discussing a new contract with him,” said Ausilio last month.​​

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Inter Milan Secure Highly-Rated Striker Yann Karamoh Despite Interest From Tottenham & Arsenal

Inter Milan have secured the highly-rated ​Yann Karamoh from Caen on a two-year loan deal – with an obligation to buy – following an impressive Ligue 1 campaign which saw the 19-year-old net five goals in 35 appearances.

The 19-year-old striker received interest from a plethora of Premier League clubs over the summer but opted to join Inter, who were in the market for a new forward following the departure of Gabriel Barbosa.

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Karamoh’s contract at Caen was due to expire next summer but he signed a new deal with the club before completing his move to Inter, which the youngster was obviously was thrilled about.

“I’m very happy to have joined Inter,” he told Inter Channel, via ​Football Italia. 

“My inspiration is Neymar, he’s my favourite player. I’ve chosen number 17. Forza Inter! 

“I hope to help the team achieve their objectives. We want to win the Scudetto.

“For me it is a great opportunity. There are great players here and I’ve already seen ability in the first few games of the season.

“My features? I’m quick and good at dribbling and changing pace. As for San Siro, I hope to adapt to it quickly. It’ll be a strange feeling because I often saw it on TV as a kid, hosting so many big games with so many great players.

However, the 19-year-old’s agent – Oscar Damiani – revealed it was a relief to get the deal over the line as Caen’s stance made it hard to negotiate a move away to Inter this summer.

Damiani said: “Caen are a difficult club to negotiate with, they’ve sold good players in the past.

“It wasn’t easy, but Piero Ausilio and Walter Sabatini were determined to get him and there was his conviction to come here, despite the fact a lot of teams wanted him.

“He’ll be a great signing for the Nerazzurri. Tomorrow he’ll be at Appian Gentile to get to know the directors and the coaches,” he added. 

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Argentine Striker Mauro Icardi Left With Embarrassing Stat After 0-0 Draw With Uruguay

​Mauro Icardi is one of the hottest strikers on the planet at the moment, but his performance against Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier could well go down as his least influential game ever.

American TV presenter, Kevin Egan, took to ​Twitter to reveal just how little Icardi impacted the game. In Argentina’s 0-0 draw with Uruguay, Lionel Messi’s team managed 706 passes…of which Icardi contributed FOUR.

The stat would not be as bad if the Inter striker only came on for a late cameo but in fact he started the game and played the whole 90 minutes.

Argentina are currently in the last qualification spot with Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and Chile all above them. Argentina will hope that as they enter their final three qualification games, they can gain more points than closest rivals Peru. 

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Icardi has yet to make much of a splash on the international scene, only registering two appearances. Over the years, Argentina’s strongest position has been their strikers, Gonzalo Higuain, Carlos Tevez and Paulo Dybala are just a few players who have graced the South American’s forward line.

Both Icardi and fellow countryman Dybala, have scored four goals in the Serie A this season and share the top goalscorer spot. Inter fans will be hoping his performance against Uruguay will not impact the clubs next outing.      


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Gabriel Barbosa Still Dreams of Becoming Success at Inter Despite Deadline Day Loan Move

Brazilian forward Gabriel Barbosa is keen to make a success of his career at Internazionale despite his late summer loan switch to Benfica.

The 21-year-old, known as ‘Gabigol’, joined Inter from Santos last summer for a reported €29.5m fee after strong performances in his native Brazil and at the 2016 Olympics.

However, he has struggled to adapt in Serie A and establish himself in the side. He completed a deadline day loan move to Portuguese outfit Benfica this week, but is still hoping to return to Inter and cement his place in future.

“I’m happy to have been given this great chance and to be able to show my qualities,” he told Premium Sport, via ​Football Italia.

“The offer arrived yesterday at 3pm. There was no official proposal before that.

“I hope to play as much as possible, but my biggest objective is to do well in Portugal, in order to return to Inter.

“I don’t know why it didn’t work out for me, but I can guarantee that I was busy every day and I was always ready. After that, I didn’t play.

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“The fans? I’d like to thank them for the love they gave me: I love them very much. I really liked Milan, so I thank Inter for this opportunity. I hope to one day return the love I’ve been given. Forza Inter!”

Barbosa only managed nine Serie A appearances for the Nerazzurri last season, all of them from the bench, and scored one goal. However, a successful loan spell in Portugal could see him return to his parent club and feature for them on a regular basis.


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