Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was forced to settle on spending just £6.75m on new talent on transfer deadline day because he spent the last two weeks of the window chasing two players worth £134m, the Daily Express reports.
During the final hours of a busy summer spending period, The Blues brought in Nantes’ Senegal international defender Papy Djilobodji for £2.75m before completing the surprising £4.5m signing of Reading’s Jamaican international centre-back Michael Hector.
But having already brought in the likes of Radamel Falcao, Asmir Begovic, Kenedy, Nathan, Danilo Pantic, Baba Rahman and Pedro, it was not quite the return that Jose Mourinho had been hoping for.
Until Tuesday morning, Mourinho had been harbouring hopes of landing Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba in a £72m deal, but the Italian side’s refusal to budge on his sky high fee, as well as the players £318,000-per-week wage demands meant that a deal never got off the ground.
Chelsea will go back in for Pogba next summer, but will have to go up against the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona for his signature.
Similarly, Chelsea are expected to re-enter the market in January for Everton’s England defender John Stones, having had a fourth bid of £37m rejected.