Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told The Sun that he could have signed both Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao in the summer transfer window.
While United paid a British-record transfer fee of £59.7 million to Real Madrid to recruit Argentina international winger Di Maria, the Red Devils signed Colombian striker Falcao from Monaco on a season-long loan deal.
Mourinho has now revealed that he could have signed both players had he taken up the offer proposed to him by the duo’s agent Jorge Mendes, who also represents him.
“Jorge told me Di Maria and Falcao are his players and he has to find solutions for them,” the Portuguese told The Sun.
“But if Chelsea doesn’t have the financial capacity to pay eight, nine or ten million euros a year, because of Fair Play, of course Mendes has to think about his players.
“We couldn’t bring Fallacy or Di Maria because I didn’t want to, either. I can’t have a player earning ten million when others earn three, four or five. That would have caused an explosion.”
Di Maria and Falcao are world-class players when fit, but Chelsea seem to be doing well without the duo.
After 22 rounds of matches in the Premier League, the Blues find themselves five point clear at the top of the table. The London outfit can also win the Champions League and the League Cup this season.
Meanwhile, United are not guaranteed of a top-four finish in the Premier League and have not been entirely convincing so far this campaign.
After a brilliant start to his United career, Di Maria appears to have fizzled out due to his injuries, while doubts remain on Falcao’s fitness.