The wait for Jose Mourinho to put pen to paper on a deal with Manchester United goes on, prolonging the agony shared by the Old Trafford faithful as they wait for one of the most successful managers in history to officially join their club.
It’s no secret the Portuguese has achieved much of his success at various clubs with little to no financial constraints on transfers since joining Chelsea in 2004 – and United are unlikely to tighten their purse strings should he take over next season.
With the move all but confirmed by both parties, what can be expected of the highest spending manager of all-time in terms of making signings for his prospective new club?
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According to transfermarkt.co.uk, the 53-year-old has spent in excess of £812 million on adding new players to his squad since taking the reins at Porto in 2002 – close to £155 million more than his nearest rival Carlo Ancelotti.
Never one to shy away from making an impression, Mourinho has forked out an average of nearly £85 million on transfers throughout his debut seasons at Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea.
Each of the Special One’s title-winning campaigns at those three clubs has come at an average investment of nearly £60 million on incoming players.
His biggest spending spree was during the 2004-05 campaign when he splashed over £122 million on adding no less than ten new faces to his Chelsea squad.
More than decade on from landing his first major job at Chelsea, Mourinho has never spent less than £25 million throughout a single campaign despite bringing in an average of six players every season.
Who will Mourinho sign?
His lavish tendencies in the transfer market are unlikely to waver should he add Manchester United to his CV, and there is rampant speculation surrounding who will follow him to Old Trafford.
The Independent reports Mourinho has prioritised luring a striker to Old Trafford in the summer with Real Madrid hitman Karim Benzema and Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic among his top targets.
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