Shaw, Money and Luis!
Although Chelsea were mentioned in dispatches with regards to signing the Southampton teenager, Luke Shaw, the England international eventually ended up at Old Trafford.
Instead Chelsea secured the services of the tried and trusted Felipe Luis.
Talking about the chase for Luke Shaw, Jose Mourinho has come up with some interesting facts. It would appear that Chelsea were very much in the race for Shaw until they were staggered by hs apparent wage demands, with Jose Mourinho remarking to the media,
"If we pay to a 19 year-old what we were being asked for, for Luke Shaw, we are dead."
"We kill our stability with financial fair play. We kill the stability in our dressing room."
"Because if you pay that t a 19 year-old, the next day you`d have players knocking on your door saying, 'How is it possible? I`ve played 200 times here and won this and that - how comes a 19 year-old gets more money than me?"
"It would immediately kill our balance and we don`t allow that."
We`d also like to add that although Shaw is an England international, he has yet to prove that he is top-notch; we believe that his potential has got him where he is with the backing of the media who, as we`re all aware, have an axe to grind with Ashley Cole.
But what about Felipe Luis, our signing from Atletico Madrid who we got a glimpse of, in Austria; in midweek?
Well Jose had this to add,
"Felipe has played for Brazil, won titles in Spain, won European competitions and played Champions League semis."
Now who do you think got the best deal?