Jose Mourinho may well be the king of long-term planning, after it came to light that it was the Portuguese manager who advised against a buy-back clause in Romelu Lukaku’s Everton transfer from Chelsea in 2014.
The Belgian powerhouse made the switch to Goodison Park in the summer of 2014 – a then club record fee for the Toffees, setting them back £28m.
At the time, the price came under scrutiny. However, only three years later that same striker is believed to be on the verge of a £100m move to Manchester United, to play under the man that sold him to Everton in the first place.
This, of course, could’ve all played out very differently had Chelsea inserted a buy-back clause in their deal with Everton – which they opted against under the advice of Mourinho.
According to Telegraph back in April 2016, the Portuguese manager claimed that it would lessen the transfer fee for Lukaku, and not seeing any future for the striker’s return to Chelsea, Mourinho told Chelsea not to insert one, instead giving the Blues more funds in the short term.
Now, whilst Chelsea fans would sit in anger at this news as their transfer target heads to a fierce rival, the current United boss will be rubbing his hands – as if he’s finally reaping the rewards that he’d planted three years ago.
Of course, if that was the case, he’d have also planned a dismal season at Stamford Bridge before his sacking, and furthermore, planned a move to Manchester United – so it’s quite unlikely, let’s be honest.
However, having said that, the former Chelsea manager will be very thankful for his shortsightedness back in 2014.