Jose Mourinho claims he turned down the chance to sign Luke Shaw because his wage demands were financially irresponsible and would have disrupted the harmony within his Chelsea squad.
Shaw, a boyhood Chelsea fan, became the most expensive full-back in history when Manchester United bought him from Southampton for an initial £27 million earlier this month.
Luke Shaw impressed on his Manchester United debut in the 7-0 win over the LA Galaxy,
Yet Mourinho says he is concerned by Shaw’s reported £100,000-a-week wage packet, arguing that paying such a sum, for a player who only made his Premier League debut in November 2012, would have destroyed the spirit in the Stamford Bridge dressing room.
“If we pay to a 19-year-old boy what we were being asked for, to sign Luke Shaw, we are dead,” Mourinho told reporters at Chelsea’s pre-season training camp in Austria. “We would have killed our stability with financial fair play and killed the stability in our dressing room.