Here Are the Four Ghanaian Players Mourinho Splashed Cash On; Essien, Muntari Inclusive


The four Ghanaians Mourinho signed at huge sums, is a clear indication that Ghana is also being well represented by her players in the international football market.

Renowned coach, Jose Mourinho is famous for his taste for skillful players and expensive signings in the transfer market. The Manchester United manager has always had this hunger to garner the best of players from around the globe to himself, no matter the cost.

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Ghanaian players have also made it to the family of this tasteful coach, and never at a mean cost. Here, we disclose to you, four Ghanaians Mourinho had signed at incredibly huge sums of money. You’ll also have to look at a full list of Jose Mourinho’s transfer signings from the time he started managing Chelsea FC till date as compiled by

Firstly, the four Ghanaians Mourinho splashed plenty of money on include; Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Christian Atsu and Babab Rahman. Michael Essien who has now retired from active play recently landed a job as a football pundit on Saudi television. Sulley currently plays for the Saudi side Al-Ittihad.

Christian Atsu and Baba Rahman are still players of Chelsea with Baba on loan at Shalke 04 and Atsu likely to join another German club on loan.

Mourinho bought Michael Essien from Olympique Lyon for £24.4m in 2004 with Sulley Muntari costing Inter Milan £12.7m during his reign in 2009. Atsu and Rahman cost Chelsea £3.5m and £21.7m respectively under Jose Mourinho.

It is on record that Jose Mourinho has spent an incredible £856.8m on players since arriving at cash-rich Chelsea 11 years ago. His latest £100 million move for Paul Pogba, which is his most expensive signing ever takes his career spending over the £850m mark.

The four Ghanaians Mourinho signed at huge sums is a clear indication that Ghana is also being well represented by her players in the international football market.

Below is the full list of Jose Mourinho’s Signings from 2004-2006:
Chelsea – 2004-05
Paulo Ferreira (Porto) – £13.2m
Mateja Kezman (PSV Eindhoven) – £5.5m
Didier Drogba (Marseille) – £24m
Tiago (Benfica) – £10m
Ricardo Carvalho (Porto) – £19.8m
Alex (PSV Eindhoven) – £5.7m
Nuno Morais (Penafiel) – free
Jiri Jarosik (CSKA Moscow) – £3m
Total: £81.2m
Chelsea – 2005-06
Asier del Horno (Athletic Bilbao) – £8m
Lassana Diarra (Le Havre) – £2m
Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City) – £24m
Michael Essien (Lyon) – £24.4m
Total: £58.4m
Chelsea – 2006-07
Michael Ballack (Bayern Munich) – free
Salomon Kalou (Feyenoord) – £3m
Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan) – £30m
John Obi Mikel (Lyn Oslo) – £16m
Khalid Boulahrouz (Hamburg) – £9m
Ashley Cole (Arsenal) – £5m + William Gallas
Total: £63m
Chelsea – 2007-08
Claudio Pizarro (Bayern Munich) – free
Tal Ben Haim (Bolton Wanderers) – free
Steve Sidwell (Reading) – free
Florent Malouda (Lyon) – £13.5m
Juliano Belletti (Barcelona) – £3.7m
Total: £17.2m
Chelsea first spell total: £219.8m
Inter Milan – 2008-09
Hernan Crespo (Chelsea) – free
Mancini (Roma) – £10.3m
Luis Jimenez (Ternana) – £4.7m
Sulley Muntari (Portsmouth) – £12.7m
Ricardo Quaresma (Porto) – £14.7m + Pele
Victor Obinna (Chievo) – free
Total: £42.4m
Inter Milan – 2009-10
Diego Milito (Genoa) – £11.6m + Robert Acquafresca + Riccardo Meggiorini

Thiago Motta (Genoa) – £3.6m + Francesco Bozoni + Leonardo Bonucci

Kerlon (Chievo) – free
Lucio (Bayern Munich) – £6.8m
Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona) – £17.2m
Wesley Sneijder (Real Madrid) – £15.5m
Goran Pandev (Lazio) – free
McDonald Mariga (Parma) – £4.3m
Total: £59m
Inter Milan spell total: £101.4m
Real Madrid – 2010-11
Sergio Canales (Racing Santander) – £3.8m
Angel Di Maria (Benfica) – £20.9m
Pedro Leon (Getafe) – £8.4m
Sami Khedira (Stuttgart) – £10m
Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea) – £6.7m
Mesut Ozil (Werder Bremen) – £12.5m
Total: £62.3m
Real Madrid – 2011-12
Nuri Sahin (Borussia Dortmund) – £8.8m
Hamit Altintop (Bayern Munich) – free
Jose Callejon (Espanyol) – £4.4m
Raphael Varane (Lens) – £8.8m
Fabio Coentrao (Benfica) – £26.5m
Total: £48.5m
Real Madrid – 2012-13
Luka Modric (Tottenham) – £33m
Diego Lopez (Sevilla) – £3.2m
Total: £36.2m
Real Madrid spell total: £147m
Chelsea – 2013-14
Andre Schurrle (Bayern Leverkusen) – £18m
Marco van Ginkel (Vitesse) – £9m
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – free
Willian (Anzhi Makhachkala) – £30m
Samuel Eto’o (Anzhi Makhachkala) – free
Total: £57m
Chelsea – 2014-15
Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona) – £30m
Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid) – £35m
Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid) – £16m
Didier Drogba (Galatasaray) – free
Loic Remy (Queens Park Rangers) – £8m
Juan Cuadrado (Fiorentina) – £27m
Total: £116m
Chelsea – 2015-16
Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) – £8m
Baba Rahman (Augsburg) – £21.7m
Pedro (Barcelona) – £21m
Kenedy (Fluminense) – £6.7m
Papy Djilobodji (Nantes) – £2.2m
Marco Amelia (free agent) – free
Total: £59.6m
Chelsea second spell total: £232.6m
Manchester United 2016-17
Eric Bailly (Villarreal) – £30m
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) – free
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund) – £26m
Paul Pogba (Juventus) – £100m
Total: £156m
Overall total: £856.8m