Last season’s Premier League champions Chelsea did not have the best transfer window. After last season’s impressive performance from the team, Mourinho started the transfer window comparatively on a silent mode as he relied on his team to give their best again but when his team failed to win a single match on normal time in the pre-season tournament International Champions Cup, some eyebrows were raised.
After the Premier League kicked off, Blues’ poor defensive performances were exposed. The reigning Premier League champions have only four points from four games this season and already eight points behind title challengers Manchester City.
Chelsea tried to bring John Stones from Everton and made as many as four bids worth £20 million, £26 million, £30 million and £40 million respectively but all their offers went in vein. Everton even rejected a transfer request from John Stones.
Mourinho tried to bolster his central defense by signing Papy Djilobodji from Nantes which seems to be nothing more than a panic buy.
Meanwhile, the front page of Portuguese paper O Jogo on Thursday claimed that Chelsea made an eleventh-hour bid for Benfica’s 34-year-old Brazilian defender Luisao. and it was rejected by the Eagles.
Luisao was sought after by Jose Mourinho before the club eventually decided to buy Papy Djilobodji from Nantes.
O Jogo also claims that Jose Mourinho had no idea about who Papy Djilobodji was before the club officials signed him from the french outfit.
O Jogo also said that Chelsea never really got too close to get the deal go through for Luisao.
The Brazilian still has two years left on his contract at Benfica, while Luisa has a 20 million euro release clause in his contract and Chelsea did not match that for the longest serving Benfica captain in the club’s history.
Benfica coach Luis Filipe Vieira reportedly said: “Hell, no!” to Chelsea’s approach for their centre-half and the Blues eventually signed Djilobodji from Nantes in desperation.
O Jogo also claims that the player welcomed the approach from the Premier League champions but is happy to stay at Benfica when the offer was rejected by his employers.
Luisao spent most of his professional career at Benfica and has appeared in more than 400 official matches, having won fourteen major titles. He is the longest-serving captain in Benfica history.
A Brazilian international on 44 occasions, Luisão appeared for the country in two World Cups and three Copa América tournaments.
He was awarded Benfica Player of the Year in 2009.