While the English media seems hell-bent on getting Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho fired, it appears that one team wants the Blues one so badly that they have reportedly offered the Premier League champions £35m for their besieged manager.
AS Monaco shareholder Alessandro Proto is reported to have met with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich this week and offered to buy out the rest of Mourinho’s contract, worth around £35m, but the Blues boss turned down the offer.
The dynamics of the story are interesting. Like Chelsea, Monaco is bankrolled by a Russian billionaire, Dmitry Rybolovlev, and both clubs have very strong ties to Mourinho’s super agent Jorge Mendes. Mendes coincidently represents Monaco striker Radamel Falcao who is on loan to Chelsea this summer.
Mendes has been busy the last couple of weeks looking for a landing spot for Mourinho if he was to be fired by Chelsea. But after no interest from PSG or Inter Milan, the market for the Special One is extremely small. Monaco being one of the few teams that could afford him and his demand for a big transfer budget.
On the other side, Abramovich has been uncharacteristically patient with Mourinho this season. In past years, a Chelsea manager would have been fired already if they had endured the sort of start to the season that the Blues have had.
But maybe the story signals that Abramovich is going to give Mourinho the time to turn around this season. If that is the case, then that is bad news the red tops as they cannot spend the next six months that the Special One is going to get fired every week. Or can they?