The Blues have done some great business in selling their unwanted players.
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has taken some criticism for allowing some Chelsea players to move on in the twelve months since he returned to the club – but it can’t be doubted that the Portuguese boss and the club hierarchy have negotiated some impressive fees for their unwanted talent.
With Romelu Lukaku’s permanent move to Everton bringing the total raised, from just five players, to a staggering £141 million – allowing Mourinho to invest heavily in the likes of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas.
These are the five players who he has allowed to move on since returning to Stamford Bridge:
Kevin de Bruyne (Wolfsburg, £18m)
The first player to be allowed to leave was Belgian attacking midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, who Mourinho allowed to join Bundesliga outfit Vfl Wolfsburg for a fee of £18m after just a few months of working with him – pocketing the club a cool profit of more than £11m on their initial investment in de Bruyne from Genk.