Having won the Premier League title in 2014/15, Mourinho faced a dressing room revolt in the following campaign, with the Brazilian seemingly being the only player to keep on giving his all.
The delay and stand-off in this move has frustrated Mourinho, with good reason; Bale is certain to remain in Spain and Willian, who was with the Chelsea squad in yesterday's losing Community Shield attempt, has now declared that he has no intention to leave Stamford Bridge. I hope I can work with him again someday.
"Mourinho is the best manager I've ever worked with", he declared.
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer also insisted that Boateng would be "missed" at Bayern and Alaba admitted he felt the same way.
With rumours swirling about the potential signings of Leicester's Harry Maguire and Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld, it is nevertheless telling that the Portuguese is displeased United have left so little time to complete any potential transfer business.
"We were unlucky to get the Friday match", said Mourinho.
It doesn't seem like the most outrageous of claims to suggest that managers should be able to coach the best out of their players, which begs the question, why shouldn't every manager feel the same? "So if we don't make our team better it will be a hard season for us".
The debacle has shades of the Ivan Perisic chase of last summer; where Jose Mourinho clearly wanted the Croatian, but Ed Woodward did not wish to bid the extra few million to convince Inter Milan to sell.