Chelsea and Arsenal 'took the p**s' with their respective pursuits of Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez during the summer transfer window, according to former Liverpool star John Aldridge.
Rooney was the subject of intense interest from Chelsea during pre-season as the west London club looked to recruit the striker before the transfer deadline after it was revealed he had handed in a transfer request.
Manchester United, however, stood firm with David Moyes intent on keeping Rooney at Old Trafford, and Chelsea proved futile in their two attempts to bring the player to Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal, meanwhile, were prepared to pay in excess of £40 million to clinch the signature of Suarez from Liverpool, but Arsene Wenger was unable to prise the Uruguay international away from Merseyside.
The fact that neither club was able to conclude a deal for their top targets pleased Aldridge, who does not believe Chelsea or Arsenal were respectful in their bids to claim the services or Rooney and Suarez.
"While my loyalties have long been clear on the two great clubs of English football, Arsenal and Chelsea have been taking the p**s out of Liverpool and United with their pursuits of Suarez and Rooney this summer," he wrote in the Sunday World.
"Those deals were never going to materialise and I’m pleased that United and Liverpool treated the offers that came their way with the contempt they deserved. The top clubs don’t sell their best players to domestic rivals – apart from Arsenal, it would appear."