Jose Mourinho has never been one to beat around the bush, but his latest comments may well have evoked the anger of Arsenal fans after the Special One jibed that it was easy for him to land Francesc Fabregas because he didn’t want to return to the Emirates Stadium.
Mourinho, Fabregas and Arsenal
According to the Daily Mirror, relaying quotes from Mourinho’s appearance as an ambassador for BT Sport, the Blues boss has revealed that it only took him 20 minutes to convince Fabregas to sign on at Stamford Bridge, despite the fact that Arsenal were said to be in the race for him. In the end the Spaniard quickly resolved what could have easily been a long winded transfer saga by agreeing to a five-year deal which cost Chelsea £27million.
And, whilst many believed that Arsenal were in the running to bag him upon his return to the Premier League, Mourinho has laughed off that notion, and aimed a few barbed words at his English rivals.
“I spoke with him 20 minutes,” he said.
“I think he really wanted to come to us.
“As you know Arsenal had an option to interfere. But I think he was not open for that, I think he was very much in our direction so it was an easy job for me.”
Having bagged Fabregas early on in this summer’s transfer window, and followed the capture up by landing Diego Costa and Filipe Luis, it’s said that the Portuguese boss now wants to add another midfielder to his side. A box-to-box ball-winner is said to be the sort of player he is looking for, with Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira and Juventus’ Paul Pogba the two names which sit highest on his list.
Of course the chances of landing Pogba have taken a blow in recent days with the surprise managerial reshuffle which took place in Turin, and valued at £60million he was always going to be a speculative option anyway. However Khedira may well see a move to Stamford Bridge as the ideal way to guarantee himself game-time, particularly given the fact that Madrid have recently signed Toni Kroos.
Coincidentally Arsenal are also big admirers of the German international. Could it be that Mourinho deals Arsene Wenger two heavy blows in a matter of weeks?