Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho convinced Loic Remy to snub Arsenal and complete a late move to Stamford Bridge during a telephone call with the French international forward last weekend, according to Sunday Times journalist Duncan Castles.
Remy completed a £10.5 million move to Chelsea on Saturday night, signing a four-year deal at Stamford Bridge to ensure Mourinho had a direct replacement for Fernando Torres, who in turn joined AC Milan on a two-year loan deal.
Castles believes Arsenal were still interested in activating Remy's release clause right up to 48 hours ago, when Mourinho moved the goalposts and made a personal intervention to make sure his striking options look flush this season.
One summer saga finally ends
Remy has effectively been touted across the entire Premier League over the last three months, but after missing on a Liverpool move due to a failed medical and playing twice for Queens Park Rangers his long-term future has finally been decided.
The 27-year-old asked Liverpool for wages of £110,000-a-week before that move fell through, and its believed that Chelsea have agreed to meet those demands so that strike star Diego Costa has genuine competition for a starting spot week-in, week-out.
Castles believes Remy's mind was only finally made up on the short switch across West London from QPR to Chelsea when Mourinho called, imploring the clinical forward to "join the project" he's put together in search of Premier League glory at the Bridge this season.
Arsenal fans left waiting on deadline day again
Mourinho's clever late move looks all the more astute when you consider the comparative strike woes of London rivals Arsenal, who now once again look well short of quality in attack with the transfer window perilously close to slamming shut.
Olivier Giroud had surgery to repair a broken left foot on Wednesday, but Wenger still waited more than 72 hours before eventually sounding out QPR over the possibility of signing Remy, a proven Premier League forward.
That dithering has cost the Gunners dear and barring some late magic in the transfer market put huge pressure on Yaya Sanogo and co, a dearth in quality made to look even worse by Manchester United's stunning late swoop for Radamel Falcao.
Chelsea have reason to be smug though, with Remy swapped for Torres and waiting to prove himself as a valuable asset over the next four seasons.