Manchester Untied are prepared to test Arsenal's resolve by launching a £35million bid for their midfield star Aaron Ramsey, reports The Sun.
Jose Mourinho is currently focussing his efforts on signing Borussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan but should that bid fail, the Portuguese is ready to make the audacious move for Ramsey.
The Special One, as you can tell, is a big fan of the Wales international and would have been impressed further by his performances at Euro 2016.
Indeed, the same report claims Mourinho sees the 25-year-old as a player similar to that of Frank Lampard and wants him to take up the same kind of role in the Red Devils squad that the former England international did for Chelsea.
But he faces an epic task to convince his nemesis Arsene Wenger to sell up. For one, Arsenal are believed to value Ramsey at around £50m and second, the Frenchman is unlikely to hand a key star to a Premier League rival; not again, at least.
Embarrassment of riches
Mourinho, however, is not going into this transfer battle without good reason. He has seen Arsenal fork out £30m for Borussia Moenchengladbach playmaker Granit Xhaka, leaving Wenger overstocked in the middle of the park.
Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny are all competing with Xhaka and Ramsey for a spot in the midfield two.
For Ramsey, it could mean significantly more time playing on the right-wing, which is something the player himself has admitted is far from ideal in the past. That makes convincing Ramsey to join him at Old Trafford something of a possibility, especially if he can guarantee him a central-midfield berth.
There is an intense rivalry between both Mourinho and Wenger that will have to be overcome if this deal is to have any chance. For starters, the Arsenal manager has never been able to beat Mourinho in a Premier League match, something the Manchester United manager will no doubt remind him of when they meet next season.
Then, you have the whole 'specialist in failure' thing, which is hardly going to make Wenger open to the idea of selling one of his brightest players.
What seems like is that this transfer story was placed to either stir Arsenal or to try and catch the eye of Ramsey's management. For now, a deal between the Premier League rivals seems complete unfeasible.
Still, it's fun to read about.
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