Jose Mourinho says that he personally blocked the release of Demba Ba to Arsenal after learning about the Gunners' acquisition of Mesut Ozil, according to ESPN.
Arsenal were more than inactive in the transfer market, but all but compensated for their initial failure after landing Ozil for £42.5 million.
But, Arsene Wenger's side had the primary target to sign a striker, and so was pushing to sign the former Newcastle player on a season-long loan.
But, Mourinho called off the transfer, believing that the move would have strengthened Arsenal further, and potentially turned them into serious title contenders.
"I did not accept Arsenal's offer for Demba Ba because added to their signing of Ozil, they would have been title contenders," Mourinho said, according to ESPN.
The Chelsea boss holds the German player in high regard, and even went on to compare him with Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane. He had previously worked with the player at Real Madrid.
"Ozil is unique, there is no copy of him, not even a bad one," added 'the special one'.
"He is the best No. 10 in the world. He made things easier for me and his team-mates with his vision of the game and the decisions that he made.
"Everybody loves him and you can see a bit of Figo and Zidane in him."
Mourinho has already loaned out Romelu Lukaku to Everton, and, with the departure of Ba, would have been left with only Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o as his senior strikers at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal, on the other hand, have only Oliver Giroud and Yaya Sanogo as their options up-front at the Emirates Stadium.
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