DALEY BLIND’s ex-agent wanted Jose Mourinho to sell his client to Arsenal – but knew the Manchester United manager would never sanction the deal.
Dutch international defender who has not started a game in all competitions since winter has fancied an exit from Old Trafford last season.
The Gunners were linked with a swoop for Dutch international defender but his agent Rob Jansen suggested Mourinho’s reluctance to sell to direct Premier League rivals.
Jansen’s discussions with the 28-year-old defender before parting company are noted in the book ‘Deal’, which is on sale in the Netherlands.
It is reported that the agent said: “The nicest thing would be if he let Daley go to Arsenal. He’d be more suited here.”
Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne have come back to haunt Mourinho, who sold the duo during his time at Stamford Bridge.
But Jansen believes Mourinho doesn’t want to see his player to shine in another English club.
Jansen reportedly told Blind: “Mourinho is nervous about his players ending up back in the Premier League.
“Mourinho is a proud man, extremely proud.
“If he sells you to West Ham and you do well there, then everyone will be saying ‘Look now at who he let go!’
“So, I think he’d rather you go off to Europe. Out of the picture.”
Blind has joined Manchester United back in 2014 and has been contracted with the Red Devils until the end of the current campaign.
He is expected to leave the Old Trafford this summer and has been linked with a move to La Liga giants Barcelona
Barcelona forward Ousemane Dembele has responded to rumours linking him with a switch to Arsenal.
The 20-year-old winger has signed for Barcelona last season from German giants Borussia Dortmund for a fee in the region of €105m.
The France international forward was suffered a serious hamstring injury during his debut season for the Cataln giants.
Dembele has recently returned to full fitness and is fighting to secure regular first-team football under Ernesto Valverde.
However, Dembele has been unable to cement his spot in the Catalan’s starting XI and rumours have linked with a swtich to Premier League giants Arsenal.
But Dembele has since moved to rubbish those rumours claiming that he plans to remain at Nou Camp for a long-time.
“I’m not going to leave after just one season,” he told Telefoot.
“I signed a five-year contract with Barcelona.
“I’ll be here for a long time.”
Dembele also explained that it may take a little time before he can return to his best form.
“I’m not at the top of my game right now,” he added.
”Little by little, I will return to my best.
“I’m working on my cardio, because I get tired very quickly.
“In Barcelona I have a better lifestyle than in Dortmund.
“I didn’t have a healthy lifestyle in Germany and I didn’t get injured.
“So it’s not because of that.”
Arsenal head-coach Arsene Wenger could be having to fend off bids for Walse international midfielder Aaron Ramsey this summer with Serie A defending champions, Juventus interested in the Welshman, according to reports.
Juventus are desperate to strengthen their midfield options ahead of the new campaign with the Italian club also keeping tabs on Liverpool star Emre Can.
However, Italian outlet Calciomercato reports that the Old Lady will also try to lure Ramsey at Allianz Stadium for the next campaign.
Ramsey’s current deal at the Gunners runs out in 2019, and there is potential that the midfielder could leave the club in a cut-price deal.
Losing Welsh midfielder would be a huge blow to the Gunners with the 27-year-old has become a key part of Arsenal midfield.
And Wenger recently admitted that he wants to tie Aaron Ramsey at Emirates Stadium with a new deal.
“We are communicating,” the Arsenal boss said earlier this month.
“He’s not at the end of his contract, he has one and a half years to go.
“We want him to stay because he is one of the guys who has been here for a long time and will be an important player in the future for the club.”
As well as transfer speculation now surrounding Ramsey, the future of Jack Wilshere also remains up in the air with England international midfielder is yet to put pen on the paper.