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Jose Mourinho tried to sign Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain when he was at Chelsea, his new book has revealed.
Mourinho’s new book, Up Close and Personal has revealed that he wanted to sign either Walcott or Chamberlain last summer when Arsenal signed Petr Cech.
Arsenal signed Cech from Chelsea that same summer and Mourinho didn’t want the goalkeeper to join a rival but Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich overruled his decision and allowed Cech move to the Emirates. The then Chelsea boss tried to make things difficult by demanding either of Walcott or Chamberlain in a swap deal involving the former Czech Republic international.
The book revealed: “He took his frustration out on Wenger, whom he blamed for unsettling Cech, and immediately hatched a plan to try to turn a straightforward cash sale into a swap deal in a bid to prise away, or at the very least unsettle, a couple of young Arsenal stars in retaliation,” wrote author Rob Beasley in Up Close and Personal, as cited by the Football Insider.
“He told me in an email: ‘Mister Wenger wants Cech and he thinks about money…he is wrong!!! What I want is to f*** him…Want Cech? OK, I want (Theo) Walcott or (Alex) Oxlade-Chamberlain!!! Want a top goalkeeper? OK, I want a young player, s*** with you but I can make him top.’
“The inference was clear. He could make Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott top, top stars and succeed where Wenger had failed.
“On this occasion the Frenchman had the last laugh for once, landing Cech without sacrificing any of his players and then seeing Mourinho sacked by Christmas 2015.”
Wenger rejected Mourinho’s attempt to take a player from Arsenal and Cech eventually completed a £11m move to the Emirates. That meant Wenger strengthened his squad without losing any of his players.