Wenger is reportedly keen on acquiring the services of Phil Jones, who hasn’t featured for Manchester United since January, following injuries to Paul Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny and a failed attempt to sign Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi.
The two managers have been engaged in a famous turf war for a number of years, exemplified most recently in a touchline spat in 2014.
According to the London Evening Standard’s James Olley, Mourinho will not entertain the idea of doing business with the Frenchman.
Selling players to title rivals always represents dangerous territory. Arsenal made that mistake in 2012; their decision to sell Robin van Persie to Man United led to the Gunners giving the Dutchman a guard of honour on his return to the Emirates.
More recently, Louis van Gaal‘s decision to let Danny Welbeck go the other way came back to haunt him in galling fashion.
Indeed, strengthening a title rival’s squad is something Mourinho – a staunch, warrior like pragmatist – would never do, even if Arsenal were prepared to pay a heavy price. The 53-year-old must be chuckling at Wenger’s transfer market mishaps: whilst Mourinho has made four massive signings, Wenger has failed to attract the likes of Jamie Vardy and Jonny Evans to the Emirates.
No wonder Mourinho labelled the Frenchman as a “specialist in failure.”