• Tottenham’s Levy tried to block Ozil’s move to Emirates
HAD Arsenal not bought Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho probably would have been persuaded to let the Gunners have striker, Demba Ba, on loan.
A Stamford Bridge source revealed that Mourinho balked at the thought of adding Ba to Arsenal’s armoury after the arrival of Ozil to the Emirates because the ‘Special one’ suddenly realized that Arsene Wenger’s team have become a real challenger for the English Premiership and other titles Chelsea are interested in.
Arsenal saw their late move for Chelsea’s Ba knocked back, with Mourinho refusing to do business with a direct rival, according to reports from The Mirror.
The Gunners made an audacious loan move for the out-of-favour Senegalese front-man on Monday, as they searched for adequate back-up for first choice striker, Olivier Giroud.
The North Londoners even offered a £1.5m fee to push the deal through, but Mourinho stepped in to block the move, citing their presence, as rivals at the top end of the table as a big factor.
Although West Ham, Newcastle and Napoli were all believed to be interested, Ba failed to secure a move away from Stanford Bridge, and is set to remain at the club until at least January.
With the likes of Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o already at ‘The Special One’s’ disposal, it’s unlikely that the powerful front-man will enjoy much playing time in West London.
Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy, attempted to block Real Madrid’s £42.5 million sale of Mesut Ozil to Arsenal on transfer deadline day, according to a leading Spanish newspaper.
Another interesting story emanating from the Ozil move to Arsenal was that Levy tried to block it.
Levy was told that Ozil was not for sale by Real so was stunned to discover the Germany midfielder was on his way to their north London rivals. Apparently Spurs had enquired about the availability of Ozil in July and August during discussions over the world record £86m transfer of Gareth Bale.
El Confidencial are claiming that Levy called Real president, Florentino Perez, on Monday in an attempt to stop Ozil’s transfer to Arsenal.
Levy felt betrayed after lengthy negotiations over Bale and a partnership agreement between Spurs and the Spanish giants that was agreed when Luka Modric left White Hart Lane last summer, but Perez politely informed Levy that the deal to sell Ozil to Arsenal was all but done.
Ozil admitted he had not expected to leave the Spanish giants but revealed once it was clear he no longer figured in the first-team plans of Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, following the signing of Bale, he had no hesitation in moving on to a fresh challenge at Arsenal.