Jose Mourinho would not allow Phil Jones to secure a transfer to Arsenal because of his feud with Arsene Wenger, according to reports.
The Manchester United defender had been linked with a potential move to the Emirates amid Arsenal’s defensive crisis.
The Gunners only have two fit central defenders in their squad and are struggling to push through moves for the likes of Shkodran Mustafi.
But Jones was not a viable option for the Gunners to pursue either, according to the Sun.
Mourinho was unwilling to do business with Wenger due to their fractious relationship, despite being willing to let the England international leave.
The pair have endured a bitter relationship during Mourinho’s time in England, with the Portuguese even once calling the Frenchman a ‘voyeur’.
And their friendship is not set to blossom anytime soon, especially after this latest refusal to do business.
66-year-old Wenger who will celebrate his 20th anniversary as Gunners boss in October, has one year left on his contract at the Emirates and is yet to negotiate an extension.
There are times when Arsene Wenger seems bewildered by modern football. It’s not tactics or relating to players that’s the problem — the Arsenal manager gets all that.
Wenger, 66, just cannot seem to fathom how the transfer market has broken away from any notion of common sense.
The Frenchman is not the only person in the game who shakes his head ruefully when talking about fees and wages.
Most insiders can see the absurdity of paying more than £100 million for Paul Pogba but accept it is a natural consequence of the spiralling television deals that fund the Premier League. Wenger, though, cannot seem to make the intellectual leap.
It means that summer transfer windows are where we see the Arsenal manager at his worst. He shies away from reinforcing the team because the targets are overpriced, thereby going into the season short-handed with problems left unaddressed.
Wenger wants value for the money he spends, but if Arsenal gets drawn into another unedifying deadline-day scramble for recruits it is likely to prove more expensive.
His reluctance to pay the going rate has been his undoing in the transfer market over the past decade.