Arsenal have rejected a cheeky offer of a swap deal involving Petr Cech and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Chelsea, according to reports in the English media.
Both The Sun and The Daily Mirror lead on their back pages with the attempt to lure Chamberlain away from The Emirates, in return for the departing goalkeeper.
The audacious move is thought have seen Chelsea willing to throw in a fee of around £7 Million for the midfielder.
However, Mourinho’s opposite number Arsene Wenger is adamant that is going nowhere and has slammed the door on a player-plus-cash deal.
Mourinho deviously warned last month: “Every club that is interested in Petr, I can find a player that I like in that team too.”
But Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is still just 21, is central to Arsenal’s plans and they are refusing to entertain any notion of him leaving.
The Gunners remain hopeful of a straight £10m cash deal for Cech but, while Chelsea are ready to respect the wishes of one of their modern-day legends, Mourinho has made it clear publicly that he does not want to sell him to a direct rival.
Cech, 33, is keen to move to Arsenal, which would allow him to extend his 11-year stay in London, and Wenger has made him his top transfer priority, with David Ospina failing to pull up any trees during his spell as the club’s No1 keeper.