Gunners look into the possibility of signing Manchester United defender after he infuriated Jose Mourinho by refusing to play at Swansea
CHRIS SMALLING could make a surprise move to Arsenal after falling out with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.
After the match at Swansea, Mourinho said of Smalling: “Valencia had surgery on his arm, Bailly has a long-term knee injury, Smalling doesn’t feel that he can play 100 per cent with his pain. Luke Shaw told me this morning that he was not in the condition to play so we had to build a defensive line.”
He also compared shirkers Smalling and Shaw unfavourably to his other players, saying: “I know Ashley Young is not a right-back but Ashley Young is a champion. Matteo Darmian is always ready to do his best and Phil Jones, he understands the moment of the team.
“Maybe his process would take him more time but he’s put himself on the line to go with the team. Marcos [Rojo] is the same.”
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One of Shaw’s predecessors in the position, Gabriel Heinze, all but ended his Man United career when he requested a move to Anfield under Sir Alex Ferguson.
And Liverpool would have to significantly improve on the £29m Man United paid Southampton for Shaw if they want to have any chance of signing him.