Jose Mourinho is planning an audacious move for Arsenal midfielder, Aaron Ramsey if he misses out on Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Armenian international, Mkhitaryan, 27, is Mourinho’s priority target and preferred choice for the advanced midfield role. But the Bundesliga club are playing hardball despite the player rejecting a new deal and making it clear that he wants a move to the Premier League.
Mkhitaryan’s agent, Mino Raiola has confirmed that they are not willing to give up on the move as the chance to join a club of United’s stature does not come often.
United have tabled an improved bid of £28 million for the Armenia captain, after an initial offer of £19.3m was rejected.
Mourinho, has however identified an alternative to the Armenian international and is set to reignite his ongoing feud with Arsene Wenger with a bid for the highly-rated midfielder.
25-year old Ramsey, is taking the Euros 2016 by storm and Mourinho wants him to be Manchester United’s answer to Frank Lampard.
Welshman Ramsey has been one of the players to watch at the ongoing European Championships in France after his key role in helping his nation reach the last 16.
Ramsey had a pretty average season in comparison to previous campaigns, while also struggling to nail down a regular place in his preferred midfield role.
He was deployed on the right wing at times by the French manager – much to the annoyance of the Wales international – and he aired his displeasure.
Mourinho knows Wenger has just spent £30 million on Borussia Moenchengladbach playmaker, Granit Xhaka, which leaves him with an embarrassment of midfield riches.
Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny are all vying with Ramsey for a midfield role. Gunners boss Wenger also remains a huge fan of Leicester’s N’Golo Kante.
Ramsey is growing increasingly frustrated at his failure to nail down a central midfield role at the Emirates.
Mourinho will tempt him by offering a similar role to the one he gave Lampard at Chelsea, having seen him drive Wales into the last 16.