Duncan Castles, perhaps best known for writing for the Sunday Times on a weekly basis, has made a staggering set of claims on One World Sports today.
For the second day running, rumours are spreading that Arsenal are considering replacing Arsene Wenger with Jose Mourinho.
Before going any further, it’s also worth noting that Italian daily Corriere dello Sport today linked Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini with the Gunners job.
It’s starting to feel more likely that Wenger could leave Arsenal at the end of the campaign. But Mourinho as his replacement?
After a fluffy report from the Sun on Monday, Duncan Castles has today stuck his neck out with some actual details of Arsenal’s behind the scenes managerial moves.
He’s reported that the Gunners have reached out to the Special One via a third party, whilst the Gunners have also encouraged Mourinho not to sign a deal with anyone until May.
It’s widely assumed that the former Chelsea boss will be in the Old Trafford dugout at the start of next season. But Castles has now challenged that narrative:
Jose Mourinho is considering an approach to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
Mourinho was approached by a third party claiming to represent Arsenal at the beginning of this month, following successive losses to severely understrength Manchester United and Swansea City sides.
The former Chelsea manager was asked if he would be interested in working at Arsenal should Wenger’s position be made vacant, and to hold off on making a decision on other offers until May.
Aside from Man United, Castles also reports that AS Roma and Inter Milan have offered Mourinho positions at their clubs.
So is the report credible? It’s hard to know, but Castles isn’t the type of journalist who simply makes up stories, while his article is detailed and contains substance.
Saying that, yesterday’s report in the Sun came from Spanish website Fichajes.
As we’ve repeated many times previously, Fichajes simply invent lies, and they have absolutely no credibility whatsoever.