Arsenal have already been told why allowing Granit Xhaka to leave would be a big mistake amid fresh transfer links.
Mourinho is said to have attempted to sign Xhaka a number of times in the past, and that’s hardly surprising given what the Portuguese boss said about the midfielder around two years ago.
He said: “Granit Xhaka is the main man in the entire Arsenal midfield, you can’t see it unless I lend you one of my eyes. Without him, Arsenal is lost. He is a leader. Remember, mistakes are made by humans.”
Since then, Xhaka has had to fill in at left-back during the absence of Kieran Tierney, though the versatile 28-year-old has also been praised for his work in defence.
Villarreal star Samu Chukwueze, who claimed a Europa League winners’ medal on Wednesday night, recently selected Xhaka as his toughest opponent in the competition this season.
“It was [Granit] Xhaka,” he told UEFA. “He was man-to-man marking. He didn’t give me space.
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“He was just very close to me and I couldn’t move an inch.”
Xhaka has been with Arsenal since his £35million move from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016, and he still has a contract with two years remaining at the Emirates Stadium.
But after a disappointing season, Mikel Arteta and Edu may opt to overhaul the squad, and Xhaka could be a victim in that if these latest reports are true, despite the warnings against allowing him to leave.