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Chelsea manager Mourinho was offered Man United forwards Di Maria and Falcao before Van Gaal

Jose Mourinho was offered the chance to sign Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao last summer, but turned down the opportunity through fear of causing "an explosion" at Chelsea.

Di Maria and Falcao were offered to Chelsea. Credit: PA

The Special One has the same agent - Jorge Mendes - as Di Maria and Falcao, but didn't want to pay the pair's astronomical wages because he felt it would have caused unrest at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to the Sun, Mourinho said:

Jorge told me Di Maria and Falcao are his players and he has to find solutions for them," Mourinho is quoted as saying by The Sun, who carry extracts from the book The Key to Mendes. Radamel Falcao is earning a reported £260,000-a-week.

But if Chelsea doesn't have the financial capacity to pay eight, nine or ten million euros a year, because of [financial] fair play, of course Mendes has to think about his players.

We couldn't bring Falcao or Di Maria because I didn't want to, either. I can't have a player earning 10 million when others earn three, four or five. That would have caused an explosion.

– Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

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Man United and Arsenal at war over Brazilian

Brazilian centre back Gabriel joined Villarreal in 2013. Credit: Reuters

Arsenal and Man United have approached Villarreal about signing centre back Gabriel Paulista, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has confirmed.

The towering defender moved to Spain from Brazilian club Vitoria in 2013, and has impressed at the heart of Villarreal's back four this season.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are the only two clubs in La Liga who have conceded less goals than Gabriel's Villarreal team this season.

United and Arsenal will be required to meet Gabriel's £15.3m buyout clause.

Man United make £26.8m offer for defender

United want to add Nicolas Otamendi to their ranks. Credit: PA

Spanish reports claim Man United have made a £26.8m offer for Valencia centre back Nicolas Otamendi, which has been rejected.

The Argentine international has starred for the Champions League chasing club in La Liga this season, and Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claims United are eager to recruit him this month.

Fergie has 'never forgiven' Khan for Man United snub

Khan rejected the chance of joining Man United in 1994. Credit: PA

Former Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn thinks Sir Alex Ferguson has never forgiven him for snubbing the chance to join Manchester United.

Kahn told German fans' website Fanbookz that he had a "serious offer" from the Red Devils in 1994, but he instead opted to join Bayern Munich, with whom he played 14 seasons before retiring in 2008.

"Alex Ferguson has never forgotten that," Kahn said. "He still holds that against me to this day."

According to former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, Kahn committed a cardinal sin.

"You never say no to Sir Alex," the Dane said on the same programme. "It would have been a good experience for Kahn (at United)."

Redknapp 'won't lose sleep' about QPR sacking

Redknapp's QPR have lost ten consecutive away games. Credit: PA

QPR manager Harry Redknapp believes "there's no point losing sleep" about the possibility that he'll be sacked by the club.

Reports this week have suggested the former Spurs and Portsmouth boss will lose his job at Loftus Road if the Premier League strugglers are beaten by Manchester United on Saturday.

I've got a great relationship with owner and the shareholders, but if they want to take a change of direction then that's their decision.

There's nothing I can do about that, whatever they do they do. There's no point losing sleep.

– QPR manager Harry Redknapp
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