This is the sort of Arsenal transfer rumour that used to send a chill down the spine of the average Gooner. But that was back in the lean years when the club was asking Arsene Wenger to somehow keep the team close to the top of the Premier League table and therefore in the lucrative Champions League.
The fact that the Frenchman managed to do so every year, despite being forced to cash in on our best players like Adebayor, Nasri, Cole and many more, is remarkable. It also meant that the Gunners came out of the financial shackles imposed by the building of a new stadium as early as possible and that means that we are now looking for top players to sign rather than struggling to keep the ones we have.
And that is why the report in The Mirror today about the Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho making an audacious bid for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can be viewed with amusement and even derision by Arsenal fans.
The story goes that Mourinho, after seemingly failing to stop Petr Cech coming to play for Arsenal, is trying to get one of our players going to Stamford Bridge as part of the deal. And you will not be surprised to see that the report claims that Wenger is not even willing to entertain the idea but just wants to give Chelsea the money for their keeper.
Chelsea might have been wiser to try for one of our fringe players like Gnabry or Akpom and even then I don´t think the prof would have gone for it. Attempting to get one of our best and most promising stars of the future in the Ox, however, is just daft. Jog on blue boys!