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RUMOURS: Arsenal want Mourinho

Arsenal are looking to take advantage of hesitation from Manchester United and appoint Jose Mourinho as Arsene Wenger's replacement for the start of next season, according to Fichajes.

The United hierarchy are undecided on Louis van Gaal's future, with inconsistent results and uncertainty over Champions League qualification coming alongside the successful blooding of youngsters.

Mourinho's appointment, it is assumed, would see academy graduates once again see their chances restricted in favour of more heavy summer first-team investment, while Ryan Giggs continues to wait for the hot seat.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are growing impatient at the continued underachievement under Wenger, with Arsenal again set to miss out on the Premier League title despite City, United and Chelsea all underperforming.

With Mourinho recently claiming he will be returning to a managerial position in July, United now have a strong rival for the Portuguese's signature.