Chelsea star's Arsenal comment shows United didn't threaten Mou - should they now?

Demba Ba reiterated why Jose Mourinho refused to sell him to Gunners in statement that has implied meaning for Juan Mata's Manchester United transfer.

While there may be a striking cull at Stamford Bridge over the course of the summer, with Samuel Eto'o reportedly discussing contractual terms with Besiktas (Metro) and Internazionale interested in recruiting Fernando Torres, the Chelsea career of Demba Ba may be salvaged.

He told the Daily Star that Jose Mourinho asked him to stay at the club next season: "He assured me that my situation would change."

Ba, who was pursued by Arsenal last summer, could be joined in the senior team with the promotion of Patrick Bamford and the dual acquisitions of Diego Costa and Mario Mandzukic.

The player revisited the link to the Gunners, explaining that Arsene Wenger wanted the transfer yet was shot down by Mourinho.

"I was approached by Arsenal last August but Mourinho refused to let me join them, as he said he didn't want to help a rival team to get stronger."

Considering the Portuguese ratified the transfer of Juan Mata to Manchester United just five months later, Ba's comments effectively confirm that whilst Mourinho has downplayed Wenger's FA Cup achievement, he does see Arsenal as a legitimate threat - but the same perhaps cannot be said of United under previous manager David Moyes.

But what about a United led by incoming boss Louis van Gaal?

The Dutchman, a title winner in three different countries, links up with the Old Trafford outfit after his responsibilities with the Netherlands at the FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil, however, there is the danger of the club being disappointed for two summers in a row when it comes to transfers.

Last year, United's main summer market purchase was the panic buy of Marouane Fellaini and, while players like Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben have all been linked, as the days progress, it appears that none of them are likely candidates for a transfer.

Van Gaal, though, is bullish over his chances of success not just in his three year tenure at Old Trafford, but immediately, claiming a Premier League crown is in his sights this time next year - should that worry Jose?

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