Tottenham Hotspur bidding for Anthony Martial is a waste of time

Carl Jenkinson of Arsenal (L) is put under pressure from Anthony Martial of Manchester United (R) during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on...

Tottenham Hotspur want Manchester United's Anthony Martial it seems, but Jose Mourinho's previous dealings with Arsenal suggest it won't happen.

According to RMC Sport, Tottenham Hotspur have made an offer for Manchester United's Anthony Martial. With his United future in doubt, the France international would be a superb addition for Spurs.

Problem is, it won't happen as long as Jose Mourinho is in charge at Old Trafford.

Carl Jenkinson of Arsenal (L) is put under pressure from Anthony Martial of Manchester United (R) during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on...

In 2013, Mourinho, then at Chelsea, admitted that he personally blocked Demba Ba's deadline-day transfer to Arsenal on the basis that the Gunners - who had also just signed Mesut Ozil - would be Premier League title contenders.

Quoted by The Belfast Telegraph, Mourinho said: “We didn’t accept Arsenal’s offer for Demba Ba because the signing of Ozil makes them title contenders.”

Tottenham, however, are already title challengers, if the previous two seasons are anything to go by, and if the Portuguese manager refused to sanction Ba's switch to the Emirates then he's hardly going to let a player of Martial's calibre and potential join Spurs.

Selling him to Mauricio Pochettino's side would strengthen the Lilywhites' Premier League title bid more than Ba would have strengthened Arsenal's four years ago and fans of the North London club shouldn't get their hopes up over signing Martial.

In an ideal world, they would have a chance with a big-money offer, but it's not an ideal world and history suggests that the United boss would never go for it.

Manchester United's new Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho attends a photocall on the pitch at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, northern England, on July 5, 2016.
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