Jose Mourinho accused Kia Joorabchian of trying to encourage Arsenal to hijack Tottenham’s deal for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, according to the super-agent.
Hojbjerg joined Spurs this week as the club’s first summer signing in a deal worth around £15million.
The Denmark international signed a five-year contract and Tottenham were always the front-runners for his signature despite interest shown by Everton.
But Joorabchian – who is rumoured to have a growing influence on Arsenal’s transfer business – revealed he was confronted by Spurs head coach Mourinho, who believed he was trying to ensure the midfielder ended up at the Emirates.
‘When a story picks up, it goes. I was talking to Jose after Pierre signed [for Tottenham] and he said, “Ah, you were trying to get him to Arsenal”,’ Joorabchian told talkSPORT when explaining the misconceptions around his involvement at Arsenal.
‘We never tried to get him to Arsenal. He had an offer from Everton.
‘A rumour picks up and people kind of think, oh that sounds good, let’s try and build on that because we have nothing else to write.’
Hojbjerg switched agents to Pini Zahavi earlier this year in an effort to seal a move away from Southampton, having been keen to test himself at a higher level.
Joorabchian, meanwhile, has a close relationship with the Arsenal hierarchy and already has several players at the Emirates, including David Luiz and Cedric Soares.
Mourinho’s efforts to rebuild Tottenham have been hampered by a limited transfer budget, but a new midfielder was high on the manager’s wish list.
Hojbjerg was keen to work with Mourinho and expressed his pride at joining Spurs.
He said: ‘I’m very proud, very happy, I’m also very excited to be here – I just want to get going, meet everyone and play football.
‘I like to bring energy, I like to bring wins – hopefully! From the first moment I got to speak to the people at the club, the coach, I think it was very clear to me that Spurs is a very big club but also a club with even more potential to reach the ultimate, and I wanted so much to be a part of that.
‘The leaders and the players that we have, world class. And the coach also, world class.’
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