The Everton skipper is being lined up for a creative attacking role at Internazionale in support of Adriano and Zlatan Ibrahimovic - and Mourinho is prepared to do whatever it takes to get his man.
"Neville is everything I admire in English football," Mourinho may have said. "He is the second best player in the world behind Frank Lampard but nobody else can see it. I will shine my light on him at Inter and then you will see his magic."
Back on planet Earth, Newcastle United's Sebastien Bassong has issued a spectacularly cliched 'come-and-get-me-plea' to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.