Jose Mourinho is set to make a shock move for Everton contract rebel Ross Barkley.

Sunday Mirror Sport can reveal that the Manchester United boss tried to sign the England midfielder when he was in charge at Chelsea.

Two years ago Chelsea had a £35million bid for the player turned down with Goodison Park chairman Bill Kenwright insisting that Barkley was going nowhere.

But Everton are now under growing pressure to cash in on the 23-year-old with the midfielder’s contract only having just over a year to run.