Transfer balls: Joao Moutino linked to Arsenal as Monaco clear the wage bill
Arsenal are looking at Monaco’s Joao Moutino. The Daily Telegraph says:
‘Joao Moutinho free to join Arsenal’
Free? No. The tabloid Tele’s story is rooted in The Metro, who add that Manchester United and Chelsea are keen on the Portuguese. The paper says Arsenal are readying a bid of £18m.
The Guardian says Monaco are “willing to let the Portuguese go for €20m”.
Fluctuating exchange rates make euros-to-pounds conversions a tricky sum. Given the current state of the Euro Zone, €20m could be anything from £20m to 10p.
The Express, which turns out to be the source of the Metro’s story that Moutino has “agreed” to join Arsenal, adds:
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is understood to be willing to let Mathieu Flamini leave the Emirates and could be in the market for a replacement.
Moutinho for Flamini?
Facts are thinner than Yvette Cooper’s mile. And we’ve been here before. Back in 2012 Sky Sports announced:
Sky Sports understands Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a club record £22million deal with Porto for Joao Moutinho.
Wrong. Moutinho never arrived at Spurs.
This new story goes that Monaco is on £110,000 a week and Monaco want him off the books.
Is anyone else outside the Premier League keen on the player?
Such are the facts.