Transfer balls: Arsenal buy Aleksandr Kokorin (but don’t)
Transfer balls: Arsenal have bought Aleksandr Kokorin. Well so says the Daily Telegraph:
Only, they haven’t. The paper reports:
Aleksandr Kokorin has been linked with Arsenal throughout the summer and autumn but finally seems to be set for a winter move to the Emirates according to reports in Metro that a £4.3m deal has been agreed for the Dynamo Moscow striker.
The Metro? Over there, the news is confirmed in a headline. Below it we read George Bellshaw’s scoop:
Arsenal will sign Dynamo Moscow striker Aleksandr Kokorin, according to reports in Russia….the deal will be tied up in January with Kokorin agreeing personal terms with Arsenal, according to Russian outlet Izvestia.
Over on that Russian website we read that Kokorin is in talks with his current club. His contract with Dynamo Moscow expires in the summer. The Russians did offer the player a contract extension, but money’s tight so the new offer was for him play on for less money.
The reports adds that no deal has been struck. An unnamed ‘source’ says the player wants to join Arsenal, and Arsenal are interested. But another source says Kokorin’s more likely to play for West Ham or Swansea City.
Such are the facts.