IS Sami Khedira leaving Real Madrid to play for Arsenal? Transfer Balls – Anorak’s look at utter bilge presented as fact to news-hungry football fans - spots news on the website CaugthtOffside. It is an “EXCLUSIVE”:
The new Arsenal player is World Cup winner Sami Khedira.
JOSE Mourinho says Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere is setting children a bad example. The Chelsea manager notes:
“What football players do, millions and millions are watching, lots of kids are watching.”
Well, no. Wilshere was in a hotel pool in Las Vegas. Millions of kids were not watching. One adult paparazzo lens leering at the footballer in his swimmers was.
Mourinho adds that the kids looking in will start thinking…
“…if a top football player can smoke then I can smoke and it is not a problem.”
THE Daily Mail’s Adrian Durham continues his routine attack on Arsenal with a tour de force. Ignoring facts – many of which are stated in his own paper – Durham focuses on three Arsenal players involved for Germany in the World Cup final. Rumours that Durham rehearses his columns by sitting in the shopping precinct and shouting them at pigeons cannot be ruled out.
This week’s highlights are:
The FA Cup gave the fans a great day out, but seeing Arsenal players win the World Cup is a reality check for Gooners who are letting Wenger get away with it.
After waiting all this time they should demand more. And in fairness to Gooners they do want more. In fact they are so desperate for more, they have hijacked Germany’s World Cup success as some sort of trophy for Arsenal.
TRANSFER Balls: What news in the mainstream media of Real Madrid’s German midfielder Sami Khedira? Let’s look at the Daily Express’ reporting on the player’s move to Arsenal.
Daily Express, June 16 – and Khedira is a Gunner:
Daily Mail Attacks Manchester City’s Joe Hart And Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere For Following Its Health Tips
HOW football journalism works, with the Daily Mail’s Neil Ashton. Before the World Cup, on May 20, 2014, England were at the Grove Hotel for the Lions and Roses dinner. The charity event hosted by the England Footballers Foundation “raised £362,000 in a night for charity… and even Premier League stars were surprised at that amount of money!”
One bidder paid £10,000 for a round of golf with Manchester City’s Joe Hart and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney. Ashton notes:
In an era when it is so easy to casually criticise the players, this event, in football parlance, could be described as ‘a leveller’. Every member of that squad, from captain Steven Gerrard and vice-captain Frank Lampard to Southampton trio Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Luke Shaw, understood their roles and responsibilities.
TRANSFER Balls: Is Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Sami Khedira heading from Real Madrid to Arsenal?
The Daily Star manages to link the player with four of the biggest English clubs:
Liverpool and Man United join Arsenal and Chelsea in four-way £24m fight for Sami Khedira
Jack Wilson is in full Balls mode:
Both Arsenal and Chelsea have been linked with moves for the 27-year-old Real Madrid midfielder.
Linked by whom? Jack doesn’t say. Instead he just speculates to deadline:
But their attempts to sign him could be hit by their Premier League rivals… Manchester United were after Khedira last summer and ready to try and snap him up again. Liverpool could also reportedly move for the German.
TRANSFER Balls: Is Santi Cazorla leaving Arsenal?
Metro, June 13: “Santi Cazorla has told Arsenal he wants to quit the club and join Atletico Madrid this summer”
The Herts&Essex Observer added: “Arsenal rocked as star demands to return home”
SPAIN midfielder Santi Cazorla wants to return to play in his home country and leave Arsenal this summer.
ESPN had more news:
Cazorla is quoted as having told a man who told a man who told the papers:
Everyone tells me [Atletico] is a good club, Koke and Juanfran are there as well [as David Villa]. But I do not know anything. Until after the World Cup I do not want to know.”
This site had a fact:
And then… Arsenal put Cazorla in the shop window, literally.
And the Arsenal bought Alexis Sanchez, as told by the Guardian:
A measure of the stature of the signing is that Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Flaimini and Mikel Arteta all cheered when they were told the news at yesterday’sThursday’s official unveiling of their new Puma kit.
The Mail was there (as were we):
Arsenal fans that queued outside Puma’s flagship store for hours enjoyed their first glimpse of the club’s new kits as Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini stepped into the front window of the shop wearing the home, away and cup strips…
Cazorla, Arteta and Flamini were all present at a glitzy unveiling at the Puma store in Carnaby Street, before Arsenal spectacularly unveiled the kits to the public via a 20m high water projection visible from the North Bank of the River Thames, right in front of the London Eye.
And ESPN, which talked up Cazorla’s move away from the Emirates:
…Cazorla, whose superb free-kick in the FA Cup victory against Hull helped Arsenal end their nine-year wait for a trophy, was equally impressed with their new signing and believes Sanchez will help the club challenge for top honours. “He’s a fantastic player and a first class player,” Cazorla said [of Sanchez]. “He will bring even more quality to the side which is why we’re all very happy about it. We can focus on the new season and try to win the Premier League. The FA Cup win took a lot of pressure off us so it was great to end nine years without a trophy, it was very big. We will now go into the new season and try to achieve the same again.”
About that sale..
TRANSFER Balls has a quick look at the kind of to-deadline exclusive churned out by the Daily Mirror:
Andy Dunn has words of doom and gloom to Arsenal fans:
TRANSFER Balls – Anorak’s regular look at speculation and rumour being presented as fact in the mainstream press. Today the Daily Mail leads with news that Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez is on his way to Arsenal.
Simon Jones writes:
Arsenal have agreed a £34million deal in principle with Barcelona for Chile international forward Alexis Sanchez but Barcelona are waiting to see if Juventus can match the offer.
The Metro has similar news, only it does that neat trick of altering the fee to stand out as a unique story on the search engines:
The Mirror reads the round-up of figures and opts for the more circumspect:
Mirror Sport understands a deal hasn’t been completed yet, but the Gunners are working to agree a fee with Barcelona.
So. The consensus is that Sanchez is a Gooner.
Well, not quite.
On July 2, the Express told us:
Liverpool to bank Alexis Sanchez as Barcelona jet in for Luis Suarez deal
And on June 25, the Express reported:
LIVERPOOL have already completed the signing of Chile’s Barcelona star, and Arsenal and Manchester United target, Alexis Sanchez…
So said Phil Thompson, who told one and all:
“Just yesterday I heard things from people, newspaper guys who are very close to the ground at Liverpool, saying that the Sanchez deal was actually done.”
Oh, and in case any Arsenal fans are feeling happy at the news, the Independent notes:
So. No deal done…yet…
Such are the facts…
Transfer Balls: Barcelona Begin Alexis Sanchez Auction As Arsenal, Liverpool And Manchester United Check His Teeth
TRANSFER Balls: Is Alexis Sanchez heading from Barcelona to… Liverpool? Let’s see what the trusty media have been saying today:
The Daily Express says Sanchez is Liverpool bound:
Liverpool to bank Alexis Sanchez as Barcelona jet in for Luis Suarez deal
It’s a banker. Bookmakers in Malasia are paying out. But wait a moment. The Daily Mail says the player is not keen on the move.
Alexis Sanchez would prefer Arsenal to Liverpool despite Barcelona wanting to use him as part of Luis Suarez deal
Transfer Balls: Arsenal Loving Sanchez Joins Liverpool Who Sell Sterling To Real Madrid And Suarez To Barcelona
TRANSFER Balls – a regular look to-dealine rumours and anonymous sources presnted as news in the mainstream media. The Independent says that Alexi Sanchez could be on his way to the Premier League:
Alexis Sanchez transfer latest: Arsenal and Liverpool to step up battle for Barcelona star
How do we know they will?
Among those linked with the player are Premier League duo Liverpool and Arsenal.
Of course, this is Transfer Balls – ome aim of which is for the media to link every top player with as many leading Premier League clubs as possible – so the Express adds:
Alexis Sanchez PREFERS Arsenal to Liverpool and Manchester United
Transfer Balls: Mario Balotelli Plays Joins Manchester United’s Hernandez In Newlook Arsenal Front 5
TRANSFER Balls: A round-up of Mario Balotelli news in the scoop-to-deadline mainstream media:
The Guardian has news:
‘Replaceable’ Mario Balotelli could leave Milan, says agent
Could. Maybe. Any other news?
Striker’s agent says: ‘Mario is sad, desperate’
TRANSFER Balls: The maisntream media have been linking Mario Balotelli with move to Arsenal. The player hasn’t said a word. Have Arsenal?
Today the Metro says the Gunners have:
Mario Balotelli to Arsenal is pure invention, says Arsene Wenger
When quizzed over the speculation, Wenger told beIN Sports World Cup show that it was ‘pure invention’.
Invented by..? Well, two days earlier the, er, Metro announced:
Arsene Wenger to meet with Mario Balotelli’s agent to discuss Arsenal transfer
One day later, the Metro had more news:
Arsenal want to sign Mario Balotelli by July 10 to star in Puma kit launch
Arsenal want to complete a deal to sign Mario Balotelli from AC Milan before July 10th – so he can feature in their new kit launch.
It’s left to the Mirror to sum up the facts:
Mario Balotelli could return to the Premier League next season
He could. Just as Wenger could pick himself to play up front. Or pick Mario to play in defence.
More Transfer Balls every day…
TRANSFER Balls highlights the sterling work of the Daily Express’ Ben Jeffersen, who writes:
…Chelsea and Arsenal will join the Red Devils in the race for Gonzalo Higuain… Arsenal eye a plan B if they fail to sign Mario Balotelli.
So. Arsenal’s Plan A is to sign Mario Balotelli and Plan B is to sign Gonzalo Higuain. And let us not forget the Sun’s news that the Argentine already plays for the Gunners:
TRANSFER Balls: it’s been a busy Press for Arsenal’s search for a top striker. So far, the trusty mainstream Press has had Arsenal signing Carlos Vela, Loic Remy, looking at Hulk, Antoine Griezmann, Mari Mandzukic, Karim Benzema, and have bid for Mario Balotelli.
And so to today’s news, brought to you in the trusty Daily Express:
GONZALO HIGUAIN could be on his way to Arsenal…
Gonzalo Higuain has hinted he could be leaving Napoli, with Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United all interested.
TRANSFER Balls: Having reported that Arsenal ‘lifer’ Thomas Vermaelen has committed his future to the Gunners and agreed to join Manchester United, the media looks for a new angle:
The Daily Mirror reports:
Arsene Wenger could look for a part-exchange deal with Manchester United over Thomas Vermaelen, writes John Cross.
The Arsenal boss has been keeping tabs on Tom Cleverley and also has an interest in Chris Smalling.
TRANSFER Balls: We begin with the Mirror’s news on Mario Balotelli:
EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal are ready to pay around £25m for AC Milan’s ex-Man City striker Mario Balotelli.
Ex-Man City striker was Italy’s World Cup match-winner against England last weekend but AC Milan want to get him off their wage bill
So. Arsenal might bid for the player? There are no quotes from anyone around AC Milan, Arsenal or the player. That’s an exclusive?
The Daily Star says the Gunners already have bid for him:
Arsenal launch stunning £25m move for AC Milan bad-boy Mario Balotelli
Transfer Balls: Thomas Vermaelen Says He Will Never Leave Arsenal As He Agrees To Join Manchester United
TRANSFER BALLS: The Telegraph says Arsenal club captain Thomas Vermaelen has agreed a deal to join Manchester United this summer. The Belgian will earn £100,000 a week for five years – £30,000-a-week more than his current salary.
This is about as shocking as seeing the Pope in a funny hat. But to the Express it is shocking.
Manchester United make SHOCK move for Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen
Back in August, the Metro quoted the injury-prone Belgian:
Thomas Vermaelen tells Arsenal: I want out
SO. CESC Fabregas the man with Barcelona “DNA” and Arsenal in his heart has joined Chelsea. Good for him. But no-one really likes him. He is just about the most disloyal player on the market.
Reaction to the move been noisy. It seems that Fabregas can’t do right by anyone (except his bank manager).
The Times says he’s upset Chelsea fans:
Cesc Fàbregas risks Chelsea anger after revealing Arsenal regrets
Cesc Fàbregas risked angering fans of his new club after completing a move to Chelsea for £29.5 million last night when he appeared to regret being denied the chance of a return to Arsenal.
ARSENAL Balls. In January 2013, Arsene Wenger told us about Cesc Fabregas:
“I’m not convinced that he won’t come back here one day. He is really an Arsenal man. He loves Arsenal and watches every game of Arsenal. But of course Barcelona was his home town where he grew up and you have to accept that will come into it, especially with them having the best team in the world. [Fábregas would not come back] in the next two, three years, certainly not, because he is linked with Barcelona. But maybe later.”
Next season Fabregas The Gooner can watch Arsenal games up close – for at least two of them (against Chelsea) he’ll most likely be on the same pitch…
TRANSFER Balls: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is in Brazil to chat for French TV. Now read on…
Matt Law in the Daily Telegraph tells us why Wenger is there:
Arsenal manager arrives for World Cup 2014 in Brazil armed with shopping list of potential strikers…
Arsenal are planning to sign at least one striker and Mandzukic is high on Wenger’s list of targets, which also includes Karim Benzema and Mario Balotelli who are also at the World Cup with France and Italy.
TRANSFER Balls with the Daily Fabregas – Anorak’s look at today’s reporting on the Barcelona player.
TalkSport cites the Daily Mirror:
Arsenal are passing up their right of first refusal to buy Fabregas back, as they feel they have greater priorities elsewhere…
That’s TalkSport, the organ that told its readers on June 5:
The Daily Star has other news:
EXCLUSIVE: Manchester United end hunt for ex-Arsenal man Cesc Fabregas
FOR some days Anorak has been bringing you the Daily Farbregas, an offshoot of our Transfer Balls (TB) round-ups. The aim in in TB is for all the mainstream Press to link the top players with each of the top English clubs. Facts matters not. If a source says Fabregas is off to Manchester City, the story gets written.
In fact, the only top England team not interested in Cesc is Arsenal
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) June 11, 2014
TRANSFER Balls: It’s the Daily Fabregas, a round-up of expert views in the media.
The Daily Express says that Cesc is not yet a Blues player because – get his – billionaire sugar daddy Roman Abromaovich is worried about a £1million:
Chelsea’s move for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas is being held up because Roman Abramovich doesn’t want to see any of the fee go to Premier League rivals Arsenal.
TRANSFER Balls: How’s the summer been treating Marco Reus? Well. He’s out of the World Cup with an injury. But what about afterwards? Is he leaving Borussia Dortmund?
June 10, Daily Mirror: “Manchester United transfer rumours: Barcelona in for Marco Reus but Dortmund holding firm”
According to reports in Spanish daily Sport, United’s hopes of signing Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus could be scuppered by Barcelona.
It’s reckoned that the attacker – who will miss the World Cup through injury – has agreed personal terms over a move to Camp Nou.
Stella reporting from, the Mirror, there.
Can the Daily Star do better? Also today, is report:
He’s staying! Borussia Dortmund KO Manchester United’s hopes of signing Marco Reus