TRANSFER Balls: Are Arsenal buying Paris Saint Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot? Let’s see what balls the media has been reproting.
The Metro says the Gunners have bid £11.9million for the player. The paper says his agent is in London to finalise the deal.
In another story from today, the trusty Metro notes “Arsenal are not thought to be close to signing anyone”.
It’s almost as if the Metro makes it up as it goes along.
HOW much is qualification to the Champions’ League 2014 worth to Arsenal?
The Sun: “ALEXIS SANCHEZ paid off his entire transfer fee with one kick — firing Arsenal to a £50million Champions League place”
The Times: “…a goal worth roughly £30 million in prize money”
Olivier Giroud has undergone successful surgery to repair a small fracture to his left tibia. Scans following Saturday’s match at Everton confirmed the injury and after specialist opinions in the following days, the decision was taken to have surgery in London on Wednesday afternoon. Olivier is expected to return to action in approximately four months.
In other new, Giroud wears his kit to watch the football:
TRANSFERBalls: The Daily Express says Arsenal are “keeping tabs” on Barcelona’s 18-year-old “wonderkid” Munir El-Haddadi.
Rumours are that he can be purchased for £10m. And that would be a relative snip given that he scored on his Barcelona debut.
Stories linking Arsenal with Munir emerged in January. And nothing happened…
TRANSFER Balls: Arsenal and Manchester United never did sign Mehdi Benatia.
That’s a big shock to readers of Nick Lustig, one of the Star’s football writers:
Arsenal and Utd in two-horse race for Mehdi Benatia as Roma scrap Bayern meeting
TRANSFER Balls: Arsenal are going to sign…
The Mail says it’s Danny Wellbeck, Manchester United’s spare part. Sami Mokbel says Arsenal “will” move to buy a striker before the transfer window closes. And top of the list is Wellbeck.
TRANSFER Balls: From news of the sublime Edinson Cavani heading to Arsenal, comes news that the Gunners have all but agreed to sign… Nikola Zigic. The very tall striker is undergoing a medical at the Emirates.
This news from Zigic’s native Serbia has been picked up by the Mirror and the Sun.
Zigic is a 6’7 barely mobile mast who was released by Birmingham City.
If this move happens – and that if is bigger than Zigic’s noggin – it will be the shock transfer of the season…
TRANSFER Balls: The Express leads with the news that Arsenal are lining up a £50m move for Paris St-Germain star and Manchester United target Edinson Cavani.
Anthony Chapman has news:
…according to reports in France, Wenger is determined to sign Cavani before the end of the window, with a £50million bid believed to be in the works.
What reports in France, he doesn’t say. If only there were a way of linking stories to their sources on a world wide web.
TRANSFER Balls: The Daily Express has sensational news for Arsenal fans. The Gunners are not buying one striker. Nor buying two strikers. They are buying three strikers. This will leave them with NINE strikers (not including the others – ed).
As Arsene Wenger told us:
“We have [Yaya] Sanogo who will be an important asset, we have Giroud, we have Lukas Podolski, we have Joel Campbell who can play centre forward. We have Alexis [Sanchez] and [Theo] Walcott coming back. Let’s not forget that.”
MANCHESTER United have moved to buy Artuo Vidal, the Chilean midfielder. The fee is a £34m plus one Mexican striker namely Javier Hernández (Guardian) or £31.8m (Independent). Vidal, the Juventus skipper – they are the Italian champions - must be overjoyed to be heading to Manchester United, England’s seventh-best team.
But, then, the Belfast Telegraph calls Vidal “fragile”, which is a comment on his right knee rather then his mind. The Indy says that knee is so dodgy any move “may require a complex, appearance-based contract”.
Back in Manchester, United manager Louis Van Gaal is talking players:
“I cannot say anything about transfers and you have to understand that. When a transfer is finished, then we say anything. But now you have to wait and see. If the moment is there Manchester United shall announce it. But it is not only Di Maria. Maybe Vidal or Messi. We are a big club.”
TRANSFER Balls: With the football Transfer Season coming to an end, the media experts have taken out their scatterguns and aimed them at Arsenal. In the past 24 hours, Arsenal have been linked with the following players:
The Metro says Arsenal want Alessio Cerci
The Star says Arsenal want to buy Atletico Madrid’s Toby Alderweireld
The Mirror says Arsenal want Wolfsburg’s Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo
The Mirror says Arsenal want West Ham’s Winston Reid
The Metro says Arsenal want Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho
Arsenal Balls: Manchester United’s Wellbeck, Remy, Podolski And Radamel Falcao’s Futures Rest On Giroud’s Ankle
ARSENAL Balls: how football reporting works with the Telegraph’s Matt Law. He’s looking at Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.
In an “EXCLUSIVE”, Law writes:
Arsenal could be forced into late transfer window move for striker after Olivier Giroud injures ankle
TRANSFER Balls: Arsenal are being linekd with a move for Olympiacos defender Kostas Manolas. Is there any truth in it? After all, in 2013, the Star said Manolas was being watched by Newcastle. That followed the Star’s September 2013 news that “Tottenham, Sunderland and Fulham targeting Greek defender Kostas Manolas”.
The source for the Star’s scoops was Gazzetta.gr, a site that said Manolas was on his way to Juventus in a done deal (August 8) and heading to Roma (March 2012).
Numerb of quotes from anyone connected to thsoe clubs: nil.
Also in 2010, Manolas was an Everton player.
So. What now for the Greek player?
IS Sami Khedira heading to Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United? Transfer Balls investigates what the media experts have been reporting on the Real Madrid player.
Sami Khedira could be heading for Bayern Munich, as he misses Real Madrid’s Spanish Super Cup clash to watch his brother play in Germany
So. German goes to Germany. Read all about it! Did Khedira met with Bayern Munich? No.
But Charlie Eccleshare has more facts:
…it is unclear whether Bayern’s manager Pep Guardiola is interested in the World Cup winning midfielder.
By “unclear”, he means ‘I have no idea’. But.,.
Sportsmail understands that Khedira is not Guardiola’s first choice for the central midfield position, which could put the breaks on the deal.
TRANSFER Balls: Are Arsenal looking to get shot of Olivier Giroud, their main striker?
The Metro screams:
Arsenal to offer PSG £32million plus Olivier Giroud for Edinson Cavani transfer
The Metro’s annoucnemnt is based on a single report by a website called Sport.fr. It reports:
Giroud, the perfect signing for Paris
Transfer Balls: Arsenal Sell Lukas Podolski As Khedira Arrives And Buy Douglas Costa Who Likes AC Milan
TRANSFER Balls: The Sun leads with news that Arsenal are ready to sell Lukas Podolski to Galatasaray. Is the German going to be taking selfies in Istanbul?
German tabloid Bild agrees. Podolski’s agent, Nassim Touihri, tells the paper:
“There have always been questions. Now we have a concrete interest from some teams. Lukas is in London, and he feels good.”
TRANSFER Balls: Having been linked with amove to Arsenal, is AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli on his way to…Liverpool?
TRANSFER Balls: A look at football rumours being passed off as fact by the mainstream press. Let’s look at how much Arsenal and Spurs want the titchy Brazilian called Bernard.
The Daily Express has news:
Arsenal and Tottenham on alert with Brazilian starlet Bernard set for loan move
Ben Jefferson adds:
ARSENAL and Tottenham are on alert after Shaktar Donetsk revealed plans to try and send Bernard out on loan this season.
TRANSFER Balls: The reporting on Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira. Is he heading to Arsenal? Chelsea? Anywhere? All these facts are from today’s media:
The Metro says the German World Cup winner is available for £8m.
TRANSFER Balls: Is Edinson Cavani coming to the Premier League? And if he is, which club badge will he be kissing?
The Daily Express has a truly epic headline that takes in no fewer than four of the top five English teams:
Arsenal to gazump Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea with £51m bid for PSG star Edinson Cavani
Transfer Balls: Samuel Eto’o Heads To Liverpool Via Arsenal, Everton, Ajax, Inter Milan And Sunderland
TRANSFER Balls: Is Samuel Eto’o heading to Liverpool? What about Arsenal, Everton, Ajax, Inter Milan or Sunderland?
The Sun says he might be.
The Sun’s story is an “exclusive” – that you can also read in the Daily Star:
The Star says “Liverpool have yet to make a formal approach for Eto’o”.
ONCE upon a time a journalist’s job was to find answers. Now it’s just about asking questions to get clicks. Take this balls from the Independent, which added a new low to the media bilge about Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen making a move to Manchester United. (More on that here.)
TRANSFER Balls: Is Mats Hummels leaving Germany for the Premier League? The media hasn’t a clue. But that hasn’t stopped hacks stating rumour, speculation and utter balls as facts.
The Daily Express says Hummels has agreed to join Manchester United. The fee is £16m.
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TRANSFER Balls: How the media covered the transfer of Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen.
We won’t sell any more players to United after RVP, insists Arsenal boss Wenger
But on June 16, the tabloid-style Telegraph told its readers:
Then Sky Sports stated that Manchester United were favourites to sign the Belgian:
And the Belgian wanted United:
Sky sources have revealed that United are Vermaelen’s preferred destination and the Old Trafford club will have no problem matching or beating Barca’s offer.
And the Mirror had beaten Wenger and scored his “dream move” to Old Trafford:
And then the news broke.
The BBC noted:
Barcelona have completed the £15m signing of Arsenal’s Belgium international defender Thomas Vermaelen on a five-year contract. The 28-year-old passed a medical on Saturday and was presented to fans and media at the Nou Camp on Sunday after finalising the deal. “Coming to Barcelona is a dream move – it wasn’t a difficult decision at all,” the centre-back said.
Looks like he got his dream move after all – just not to the club the British Press reported…
The Daily Arsenal: a case study in obsessional fandom
Why Adrian Durham’s devotion to the North London club sets the benchmark for true Gunners everywhere.
Listeners to talkSPORT – the national radio station that pumps out sing-along ads for builders’ merchants 24/7 from a ketchup-stained studio on south London – will know that surly Drivetime anchor Adrian Durham has redefined the terms ‘troll’ and ‘shock jock’ to the point where neither really does him justice any more.
A troll tends to pick on one victim and stalk them in cyberspace. Durham’s prey is an entire football club and its employees and supporters, whom he has been winding up on a regular basis for several years.