“Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is planning a major title push next season and the boss is aware of the need to bring in only the best in the summer to achieve his target.
“This reports is according to the Metro, Arsene Wenger long time target Karim Benzema is expected to join Arsenal today from Spanish side Real Madrid, Reports says Benzema will fly in today to complete his Medicals.
“Arsenal have been negotiating for the transfer of the Spanish International for a while now, Arsenal initial bid of £30.5million was rejected by the Spanish giant, Arsenal have now tabled a fresh bid of £40.5 million to push the move through and reports suggest the offer has tempted Madrid in selling the clinical finisher.
“Although previous reports suggest Arsenal’s hopes of signing Benzema from Real Madrid has been dismissed by the boss, as Wenger has moved to disregard every speculation that the striker is on his way to the Emirates after last weekend’s Community Shield press conference.
“But now that seems to be in the past as Daily Telegraph reports that Real Madrid are expecting the Frenchman to make the move to the Emirates before the close of the transfer window.”
So that isn’t actually a done deal is it? He hasn’t actually signed has he?
The first thing to notice is that this story is verified apparently by a story in the Metro which appeared on, oh, 3 August which reads
“Arsenal have been given a boost in the hunt for Karim Benzema with Real Madrid expecting him to join the Gunners, according to reports.
“Benzema, who has apparently been subject of two bids from Arsenal for the player this summer, is Arsene Wenger’s top transfer target.
“And after Spanish outlet AS said a £45.8million deal is being talked over, the Daily Telegraph reports that Madrid are expecting the Frenchman to join Arsenal before the transfer window shuts.
“The paper goes on to say that the Benzema saga could go right until the end of the transfer window.”
OK so Goonersden.com published an article yesterday which took us to a week old article in the Metro which quoted a story in the Telegraph. Looking a bit fishy, not to say old.
So what did the Telegraph say?
“Real Madrid are resigned to losing Karim Benzema to Arsenal this summer, and have already began targetting replacements for the French striker.
“According to The Metro, Arsenal will break their transfer record to sign the player for a fee in the region of £50 million.
“Despite an impressive scoring record while at the Bernabeu, it is believed Real are willing to lt him go, and would look to replace him with one of Alvaro Morata, Fernando Llorente, and Sergio Aguero.”
Now that is rather odd, because the Telegraph is taking us back to an even earlier story in the Metro.
So let me get this right. Goonersden is citing a week old story in the Metro which sites a story in the Telegraph which cites a story in the Metro.
So let’s see what the update is…
Today the Metro is running this story
Karim Benzema ‘has transfer offer on table to join Arsenal’
The story tells us…
“Karim Benzema reportedly has an offer on the table to leave Real Madrid for Arsenal this summer.
“The Frenchman has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates, with the calls for him to be signed intensifying in the wake of Arsenal’s opening-day defeat to West Ham.
“And according to reports, the 27-year-old already has an offer to join Arsenal, and will now need to decide where his future lies.”
That suggests no transfer, and still no medical as promised in the first headline, but let’s see where these “reports” lead to…
Well it is actually a story in donbalon:
Los cinco nombres de Rafa Benítez para cubrir una salida de Karim Benzema
which roughly translates as “The five names Rafa Benitez is considering to cover the departure of Karim Benzema.”
But here’s the thing – that story is dated 3 August. We are still stuck in that time warp.
So then I went a-looking. The Soccer aspects site looked to have the answer with “CONFIRMED: Gunners have complete another summer transfer!” but in fact their story is “As the Mirror reports Wolverhampton Wanderers have reached an agreement with Gunners to sign goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez on loan.”
But surely this will hit the mark, also from SoccerAspects
BREAKING: Arsenal have £42.5 million bid for World Class star accepted!
French star has been heavily linked with a move away from Santiago Bernabeu this summer.
However, Los Blancos are reluctant to sell forward, but Wenger thinks a big fee plus a huge wage will make Benzema arrive in London before the summer transfer window closes.
Benzema signed a 6-year contract with Los Blancos for a fee of €35 million in 2009. He is believed to be one of the best forwards on the planet. Benzema has scored 15 league goals this season for Real Madrid, only bettered by Cristiano Ronaldo at the club, but after joining six years ago he may be tempted for a new adventure.
According to the latest reports Real Madrid star Karim Benzema is ready to join Arsenal for £42.5 million.
So that headline about a bid being accepted is a downright lie then.
And that’s it. A story which leads back to a report of over a week ago which leads to another story of over a week ago, and which leads round in circles, and a headline that is a total lie.
We are all being conned.
So why do I keep reporting this, and why does Untold keep revealing these con tricks? Because we are all, you, me, everyone, we are all being treated with utter and total contempt, and I think that should be exposed. The press and the bloggets are playing a game with us, and a spot of naming and shaming is in order in my opinion.