By Tony Attwood
I thought I would push Sir Hardly Anyone aside for a moment and do a transfer column of my own.
This is based around two players that several “sources” say are most certainly on, and about to go through. One even has the player’s mother spotted talking to Arsenal, so that is absolutely certain certain, rather than part-certain.
But I just thought it might be interesting, given that these are are nailed on certs, that we might come back to these two and see where they lead to – if anywhere. I could of course have chosen any others, but these two are not utterly impossible, unlike the bulk of them which are so far left field they’ve by and large fallen off the edge of the world and had to wait for the galaxy to spin round so they can jump back on next time.
So here we go. The opening statement in the Independent (and pretty much the same everywhere else) is that
Arsenal’s midfield will soon be given a £52m boost, with deals for both Borussia Monchengladbach’s Granit Xhaka and Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot on the brink of completion, according to reports.
These reports are in the Daily Star, the Metro etc etc. The Daily Star report says that the price is £37m for Xhaka, and £15m for Rabiot.
Here’s a few snippets I picked up about the two players.
Granit Xhaka is Swiss of Kosovo-Albanian descent who plays in the midfield for Borussia Mönchengladbach (the club most famous for its guy on the terraces who shouts out “Give us a B…” and then gets ejected from the ground.
He’s a Swiss international and was called by Ottmar Hitzfeld the Swiss manager the “young Schweinsteiger”, and its a good job he’s not the old Schweinsteiger since he got crocked in the Man U game yesterday.
Here’s his record
And the international record
He’s the guy with a mother who also acts as his agent, who has be spotted in London and who plays for Paris Saint-Germain as a central midfielder starting out in the first team in 2012.
Here are his numbers
|2012–2014||Paris Saint-Germain B||9||0|
|2013||→ Toulouse (loan)||13||1|
So add it all together and we get for the clubs…
Nothing is confirmed of course but Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Freddie Ljungberg is back at the club, as a coach.
Freddie who famously had red hair made 328 appearances for us between 1998 and 2007 is going to coach the Arsenal Under-15s as he aims to gain his coaching license.
That’s it. Dead certs all.