By Sir Hardly Anyone
After yesterday’s look at which youth players are now training with the first team, looking to be the next Bellerin or Iwobi, it is interesting that Mourinho has started to “defend” his own record with youngsters. Speaking about the fact that he simply could not find ways to bring young players through he said, “Some of them are big names, they are today Champions League winners or in the Euros, playing for national teams and 49 is a lot. So once more, one lie repeated many times, sometimes it looks like it’s true but it will be always a lie.”
The Telegraph does not take kindly to this, responding that
The 49 players that Jose Mourinho promoted from academies, and why his list does not stand up to scrutiny
Of the 49 players cited at Benfica, Uniao de Leiria, Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, almost half of them – 23 – made just one appearance under Mourinho with another 10 playing only two games for the Portuguese. Most were packed off on loan or sold no sooner had they being handed their debuts. Just 14 of the players listed made more than five appearances under Mourinho, who bristled at suggestions he does not give enough opportunity to youngsters.
Which makes an interesting change from the normal hero worship fawning over Mourinho and Man U which most media sources dish out day after day after day after…
Meanwhile one of the names missing from yesterday’s preview of the youth players looking to be promoted to the first team squad at Arsenal was Jon Toral who was so superb at Birmingham last season. The story is that he has another loan deal – this one with Granada (that’s the Spanish club, not the old TV company from Manchester).
So onto today’s transfer inventions.
1: Arsenal make move for experienced Borussia Dortmund defender
Arsenal have (allegedly) made contact with Borussia Dortmund over a move for central defender Neven Subotic, according to the Daily Star. Apparently he has recently “hinted” that he wants to leave and “Arsenal are now keen to swoop in for the 27-year-old as they look to bolster their defensive options.” His problem is that he is on the beach too much. Really?
2: Robin Van Persie set for shock Arsenal return?
How bizarre do you want your bizarre to be? Or how desperate do you want to portray Arsenal as?
According to the Dutch journalist Rep Ports
Earlier this week, Fenerbahce president Azil Yildirim said: “Van Persie? We’re waiting for buyers, if he wants to be sold.”
3: Arsenal to offer Morata £££££££
According to Talksprout, Arsenal will give Alvaro Morata loadsofmoney if he will only sign.
This is the story that has been bouncing around since April. Morata rejoins Real Madrid from Juventus after activating the £23m buy-back clause, and then sell him on to Chelsea and PSG probably both at the same time, but also raise the prospect of Arsenal at £144,000-a-week salary.
4: Bayern Munich making bid for Koscielny whose contract ends in one year.
This Evening Standard story then took a twist with others saying that Koscielny’s contract doesn’t end in one year and that Bayern made a mistake. So you have your choice of analyses here
a) Bayern made a mistake but were stupid enough to let their interest be known before checking
b) The contract does end in a year but Kos is going to re-sign
c) The contract doesn’t end in a year but Bayern knew that all the time and there was no bid, it was all made up. Surely not.
5. Wojciech Szczesny to return to Roma on loan
Gazza Mercato is now called an outlet by the bloggettas, which is rather odd. Anyway, Szcz had a successful loan last season, wanted to stay, but Arsenal were playing silly buggers over the deal, but have now reached agreement. That at least is what the outlet namers are saying.
“It is rumoured that Roma could make the deal permanent next summer.” So there we are.
6. Worrying for Arsenal that the top clubs keep sniffing around
Footlatest is indeed click bait with Sky Bet funding it, but if you can avoid being sucked into the adverts you might see the headline noted above.
and if that were not enough trying this
Tempting players to the Emirates is one thing, but retaining them is something else, with major teams from La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga all linked with Arsenal stars. Barcelona have long been associated with interest in re-signing full-back Hector Bellerin, while Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are apparently set to compete for centre-back Laurent Koscielny. Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez is also in doubt, with Juventus enquiring as to his availability.
Although the two defenders are questionable in terms of current quality, the transfer rumours should come as some concern to the Gunners. If the European heavyweights attempt to raid the Arsenal squad, it will be difficult to reject their advances, potentially crippling efforts to upgrade and improve.
I leave you to make of that what you want. “Questionable in terms of current quality”???
7: Dan Crowley to Oxford for the season
This one is a done deal. Apparently.
8: Stefan O’Connor on trial at MVV Maastricht.
I think that means having a run out with the football club, rather than having been arrested.
9. Tyrell Robinson to go to West Ham
No more news on that one as yet. Either you read it hear first (or perhaps second) or I shall blame someone else. [This is exactly the sort of honesty that other outlets reporting transfers utterly lack and what makes Untold so different – Tony]
10: Arsenal now plan to pay Everton £38m for Romelu Lukaku.
“Which of the two will be on penalties remains to be seen, but as any manager will tell you, it’s a nice problem to have.” That passes for wit in the Guardian which made the story up.