By Tony Attwood
Having learned to stand upside down, deal with very large lizards and not get frightened by some very alarming bird calls, and having been stung by a jellyfish the wildness of transfer rumours, well, half a a world away.
But I must say the Daily Mirror gave me a laugh-out-loud moment with its story that “Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly a shock target for Barcelona. The Portuguese has been linked with an emotional return to Old Trafford in recent times but recently pledged his future to the Champions League holders. Nevertheless, AS cite a story from El Larguero that suggests Barca are keen on snapping him up this summer.
“It is claimed their presidential candidate Joan Laporta met with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes yesterday.”
Now this is someone beyond the pale because you see this coming January the jolly old Barcelona can’t sign anyone because Fifa, for once in its life doing the right thing, has banned them from signing anyone. Indeed come next July and August they are in the same position. They have to wait until 1 January 2016 to make a signing.
Odd that the Mirror forgot that. Still, so did the increasingly weird, wild and woolly Daily Telegraph which ran the headline line, “Barcelona to rival Man Utd for Ronaldo signing”
This joined up journalism really is a bit tough. I mean, you can make up your rumours, but when one of the participants is forbidden from dealing, it makes the whole thing look a bit, well, daft.
So what else is new? Well, Liverpool are ready to rival Arsenal for the signature of 19-year-old Lazio striker Keita Balde Diao according to the Sunday Excess.
And Lukas Podolski, 29, “looks set to leave Arsenal in January after bemoaning his lack of first-team opportunities at the Emirates.” That is in the The Evening Standard, who also announce that Roma striker Mattia Destro, 23, has welcomed rumours linking him with a move to Arsenal.
The Sunday Sun (the reborn News of the World) says, “Everton are lining up a move for Arsenal misfit Joel Campbell, 22, and are prepared to pay £7m for the Costa Rica striker.”
And back with the weird and wonderful, the Telegraph says, “David De Gea’s broken finger will not prompt Manchester United to sign 32-year-old free agent Victor Valdes, with reserve goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard set to play against Arsenal instead.” So, the RUMOUR is that with their first team keeper injured Man U are going to play their reserve keeper. WOW!!!! Really working hard at the Telegraph, these days.
Nothing to do with Arsenal, but pertinent given the issue of managers and their security of tenure, “Liverpool are considering whether to sack manager Brendan Rodgers after an underwhelming start to the season.” That’s the Mighty Metro. Tough one that. I wonder who they have lined up as a replacement.
And don’t forget
- San Marino 0 Estonia 0
- Moldova 0 Liechtenstein 1
Those are not rumours, they are results.
Untold’s indexy type things
- Over half of the 92 league clubs have gone into administration this century. What next?
- Does spending on transfers automatically bring success? Arsenal compared to the rest.
- Manchester City v Arsenal: the team and the FA Cup
- Has Arsenal now caught up with Manchester City?
- Manchester City v Arsenal: the referee and the FA Cup