By Sir Hardly Anyone
Is Pierre Emerick Aubameyang signing for Arsenal? What about Malcolm? What about Martial? The bloggettas and the newspapers tell us that all three are, or are not signing. And that is not just that one blog picks one, and a newspaper picks another. They are all changing their views by the hour.
And they do that to the exclusion of virtually all the other tittle tattle stories. Which probably means none of them is coming our way.
So now Arsenal are being linked with a double swoop for both Malcom and Aubameyang. And Arsenal agree €50m deal to sign Malcom as Alexis Sanchez’s replacement. And… well you know how it goes.
All the rest of the usual serious (I use the word in an in-exact manner) discussion (ditto) about transfers has been set aside in the race concerning Aubameyang and Malcolm and the outsider Martial. So here’s some stuff I picked up.
- Aubameyang is 28
- Malcolm is 20
- Martial is 22
And if that is not enough for you here is some more.
Pierre-Emerick Emiliano François Aubameyang plays for Borussia Dortmund and Gabon. When those in the know (and come to that those not in the know) write about him they speak of his speed (30 metres in 3.7 seconds). He can plays as a centre forward or a winger.
Here are his stats
Malcom Filipe Silva de Oliveira plays as a forward for Bordeaux.
This season he has played 19 and scored seven. Malcom was called as a replacement for Kenedy at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, playing in 5 matches, including the Final. This season he has played 19 games and scored seven goals.
Anthony Joran Martial
He is French and plays for Manchester United. He won the 2015 Golden Boy Award for the best under-21 player in Europe.
He signed for Manchester United in 2015 for an initial fee of £36 million which could potentially rise to £57.6 million, at least that is what the reports tell us, but who really knows?
It was supposedly the highest fee paid for a teenager in football history even before the potential increase.
He scored in his first match for United, and was named the Premier League Player of the Month in his first month in English football. So why do Man U want to sell him? Some say they don’t so the deal is a non-starter.
As for the other name often mentioned, Mahrez, apparently Leicester are refusing to sell him.
On the other hand none of this might be happening because the usually unreliable Daily Canon tells us that there is a “Blow for Man Utd as Arsenal miss out on £44m Alexis replacement”. In their case the replacement is Malcolm.
Oh yes and the ever cryptic Daily Express tells us that “MANCHESTER UNITED (their caps, they like to do that) will announce the signing of Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez later this week due to the timing of their game against Stoke, reports say.” (Quite what the logical of that is I don’t rightly know).
But just in case it all sounds too depressing for words, just remember this headline from Sport Witness.
“Bild say Arsenal are ‘hot’ on Bundesliga star, want to sign him within next two weeks”
Now we know that some of the newspapers etc must be wrong, since the chances of us signing all three are slim. However the biggest likelihood based on past performance is that all of them will be wrong.
And then what?
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