By Sir Hardly Anyone
Oh yes oh yes oh dear.
Alexis Sanchez has agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract worth £14million after tax to join Manchester United. And it must be true because it is in the Telegraph. All the clubs are doing now is waiting for Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s agent to get out of the bath and let everyone know if the player will agree to go to Arsenal with all the negative publicity that will bring him.
Alexis rather likes it all, according to the Telegraph because it means the deal is apparently worth over £60m what with the transfer fee, the agent’s fee, the other agent’s fee, the signing on fee, the rights fees the fee’s fees, the fee fie foe fum fee, the feedly dee fee etc.
Quite why Manchester City are saying no we don’t know. Saying they are “not prepared to pay so much for a player who only has six months remaining on his contract” as the Telegraph puts it, seems unlikely since they have as much money as they want. The only issue could be that they think their wage bill will then exceed the permitted limit introduced by the Premier League this season. So could Man U be in a pickle? I suspect so unless they ship out some people.
Chelsea, who apparently according to the Telegraph, almost bought Alexis in the last transfer window, don’t want to bid against Man U.
Oh yes, and apparently the sale of Theo to Everton has also now gone through and Arsenal are “closing in on a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who wants to leave Borussia Dortmund.”
And they say that because “Aubameyang is believed to have a verbal agreement to join Arsenal” – which is not quite the same thing given that Arsenal would actually, by the laws of commerce, have to arrange things with Dortmund, and Dortmund are saying they want Giroud as part of the deal and Giroud says… well we don’t know.
They would apparently take Michy Batshuayi as a substitute but he isn’t playing ball either because he wants to go to Sevilla, and anyway they have a nice stadium, one that holds more than Stamford Bridge, and hosts Spain international matches. The Chelsea ground development is being held up by planning objections, and even if those are overcome the development time is now listed as four years from the date of sending the bulldozers in and players are saying they don’t want to play under the Bridge.
According to Ian Wright, in relation to Arsenal’s transfer policy, “Everything that is happening is being forced on them through other people. Mkhitaryan is not a player Arsenal have been after – he’s a player that Arsenal have been handed.”
Well, up to a point Ian. He did figure very strongly in the transfer rumours last summer, and although those turned out to be wrong, these stories must come from somewhere mustn’t they Ian? I mean you should know, you are part of the machine that generates all this stuff.
But Mr Wright was not finished yet, adding
“It’s the same with Aubameyang – a couple of years ago, he was on everyone’s radar but now he’s gone a bit cold. Then all of a sudden, he’s on Arsenal’s radar – it all feels panicky for me.”
98 goals in 143 games Ian. Think on that. You got 128 goals for Arsenal in 221 games. He’s got a better ratio than you.
Meanwhile the Telegraph also tell us that “Cesc Fabregas struggling for Carabao Cup semi-final return leg as Chelsea seek transfer reinforcements” (sorry about the missing verb before the third word, but that is how they speak in Telegraph land).
And of course we have some frantic frantic headlines rolling in. Just look at this…
- Yes it is a real spotted at the airport…
- And there is rebellion
Arsenal squad tell Wenger they never want to play with Alexis Sanchez again
- And yes Arsenal are getting it all wrong even though they have done nothing yet
Arsenal Made Huge Mistakes On Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang And Henrikh Mkhitaryan
- And it is going to cost…
The two demands Henrikh Mkhitaryan has made before he’ll agree to join Arsenal
And those demands are… he wants a pay rise, and his agent needs paying. Wow!
- And there has been chit chat too
What Aubameyang has said to Borussia Dortmund after agreeing terms with Arsenal
He said he has agreed personal terms with Arsenal and has told his employees there is no coming back from the incident which saw him miss the Wolfsburg match.
- So it is all go go go except it isn’t.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan unhappy with Man Utd pushing transfer to Arsenal
That is just in from the Star. Mind you they are on another planet.
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