- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would like to leave Borussia this winter.
- His transfer depends on several other players in the Premier League.
- If a deal does not materialize, a whole pack of transfers fail.
In this analysis Borussia Dortmund would go for an exchange or part exchange for Giroud because they would get a highly motivated player and get rid of one who is causing them lots of trouble. The downside is that Giroud is 31 and this will be his last big foray into internationals so if that is his motivation, then that motivation will partly vanish.
Personally I don’t see Giroud like this – as a man needing an outside motivation. Aubameyang on the other hand could be a different kettle of fish.
Now we have to be very careful in all this, especially as I made a mistake in the previous article over the amount of money Chelsea has spent. At least here I have managed to spot that the comment that “Theo Walcott made 63 appearances this season” in the German paper is not quite the case (although something may have got lost in translation), although the paper might be right when it says that Arsenal have received 22.5 million euros from Everton for him.
But let’s go back to this Raiola character. He is not the adviser to Sanchez, and yet he seems to have managed to get himself pretty much involved in Manchester United’s bid for Alexis, saying that Alexis could not go to Man U without first the situation concerning Mkhitaryan being sorted out.
And then one has to remember that Railoa is has Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and substitute goalkeeper Sergio Romero under contract – so if he really is pulling the strings for all these players he has an undeniable influence on the club. The transfer movement of players is still maybe poker, but one guy seems to be holding a lot of the cards.
But of course although the media love to focus on Arsenal and its real and imaginary issues, they do occasionally like to give a dig at other clubs, as with the Give Me Sport website that says
“Steve McClaren has warned Alexis Sanchez’s wages could create dressing-room disharmony at Manchester United.”
And the Mail has a new twist on the “spotted at the airport” theme. Traditionally that headline was used for the arrivals lounge, where it is easy to hang about and watch people coming through from the first class lounge or the private jet and being whisked away. But the Mail team of reporters have been watching the departures lounge (allegedly) and say, “Arsenal and Tottenham target Malcom seen on a plane with his girlfriend… but where is the Bordeaux star going?”
Sadly we are not told.
Plus after weeks and weeks of knocking Arsenal, the Star suddenly changes its position and tells us today that “Alexis Sanchez To Man Utd: Arsenal Star Is Wrong To Play For Jose Mourinho”. Talk about an “about face”.
Now as I mentioned I know that today I have been seriously criticised for getting my figures wrong in terms of Chelsea’s transfers, but when it comes to saying “Arsene Wenger to seal £50m record Arsenal transfer for second January signing” I do think I can say that we have now signed two people – although since both have names, the spelling of which I have to look up each time I want to write them – maybe others have the same problem.
But for Shoot.co.uk one transfer it is, and their second transfer is going to be Aubameyang, and that will be two or three unspellable names in one transfer window. No wonder I make mistakes.
Anyway, one more for now.
“Manchester United and Arsenal may be finalising the swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexis Sanchez, but the two clubs will be on opposite sides as they battle for FC Porto midfielder, Danilo Pereira’s signature.” That’s from Sports Keeda. Is it true? I leave that up to you.
From Arsenal History Society.
- How a 14th monk described Arsenal’s failure to buy Moisés Caicedo and Mykhailo Mudryk
- The January transfer window moved few players around: but did any club benefit?
- Are Newcastle United really in financial difficulty? And what about Arsenal?
- Did Arsenal want Mudryk and Caicedo, and was it just luck that they didn’t sign them?
- Is the Premier League getting more exciting or simply ever more predictable?