Mendyl (who was part of the Morocco squad in the WC and therefore under previous rules should have had no trouble in getting a visa, completed a move from Lille to Schalke earlier this week.  Schalke boss Christian Heidel was asked about the transfer and said: “I think otherwise he would have gone to Arsenal.”

Which means that headlines like “Gunners eye Russian youngster” might be incomplete if the transfer can’t be arranged.  According to our old friend “reports” centre half Igor Diveev who is 18 was watched at the COTIF youth tournament.  He scored in the game against Argentina and currently plays for FC UFA.