By Sir Hardly Anyone
It has been a desperately awful transfer window for the inventors of tittle and tattle not just because they have as ever got it mostly hopelessly wrong, but because much of the time they haven’t even got it at all, with the number of rumours being way down on the norm.
It has been almost as if the coronavirus has a beneficial side to it in that aside from being an appalling killer disease it reduces mindless gibberish among writers about transfers.
So here is our usual shutting of the window round up. Are any of these going to turn out to be true? We will know by 11pm GMT and will tell you what happened to each of these 12 players (one turns up twice and one is not a transfer tale at all).
1: Reiss Nelson
2: Lucas Torreira
Atletico Madrid make Lucas Torreira transfer decision as Shkodran Mustafi denied Liverpool move say
In short, Torreira is staying at Atletico Madrid and Liverpool don’t want Mustafi. Bit of a non-story in each case therefore. These journalists eh? What scallywags! More of Mustafi anon.
3: Ainsley Maitland Niles
But “Southampton fans respond to fresh Ainsley Maitland-Niles transfer update amid Leicester links” announces
“Report details why 23-year-old is desperate for Arsenal exit, four clubs interested” says TBR who say that he is worried about a lack of game time damaging his chances of an England call up.
4: Arteta eyeing new deal for ‘role model’ Luiz following latest showing
5. Southend United To Make Transfer Decision On Arsenal Midfielder Olayinka On Deadline Day
6. Joe Willock
‘Exactly what we need’: Some fans react as report claims their club want to loan £20k-a-week Arsenal man. The Boot Room tells us that Newcastle want Joe Willock. Sports Mole also have that.
7. Liverpool eyeing late move for Arsenal defender
8. A desperate attempt:
Not content with the mindless twaddle they serve up on Football London, the Daily Mirror which owns the site gives us “Arsenal Plot Shock Move For Crystal Palace Fullback: Is He Good Enough For The Gunners?
The Sun pick up on the same tale with “Arsenal set to make late bid for former Chelsea defender ” which is also rerun in
101 Great Goals have the same woeful tale. “Arsenal desperate” – oh how the journalists love that one. “Journalists desperate” would be more accurate.
The Daily Canon tells us that “Hertha BSC and Arsenal make final decision on Guendouzi recall”. And the decision is, he is staying there. Bit of a none story that one.
10. Eric Garcia
“Arsenal dealt transfer blow as target prefers a move to Barcelona” saysArsenal has been dealt a blow” (is that the same blow or another blow, cos there is a lot of puff puff going on here) in their bid to land Eric Garcia from Manchester City as the defender sets his mind on a return to Barcelona.”
11. Matt Smith
That from Football League World. Oh sorry I just said that. This repeating oneself is catching.
12. Patrick van Aanholt (again)
The Daily Mirror and its side-kick website Football London have just stopped even trying to be sensible how as they tell us “Arsenal attention turns to second Palace left-back”
Mikel Arteta gives latest on Shkodran Mustafi’s Arsenal future amid shock Liverpool pursuit says the Metro, of which the sum is, “there are some conversations going on”.
14. Odsonne Edouard
Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard has been urged to snub interest from Arsenal according to SportsLens.
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