Having stated yesterday that he was “hoping to have something to tell you” to the press regarding potential incomings, Arsene has inadvertently set the rumour mill into a white-hot state of chattering. With unfortunate injuries having come along at the most inopportune of moments, we need players – so they say – and there’s plenty of stories floating around the Goonerverse to have a look-see at.
One deal that might – MIGHT – have been done is a loan with Juventus for Mirko Vucinic. He’s a furry-faced centre forward who likes to put himself about a bit – not sexually, as far as I know – and is capable of coming into the side and making an impact. I don’t claim to know all that much about him as I’m not an aficionado of Serie A, but my extensive research – YouTube – leads me to believe he has the physical attributes and style of play to suit a move to the Premiership. It’s being reported mainly in Italy that the deal was agreed yesterday with the loan initially thought to be to Inter Milan having fallen through. There could be a decent element of truth to this.
But that’s the smaller of the stories. The big one surrounds Julian Draxler. Across many avenues, tales have emerged that Dick Law and a delegation of Arsenal representatives are in germany attempting to negotiate a deal with Schalke. This one, I hope is true. In true parsimonious fashion, it’s alleged Arsenal aren’t at all keen on meeting Draxler’s £37m buy-out clause, and instead are preparing an offer in the region of £24.7m – a full £12m short.
I hope that is not true. If we want the player badly and he has a clause that enables us to discuss terms, pay it. If he’s as good as everyone feels, that extra £12m will be fairly easy to get back when we sell him in 5 years to Barcelona (I’m joking). Again, I’m no expert on the player, but I have tried to do my research – YouTube – to get a little more familiar with him. I think he looks exceptional – a truly gifted footballer who could make the transition from wide/central attacking midfielder to striker in the same way Henry and van Persie did.
The seconds are ticking down until the window closes tomorrow, but I do get the impression genuine effort is being made to recruit. We could find ourselves empty-handed come Saturday and whilst that certainly isn’t ideal, it’s also something we should be prepared for. All these fibs and mendacious tales make it practically impossible to decipher between truth and hogwash. All I have is my gut instinct and that’s not known for being particularly accurate. It’s guesswork, folks. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens, but I do have a favourable inkling towards the unveiling of a new faces.
That’s all on a news front. Yesterday the Goonersphere Podcast was recored, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable show.
Joining Daniel Cowan and me for the 15th show are:
Up for discussion is Southampton, Draxler and expectations. We also have an interview with renowned journalist, Paddy Barclay, about his biography of Herbert Chapman. Plus usual features “Listeners Questions”, “Goonersphere Shoutout” and “Goonersphere Prick of the Week”.
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That’s all from me today, folks. There’s a rather fetching comments section below in which you can plaster your thoughts all over. How do you feel about the need to buy players and who’s your ideal choice? Let me know a few of your thoughts.
I shall return tomorrow with more. As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.