If the dawn chorus is the first sign of spring, what annual tradition heralds the advent of the “summer slump”? Some pretty questionable reports linking £89million Galactic with a summer change maybe Arsenal?
With April Fool’s Day just around the corner, there’s no better time to reflect on some of this year’s strangest transfer rumours.
Steven Bergwijn – Tottenham Hotspur to Arsenal
If the respective front lines of Liverpool and Manchester City can show quality and Quantity abound then Arsenal is high on the former but lacking in the latter. Some much-needed depth is required, especially with Mikel Arteta leading the Gunners back to the promised land of the Champions League group stage.
But Steven Bergwijn (Calciomercato)? A £27m forward who has scored just six goals in over 50 Premier League games?
His rather overwhelming track record in England’s top flight is one thing. But the fact he’s currently signed to Arsenal’s most hated rivals certainly makes this tabloid gossip worthy of hosting only the greasiest helping of bone-in cod.
Yes, Tottenham are open to Bergwijn offers this summer. But there’s a feeling Daniel Levy would rather prance around north London with just an Arsenal scarf covering his nether regions than sell a player to Spurs’ neighbours.
Oh, and sorry about the pictures…
Ugurkan cakir – Trabzonspor to Leeds United
You know summer is coming when Ugurcan Cakir is linked in the Turkish press with a move to England. These rumors are to the transfer window what John Lewis advertising is to Christmas.
Of late, the Trabzonspor goalkeeper has been mentioned as a potential signing for Liverpool, Wolves, Tottenham Hotspur and more without anything coming to fruition.
Now it’s Leeds’ turn. fanaticism claim that the Yorkshire giants contacted Cakir’s representatives last week.
There can be no doubt about the potential of Cakir. He’s a top-flight goalkeeper in development and continues to shine for a Trabzonspor side closer to their first Super Lig title since 1984.
But Leeds will never pay £17m for a new glove man. Not when they already have the excellent Illan Meslier between the sticks.
And while Meslier has his admirers, the syrupy-voiced Frenchman isn’t going anywhere this summer.
Eden Hazard – Real Madrid to Arsenal
The phrase “busted flush” shouldn’t be thrown around just like that. After all, it wasn’t long ago that we rang the death knell on David Moyes’ high-profile career.
And occasionally Hazard Has sprinkled a handful or two of stardust on the sacred pitch of the Bernabeu. The occasional reminder that he can still produce moments of amazing technique.
But the fact that Carlo Ancelotti opted not to take him off the bench in any of Real Madrid’s last four La Liga games tells a story of its own. His snake-hipped brilliance marred by a string of injuries, a creaky, crumbling hazard makes for quite a sad sight these days.
The sporting equivalent of watching Bruce Willis dispassionately through another one of those paint-by-numbers action movies that go straight to video.
So reports linking Hazard to Arsenal are most likely nonsense (defense headquarters).
Especially when you consider that the Gunners, burned by that expensive Willian disaster, nowadays prioritize young, hungry, athletic, up-and-coming people. Each of last summer’s six signings was aged 23 or younger.
In other news, Everton’s Mykolenko is ‘shocked’ by Van de Beek’s amazing Ukraine idea.
https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/03/30/eden-hazard-to-arsenal-2022s-silliest-transfer-rumours-so-far/ Eden Hazard to Arsenal? The dumbest transfer rumors of 2022 so far