Transfer talk never stops in the papers, where journalists seem to pick a random name from one basket and a random club from another, making a headline with a fanciful price tag to boot. But over the last couple of days it has gone past amusing to just plain ridiculous.
Yesterday Arsenal ‘were linked’ (which is paper talk for any transfer story that doesn’t involve quotes, facts or any basis in reality) with Egyptian keeper Essam El Hadary. While the African Cup of Nations showed us that he’s quite a talent, he is also 36 years old, roughly twice the age of Wenger’s typical signings. To make matters more insane, the Mail actually claim that Arsenal ‘will be offering 15m’.
All this led to the quote of the day, from his club director Adil Al-Qaeyi, who said:
“If such a bid is tabled, we will surely consider it.”
I bet you would. 15m for a 36 year old? What have these ‘journalists’ been smoking?
I thought it was a one off. But today, the Mail (yes, them again) claimed that we’ll be signing Lilliam Thuram in the summer, purely because he and Arsene Wenger have a good relationship. How old is Thuram? You’ve guessed it, 36.
The way I see it, journalists have a few options. They can:
a) Try to be factual, and write for the Guardian
b) Talk complete nonsense, and work for the Sun or the Mirror
c) Talk complete nonsense, but pretend to be respectable by working for the Telegraph, or
d) Shout about Johnny Foreigner and work for the Mail.
But I actually thought those who made up the ridiculous transfer rumours involving ‘a friend’ or ‘a source close to the club’ considered that they’ve have to be at least partly realistic, so that the dumbest of fans would be taken in. I don’t even think a six year old would believe this tripe.
In other news, Barcelona want Wenger. Yeah, well, I want a big house in Barbados. We can all dream.
Finally, Cesc is negotiating a new contract. In more shoddy reporting, most media outlets are claiming that he will be extending his stay, even though the quotes just suggest he’s getting a pay rise.
Honestly, how do journalists get away with being so appalling?