Arsenal’s pursuit for a defensive midfielder, going into the coming winter window, has not been a very well kept secret and it appeared glee was finally in sight when Polish midfield star, Grzergorz Krychowiak stunned us all the 28th of December with this tweet:
“I reached an agreement with an English club, but the transfer cannot be made official until all the parties have put their signatures on the contract”
Of course it would be Arsenal; no other English club had been mooted in connection with the Sevilla man, and going to West Ham felt a lot better with the anticipated arrival of a midfield savior at long last. Well, that was until the follow up tweet arrived:
“Acclimatisation in Spain is going very well… of course it was a joke #VamosMiSevilla!!!!!”
And so, we knew better than to believe any other transfer news we would read in Spanish papers that day, as December 28 is the Spanish day for celebrating All Fools’ Day, which we commemorate on the first of April.
Various press outfits from the Iberian region took full advantage of the transfer mill going into overdrive to rub our noses in on our dire need for defensive reinforcements in the January window, with one other source ‘confirming’ the signing of one of Germany’s World Cup winning midfielders.
“Arsenal have landed coveted German International defensive midfielder Sami Khedira after reaching an €18 million transfer agreement with Real Madrid early Sunday morning”
This surely got many drooling as there was no appended disclaimer to warn that it was a spoof like with Krychowiak’s tweet.
Though Wenger has not made a clear statement on it, Arsenal remain in need of a defensive midfield force this season and there has been no shortage of names linked with a January move to the Emirates,
Khedira and Krychowiak being among them.
While the German has apparently set his sights at reaching an agreement that see will further keep him (on the bench) at the Bernabeu, Krychowiak has made a meteoric rise as a force to be reckoned with in La Liga and could make a second transfer in less than 7 months, having only joined Sevilla last summer.
As spoofy as it was, the Pole’s tweet suggests he is fully aware of the interest in him from the Gunners and may as well be open to it. The authorities at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan are demanding a huge fee for the 24-year old, a factor which may ultimately put Wenger off given he is not yet as much a proven over the long course.
It’s fair to say those amigos caught us off guard, and we’ll have to keep a calendar close when we scan through the tabloids henceforward.
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