Obafemi to Arsenal: Oh! Wait. There is no contact

OK, I am a bit naive when it comes how the transfer market works but when you say so and so player is linked to a club then the first thing that comes to mind is that said club has made contact with the holding club and has shown an interest in buying that player. Except that it seems that ‘linking’ seems to mean whatever the Sun or Daily Mail might say but the clubs have no clue let alone contact with each other.
Just look at the players linked with Arsenal. Malouda, Huntelaar, Babel, Owen, Trezeguet, Torres, Eto’o, Anelka, Tevez, and Martins. The Martins case is a perfect example. He is a target. After all he did play impressively for the Magpies and scored 17 all purpose goals. He also has a 13 million pound get out of jail contract. Who would not make a pitch for him? So now we have reports saying that Arsenal is interested in him except that it rests on the thin premise that Wenger is an acknowledged admirer of the player. I am sure Wenger is an admirer of many players including Kaka and Drogba but they are not coming to Arsenal. The truth is that Sam Allardyce and Newcastle have had no official contact with Arsenal. Even with Anelka the mutual admiration society has been at work but has Bolton actually been approached. Nope.
I don’t know whether this is an Arsenal thing because this year has seen a bumper crop in transfer speculations because of the pressures to rebuild the club and to replace Henry. But with Arsenal’s reluctance to splash the cash, the ratio of transfer rumours to actual transfers will most likely be 25:1
Meanwhile an actual link goes sour. Fernando Torres is probably going to stay at Atletico Madrid. The club faces a virtual revolt from its fans if it sells its talisman to Liverpool. In addition, the player is demanding a 10% cut of the transfer fee. Then there is the complicated matter of including Luis Garcia and Djibril Cisse as part of the deal or coughing up the whole 25 m pounds with the distinct possibility that he might turn out to be an expensive dud a la Sheva.

6 comments on “Obafemi to Arsenal: Oh! Wait. There is no contact
  1. Arsene wouldn’t buy anyone. He is “confident” that his kids will deliver next season. But,I don’t understand why he involves much in emotional distress for the fruits of this attitude of him. I am very sorry, but Arsenal will step up in the ranks of 7-9 next season. Any one to bet me?

  2. Of course Wenger will buy someone, he’s sold the club’s best goal scorer! But I agree, the Martins story in the Sun and Mirror are just stupid. Except that Newcastle’s director qualified his denial by saying there’s been no OFFICIAL contact from Arsenal. That leads me to think maybe there has been some back channel contact. Martins is a good player but he’s got far too much baggage. Out of all the other players “linked” to Arsenal, he’s the one I’m the most wary of.
    And I knew Torres wouldn’t leave Atletico. He’s wedded to that club — every transfer window we go thru this with speculation with Torres and it always turns out the same. He loves the club, he won’t leave Spain, he’s going nowhere.

  3. I like Arsenal but I am always buffled by whoever is responsible for buying players because he shows us that he does not wish the club well.Aresnal is a big team but by not signing big names it will definately soon start fighting against relegation.It is an open secret that the team is not going to sign any high profile player all these rumours will remain so untill the cloure of the transfer window.Simply put West Ham i ambitiuos, Man City is ambitious, Chelsea is ambitous all teams in the Premier League are ambitious except Arsenal

  4. Chelsea ambitous?? all the players they have is just greedy!!!! i would love to see how the player react if roman left them! wonder who would stay and fight when all their money is gone!!!!

  5. BRING IN RODRIQUEZ,THE LEFT WINGER FROM URUAGUAY OR THE BRAZILIAN DANIEL CARVALHO.WE NEED TO DO A LOT ON THE LEFT FLANK.GO ON WITH THE FREDDIE TALKS WENGER.JOSUE THE BRAZILIAN IS ALSO OUTSTANDING.KEEP AN EYE ON HIM.WE NEED A SQUAD ND NOT A TEAM TO PLAY THE FA CUP,THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AND THE DOMESTIC LEAGUE.

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