There have been rumours linking Arsenal with a number of strikers before and during this current transfer window, but nothing concrete has happened yet, except for Barcelona president Sandro Rosell categorically stating that they will not sell David Villa. Arsenal fans must have been slightly worried, then, when stories appeared claiming that the Gunners had focused their attention on the less than household name of Adam Szalai from the German Bundesliga side Mainz.
Szalai is a 25-year old Hungarian striker. The 6ft 5in player has a decent scoring record for his club this season, with 11 goals from 20 league and cup games. He also has seven international goals from 14 games, but in previous seasons at Mainz his tally was underwhelming to say the least.
It seems like we do not have to worry, however, as the manager of the German club, Christian Heidel, has denied any contact with Arsenal.
“Arsenal have not contacted us. We don’t want to let our striker go in the winter transfer window. But it’s another situation if someone wants to pay 20 million euros for him.”
The striker himself has told the media that he has heard nothing, so it seems to be just a rumour. You have to wonder where these things originate.