It appears that Arsene Wenger may not have been entirely honest last night, when he insisted that Arsenal were not really very close to signing any more players at the minute, when asked about his transfer plans after the battling draw with Besiktas in Istanbul.
He must have been working pretty damn quickly, if that was true, perhaps making a quick detour to Greece on the way home from Turkey because, according to a Metro report, the central defender Kostas Manolas is in London to complete his medical before becoming a Gunner some time this week.
The 23-year old Greece international was already settled into the national side, despite his young age, but his performances at the World Cup in Brazil this summer, where he was voted one of the 50 best players in the tournament, really catapulted him into the thoughts of club managers around Europe.
The transfer fee that we will have to pay to his current club, Olympiakos, is only around £6 million which, if true, could turn out to be a real steel for Arsenal. Hopefully we will hear some news on this Arsenal transfer rumour from official channels pretty soon. Then I wonder which other players Wenger is `not close` to signing.