As usual during the boring Interlull, the papers are bringing up lots of dubious Arsenal transfer rumours to keep us amused in the meantime.
First up today we have Alexis Sanchez’ Chile international team-mate Charles Aranguiz, who (as far as I recall) has not been linked to us before. After appearing at the Emirates against Brazil he seems to have issued a blatant come-and-get-me plea to Arsene Wenger.
He was quoted as saying: ‘They’re a great team, and it would be a dream but for now that’s all it is, a dream.
‘I don’t know anything about it. I’ve heard about it through the press but nobody has talked to me.’
Aranguiz currently plays for Internacional in Brazil, and is apparently available for around 5million, but in my opinion that doesn’t really even qualify as a bona-fide rumour!
Paulo Dybala has been linked with Arsenal continually, and today it has been revealed that he will DEFINITELY be leaving Palermo this summer. “He has rejected all our proposals for a contract renewal, so at this stage it’s safe to say he will certainly leave,” said Palermo’s director of sport Dario Baccin.
That’s great, but obviously it doesn’t mean he will be going to Arsenal. There will be quite a lot of top teams after his signature I think!
Lastly we have the Dynamo Kiev defender Aleksandar Dragovic, who has regularly been touted as a classy replacement for Per Mertesacker in the Gunners back line. He was asked about the rumours linking him to Arsenal and Man United, and he (surprisingly!) sounds really keen on the idea! He was quoted as saying yesterday: I would be lying if I said it is not something buzzing around in the back of my head. Such a thing I cannot leave cold,’
‘But as long as no concrete offer is on the table, I do not need to deal with it in more detail.
‘I dare to say that I could be in each team (Arsenal and United) and at the same time have a lot of room for improvement.
‘That gives me courage.’
I can definitely see the possibility of Dragovic being a legitimate target for Arsenal, but as for the other two……