There really is no way of knowing what is really going on behind the scenes at a football club when it comes to potential transfer deals, and it is not just the Arsenal boss who works very hard to keep his cards close to his chest and the media just guessing about his plans.
Arsene Wenger does seem to be something of a specialist at it though, so really anything could be on the cards for Arsenal this summer. With the news that the Gunners have already made an offer big enough to trigger the release clause of Jamie Vardy, it is clear that at least one striker is on the Frenchman’s transfer wish list.
But after the Leicester City and England star headed off to Euro 2016 without making a decision about whether to sign for Arsenal, we do not know if Vardy will be the man. Knowing Wenger he will surely have other options and I wonder if one of them is the Sweden international Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Things have been a bit odd around Zlatan recently, as he had promised to make a big announcement about his future yesterday and so all the papers were sure that he was going to confirm his move to Man United. But instead Sky Sports reported the Swede saying we would have to be patient.
The timing of all this could back up my theory that he might be waiting to see if Arsenal want him. Maybe Wenger went for Vardy first, perhaps because he is five years younger than Ibrahimovic, a lot cheaper on the salary front and almost certainly less of an ego to contend with. But if Vardy were to say no then maybe the prof would bite the bullet and go for Zlatan.
Is it really so hard to believe that the striker would prefer a move to London than Manchester, with Arsenal being able to offer Champions League football and on previous season’s showings, a better chance of winning the Premier League?