For a few hours today the media went crazy over a rumoured £70 Million bid from Arsenal for Nicolas Pepe of Lille, though we did avoid reporting on that particular piece of gossip.
It is almost impossible these days to know what rumour is realistic and which ones are not but every now and then one comes along that is plainly ridiculous and that is what we felt over the Pepe rumour.
It just did not feel at all credible that Arsenal would all of a sudden bid that amount of money for any player, especially when you take the Wilfried Zaha saga into consideration.
Well, the very credible David Ornstein has popped up on twitter and restored sanity
Sources tell @BBCSport Arsenal have not submitted a bid for Lille forward Nicolas Pepe and do not have the level of money being reported (€80m) to sign the Ivory Coast international this summer #LOSC #AFC
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) July 13, 2019
Now, we do not profess to be any sort of transfer gurus or anything remotely like that, we know that 99% of the rumours we have reported on will not happen.
But when you read this player is linked for £12 Million or this one for £25 Million etc then you know it could happen, even possibly £50-60 Million but not £70 Million, that was crossing a line.
Think about it, if Arsenal had £70 Million do you not think they would have made a better offer for Zaha or even landed a proper centre half?
Anyway, Pepe bid, did not happen.