General manager of Hamburg Frank Arnesen says there is nothing in the rumours suggesting Arsenal are getting ready to make a summer move for the German side’s goalkeeper Rene Adler.
Bear in mind Arnesen used to work for Chelsea as a chief scout and as an official with the youth teams so he’s either telling the truth, is being deliberately awkward or Arsenal haven’t gone about their business in a conventional manner.
It’s been well publicised that Arsenal may be in the market for a goalkeeper this summer with the trio of Szczesny, Fabianksi and Manone all unable to nail down the number one slot at the Emirates Stadium.
So where exactly have the rumours come from? Well, it’s not beyond all possibility that Arsenal have had Adler watched by scouts, which creates the natural link that they are trying to sign him.
It could be a sign of fabrication in terms of speculation from online media sources that have based the rumours on nothing but just that. That certainly seems to be the case with Arsenal’s reported £30 million interest in Iker Casillas of Real Madrid.
However, this all seems a lot more realistic than the move for the Spanish goalkeeper, which suggests Arnesen is trying to keep his cards very close to his chest.
There are ways such as agents and third parties, which Arsenal can use to talk to Hamburg and to get access to the player, which means Arnesen is telling the truth when he says Arsenal have not been in touch officially.
It’s more likely that he’s just being protective over the 28-year-old as opposed to deliberately difficult because of the rivalry that exists between Arsenal and Chelsea, causing him to effectively stick it to the Gunners.
However, it does make things difficult because Arnesen has direct experience of how the Premier League works, how the pressure can pile up and how that can affect players who have never played in England before.
Those are all legitimate things Arnesen can explain to Adler, which could put him off of a move to Arsenal as a direct result.
That in turn means he’s made it more difficult for Arsenal to sign Adler and they could be better off going after another target, who could be a lot less hassle to tie down on a long term permanent deal.
What do you think?