We started a feature on HITC last month called Transfer Bin, with the sole aim of filtering through some of the more ridiculous transfer rumours connected to the top stars at the top Premier League clubs.
Anyone who has followed the feature will not be surprised to learn that today’s culprit of Sports Direct News, with the unlikely suggestion that Arsenal’s star German Mesut Ozil will be used in a swap deal for Bayern Munich star Toni Kroos.
There are so many things wrong with this rumour, I’m not really sure where to start.
Ozil’s current struggles in the Arsenal first team have been well documented with various reasons suggested with the physical nature of the Premier League and no winter break just two.
Ozil came in at Arsenal and immediately had an impact on the first team. He’s a world class player and has produced four goals and nine assists from 21 Premier League appearances so far.
What makes this rumour all the more remarkable is that it seems to completely counteract any notion of business sense on the part of Arsene Wenger and the people who hold high positions at the club.
The idea of signing someone for £42.5 million and then using him to sign a player rated at around the £25 million mark is laughable and represents an astonishing loss on the part of the Gunners.
Kroos could well be on the move this summer and he could easily become an Arsenal player, with reports this morning suggested that Arsenal have a lot of cash they can invest in players.
However, if that deal happened, it’s unlikely that one of the club’s best players would be axed in the process.
It would be a more believable idea if Ozil had publicly said he didn’t like England, he didn’t like Arsenal, he didn’t like the fans or he didn’t like his role at the club.
He’s said nothing of the sort so if Ozil was axed for Kroos to come in, it would be because of the manager or someone within the club looking to push him out in favour of someone else.
Then there’s the contract, the five-year deal which Ozil signed in the summer which is proof that Ozil would be considered more valuable in any part exchange for Kroos.
Therefore, if Pep Guardiola wanted Ozil, he’d have to offer up Kroos plus a substantial amount of cash to make the deal happen. Kroos may even still sign a new contract by the end of the season or in the summer.
In short, don’t believe a word of it.
Rubbish Rating: About as much chance of Luis Suarez turning his back on Liverpool and joining Manchester United.
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