The silly season has definitely begun, and nothing emphasises that more than the story from the Daily Mirror this weekend linking Saint-Etienne defender Loic Perrin with a move to the Emirates this winter.
This rumour is not ridiculous because of the player’s ability, but it shows a complete disrespect for the player’s situation and loyalty at the club he has played at since he was a teenager.
After making his debut on the 15th of August 2003, Perrin has gone on to play over 260 games for Les Verts in all domestic competitions and has become not only the clubs captain, but their inspiration and most consistent performer.
To suggest that the 29-year-old is going to through that all away to be a short-term option for Arsene Wenger shows an absolute lack of understanding regarding the player and what he stands for.
This theme is continued when the Mirror mention the other positions Perrin can play, suggesting he could cover at right-back and defensive midfield. In the past these are both positions he could play, but not for the last five years.
Perrin has been a permanent fixture in the centre of the Saint-Etienne defence for the best part of five years and at his age; he’s not going to be an option outside of his natural role.
With his current contract running until 2018, that would see him at the club until he was 33 years old and he would likely still be as important to the Rhone valley club as he is today.
In the past Wenger has been reluctant to give players aged over 30 a long-term deal, but that has softened in recent times with the contract Bacary Sagna rejected and a new two-year deal for Thomas Rosicky. However, these were for players already established members of the squad, not new signings yet to prove themselves.
On Sunday, local French newspaper Le Progres received information from the French club denying that Arsenal had shown any interest in their captain.
It was an unlikely move when the story first broke, nothing about it makes any sense and now the rumour-mongers will need to find someone else to link with the London club.