Reports emerged on Saturday that Leicester want more than just money for Riyad Mahrez – they want Theo Walcott.
I can hear you all looking for your car keys to drive Theo to Leicester yourselves.
Of course, stories like this should be taken with a massive shovel of salt.
For a start, swap deals rarely happen. When was the last time you remember Arsenal being involved in that sort of arrangement?
Then you also have Arsene Wenger saying, not only that Theo was going nowhere this summer, but also that he wasn’t interested in signing Mahrez.
That probably means it’s nailed on to happen then, eh?
The reports seem to have originated from an Italian journalist, Emaniele Giulianelli, who also said that Arsenal have made an approach to Leicester regarding the Algerian PFA Player of the Season.
Arsenal and Leicester new meeting for Mahrez. Ranieri has asked Walcott, but the player is not interested.
— Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli) May 20, 2016
It’s not surprising that Walcott, who thinks he’s far better than he’s ever been, wouldn’t agree to join Leicester, a club who are unlikely to maintain Champions League football, a level Walcott would no doubt demand as a minimum.
Leicester are also very keen to keep the stars who helped them shock the footballing world by winning the Premier League and I don’t understand how they would value two players, who had vastly different seasons, the same.
Move along, nothing to see here.