As the season draws to a close it’s unsurprising to see the rumour mill – that slovenly, pus-filled, horny teenage boy of a beast – peak its head out from under the duvet and start to demand attention.
We start in Germany where Lothar Matthaus, die Mannschaft World Cup stalwart turned TV pundit, is once again banging on about his very own ‘exclusive’. Back in March the 53-year-old told anybody who’d listen that FC Nurnberg striker Josip Drmic would be moving to the Emirates this summer.
“Drmic is linked to Arsenal. I know that his wife is already looking for a flat in London,” he said on the record.
The link was dismissed as gubbins, partly because Drmic wasn’t even married. However, Matthaus, exercising his credentials as a bona fide journalist, claims the deal is still on the cards. Swiss publication Blick (kindly translated by Sport Witness) quote him as saying:
“Although now Dortmund, [Borussia Munch Bunch] Gladbach and Leverkusen also have interest in him. I’m saying: Josip Drmic will switch to Arsenal.
“I have made a mistake [in March]. I said his wife was already looking at apartments. The fact is that this is his girlfriend. Drmic has a girlfriend for nine months… She lived five or six months with him in Nuremberg.
“Look, if a journalist hears something, he researches and writes about it. I’m kind of journalist at Sky and have heard the rumor of a move to Arsenal. I then found out that this is true and he’s going there. So all research is clear.”
For the record, Drmic is a 21-year-old Swiss international with 16 Bundesliga goals to his name in 31 starts this term. Pele he ain’t.
In Denmark meanwhile, BT are claiming that Arsenal could try and snap up Kasper Schmeichel on a free transfer with the keeper out of contract this summer at newly-promoted Leicester.
Son of Peter (Manchester United’s quite good, red-faced, bacon-advertising, Ian Wright hating, keeper of the 90s), the 27-year-old has had a fine season between the sticks at the Walkers Crisp Bowl and is apparently seeking a new challenge – Southampton, AC Milan and Olympiakos are also keeping tabs on the situation.
Quite whether he’d want to play second fiddle to Wojciech Szczesny remains to be seen. That being said having allowed Vito Mannone to leave, Lukasz Fabianski out of contract and Emiliano Viviano’s gap year ending we could do with some competition for the number 1 shirt.
Kasper Schmeichel’s agent has refused to comment.