As sure as night follows day, football’s vulture-culture means that high profile players who are angling for summer moves start to do the dance with the press.
This evening, from France, come stories that PSG have opened talks with representatives of Alexis Sanchez over a move to Paris at the end of the season.
The Chilean striker has been the subject of much speculation over the last 6 months, with every move he makes analysed more than Sting in that really creepy song about how he’ll be watching you.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if he did want to get away, but he still has 12 months left on his current contract, and Arsene Wenger said last week he was confident both Sanchez and Mesut Ozil wanted to stay at the club (stop laughing down the back).
RMC report that the first moves between Alexis’ people and PSG have taken place, and they quote an unnamed ‘confidant’ of the player who said, “Alexis is sensitive to the Parisian interest and the PSG project.”
They seem to think more talks will take place this month and that with Chelsea also interested, Arsenal would be open to a sale around the €50m mark to stop him going to another Premier League club.
Doubts about his future have been exacerbated by a disciplinary issue earlier this year which ended up badly for the Arsenal manager, and stories emerging from sections of the press to try and downplay the 28 year old’s contribution.
The fact is, when a player has 22 goals and 13 assists, nobody’s really interested in spurious stats about how far he runs.
Anyway, this looks likely to become something of a saga, and if our Poo-o-Meter was working we’d give this a fairly low poo rating, but it’s not working (it’s all blocked up) so we can’t.
What you could do in the meantime is listen to today’s Arsecast Extra. It’s good for your soul.