As sure as eggs are eggs, when a club goes through a difficult period the stories about players moving away ramp up.
This is never more true than when Barcelona are after an Arsenal player, and the Catalan press have certainly jumped on board after the North London derby defeat to Sp*rs on Sunday.
‘The chaos at Arsenal ‘congeals’ the signing of Hector Bellerin’ – say Sport.
‘Final attack for Bellerin’ – reads the headline in El Mundo Deportivo.
“Arsenal find themselves in a deep sporting crisis,” says the Sport article, and that Barcelona believe the ‘the internal chaos of Arsenal’ can benefit them regarding ‘the departure of Hector Bellerin.’
Meanwhile, El Mundo say that Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu won’t make any real push to sign the right-back until their replacement for Luis Enrique has been announced.
The one thing they might find difficult is actually talking to somebody at Arsenal.
With doubts over who is going to manage the club next season, rumours that transfer negotiator Dick Law is on his way out, and Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis nowhere to be found, they might see their calls going unanswered.
There are also stories circulating about Mesut Ozil and how his future is in doubt after kicking a door at White Hart Lane. Suggestions are that Arsenal are willing to let him go, but that suitors are in short supply.
Sounds like more back-channel guff from Highbury House, because even if he’s been underwhelming – like almost every other Arsenal player this season – you can be quite sure Ozil will have plenty of options if he’s made available.
There have also been Ligue 1 links for Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud; Alexis Sanchez tipped to join Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd, PSG and Bayern Munich; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been talked about as a possible candidate for Liverpool; David Ospina could go to Fenerbahce; while Carl Jenkinson, Mathieu Debuchy, Jack Wilshere, Wojciech Szczesny and Kieran Gibbs are all heading into the final year of their contracts making summer decisions important.
Still, the new four year deal for Yaya Sanogo will make everything feel better.