Sami Khedira’s agent has played down suggestions that the German international is on the verge of joining Arsenal by revealing the player has yet to be contacted by any suitors.
The 27-year-old midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates in the last week with speculation in the British press fuelled by bold claims in Spanish publications Sport and Marca that the Gunners have already agreed a fee with Real Madrid.
Taking a step back from the exciting prospect of another World Cup winner sporting the red and white, the way this rumour continues to twist and turn is increasingly suspicious. Here’s our attempt at a timeline of events since last weekend…
Sunday 13th July - Khedira wins the World Cup; misses the final after getting injured in the warm-up.
Tuesday 15th July - Stories emerge overnight, via Twitter, that Khedira’s wage demands could scupper Arsenal move. Mourinho/Chelsea link emerges…not a new link. Podolski pours fuel on the fire by shouting ‘Arsenal’ when Khedira is asked where he’ll play his football next year when interviewed at Germany’s homecoming parade.
Wednesday 16th July - Mundo Deportivo report it’s between Arsenal and Chelsea for Khedira. Toni Kroos, deemed to be Khedira’s replacement at the Bernabeu, officially signs for Madrid.
…which leads us to today and the quotes from his agent, Jorg Neubauer.
“We are not in talks with Arsenal. I don’t think a fee can have been agreed, otherwise I would have been told.
“When a club have an interest I am sure they will call me and we will speak about things. The same goes for Chelsea.”
As a further twist, El Confidencial today claim that Khedira has apologised to Madrid for saying he wants out and is eager to re-enter negotiations about a contract extension. His current deal ends next summer. They also claim, this ‘apology’ might have come too late and that Madrid are set on selling him.
All in all, the whole thing is as clear as mud…which leads us to one thing. An updated poo-ometer rating. This rumour is close to peak poo.