Will Arsene Wenger sign a new two-year deal at Arsenal or will he quit?
That’s the question that has been asked most around the world in the past few weeks, along with “Have you seen that clip of the two kids walking in on their dad’s interview?” and “Am I still eligible to enter the United States?”
And now we finally have the answer to the question about Wenger’s future. It’s… drum roll… neither.
In news that will delight thousands of angry Arsenal fans, the Sunday Express reveals that Wenger will NOT sign the two-year deal that has been offered to him.
And in news that will infuriate thousands of angry Arsenal fans (who were already angry remember, so this is going to push them over the edge), the same paper reveals that Wenger will just sign a one-year deal instead. Genius.
The Frenchman has reportedly reached a “compromise” with the Gunners hierarchy in a move that he possibly hopes will placate both sides of the “Wenger In/Out” debate, but will more likely just annoy them both. Maybe he wanted one more season just to see what the Europa League was like.
Arsenal are also the latest club linked with Ross Barkley, with the Sunday Mirror claiming the Gunners are ready to rival Chelsea and Tottenham for the Everton midfielder’s signature.
Barkley has just a year and a bit left on his contract, so the Toffees would be apparently willing to sell him for “£10m-plus” if he doesn’t sign a new deal in the summer. “£10m plus another £20m” would be a more accurate valuation.
There appears to be a theme of ludicrously under-valuing players in the Sunday Mirror today. The tabloid also reports that Chelsea are lining up a “£40m double swoop” for Monaco pair Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva. That’s the same Bernardo Silva who was recently linked with a £70m move to Manchester United just on his own.
Luke Shaw’s transfer gossip value has also plummeted, although this one might be more accurate. The Daily Star Sunday says the left-back “wants out” of Man Utd and is available for £15m – half what the Red Devils paid for him in 2014. Stoke, Crystal Palace and Newcastle are said to be keen on the 21-year-old. Where did it all go wrong, Luke Shaw?
The monthly “Lionel Messi to Manchester City” story appears in the Sunday Express, which claims Eithad chiefs are “confident” that Barcelona could sell the Argentine superstar this summer.
Barca are reportedly “bulking” at Messi’s wage demands of £650,000, which presumably means they are so angry about it that they are going to the gym and pumping weights to let off some steam. (That’s a joke for people who know how to spell. Hiya!)
Elsewhere, Tottenham could make a £17.5m move for Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic if Real Madrid decide to sell him (Mirror), Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent has dismissed rumours that the Swede could quit Man Utd for Napoli (Sun on Sunday) and Man City are ready to spend £50m on Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci as a “replacement for Vincent Kompany” (Star). Sounds like a lot of money to pay for someone to sit on the bench injured all season.