Arsenal Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 10
As Arsenal prepare to take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League, let's take a break and track all the latest rumours that have emerged from the depths of the Internet.
One never quite knows which will be true, and sometimes there is a nugget of truth in an otherwise flagrantly false "report." Yet, as we will see, some stories can be discredited out of hand.
Without further ado, let's look at what the buzz is.
Ridiculous Reports Link Robin van Persie with Return
It's funny that Manchester United are now the big club on the decline, with newspapers claiming their players are unsettled and want to move to Arsenal, now an elite club.
Metro brings us a story about Robin van Persie somehow washing away all the bad blood there is between him and Arsenal to return to the club at which he became one of the best strikers in the world.
This will simply not happen—not only because of the Dutchman's massive wages and the fact everyone in the red half of North London hates him, but for many other reasons as well.
Nothing is going to happen.
Arsenal Reportedly in for Riccardo Montolivo
According to CalcioMercato (h/t International Business Times), AC Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo could be on his way out of Italy, and Arsenal are one of the clubs that has inquired about his availability.
Says Montolivo's agent:
Has there been interest from other clubs? There have been tentative enquiries from Atletico Madrid, [Dortmund manager Jurgen] Klopp and Arsenal, to name a few.
All were trying to ascertain whether Montolivo was available. At the moment, however, I feel it would be very difficult for the player to leave Milan, precisely because of what I said before.
Arsenal don't really need another creative midfielder at the moment, but one never quite knows with Arsene Wenger. He does love those sorts of players.
Thomas Vermaelen Declines to Comment on Future
When Thomas Vermaelen was recently asked about what his next career move will be this summer, he simply declined to answer, according to Het Laatste Nieuws (h/t Sky Sports).
And reasonably so.
Though nominally the club captain, he has received almost no playing time this season. One wonders how long a man who is in the prime of his career, obviously possesses a good deal of talent and is used to figuring prominently for both club and country will choose to remain on the bench.
It is evident he will not be given his place in the starting XI back unless either Per Mertesacker or Laurent Koscielny get suspended or injured. Therefore, it is time for him to move on, as much as Arsenal might want him to remain.
Vermaelen's agent was equally noncommittal when asked about his client's future.