Transfer Deadline Day: Five Ridiculous Rumours That Were Never Going to Happen
This summer's transfer window deadline day was extremely exciting, with dozens of deals being completed within an hour of the deadline.
For example, Raul Meireles handed in a transfer request about five minutes before the deadline, and half an hour later it was announced that he was a Chelsea player.
Then there was the Mikel Arteta transfer rumour to Arsenal. The deal was on, and then it died, but with less than an hour to go it came back to life, and now Mikel Arteta is a Gunner.
But there were a few rumours in the past couple days that shocked me. These were deals that just didn't seem realistic, deals that seemed too big to be finalized in the final hours of the transfer windows. Basically, these were rumours that I just couldn't see materializing.
So here are five ridiculous rumours that were never going to happen.
Kaka to Arsenal/Tottenham
Did anyone really think Kaka was going to join one of the North London clubs?
Arsenal first proposed a loan move for the Brazilian, but Real Madrid wanted to make the transfer permanent, so Wenger quickly backed out of the deal. Although Kaka is a world class player, Arsenal fans were glad that the move never came through. The Bernabeu midfielder has struggled to find good form recently, and likely wouldn't fit in at the Emirates.
I also don't think anyone could see Wenger coughing up the amount of money that would be needed to sign Kaka.
So once that transfer broke down, Kaka was linked to the club just across the neighborhood, Tottenham. This was a rumour I just didn't believe because Spurs are a club that is struggling to maintain a top four postion in the Premiership.
Kaka has played at both AC Milan and Real Madrid, two giants in world football, so going to White Hart Lane would be a huge step down in the Brazilian's career.
Overall, this was a move that never really seemed realistic for either club.
Franck Ribery to Chelsea
Apparently, Chelsea had tabled a £30 million offer for Bayern Munich forward Franck Ribery on deadline day.
But after the rumour popped up, it failed to gain momentum and soon faded. To be honest, it never really made much sense in the first place. Chelsea have no need for a new forward, as the Blues already have a whopping 7 strikers.
As well as this, Ribery has already played in Bayern Munich's Champions League qualifier, meaning the Frenchman would not be able to participate in Chelsea's European matches.
So, all in all, this rumour was always a weak one and was never really going to happen.
Wesley Sneijder to Arsenal
I didn't even bother to get my hopes up for this one.
If Sneijder was to go anywhere this summer it would have been Manchester United, so speculation about the Gunners making a late swoop for the Dutchman was just unbelievable—I didn't believe it for a second.
Not only would the Internazionale playmaker's price tag be well above anything Wenger would be willing to pay, but Sneijder's wages are also massive, over double the current maximum wage at the Emirates.
This was never really a full-fledged rumour, as Arsenal were heavily linked to a number of creative midfielders and Sneijder didn't ever prove to be a realistic option for the Gunners.
Clint Dempsey to Arsenal
As you can see, Arsenal are involved with a number of the moves on this list.
But that's because the Gunners were linked with just about every creative midfielder in Europe, meaning there would be a few highly unlikely candidates.
Clint Dempsey was one of them. The American international is the engine of Fulham's attacks, being the main playmaker and goal scorer in the side. I couldn't see the Cottagers letting their star midfielder go for just 10 million pounds, which was what the speculated amount was.
Although he would have been a quality addition to Arsenal's squad, the reason the rumour was ridiculous was because of how much Dempsey means to Fulham. Without him the London outfit would have had to quickly search for a replacement and, frankly, there wasn't nearly enough time for that when the rumour popped up.
The rumour was pretty weak, and didn't gain much steam as it was overshadowed by the Arteta and Benayoun speculation.
Asamoah Gyan to Anywhere
Okay, maybe this wasn't the biggest story coming out of the rumour mill, but it certainly was out there.
Personally, I thought it was ridiculous. Asamoah Gyan has only been at Sunderland for a year, and enjoyed great success in his first season at the Stadium of Light. He scored a respectable 10 league goals, and although he had a lot of pressure to replace Darren Bent, Gyan handled the situation well and was the Black Cats main attacker.
There was speculation that the Ghanaian forward was on his way back to France, but I never believed it. He had a solid first season in the Premiership, and has the ability to grow on his goalscoring record in Sunderland's 2011-12 campaign.
The rumour wasn't huge, but that didn't mean it wasn't ridiculous.