Sunday Newspaper Football Gossip

Every Sunday sees a story that makes you think ‘absolutely no chance’ and this week is no different.

It’s the turn of Paul Hetherington in the Daily Star this week, with their exclusive that Arsenal could be prepared to pay £20 Million for Liverpool’s want away (according to Daily Star) keeper Pepe Reina.

Not only are they considering the £20M transfer fee, they are also considering paying him the £110,000 a week that his agent, Manuel Garcia Quilon is believed to be asking Liverpool for in his new contract.

Any believers out there?

I have to say that I’m not one. In the past Arsene Wenger has stood by keepers of the (lack of) quality of Manuel Almunia when Shay Given was available for a lot less. So why now would he dump the up and coming Wojciech Szczesny – who looks far better than Almunia – and break his recent transfer policy for a keeper, who I would go as far as to say isn’t the best out there? Absolutely no chance for me.

If proof Reina isn’t the best was ever needed, as I’m writing this I’ve just watched Carlton Cole back pass a shot past him at his near post. It must be the first time in months that Rob Green hasn’t felt the biggest goal keeping clown on the pitch.

The People have an interesting story claiming that Manchester United made a £19 Million bid for Ashley Young during the January transfer window, they claim that Alex Ferguson will be back with another bid in the summer.

It’s obvious that United need some creativity in midfield with Giggs and Scholes nearing the end of their careers, and due to the fact that Ashley Young has so far refused to so sign a new contract at Villa, it has become a fairly well regarded view that he wants out. All this gives the story some credence.

I don’t think that Young necessarily wants out because he’s had enough of Villa or sees it as a sinking ship, I think it is more down to the fact that he has had his head turned to bigger and better things with recent speculation linking him with Spurs and Liverpool, and who could blame him.

I think it is a far more likely story than Arsene Wenger spending £20M on Pepe Reina.

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