It came a little early, but last week’s whisper linking Spurs outcast Emmanuel Adebayor with a move to Chelsea, seemingly based exclusively on the fact that Jose Mourinho had him on loan for a few games at Real Madrid in 2011, had April Fool’s Day written all over it.
The ‘rumour’ quietened down again over the weekend, undoubtedly due to no paper feeling foolish enough to reproduce such utter guff, but it was tough to spot reality from fiction at times in today’s transfer mills.
Here are two more instances of stars surely not on their way to west London:
Chelsea ‘set to make SHOCK transfer offer for Arsenal’s Theo Walcott’
Despite spending €30m on Juan Cuadrado, the Colombia winger who has started seven of Chelsea’s nine matches on the bench since they signed him in January, the Times have put two and two together and come up with Walcott to Stamford Bridge.
The link was later reported in the Metro, where such nonsense is cooked up constantly, with the of-course-it’s-free-sheet suggesting the Blues have muscled in ahead of Manchester United and Liverpool in the ‘race’ for the former Southampton youth.
Walcott has around a year left on his Emirates contract and the Gunners are not thought to have opened talks regarding a new deal, but nor should they considering the 26-year-old has made just 18 starts in all competitions over the past couple of seasons.
He’ll surely stay though.
Chelsea ‘readying £217,000-a-week contract offer to complete Gareth Bale transfer’
The Daily Mail have gone so far as to canvass opinions from Chelsea fans on the Real Madrid forward, who became the first €100m player when moving to the Bernabeu from Spurs in September 2013.
True Blue Cody Taylor, a blogger with football site 90min.com, said this in the right-wing rag:
‘Gareth Bale could be available this summer if various transfer reports are to be believed, so naturally Chelsea are being linked with an eye-watering bid – but we have to ask ourselves the question, is he necessary?
‘Overall he’s not had the impact that the world’s most expensive player should. There are plenty who would give up everything to have him, but we really don’t need to be wasting time on a player that won’t be a noticeable improvement, or even fit.’
Scoring winning goals in the Copa del Rey and Champions League finals clearly doesn’t cut it, but it must be nice for Bale to know where he stands among the Stamford Bridge faithful.