Just four days of frantic speculation remain before the transfer window is forced shut like a returning holidaymaker’s overstuffed suitcase.
Before that happens there is all manner of cheap, tawdry and salacious gossip to partake of and Arsenal fans cannot fail to be excited by the latest portion of Gunners news out of the deep-fat fryer.
The north London side are ‘interested’ in Atletico Madrid’s Mario Mandzukic, who has fallen down the pecking order at Vicente Calderon since Fernando Torres’ return to the club.
‘Reports in Spain’ are the mysterious sources of the speculation according to its English-language purveyors the Daily Express, who suggest that Manchester City may rival Arsenal for his signature despite already having procured Wilfried Bony.
The bwin odds moguls currently consider Mandzukic to have an 2/1 chance of being a Gunner by the end of the window.
Elsewhere, West Midlands paper the Express and Star report that West Brom have been offered the chance to sign former Man Utd and Atletico striker Diego Forlan.
Tony Pulis is apparently “still considering whether to pursue an interest in the 35-year-old”, who has also been touted in the direction of Hull and West Ham.
Forlan will be out of contract at current club Cerezo Osaka in the summer, having scored seven times in 26 league games since arriving in Japan in 2014.
Finally, Younes Kaboul’s sudden and extreme fall from grace, just months after being named Tottenham captain, could be plummeting towards a new nadir.
The Mirror suggest the Lilywhites are keen to utilise the Frenchman’s literal and figurative heft as a makeweight in a bid for Stuttgart’s rising star Timo Werner.
Just 18 years old, Werner became the youngest player ever to bag two goals in a Bundesliga match against Freiburg last term.