Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan has been widely linked to a move to Arsenal in recent days with Santi Cazorla potentially heading the other way as part of the deal.
Cazorla is a relatively non-committal 1/2 to remain at the Emirates when the transfer window closes, while the bwin layers go 7/5 that he is elsewhere.
Yet delve a little deeper into the genesis of the gossip and talk that a swap is on the table, or that Arsenal are even interested in Turan, is far from conspicuous.
The rumour emanates from an article in the Telegraph alluding to such a deal, in which the only directly attributed quote one from the player and his agent insisting that he had yet to have talks with Barcelona.
No word on any potential Gunners interest then and, as far as supporters are concerned, this is excellent news.
It may well be that Atletico want to take Cazorla, with this comparison indicating the Spaniard’s superiority in the conjuring department.
In terms of every key attacking stat, the World Cup winner trumps his Turkish counterpart, yet he is sure to retail at a much lower mark than the €35m sources in Spain are reporting Barcelona will pay for Los Colchoneros’ schemer.
Pass completion is the only metric in which their stats are comparable – though even then Cazorla’s accuracy is almost 4% better – with the Arsenal playmaker recording numbers almost twice as good in four especially important areas for a final-third operative.
Despite playing for one of the elite outfits in La Liga, Turan notched a paltry two goals, someway shy of the seven set by his mooted makeweight.
In terms of assists, 11-4 reads as another resounding win for the Spanish whizz, who made nearly double the successful dribbles and key passes in his league matches in 2014/15 too.
Judging from these figures, the theory behind Atletico’s Cazorla interest is sturdy enough, but what Arsenal have to gain from trading him for Turan is tough to ascertain.