I am usually very anti-speculation – other than to have a fun chat about what we might do in the pub with mates. Fans who predict things usually get it wrong. Fans who predict things and present it as them knowing it’s happening end up embarrassed. But this deal seems to be about to lump over the line.
In classic Arsenal fashion, the deal for Sokratis looked all but done over a week ago, but things went quiet, they went slowly. Were Arsenal exploring other avenues? Or was this just how long transfer take on reality.
Then yesterday afternoon reports from both Greece and Germany started to align – chances are they were simply quoting the same made up source.
The talk was the Sokratis (I really can’t be bothered to Google his surname) arrived in England in Sunday evening. And that on Monday he had his medical and signed the deal.
£17m over 3 years for the Greek centre back who turns 30 in 4 days.
Petit demanded experience over kids, I wonder what his opinion is about Arsenal signing the 79 capped international – I imagine he will still moan (and I am getting a little obsessed over his comments).
Anyway, the deal seems wrapped up, should happen today, and should also see Stephan Lichtsteiner sign on a free before Switzerland fly out to Russia.
It will also be interesting to see what happens with Bernd Leno.
The German goal keeper was left out of their squad to go to the World Cup.
Swooping for him would mean Unai Emery would have his first choice goal keeper and back 4 to work with for the entire pre season.
Fingers crossed it all happens today otherwise I will look more muggy than normal.