It’s not often a transfer story is so twisted it shocks Sport Witness.
Years of raised eyebrows, dropped jaws, and general cynicism have meant there’s not an awful that can still provoke a screwed up face and response of “What? How have they… no… eh, that’s impressive.”
Step forward Record Mexico and an Arsenal transfer claim so twisted it’s headache inducing.
Record’s Monday front page has Hirving Lozano splashed all over it, with the claim that Arsenal want to sign ‘Chucky’, the player’s nickname.
Arsenal are said to be following Lozano, who signed for PSV in the summer window, and preparing a $29m offer for the January transfer window.
Record claim: ‘According to information from journalist Rik Elfrink, of Dutch newspaper ED, the attacker is in the sights of Arsenal, a club that would already be preparing a offer of $29m for the next market of winter signings in Europe.’
A little digging led to a lot of digging, because Elfrink hasn’t made a song and dance out of Lozano to Arsenal.
Eventually, an article from October 3rd popped up, and the Eindhoven Dagblad journalist explained: ‘British tabloids have seen the figures of Chucky after three months at PSV and already linked him with an amount of €25m to Arsenal.’
There’s not really much from the ‘British tabloids’ either, and it’s quite astonishing that 6 days after Elfrink merely mentioning rumours from elsewhere, the whole thing has ended up on the front page of a Mexican newspaper, followed by a double page spread.