AND Kerry Katona is getting married again. Talk about a big news day.
The only things that give this story any credence are a) Chairman Peter Hill-Wood’s links with The Star, and b) the fact that, as far as I’m aware, Cole has yet to appear in the Arsenal.com abomination that is the ‘transfer linked’ section. Both 7amkickoff and Arseblog have made the point that publicising a link with a player in official channels could be considered confirmation that we have no real interest.
Cole would be an interesting signing. With the likes of Rosicky, Wilshere, Arshavin and Nasri all operating in a similar role it would lead me to wonder if someone is going to be on their way. If Cesc goes, Nasri might replace him in the middle with Cole starting out-wide. Equally, perhaps Andrey Arshavin will be offloaded to Barcelona, as this morning’s Spanish papers suggest.
Arsene was a great admirer of Cole during his time at West Ham, and only a few weeks ago he called him an “interesting target”. If any manager can get the best of Cole’s mercurial talent it is Arsene, and the playmaker would add experience of winning eight major trophies in his time with Chelsea. Signing a player of that calibre on a free transfer is the sort of deal that makes Arsene giddy.
For now, we ought to take the story with a whole spoonful of salt. If the drip-feed of stories continues over the next few days, we can reduce that to a pinch. Have a good Bank Holiday, Brits.