Arsenal Sign Alvarez?
Late May the news hit the internet and other media outlets that Arsenal had signed Velez Sarsfield winger Ricardo Alvarez. The story soon became muddied by talks of other clubs interested in the player; the story continued that Arsenal executive Richard Laws had visited Argentina but broke off talks once the figure of £12M was mentioned.
Was this another transfer never to happen? Last week Buenos Aires radio station stated that Alvarez will join a Premier League club this week. In this week’s Ole, Velez Sarsfield has confirmed that talks are on-going with Arsenal and that Arsenal has made a formal bid for the player. The complications according to Velez Sarsfield are that one or two other clubs are interested but also there are numerous people involved.
It is rumoured that mega-bucks Malaga have been sniffing around Alvarez, but today in stories circulating in the Italian media, Palermo supremo Maurizio Zamparini has stated that Arsenal have secured Alvarez.
Zamparini interview with Naples Radio Kiss Kiss were reported in Tuttosport:
“Alvarez? We had a specific interest we had in hand as early as January. Unfortunately, our mistake we did a quick run at the moment and has already signed for the ‘Arsenal’. ”
Could this be true? One thing is for sure, no news of Arsenal transfers will emerge until 1 July when the international transfer window officially opens. Remember when we signed Nasri, even though it was widely reported, and the club even uploaded a profile of Nasri by mistake on Arsenal.com, it was not until after the transfer window opened.
Hopefully we will see activity once 1st July comes around.