All the talk is about Gareth Bale today, ahead of the Champions League final. No doubt those of us that said Fabregas would never join another London club would say ex-Spurs Bale would never wear the red and white of Arsenal, but there’s no such thing as ‘never’ in football. The Gunners have the money but, of course, they can’t offer Champions League football next season. However, Arsenal have an incredible track record when it comes to qualifying for the competition and if Bale is good pals with Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, perhaps he could be tempted to give the team on the other side of north London a try.

Meanwhile, reports are circulating that Arsenal may consider making a moving for Mahrez of Leicester. It seems unlikely, more like a bum steer than anything, as Wenger has gone public about his interest in the player. When that happens, there is usually no deal on the cards. Remember Vardy last year? At least, Arsenal put in a bid for him, but it seemed doomed after the will-he-won’t-he? transfer was played out in public. In fact, this Mahrez story reminds me more of Arsenal’s feigned interest in Mark Schwarzer, then of Fulham. Arsenal came nowhere near completing a deal. Perhaps it was just a smokescreen for other deals that didn’t happen.

While we’re on that subject, we hear Arsenal’s monstrous bid for Kylian Mbappe has been turned down. More rejections to follow, but moves for Alexandre Lacazette, Thomas Lemar, Jordan Pickford, Mario Lemina, Moussa Dembele, Henry Onyekuru and Virgil van Dyke are likely or unlikely depending on your political persuasion. Being cynical, I can’t help feeling a move for Dick van Dyke is more likely than most of the above or even Bale, as he’s not on most radars when it comes to Arsenal’s transfer business.

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