The 9 weirdest transfer rumours we've heard this summer
Gareth Bale/Luka Modric to Arsenal
We can file these two rumours under the same entry, as they're both pretty ridiculous for the same two reasons.
Both Bale and Modric are bona fide superstars plying their trade at the world's biggest football club. Bale is still in his prime at the age of 28, and while Modric is the wrong side of 30, he’s still capable of controlling games against top-class opposition. Thus, neither of them have any reason to take a step down, even to a club of Arsenal's size – and it's questionable whether the Gunners could even afford either of them.
But nonetheless, Spanish outlet Don Balon claimed Arsenal had made an enquiry for Bale earlier in the window, while Diario Gol claimed they were among a nunber of clubs interested in Modric. Per-lease.
Kostas Manolas to Zenit
Manolas is a top-class central defender who is fast approaching his prime. Aged 26, he plays regularly for Roma and Greece. He's drawn admiring glances from teams like Arsenal, Chelsea and Juventus, all of whom would be a step up - so it was weird that Manolas was on the verge of a move to Zenit earlier this summer.
Simply, the Greek is too good to consider the Russian Premier League. It's been said that Juventus couldn't actually afford him, despite supposed interest in the stopper. In the end it turned out Zenit couldn't either – Manolas had a medical scheduled with the Russian side (who've finished third for the past two seasons, remember), and the deal was aborted after a disagreement about wages.
Hulk to Arsenal
Don't be fooled: this isn't a rumour from 2010. Former Brazil international Hulk has had a number of opportunities to play in Europe's top leagues over the years, but opted to maximise his financial gains than elevate his career. Aged 31, he currently plays for Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League.
It seems unlikely, therefore, that rumours of Arsenal moving for him in this transfer window ever had any truth to them. Not only would the former Porto hitman demand astronomical wages (he's currently trousering £320k per week in China), he's also unproven in a top league and a move to the Premier League now would be about five years too late.
Ruben Neves to Wolves
A 20-year-old full Portugal international who captained Porto in the Champions League aged 18, and was strongly linked to the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool in recent seasons. Wolves, you say?! Pah.
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