Spanish website Don Balon – who have a history of publishing barely believable transfer stories – have this weekend reported that Real Madrid will look to re-sign Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, 27, if they sell 24-year-old James Rodriguez.
The story may have been ignorable, however the BBC have placed the transfer rumour on top of their hugely popular gossip page this Sunday.
When translated by Google, the Don Balon article only totals 145 words: an indication of the lack of details (and should we say substance?) in the Ozil to Madrid tale.
The article starts off by reporting that Colombian star James Rodriguez could be on his way out of the Santiago Bernabeu this summer due to “recent clashes with Rafa Benitez”.
James Rodriguez has only played 361 minutes of football for Los Blancos in La Liga this term, however he’s also been suffering from a muscular problem.
Were James to leave Madrid (note: no suitors are mentioned in the article), then Real could turn attention to Arsenal’s assist king Ozil.
The article tails off with the line that in Madrid they believe that the German has finally acquired the maturity and consistency he lacked in his time in Spain, and they see the chance to get one of the greatest talents the world.
Arsenal take on Aston Villa on the road today in the Premier League.