Que? Those of a certain generation will know the famous ‘I know nothing’ Faulty Towers sketch involving Manuel, Andrew Sachs.
When reading this and that about reported Arsenal interest in Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka, who says he knows nothing or isn’t taking any notice of the speculation, I couldn’t help but think of that.
Anyway, Sky Sports reports Arsenal have made a £21m offer to Schalke for German international midfielder Goretzka, part of the inexperience side selected by Joachim Low for the Confederations Cup in Russia.
Goretzka, who is moving into the final year of his current contract at the Bundesliga club, has been involved in both games for Germany so far, scoring the winning goals in a 3-2 victory over Australia.
When there’s something concrete to announce he’ll do so, until then Goretzka is fully focused on Germany’s bid for success.
Quoted by Sky Sports Goretzka said: ‘I do not want to say anything about the transfer rumours, I’m focusing on the Confederations Cup. I’m not going to give state-of-play updates, but if there are facts, I will announce them. I’m not the type to be impressed by newspaper reports, I know what my qualities are, but I will not build myself up.’
Low said he’s already given Goretzka, 22, his views on the transfer speculation, not that he was letting on, but he doesn’t think the rumours will impact on his performances in Russia, which the German boss has been happy with.
‘I had a long chat with Leon before the Confederations Cup about various scenarios and opportunities’, added Lowe.
‘I gave him my thoughts, which I won’t share here, and we’ve blended the transfer rumours out at the Confederations Cup. He has done very well here and is intelligent enough to take the right steps [for his future].’