Try as hard you might, the pungent aroma of Silly Season is becoming impossible to ignore. Like the summer breeze, it promises cool refreshment and wind-chimed romance, a gentle caress to wash the worries and hardships of the day away. Instead, it brings nothing but hot air tinged with cow dung, flies, and headaches.
The latest strong current of hot air is emanating from the vortex generator known as the Daily Mirror, who claim that Chelsea are ready to join the battle for £40million Kyle Walker. The soon-to-be 27-year-old right back has been a Tottenham regular since 2011, but he and Pochettino appear to have had a falling out or some such and rumors have been circulating fairly regularly ever since.
The battle that Chelsea are apparently joining includes pretty much all the top six, with Manchester City supposedly in the lead as they look for a long-term replacement for Pablo Zabaleta. The price is high because Walker is pretty good and he does have four years left on his current contract.
Trouble is, at least as far as Chelsea are concerned, Spurs selling to either Arsenal or Chelsea is simply a non-starter. Sol Campbell and, to a much less famous degree, Neil Sullivan’s free transfers aside, the last player to actually be transferred for a fee out of White Hart Lane to either of those two clubs is
Luka Modrić Mickey Hazard, who was Chelsea’s record signing in 1985 at £300,000.
Could Kyle Walker, arguably the best right wing-back in the Premier League, break that 30+ years of history? Highly doubtful. Nothing’s ever 100 per cent in football of course, but with plenty of other potential interest in Walker, we can safely ignore any and all Chelsea links. (And that basically goes the same for any current Spurs player.)