On Friday morning the Daily Mail reported that AS Monaco could try to make a blockbuster £34million move for Arsenal winger Theo Walcott.
When you hear about the story, at first you think it's just paper-talk, and nothing more than a rumour to fill the back-pages.
But once you start thinking about it, the more sense you find the move makes for both parties. It might not happen, but it's quite plausible for Walcott to move to Monaco.
Here we will have a look at the main factors for Walcott's transfer, and will figure out what is the possibility for him to move in the winter.
Would Arsenal sell?
When Arsenal signed Mesut Ozil on deadline day last summer, many thought the time when Arsenal are selling their top players is over and will now start to buy these players.
Yet we all know Arsene Wenger is not that type of manager. He likes to build his squad and only splashes the money on the players he wants and Ozil is that kind of player, because he can make the difference between a last-gasp win for the fourth place in the Premier League and a serious title challenge.
Wenger likes to buy low, sell high and acting with financial prudence. Examples of this are Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri.
It would make sense for Arsenal to sell Walcott in the winter to fund a transfer for a top striker, because the current striking department of the Gunners depends on Olivier Giroud and yes - Nicklas Bendtner.
Many would say Walcott wants and can play as a striker, but he lacks consistency and will hardly be a first-choice, with Giroud currently in top form.
What's more, Arsenal have gone top, when he was injured and the winger's place in the starting XI isn't reserved with the fight for places.
With only three attacking places in Wenger's 4-2-3-1 formation, Walcott will have to fight with Ozil, Cazorla, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlian, Gnarby and Rosicky for a place.
Why would Walcott leave?
First of all-his contract.
Less than 12 months ago Walcott penned a new contract after long negotiations. He rejected a five-year deal and only signed a three-and-a-half-year one, which means in the end of the season he will only have two years left and will start angling for a new, highly-paid deal.
We all know Walcott wants to play as a striker, but Wenger has paid little more than lip-service to the player's wishes. As we add the fact that Arsenal's midfield is quite crowded and talented, it's unrealistic to say that the winger could find himself at the bench.
If he is on the bench when Christmas arrives, Walcott will want to secure first-time football. Monaco will be able to offer him this, and he won't be hard to be tempted, after even Radamel Falcao joined Monaco.
Does it sound realistic?
Well, Monaco definitely have the money (remember, they have a Russian billionaire owner) and currently they need players.
Yes, they have a good starting XI, but they don't have depth in their squad, which will be needed once they enter the Champions League, which will most probably happen next season.
They have James Rodriguez, Lucas Ocampos and Ferreira Carrasco playing on the wings. All of them have played very well, but when any one gets injured, it will be hard for the two left. That's why Walcott is wanted.
Walcott is a very good player, versatile, very fast, skilled and has an eye for goal. He isn't worth £34m, but when you have money, you can overpay for the players you want.
Currently things are level. It can go either way from here to Christmas, but this paper-talk can become a real transfer after three months.
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