According to bookmakers William Hill via the Daily Mirror, they have received massive bets on the possibility of Chelsea captain John Terry joining Arsenal this summer. The bets have all supposedly come from the Reading area, but the bookmakers do not really consider the move a realistic one.
However, it begs the question is it really complete out of the realms of reality that Terry could join the Gunners in the summer?
Available on a free transfer
The Chelsea captain is undoubtedly reaching the end of his career at the age of 35, which is the likely reason the Blues are not renewing his contract at the end of the season. Terry is believed to be looking to stay in the south of England, so his choices of clubs are not exactly limited.
South coast outfit Bournemouth are currently favourites to sign Terry at odds of 5/2, with the likes of Brighton and Crystal Palace also reportedly in the running to sign the centre-back.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has a habit of bargain hunting for players, so it would not be the most surprisingly move in the world.
Has played for Gunners rivals his whole career
John Terry has played for Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea for virtually his whole career. He has played a crucial part in the Blues becoming one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League.
Although Chelsea are not the clubs biggest rivals in London the two clubs do have previous from past meetings. It seems unlikely that he would be welcomed with open arms by the majority of Arsenal fans.
It would be a backward step
Arsenal are weak in defence and have been for a while. The big money signing of Shkodran Mustafi last summer from Valencia has done little to help the situation.
Terry is a commanding centre-back, with bags of experience of playing in the English top-flight. He may be getting on in years, but he has been written off time and time again and still seems to come back.
However, take away his Chelsea links and his age, signing a 35-year-old centre-back would be a major backward step. Arsenal do need to sort out their defence this summer and become more solid.
I highly doubt that signing John Terry would do that. It seems whichever person or group that decided to place those massive bets will have wasted a lot of money, as it seems very unlikely John Terry will ever wear an Arsenal shirt.
Would John Terry to Arsenal really be a realistic move?