Do you really think Wenger or Mourinho are sat at home, flick on the Skysports news and see what Koeman has just said and think "Oh Barkley wants to leave, I must ring my chairman to see if he can put in a bid..."? Like they never had a clue from agents and people in the game who would have been willing them to put in big bids once Barkley rejected his contract offer.
Not everything is played out in the media. The majority of stuff is going on behind the scenes.
If it is Berrardi I think quite a few people will be underwhelmed. I can see him being embraced the same way Lamela was. Loved by some, hated by others. It's true he is very raw and missed most of last season with an injury. But he is a talent and different from Lamela. I don't know if he is the type of player we need, would prefer a real dribbler, but I can see why we would be looking at him (he's clever, has an eye for goal, has a strong build and clan play on the wing or up front). I have always thought he has a lot of potential given the right team and manager. It could quite easily take a year before we see anything special from him tho. But that is our transfer MO it seems, players for the future not the now.