It’s April 1st and that means a day full of pranks, jokes and a light-hearted approach to almost everything. Football is no different and there have been some great April Fools’ stories so far today.
From Harry Kane’s £50 million North London switch to Arsenal to Wayne Rooney’s new Liverpool tattoo, here is a roundup of the best stories today:
1. Manchester United add pace to the side by signing Usain Bolt
The report claims: “Bolt will fulfill a number of athletics commitments before meeting up with the squad.
“He is thought to be planning to retire from athletics in 2017 but could bring that date forward should he be given a chance in United’s first team.”
Falcao may not have worked out quite as well as many United fans had hoped, but Bolt could be a future star.
2. Arsenal have agreed a £50 million move for Tottenham’s Harry Kane
Tottenham‘s Harry Kane has been unstoppable this season and after making his first England appearances this week, the Daily Express are reporting that the 21-year-old forward has earned a mega money move to Spurs’ North London rivals Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger has been desperate to sign Kane since he netted twice against the Gunners in the North London Derby earlier this season and Wenger “is believed to have locked himself away in his house for 48 hours straight following the defeat – watching continuous re-runs of Kane’s performance”, according to the report.
Tottenham fans might not have seen the funny side of this one though. April Fools’ Day or not, putting Kane back in an Arsenal shirt is something Spurs fans won’t enjoy seeing.
3. Wayne Rooney’s new Liverpool tattoo revealed
The Daily Star also played on a Premier League rivalry in their report this morning, showing an image of Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney with a Liverbird tattoo on his arm and the letters YNWA underneath – short for “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.
The report claimed that Rooney got the tattoo after losing a bet for stating that he would score against Liverpool in the game at Anfield two weeks ago. The England skipper missed a last minute penalty and had to face the consequences.
As well as angering United fans, this prank won’t have gone down too well with Everton supporters either…
4. Arsenal have teamed up with PUMA to release left-footed football
Arsenal have linked up with official partner PUMA to release the world’s first-ever left-footed evoPOWER football.
The story on Arsenal’s official website claims the new ball will help left-footed players to perform in a game dominated by right-footed players.
Right-back Hector Bellerin, who is predominantly right-footed, claimed the new ball worked well: “It’s a bit tricky to use on your right foot but it instantly improved my left foot,” he said.
5. Qatar will take part in Euro 2020
Finally, the Telegraph have reported that controversial World Cup hosts Qatar will take place in the European Championships in 2020 despite not even being from the continent.
The Arab country will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup but football’s governing body thinks putting them into the European Championships will give “European teams a chance to ‘get to know’ their 2022 hosts better”.
The report ended by claiming FIFA will use its “sealed bids” system to draw groups for qualifying and that Qatar could even win the tournament.
“Is it possible that Qatar could win Euro 2020?” asked a FIFA delegate. “Sure, why not? If it makes commercial sense for all parties.”