By Sir Hardly Anyone
Of course it has been a great honour indeed to be awarded the right to publish the regular Official Arsenal Transfer List each week. Being “official” doesn’t in any way mean that the list is actually “official”, any more than a “£50m centre forward deal done, contract signed” headline means that a centre forward from somewhere has done a deal to sign for Arsenal for £50m.
No, not at all. For these are what we journalist types call “words”.
The new game in town is to spin out a zero story with zero facts with resumes. This week they are
Arsenal are expected to strengthen their squad in the summer after struggling in the race for the Premier League title this season and suffering their first FA Cup defeat in over two years, having not signed a single outfield player last summer.
The Gunners moved to bring in defensive midfielder Mohamed Elneny from FC Basle,
The fans are getting restless
But Arsenal could face competition for his services from European heavyweights in Real Madrid and Juventus.
Make mine a double would you?
So, let’s start off our words today with SoccerTransfers.net who have the headline
1: Done Deal–Bayern Munich Target Agrees Long Term Arsenal Deal, To Earn£180,000-A-Week
And the story is…
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Well, I think we can all agree with that.
2: Arsenal transfer news: Hijack for top Man Utd target, 22-goal striker approach, class CM eyed up
This is from the Metro and tells us that
Arsene Wenger has made Alvaro Morata his top summer striker target, but Arsenal will have to negotiate their way through a complicated deal to land the Spaniard.
3. If they are British they are most certainly leaving Arsenal
That is the story in the anti-EU campaigning Daily Mail which tells us Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers and Carl Jenkinson are all going to leave while the Metro helpfully adds “the Gunners’ domestic scouts have been instructed to identify new British talent, particularly players aged under 23.”
It’s understood Kieran Gibbs is the most likely to leave the club this summer after losing his place to Nacho Monreal in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI.
Also the “news” (I use the word lightly) is that Southampton desperate to seal transfer of Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, will make him their highest-paid player. That’s from the Metro.
Interestingly, if they were all to go we would have to buy home grown talent under Premier League rules.
4: Arsenal are reportedly looking into a possible transfer move for Benfica striker Kostas Mitroglou.
The 28-year-old has been on loan in Portugal this season from parent club Fulham, and has impressed with 22 goals in all competitions.
However, A Bola – which is a Portuguese web site rather than a rather nasty disease, reports that despite Arsenal asking about him, no official bid has been made, and that the Greece international is close to sealing a permanent move to the Portuguese giants.
Mitroglou recent goal tallies are reported, showing 22 goals in 39 games this season and this makes interesting reading since in the rather more difficult Premier League and associated competitions this year he has scored 20 in 42. So not much difference despite a harder challenge.
Mitroglou did play for Fulham, making three appearances and failing to score as the club were relegated in 2013/14. But the Metro says, his record in other European leagues shows he could at least be a decent squad player for the Gunners, who are short of options up front.
5: Arsenal are ready to hijack Manchester United’s transfer move for Benfica star Renato Sanches, reports say.
Now this one is interesting because it is a “race” no less to sign the quality 18-year-old, who according to the Daily Mail has enjoyed an incredible breakthrough season.
And Arsenal sent scouts to watch him play on Saturday
6: It’s the whole team that needs transmogrifying
Arsenal manager Wenger wants to rebuild the spine of his team at the end of this season and is determined to land a top-class striker says the Telegraph.
And specifically it’s Morata who apparently we wanted two years ago and now want again and who anyway was wanted in point 2 above.
Sources in Spain claim Real Madrid intend to exercise their £23million buy-back clause to re-sign Morata from Juventus, but then want to sell him on at a profit. Morata has scored 25 goals in 87 appearances over his two seasons at Juve and Wenger believes he would fit into his team perfectly.
Of course we have heard that one before, but now we are told…
Juve are prepared to fight to try to keep Morata and Wenger may be forced to wait to see if Real can re-sign him before making a move of his own. … A good relationship between Arsenal and Real exists from the deal that saw Mesut Ozil move to London three years ago.
7: Bye bye Theo
Arsenal would be prepared to listen to offers for Walcott at the end of this season, but his current £140,000-a-week contract will still have three years to run.
8: Granit Xhaka yawn yawn
Really, this story has been round so many times that papers that broke the story the first time and now reduced to breaking it again.
9: Kostas Manolas,
Arsenal could challenge Chelsea for Roma’s defender Kostas Manolas, who he considered signing two years ago. Chelsea remain favourites to land Manolas and it is understood new head coach Antonio Conte has already sounded out the agent of the Greece international.
10: Bye bye everyone
Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky are sure to go. Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs up for grabs.
11: Rodrigo Bentancur
The Independent say this 18 year old from Boca Juniors is the real deal. Other than that they are just writing the resumes.
Arsenal scouts were in attendance for Boca’s 3-1 victory over Bolivar last Thursday with Bentancur their main interest although he only came off the substitutes’ bench with five minutes remaining, and subsequently were in attendance as he played the opening 40 minutes against Tigres last night before being replaced by Fernando Gago. The Independent
12: Mesut signs a new contract.
The story goes on for about five yards but that is more or less all it says.
13: Arsenal On The Verge Of Signing €31m Rated Per Mertesacker Replacement
According to goal.com, reported by “The Sports Columnits” PSG defender Marquinhos has agreed personal terms with Barcelona ahead of a summer move to the Catalans. This report was about two weeks ago. However, today, Arsenal are been linked to the signing of the Brazilian which probably means the goal.com report are not true.
Now this is getting cheeky. A bloggetta having a go at goal.com. Well!
According to a report by the SUN today, both Arsenal and Manchester United are interested in signing the versatile defender and will push hard for this signature once the transfer window is open. The Brazilian have fallen down the pecking order at PSG this season and is said to be frustrated at the way manager Laurent Blanc keeps playing him out of position.
Apparently Per Mertesacker is “not getting younger”
14: Zaza and Morata together.
Juventus have slapped a £24m price tag on the head of Simone Zaza, (he said “ow”) according to Tuttosport, spotted by TalkSprout spotted by All Arsenal.
Zaza has struggled for game time behind Morata, Paulo Dybala, and even Mario Mandzukic this season, which would understandably have him considering his future. If Morata is headed towards the exit then Zaza could reconsider things, but at the moment you wouldn’t blame him for seeking a move elsewhere.
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