2: Dominic Solanke
This is where the good name of Arsenal and Mr Wenger really helps – if it comes off. Chelsea have him, he’s demanding £50k a week, Chelsea have just won the Youth Cup for the third time running, but still they can’t find a way to move any of their youth players into the first team big time.
While the aforementioned Iwobi, Coquelin and Bellerin are there for all to see Chelsea just can’t bring themselves to push their young stars into the spotlight, so rather than tour the outposts of Europe on loan Solanke says he wants to go, after one appearance as a sub.
Solanke was the 2014 England Youth Player of the Year.
3: Alexis to leave
But the downside is that some of the star players are just getting fed up with the crowd, and Bayern are making louder and louder noises that they want him, they need him and by and large they absolutely must have him.
The Metro is absolutely certain about this one: Arsenal have offered a three year contract to the Bayern Munich right back. But it doesn’t look quite right in some ways. He’s 30 and he would be back up to Bellerin. He’s played 405 times and won nine trophies – so is he really ready to be back up to a youngster?
Well, Sport Bild says yes, apparently.
6: Santi Cazorla getting ready to go
This is the Metro, who love the turmoil they have invented for the club, and they’ve apparently heard Santi Caz say that he would love to go back to the peace and quiet of Villareal whom he left in 2011 before going to Malaga. The good news is that the story comes from AS best known for its reinterpretation of the meaning of DNA.
7: Kostas Mitroglou
But on the incoming side apparently there is Kostas Mitroglou of Benfica. He has scored 22 goals in 40 appearances for Benfica after not doing very well at Fulham. The story is that the deal will cost Arsenal £5.5m, but on the other hand there is talk that he is actually happy in Portugal and doesn’t really want to face the Arsenal crowd.
8: Kalidou Koulibaly
Now we have moved from the “signed and sealed” list to the “Arsenal are weighing up a move for” part of the agenda. This guy is a centre back playing for Napoli centre-back and the tale comes from the Metro. But Napoli play this game of putting £30m+ buy out clauses into contracts so the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, and Barcelona are a-sniffing.
This gent is at Paris Saint-Germain and this time Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Bayern Munich all want him. He’s a defender, and his brother likes to talk to the media. He is quoted as saying ‘There are a lot of clubs who are interested in Marquinhos. They have already spoken with me. With the club, Marquinhos’ agent, myself and my father we will make a decision.’ That’s ok then.
10. Ben Chilwell
Now we have the Mirror, and using the eternal phrase of desperation because the column is empty they say, “Arsenal are monitoring the progress of Leicester’s city Defender according to report doing the rounds,” which is as vague as it gets.
He’s 19 and wants to leave to get more regular first team football – which makes the whole thing seem a bit…. unlikely. And with the “reports” saying “Kieran Gibbs is reportedly unhappy” people are getting excited, or at least making things up.
11: The Daily Star and elsewhere
Thierry Henry has agreed to coach the Arsenal under 18s next season. It’s not really a transfer but still…
12: Zlatan and the money
And this isn’t really a transfer either, but it keeps popping up. “According to the reports” (ah well) Arsenal are “set to battle Manchester United for the signature of Zlatan Ibrahimovic”
13: Carlos Bacca
He’s 29, and he is described as a “49 GOALS STRIKER” who “COULD JOIN ARSENAL”
Morata is “said to be the likeliest option” (for what we are not told because “it appears the Spaniard prefers to remain with Juventus despite rumours that Real Madrid may be activating his buy back clause this summer and then re-sell him elsewhere.”)
Sorry about that one. But. “If the Gunners do not get Morata, rumours have it that back up option is former Sevilla star Carlos Bacca who has always been linked with a move to Arsenal even before he signed for AC Milan last summer. The South American last season scored 49 goals for Sevilla in all competition but this season, he has only scored 17 goals in 37 appearances.”
But (and this really is a direct quote from the bloggetta in question, complete with the traditional spelling slip and grammatical whatnot) “anyone who has seen the Colombian play will aggree he is better than what Arsenal currently have and a move for him will make perfect sense for the Gunners especially if they are not able to get their more illustrious targets such as Morata, Cavani, Higuain and co.”
Yep, you just have to wait long enough, and there is Higuain.
Soccer Transfers, we thank you.
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