By Sir Hardly Anyone
Yes it is the ever growing Great Transfer Index – the absolute list of all the players already linked with Arsenal – which you can only read here. Or maybe somewhere else if they have nicked it.
The one “done deal”, according to “reports” remains the same: Granit Xhaka. But we have six new names on the chart now – although one of them is simply returning from a sojourn. Here they are…
- Carlos Bacca
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic
- Kalidou Koulibaly
- Dominic Solanke
The returnee is Zlatan the Almighty, whose name has been linked for months if not years. And since he is an Eternal, a God, he will be here forever.
So now here is the complete list of all the transfers set out by the media thus far, and with the transfer window. The Daily Mirror has provided a helpful introduction…
When does the transfer window open?
Like every year the summer window officially opens on July 1, but players, agents and clubs will be discussing contract terms and final fees long before then.
[Please tell me that I am not the only person in the galaxy who deplores the Mirror’s inability to put together a grammatically correct sentence.]
With Euro 2016 taking place in June, you can expect plenty of deals to be announced early as clubs hope to steal a march on their rivals.
When does the transfer window close?
The transfer window will slam shut on August 31, just as players disappear for an international break.
It has yet to be decided whether it’s an afternoon or late-night finish.
Already people who know all about these things are out on the street proclaiming that given that Arsenal was the only team in the multiverse not to buy an outfield player last summer (so lets forget the wonderful Elneny and the emergent Iwobi) we will be buying everyone that moves. Or if you are anti-Wenger, not.
And let us forget that only 25% of big name transfers make a difference in Year One.
I think the big news is at the end, with the appointment (we are told by the usual unreliable sources) of a new coach; a move that will ensure the stream of youngsters coming through will continue. But more on that at the end. Because that’s where I have put it.
Here we go… all the players linked with Arsenal. I’ve added an extra column this time in the shape of “Current status” for a brief word on the latest from the bloggettas.
But here also is a warning: just because this appears in the media, doesn’t make it true. They could be winding us up ready for yet another season of attacks on Wenger for not buying who they said.
|Player||Position||From||Current status||Also interested|
|1||Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang||Forward||B. Dortmund|
|2||Carlos Bacca||Forward||Juventus||49 goal striker||Real Mad buy back clause|
|3||Riechedly Bazoer||Cen mid.||Ajax||Barcelona, Chelsea, Man U, Tottenham|
|4||Rodrigo Bentancur||Midfield||Boca Juniors||Real Mad, Juve|
|5||Ben Chilwell||Left-back||Leicester||“Arsenal monitoring”|
|7||Gonzalo Higuain||Striker||Napoli||Man U|
|8||Zlatan Ibrahimovic||Striker||PSG||Self proclaimed God||Man U|
|9||Mauro Icardi||Striker||Inter||Man C Man U|
|12||Naby Keita||Central mid||Red Bull Salzburg|
|13||Marquinhos||Defendr||PSG||Man U Man C Chelsea and Bayern Munich|
|14||Kostas Mitroglou||Striker||Benfica||“Happy in Portugal”|
|16||Henrikh Mkhitaryan||Midfield||B Dortmund||Liverpool! Tottenham|
|17||Alvaro Morata||Striker||Juventus (loan) Real Mad|
|18||Kalidou Koulibaly||Napoli||Signed and Sealed (Metro)|
|19||Kelechi Nwakali||Midfield||Reported as already having joined Arsenal||WHU, Bayern, Chelsea, Man U Liverpool!|
|21||Rafinha||RB||Bayern Munich||Metro utterly certain|
|22||Dominic Solanke||Chelsea||Chelsea want to keep him|
|25||Jon Toral||Attack midf.||Arsenal (loaned to Brum)|
|26||Yaya Toure||C Mid||Man City|
|27||Victor Wanyama||Def. midf.||Southampton|
|28||Granit Xhaka||Defend/ midfield||Monchengladbach||“Deal done”||Chelsea. Sources|
|29||Andriy Yarmolenko||Winger||Dynamo Kiev||Tottenham Liverpool|
|1||Alexis||Forward||Asking for transfer|
|3||Santi Cazorla||Mid/For||Back to Villareal|
|4||Szczesny||Goal||Happy in Rome|
|Thierry Henry||Under 18||Accepted post|
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