Arsenal are close to reaching an agreement with Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata Calciomercato.com has revealed. The Gunners will offer a mouth-watering £155,000 a week salary to the player.
Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are also ready to offer the same to the 23-year-old and Juventus are determined to sign the player on a permanent basis but they are not in a position to offer the same amount of money to the player as the other three clubs.
The story is pretty much the same everywhere, with headlines like, “Arsenal closer than ever to signing striker as agent opens transfer talks.”
And then of course there is the transfer fee. Arsene Wenger is believed to be highly interested in Morata and is reportedly willing to pay a club-record £46 million to bring him to Emirates Stadium this summer.
Morata scored 12 goals and made nine assists for Juventus this past season, including two of each in the Champions League. Last season Morata was named to the Champions League Team of the Tournament as Juventus made it to the Final before losing to Barcelona.
The main thing is not to think of him as a replacement for Giroud, as his scoring record is worse than Giroud’s. Elsewhere it is said that Manchester United and Chelsea have also been mooted as suitors, although Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Karim Benzema seem to be the top priorities up top at United.
2: Maxi Romero
Confirmed: Striker says Arsenal move is done,”Arsenal made a big offer and agreed to our main terms” FastOneTwo.com
And that most certainly is what we used to call a “fast one”. It is a hoax story, because we were this far along the line in 2015. The full tale is that in April 2015 we were going to sign him, he was the next big thing, we had signed him, oh no we didn’t even though he was the next Messi because of the injury. Now “Arsene Wenger is set to revive his interest in sealing the Arsenal transfer of Argentina youngster Maxi Romero, reports say.”
But what you should also know is that this guy is always referred to as the “Next Messi”.
Wow! Arsenal Eyeing ‘Next Messi’ As One Of The Four New Signings This Summer
See I told you so.
Confirmed: Striker says Arsenal move is done,”Arsenal made a big offer and agreed to our main terms”
And it is a hoax because when he got injured and the deal stopped, it was merely put on hold, pending his full recovery from the injury. And that clause was in the contract. So, we are still where we were last time.
3: Chiori Johnson
This is real as it was confirmed by Arsenal Official Website that Highly-rated defender Chiori Johnson has committed his long-term future to the club, after signing the new deal.
The 18-year old full-back, who graduated from the club’s Hale End Academy, had a season full of injury problems but came back to become a key player for U-21 Arsenal player.
4: Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Another BIG ONE. Arsenal are in pole position to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan after holding talks with German club and Armenian midfielders representatives. (Try saying that after a couple of pints.)
The 27-year old playmaker has become one of the most dangerous attackers in European football since making the switch to Dortmund, this term he has been in terrific form as he has scored 23 goals and provided 32 assists in his 51 appearances.
That is the Daily Express’ take (although I’ve cleaned up the grammar). Chelsea are also understood to be lining-up an offer. However, it looks like Arsenal have now moved in pole position… he could be viewed as a potential replacement for England international forward Theo Walcott.
The bonus is his contract runs out next year and allegedly he doesn’t want to re-sign. The cost is £24m. And he has scored 18 goals in 47 Dortmund games this season.
5: Superstar Confirms: Arsenal have completed another transfer
This is from Eplscouts.com whose web site tells us…
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6: Islam Slimani
Arsenal ponder bid for £23.25m Sporting Lisbon star – report
That is the headline and here are verbatim the next two paragraphs.
Arsenal are weighing up a bid for Sporting Lisbon forward Islam Slimani this summer, say reports
Arsenal are among the clubs weighing up a summer transfer bid for Sporting Lisbon star Islam Slimani, according to reports.
So now you are no wiser than when you started. Arsenal, Tottenham and Leicester all said to be looking at him, and the Mirror says Arsenal are considering a bid. €30m is the going rate.
7: Arsenal Set To Announce Deal For Midfielder – Fans Will Love This
And guess what. This is where the hoax starts, and it is in two parts…
Arsenal are looking to offer a long term deal to Jack Wilshere this summer, as they look to offer new deals to the existing first team player.
Manchester City and Chelsea are looking out for the player for a potential transfer move.
But don’t get too excited because there is more…
See I told you. He’s not staying with a new contract, he is off.
Arsenal midfielder signals summer exit after stating he’s not happy with role at the club
Oh dear. Perhaps we should tell the other bloggettas. Mind you he was the subject of the first ever “spotted at the estate agent” story during the winter suggesting his mansion was up for sale and he was off to Man U.
8: Medhi Benatia
Benatia has been unlucky with injuries which has kept him out his club side on numerous occasions, so the cynics are saying that he is obviously a man for Arsenal, forgetting that we are a long way below the top performers in the injury league.
Benatia has won the Bundesliga in successive seasons with Bayern Munich over the past 2 years as well as being named in the Serie A team of the season, during his time at AS Roma. The 29-year-old would form an excellent partnership with Koscielny.
9: Wojciech Szczesny
Well is this transfer news? Apparently so according to the headlines, and the news is …
According to the latest reports from London, Arsenal are ready to let their 26-year old Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny on loan one more year.
10: N’Golo Kante – back on the radar
Leicester City’s defensive midfielder, N’Golo Kante and Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, are looking likely to be the next Arsenal signings according to The Evening Standard.
Arsene Wenger has been sending Arsenal scouts to watch the Frenchman play a few times this season and is obviously keen to make the player his second midfield signing of the season
And to finish, here is Football Transfer Tavern’s starting line up for next season
Bellerin Koscielny Benatia Monreal
Alexis Ozil Cazorla
And that is about that. Morata is a maybe, and one of the Jack Wilshere stories has to be wrong, unless he’s been cloned.
Now there’s a thought.
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- Okay, okay, you’ve waited long enough… we can confirm Granit Xhaka is an Arsenal player!
- Newspaper claims Arsenal “should have been applauded as CHAMPIONS if officials had done their jobs properly.”
Anniversary of the Day… Tottenham defeated
- 26 May 1913 Tottenham’s demand for an EGM of league clubs to stop Arsenal’s move from Plumstead to Highbury defeated at League’s AGM, re-iterating the League’s position from the 1910 AGM that the league regulations gave them no say in where a club played.
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