By Tony Attwood
I am not sure anyone has ever charted the ebb and flow of transfer rumours through the summer before – if they have I haven’t been able to find the analysis, which is why Untold has chosen to take this task on with the Arsenal Transfer Index.
The Index aims to chart all the main transfer rumours that crop up, and doing it this year, I can report that basically we seem to have had all the rumours – at least for a while. This past week all we have had is the notion that we are signing one player from Bolton, and the idea that two more players are about to leave. Everything is a repetition of what we have had before.
Of course there is the odd nuance and twist and turn in the past week regarding rumours already started, and I’ve indicated all these in bold, but in the end the key changes are two more players said to be leaving Arsenal and one more signing.
The totals now run at 58 signings and 14 departures. There are no other changes in the coaching staff or in terms of the youngsters.
As a result of this hiatus what we are now getting is headlines like “Arsenal could switch their interest from Vardy to Edison Cavani” – which is a bit misleading because Edison Cavani was one of the transfers listed very close to the start of the Arsenal Transfer Index.
In short, it looks as if the people who make up these transfers have used up most of their list, and are now just recycling old stories. It was all a con in the first place, now it is a double con. For what was a pretty mindless down the pub exercise masquerading as journalism and reportage, turns out after a few weeks to be a recycling job purporting to be news and then mindless repetition.
Of course we are still getting the occasional “deal done” story, but once again these are not “deal done’s” as the headlines suggest and nor are they new.
Deal Done: Agent confirms Arsenal target’s release clause has now been activated
This piece on Ricardo Rodriguez isn’t a done deal at all, but just regurgitates the news from the last couple of weeks that the player has a release clause. But then everyone these days has a release clause so even that is not news.
And then it ends, “Di Domenico further added the possibility that Rodriguez could move to Italy in the near future, with Serie A side AS Roma looking to sign him this summer as well.” So the done deal was not only done, it probably didn’t have much to do with Arsenal.
Even the headline
Barcelona and Manchester City target confirms: I will be at Arsenal next season
is not only misleading but also old time. It is about Bellerin staying. We had that two weeks ago.
As for “Arsenal to announce signing of a star this week” that is not only a story about an 18 year old who you may never have heard of (who may well be a great player but is not a young man who will go straight into the the first team squad) but is actually a story that got entered into the index a few weeks back.
So here’s the updated Index of Arsenal transfers for the past four weeks. As for where this is going, as I said, because I don’t think anyone has tracked rumours like this before, we don’t know if this is what always happens, or whether some new inventiveness will creep into the mind’s of the make believe merchants later on.
The Great Arsenal Transfer Index
Part One: Players coming in (updates in Bold)
|Player||Position||From||Current status||Also interested|
|1||Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang||Forward||B. Dortmund||Being urged to leave||Man U|
|2||Carlos Bacca||Forward||Juventus||49 goal striker||Real Mad buy back clause|
|3||Michy Batshuayi||Striker||Marseille||£22m asking price||Chelsea|
|4||Riechedly Bazoer||Cen mid.||Ajax||Barcelona, Chelsea, Man U, Tottenham|
|5||Medhi Benatia||Centre back||Bayern||29 years old prone to injury|
|6||Rodrigo Bentancur||Midfield||Boca Juniors||Real Mad, Juve|
|7||Karim Benzema||Striker||Real Mad||Involved in court case|
|8||William Carvalho||Def mid||Sporting Lisbon|
|9||Edinson Cavani||Striker||PSG||He’d like to come|
|10||Ben Chilwell||Left-back||Leicester||“Arsenal monitoring”|
|11||Troy Deeney||Striker||Watford||WFC captain|
|12||Mario Götze||Attack midfield||Bayern Munich||Flopped after Dortmund||Liverpool|
|13||Goncalo Guedas||Wing||Benfica||Next C Ronaldo||Chelsea|
|14||Raphaël Guerreiro||LB, midfield||Lorient|
|15||Alen Halilovic.||Attack midfield||Barcelona||Last season loan to Sporting Gijon,|
|15||Rico Henry||Full back||Walsall||Next Ashley Cole|
|17||Gonzalo Higuain||Striker||Napoli||Man U, Liverpool?|
|18||Rob Holding||Winger||Bolton||£1.5m already signed|
|19||Zlatan Ibrahimovic||Striker||PSG||Self proclaimed God||Man U|
|20||Mauro Icardi||Striker||Inter||Man C Man U|
|22||Chiori Johnson||Defender||Aged 18, Now signed|
|23||N’Golo Kante||Midfield||Leicester||Won the most tackles|
|24||Naby Keita||Central mid||Red Bull Salzburg|
|25||Toni Kroos||No 10||Real Madrid||£45m|
|26||Grzegorz Krychowiak||Midfield destroyer||Sevilla|
|27||Kalidou Koulibaly||Napoli||Signed and Sealed (Metro) but…||Dependent on Chambers going (Metro)|
|28||Robert Lewandowski||Striker||Bayern||About to break the bank|
|29||Marquinhos||Defen||PSG||Man U Man C Chelsea and Bayern Munich|
|30||Riyad Mahrez||Wing||Leicester||£25m, reactivated.|
|31||Kostas Mitroglou||Striker||Benfica||“Happy in Portugal”|
|33||Henrikh Mkhitaryan||Midfield||B Dortmund||Liverpool! Chelsea, Tottenham|
|34||Alvaro Morata||Striker||Juventus (loan) Real Mad||Said to be the next one to happen||AFC talking to Real Mad direct|
|35||Ruben Neves||Defend midfield||Porto|
|36||Kelechi Nwakali||Midfield||Diamond Football Academy||Already joined for £3m||WHU, Bayern, Chelsea, Man U Liverpool!|
|38||Adrien Rabiot||Midfield||PSG||Asked for a move, not liked by fans||Chelsea, Man U|
|39||Rafinha||RB||Bayern Munich||Metro utterly certain|
|40||Jese Rodriguez||Forward||Real Mad||Surplus to requirements|
|41||Maxi Romero||Forward||All Boys, Argentina||The new Messi||We were going to sign him last year but he got injured|
|42||Daniele Rugani||Centre back||Juventus||Can’t get a game.||Man U|
|43||Riccardo Saponara||Attack midfield||Empoli||Liverpool?|
|45||Islam Slimani||£23.25m Sporting Lisbon||£23.25m||Tottenham, Leicester|
|46||Dominic Solanke||Chelsea||Chelsea want to keep him|
|48||Daniel Sturridge||Striker||Liverpool?||“Will reportedly…”||“Tried last year”|
|49||Jon Toral||Attack midf.||Arsenal (loaned to Brum)|
|50||Yaya Toure||C Mid||Man City|
|51||Arda Turan||Attack midfield||Barcelona||Struggled at Barca|
|52||Jamie Vardy||Forward||Leicester||£20m||He’s off to Liverpool|
|53||Victor Wanyama||Def. midf.||Southampton|
|54||Julian Weigl||Midf.||Borussia Dortmund||£20 million|
|55||Granit Xhaka||Defend/ midfield||Monchengladbach||“Deal done”||Chelsea. Sources|
|56||Andriy Yarmolenko||Winger||Dynamo Kiev||Tottenham Liverpool|
|Part Two Departures|
|1||Alexis||Forward||Asking for transfer|
|2||Arteta||End of career|
|3||Bellerin||Full back||Barcelona||Must be the DNA||But also denied|
|4||Chambers||Centre back||Southampton or Watford?||1 year loan|
|5||Debuchy||Been on loan|
|7||Per Mertesacker||Defend||Considering his future|
|9||Rosicky||End of contract|
|10||Santi Cazorla||Mid/For||Back to Villareal|
|11||Mesut Ozil||Midfield||Delayed talks|
|12||W. Szczesny||Goal||Roma||Happy in Rome||A second year loan mooted|
|13||Walcott||Wing||State Aid Utd||£20m||Was “On the verge”; now maybe not going|
|14||Jack Wilshere||Midfield||Man U||They will build the team around him|
|Part Three: Coaching|
|Thierry Henry||Under 18||Accepted post|
|Part Four: Up from the youth|
|1||Jon Toral||Attack midf.||Arsenal||Loaned to Birmingham|
|2||Gedion Zelalem||Attack mid||Arsenal||Loaned to Rangers|
|3||Chris Willock||Attack midf.||Arsenal||Played in U21s.|
|4||Jeff Reine-Adélaïde||Wing||Arsenal||Kept at Arsenal and not loaned|
|Players going on loan|
- The English media and government are directly responsible for the violence in Marseille
- Why is football on TV and radio so patronising, ignorant and irrelevant, from the fans’ point of view?
- The aftermath: England media blame the Russian media, Twitter blames Tottenham, I avoid the local police