By Sir Hardly Anyone
One might have imagined that with over 100 players now having been strongly linked with Arsenal transfers this summer just about every name has been used up. But now we have no name players arriving via a source known as @AFCArsenalHorse which is said by bloggettas to be a reliable Arsenal source.
Although that reliability took a little knock yesterday when the source announced “Arsenal will complete a signing for ‘x’ player on Monday with a full medical”. But then apparently things changed and we were told that “The arrival has moved from Monday to ‘maybe’ Tuesday or Wednesday”.
So who is it? Here’s the list of options
The Daily Mirror that despite his club claiming otherwise, “talks are still ongoing and Arsenal remain in the market for Mustafi but the deal is becoming more complicated.”
The Telegraph also runs the story that there are ongoing talks with Valencia for Shkodran Mustafi but repeat the old mantra that Arsenal and Valencia remain apart in their valuations for Mustafi, who was part of the Germany squads at Euro 2016 and the 2014 World Cup.
However Sky Sports “understand” Mustafi has agreed personal terms but the clubs have yet to agree a fee.
This shows that the media is now suggesting that what the clubs say is not true but that only the media who have highlighted 100 transfers into Arsenal this summer are the people to be believed. An interesting and bold statement.
2: Omer Toprak
Sky Sports also tell us that Arsenal have widened their centre-back search to include Turkey international Omer Toprak of Bayer Leverkusen
3: Simon Kjær
He is a 27 year old centre back with Fenerbahce and has played over 50 times with Denmark
4: Mario Lemina
He is a 22 year old central midfielder with Juventus, and I would have thought we didn’t actually need on of them. So probably the story was made up so as to suggest “Arsenal have had a €16m (£13.8m) bid rejected by Juventus for midfielder Mario Lemina, according to reports in Italy,” which is where the story is today.
Except it is worth noting that the Telegraph hardly Arsenal’s friend at the best of times have stopped running stories about Arsenal bids and now run stories about Arsenal bids that have failed. I suspect they think this is safer – how can anyone disprove a failed bid except in the unlikely circumstance of the invented story actually mirroring a real transfer? I anticipate this will soon become the order of the day.
This is what the Telegraph says, “The same report states that Arsenal’s offer was fell below Juventus’ €20m (£17.3m) valuation of the player, and that Schalke are also interested in the midfielder.” That typo makes it look like a story invented as it went along.
A bit like the Guardian putting Gnabry on the bench while he was playing at the Olympics. A trifle unlikely.
5: Ethan Ampadu
Apparently “a host of top flight clubs, including north London rivals Tottenham, are tracking him.”
6: Guess who
According to Canal (that is the TV channel not to waterway) Alexandre Lacazette, 25, says he might leave Lyon this summer.
7: Jeremy Mathieu
“Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Jeremy Mathieu from Barcelona in a bid to ease their defensive injury crisis”, according to Don Balon (which translates as… oh well, you can work it out). He’s 32 and so could be used just until the injured recover.
It is claimed Barcelona will accept an offer of 12 million euros (£10.4million) for the 32-year-old Frenchman. He would then play in the team as a defender with Gabriel or Chambers alongside Koscielny, and ensure that there is a standby if Kos gets injured. If the plan works out he would then leave the club as Holding begins to put in a long term claim for a place.
8: Aymen Abdennour
According to reports “There has been difficulty in dealing with agents while Valencia do not want to lose Mustafi and their other centre-half, Aymen Abdennour, who is wanted by Everton.”
But then Abdennour has been offered to Arsenal, according to other reports but Mr Wenger wants Mustafi as his No.1 choice. Jonny Evans from WBA is still on the radar according to the same reports.
9: Rachid Ghezzal
Arsenal have now set their sights on another Lyon man and it isn’t Nabil Fekir. Oh no, not at all, it is his teammates Rachid Ghezzal.
He has been part of the Lyon side from 2012 having been in the youth team from 2010 when he signed an elite contract with the Ligue 1 side and was brought through by our old pal Remi Garde. However the problem is he is a winger who gets injured – including a six month lay off in 2014. He has also been linked with Everton and his record doesn’t suggest there is much there Arsenal would be after. He’s not that physical nor a goalscorer.
Anyway a few new names to add to the list for the Index.
- Exclusive: the complete list of 105 players who have been tipped to be signing for Arsenal this summer.
- It’s that déjà vu thing all over again; why Kos was not rushed back.
- Arsenal – Liverpool 3 – 4
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