By Sir Hardly Anyone
One of the great things about the transfer rumours is that they take no account of reality. We already have a fair number of players in a position, we clearly don’t need any more, and the rumours keep on rolling. We’ve already had 111 players we are signing and 22 leaving, and they still keep going.
Any semi-reasonable person in an industry that has just made over 100 mistakes might actually give up and take on a different career such as grave digger or traffic warden, but no – these guys carry on and on and on.
But, having seemingly signed and done the medical on two more players in the past few days, Mr Wenger gave a tantalising hint that he might sign someone new. But then, being Mr W he also gave a suggestion that there would be no more.
Here’s the non-buying statement:
“We already have a big squad, and we are already short on the numbers now. We have a requested number, and we can’t have any more players anyway”
He was talking there of the 25, and you will have seen Andrew’s analysis of exactly who we can fit into the 25.
And then came the buying statement which came when asked if he thought transfers would reach £1bn:
“A billion? Higher than that. I don’t know the final level but I’m convinced there are many, many clubs in England who have a big amount of money available who have not spent yet. Many. You can say all of them. Who has finished the market? Nobody. You will see how many transfers will happen in the next three or four days. You’ll be amazed.”
Of course the bloggettas and the media want more, more, more. Not more actual transfers – that’s boring, but more and more rumours of reports or …. well you know.
1: All Arsenal:
Reports are now linking Daniel Sturridge with an Emirates Stadium switch
Shkodran Mustafi would be a disastrous player for Valencia to sell, according to la Liga expert Graham Hunter.
3: One nil down
Arsenal have been linked with Paraguay international Miguel Almiron, according to the latest report. Italian website Tutto Mercato Web (that’s “All Market Web” to you) has claimed that we are interested in the 22-year-old and have already placed a bid for him.
Almiron, who is primarily an attacking midfielder, currently plays for Argentinean club Lanus. He joined them following an “impressive season with Paraguayan side Cerro Porteno.”
Actually the Mirror is running this one as well saying, “Gunners closing in on Paraguay international Miguel Almiron” and you can’t say clearer than that.
4: Arsenal News HQ
Wenger’s Not Done, Set To Beat Liverpool to sign James Rodriquez.
Rodriquez is with Real Mad, and is a central midfielder or a winger.
5: The Sport Review
“Arsenal revive interest with last-minute offer for France international – report
“Arsenal are set to make a last-ditch attempt to sign Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, according to reports.”
6: The Telegraph
“Mr Wenger is keeping tabs on Villarreal’s Mateo Musacchio and Roma’s Kostas Manolas.
“Musacchio is a 25-year-old Argentine who was linked with a £12m move to the Emirates earlier in the summer, and has an EU passport after playing in Spain for seven years.
“Greek international Manolas, also 25, has reportedly been close to a move to the Premier League before, but for now looks set to stay in Italy.”
7: HITC Sport
“The Gunners could make a move for Newcastle central-defender Chancel Mbemba.
“Mbemba is very much on Arsenal’s radar now, they have already done their homework and know the price – it would not be a complicated deal to get over the line,” the report reads.
Of course it is always nice to have a laugh at some of the funny things we have read as with…
Mbemba becomes the latest player linked with the Gunners after a deal for Shkodran Mustafi reportedly broke down, with Valencia not allowing the player to leave.
8: The Guardian
“Arsenal, after identifying Shkodran Mustafi as the centre-back that they wanted, refused to provide the £30m that Valencia requested; in the meantime, they seized one point from their first two league games. And now, having been told to pay his £43m release clause, they have somehow convinced themselves that the answer to their problems is “Philip Jones”.”
9. Daily Star
Arsenal ace looks set for the exit: Four clubs are battling for his signature.
BOURNEMOUTH have reportedly entered the race for Arsenal ace Calum Chambers.
10: Sunday Express
The agent of Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic claims Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in signing the Croatia international.
“It’s true, there are many options and we are talking about some big European clubs,” agent Miroslav Bicanic told Index in Croatia. I heard that Chelsea representatives are in Milan and that Arsenal are also prepared to sign him. Inter are pushing to sell to one of these two clubs who are prepared to pay a sum that satisfies all concerned.”
Brozovic is described as a box to box player.
11. Daily Mirror
Mathieu Debuchy has had his move away from north London blocked.
12: The Daily Canon
As usual, its a trick. “Arsenal expected to announce new signings on Tuesday” means the two we already know about – making the point that today, Monday, is a public holiday.
So it goes on. Will there be any more? Actually I don’t have a clue. The only difference between me and the people who write the transfer rumours columns is that I admit it.
- Great Arsenal Transfer Index (28 Aug) reaches 111 players we are signing, with no apologies for errors to be seen
- Arsenal 25 Man Senior Squad – Update. A hint of more to come but with one in, two out.
- Watford – Arsenal : 1-3
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