By Sir Hardly Anyone
Here’s the latest from the endless round of in, out, shake it all about, with some of the traditional made up stuff as well.
Lucas Moura da Silva
Arsenal are “leading the race” to sign Paris Saint-Germain attacker Lucas Moura according to UOL Esporte. He’s Brazilian and plays on the right wing. And there was I thinking we were trying to get rid of players! Amid other reports Arsenal are “deemed to be favourites” on this one.
He is a centre back with Juventus and the Italy national team and a “Report” claims Arsenal want him. Juventus (known to the English press as “the Italians” on the grounds that they are owned by the Agnelli family and not a Chinese company), are not keen to sell according to Hitc and the Express says that two bids have failed already.
He played 15 times in the league last season and scored two goals.
Virgil Van Dijk
101 says Southampton are refusing to agree a sale even though he wants out and has put in a transfer request. So maybe not a player coming in. Liverpool also want him.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain
Vital Football says Chelsea have put in a £25m bid. Sky Sports says the chance of this happening is virtually zero. Elsewhere “Chelsea have apparently leapfrogged into the lead” on this one.
Danny is apparently on his way to Everton – if they can’t have Giroud that is. This according to “Reports”. And despite the fact that Everton has already signed two strikers this summer (Wayne Rooney from Manchester United and Sandro Ramirez from Malaga. (That according to the Metro).
He’s off to Valencia for just £11m according to the Sun. We shall see.
Despite all we have heard to the contrary the Independent says Paris Saint-Germain are still in the “race” to sign Alexis Sanchez this summer and believe test “the resolve” of Arsenal by putting forward the type of financial package that proves “too good to turn down.”
This deal allegedly means that PSG would pay £400,000 a week to the player and £80m to Arsenal and would then be so far out of the limits of FFP that they wouldn’t even have to hold an enquiry before banning PSG from the Champs League.
But on Alexis nothing is simple because at the same time we have the tale that “Sources close to the player say he is increasingly resigning himself to the idea of staying at Arsenal for another season.”
Elsewhere “Guardiola is understood to also be prepared to be patient, as he believes the forward would still be able to easily slot into his team from the summer of 2018.”
Now that last point is puzzling, because the Court for Arbitration in Sport has delayed making a decision on whether to ban Manchester City for two transfer windows over their handling of previous transfers following further tapping up claims. City are already banned from signing academy players.
Vélez Sarsfield of Argentina have claimed City acted unethically by approaching their player Garré when was still 15 and then broke transfer rules by signing the midfielder days after his 16th birthday.
In September last year, Fifa ruled that because Garré holds an Italian passport, he was free to join them after his 16th birthday but Vélez claim that Fifa rules only allow players under 18 to move between clubs in European countries.
Of course it is possible that there is a fundamental disconnect at Manchester City over what is happening with the CAS, or maybe (as with their belief that they could not be dealt with by Uefa over FFP) that they have done nothing wrong.
But either way the Telegraph is going down a different route saying “Arsenal have received a significant boost on the eve of the season with Paris Saint-Germain dropping their interest in Alexis Sanchez following the world record signing of Neymar.”
The story of Lucas Perez (not to be confused with Ayoze Perez) going to Newcastle is still meandering around the press.
Sun on Sunday: Everton boss Ronald Koeman is hoping to sign 31-year-old former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen from Barcelona. He played nine games on loan with Roma last season.
Player neither in nor out.
Mr Wenger said (allegedly) “That decision is not completely made. I want him to have a chance to play somewhere as well. We have to decide that a bit later. I wanted first him to come back, he is coming out of a fracture. It is the first week he is back in full training and we have to sit down together and see where we go from there.”
Sources “close to the player” say he is increasingly resigning himself to the idea of staying at Arsenal for another season.
Mo has said (or insisted according to the press) that “he is staying at Arsenal despite club accepting £10m bid from Leicester City.”
And that isn’t surprising given that he played a fair amount pre-season including the whole of the Community Shield match, and has shown an ability to play at centre back.
The media think that this is irrelevant because playing at Wembley only happened “in the absence of the injured Ramsey” but since they say that Arsenal get the most injuries that is an extraordinary statement.
And that is apparently about that.
On UntoldArsenalToday on Facebook
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- Do the BBC think football fans are all that stupid?
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