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The legal website Claims.co.uk has given an interesting review of how transfers are allowed to work.
The article emphasizes that clubs must talk to clubs, not to players or agents with the latter only being involved once the clubs have agreed a deal. However, clubs can contact the agent of the player, who may then take the matter to the club that the player is currently with (with of course the option of “sell him or up his salary”. But the agent specifically must not approach a player to persuade him to leave his current club.
As we will remember Ashley Cole and his agents illicitly met Chelsea who were then deducted three points, along with various other penalties.
However as The 3AM Verdict recently pointed out, the reports that we all see, seem to suggest personal terms come first in the rumours, but this seems incredibly unlikely, as it suggests a set of close yet highly secret meetings between club and player or agent, before the selling club are contacted. More likely this is just media fantasy.
Here is our update on reports. We have 28 players Arsenal are interested in buying as covered in 93 separate reports.
There are 20 players said to be leaving Arsenal including nine who appear already to have been released.
Part One: The 28 players Arsenal are buying (according to reports)
|No||Player||Position||From||Sources||No of reports|
|1||Ilias Akhomach||Forward||Barcelona||Football Express||1|
|2||Marco Asensio||Right wing||Real Madrid||Metro, HITC||2|
|3||Sacha Boey.||Defender||Galatasaray||HITC GMS||2|
|Update||Moises Caicedo||Def midfield||Brighton||Fo-Lo Give Me Sport Terms Agreed – Mirror Sports Bible, Arsenal Station Telegraph AFC pulled out FoLo – its now unlikely||8|
|5||Joao Cancelo||Full back||Manchester City||On loan with Bayern. Sky Football Talk GiveMeSport – it will be difficult. FFC Football Talk “Agreed” FoLo HITC FFC||8|
|Update||Timothy Castagne||Right back||Leicester City||Leicester having a fire sale Modest price||2|
|NEW||Moussa Diaby||Winger||Bayer Leverkusen||Football Talk Arsenal in the lead Team Talk||3|
|9||Serge Gnabry||Midfield||Bayern Munich||FoLo||1|
|11||Ilkay Gundogan||Midfield||Manchester City||Evening Standard GivemeSport Hard Tackle TBR TBR (2) Telegraph||7|
|Update||Kai Havertz||Attacking midfield||Chelsea||TheRealChamps 3 Added Minutes, TBR HITC Henry says he’s worth it FoLo Football Fancat Bayern want him HITC Chelsea say no 90min EPL Index Team Talk HITC Chlesea want £70m Goal- he’s going to Bayern AFC leading Compared to Bergkamp||19|
|NEW||Brennan Johnson||Wing||Nottingham Forest||HITC||1|
|14||N’Golo Kante||Defensive midfield||Chelsea||Telegraph||1|
|NEW||Romeo Lavia||Defensive midfield||Southampton||TBR Arseblog Team Talk||3|
|19||Amadou Onana||Defensive midfield||Everton||Telegraph||1|
|20||Benjamin Pavard||Defender||Bayern Munich||FFC||1|
|Update||Declan Rice||Defensive midfield||West Ham||Football London, Sun., Metro Football Talk. “Terms agreed” Football Transfers. Going to Man U, 4th Official Shoot Give Me Sport. Mirror (“it’s on”) It will happen soon (HITC) Bid Made (HITC) Going to Chelsea (TBR) Quick move to AFC (Give me sport) The Top Flight AFC offer too low Going to Man C||16|
|Update||Alexis Sanchez||Forward||Marseille||The Sun Football 365 (player has called Arteta)||2|
|24||Xavi Simons||Forward||PSV||Hard Tackle TBR – it’s happening. Mirror||3|
|25||Dominik Szoboszla||Attacking midfield||RB Leipzig||Daily Canon||1|
|26||Youri Tielemans||Midfield||Leicester City||HITC Telegraph||2|
|27||Dusan Vlahovic||Forward||Juventus||€80m Calciomercatoweb,Telegraph||2|
|28||Nico Williams||Forward||Athletic Bilbao||TBR||1|
And the 20 players that are said to be leaving Arsenal.
|NEW||Balogun||Crystal Palace||TBR Just Arsenal|
|2||Gabriel||PSG||PSG Talk. Hard Tackle|
|3||Okonkwo or Hein||?||FoLo; one of the keepers will go|
|6||Jorginho||AC Milan or Napoli||Sportsmole|
|Released||Ainsley Maitland Niles|
|9||Marquinhos||Going on loan||TBR|
|Released||Okonkwo or Hein||?||FoLo; one of the keepers will go|
|NEW||Thomas Partey||Two undisclosed Serie A clubs||Just Arsenal|
|14||Emile Smith Rowe||WHU||HITC|
|18||Pépé||???||TBR TeamTalk: AFC may terminate contract|
|19||Tierney||Newcastle||Mirror And Mirror again TBR|
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