44 players coming to Arsenal; 22 players leaving: the full list



By Sir Hardly Anyone

There are of course two ways of writing up football transfer rumours, which make up the vast bulk of football “reporting” during the summer.  One is to take the name of a player and suggest that Arsenal are interested in him and call that an exclusive, the other is to read everyone else’s stories and repeat one of those adding such extras as “talks are moving at a fast pace” or “Arsenal are bulking at the price being asked” or “the player would prefer to move to Chelsea where he is more likely to get playing time” or whatever.  By and large research does not come into it, which is why virtually all the reports we count in our regular transfer feature each window then quote another website as a source.  No one wants the responsibility or being 97% or 98% wrong, which is the normal error rate.

But this summer’s transfer table is slightly different, because just two weeks into the window the stories seem to have stopped with everyone simply re-running everyone else’s news.

Quite why that is, I am not sure.  Maybe the Toppled Bollard public house where London journalists gather to make up these tales has started putting that “little something extra in the drink” and that has slowed the addled brains down even further.

Or maybe our regular pointing out the 97% inaccuracy rate of journalistic endeavors in this regard has finally bit home and the media simply have got fed up with being laughed at.

Anyway, this week we have struggled to find any new stories at all in the incoming players list, although a lot of players have been tipped over and over again (as shown as Updated).

On the other hand three more players are tipped as leaving.

44 Incoming players this summer


No Player Position From  Sources No of reports
1 Ilias Akhomach Forward Barcelona Football Express 1
2 Julian Alvarez Forward Man City FFC  The Top Flight 2
3 Marco Asensio Right wing Real Madrid Metro, HITC 2
4 Nicolò Barella Midfield Inter Milan An alternative to Rice FFC and again HITC 3
5 Harvey Barnes Winger Leicester FoLo 1
6 Sacha Boey. Defender Galatasaray HITC  GMS 2
7 Bitello Midfield Grêmio SportWitness 1
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  To Chelsea AFC still on  GMS  TBR 12
Update 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 TBR GivemeSport 10
10 Timothy Castagne Right back Leicester City Leicester having a fire sale  Modest price 2
11 Federico Chiesa Forward Juventus TBR 1
Update Moussa Diaby Winger Bayer Leverkusen Football Talk  Arsenal in the lead  Team Talk.  No its Villa (Hitc) and Birmingham World   F365  TBR FFC 8
Update Ivan Fresneda Defender Valladolid. FFC FFC (again) 2
14 Jeremie Frimpong Right back Bayer Leverkusen London World 1
15 Serge Gnabry Midfield Bayern Munich FoLo 1
16  Wilfried Gnonto Winger Leeds FoLo 1
17 Arda Guler Forward Fenerbahce Football Fan Cast 1
18 Ilkay Gundogan Midfield Manchester City Evening Standard   GivemeSport  Hard Tackle TBR TBR (2) Telegraph 7
19 Kai Havertz Attacking midfield Chelsea TheRealChamps  3 Added MinutesTBR HITC  Henry says he’s worth it  FoLo Football Fancat Bayern want him  HITC  Chelsea say no  90min  EPL Index  Team Talk  HITC  Chelsea want £70m  Goal- he’s going to Bayern   AFC leading  Compared to Bergkamp Caught Offside (He chooses his number) It’s done and its weird (FFC)  It would be a mistake (Last Word) Having a medical HITC  Get Football FFC 25
20 Goncalo Iancio Centre half Sporting Lisbon Metro F365 Metro (again) 3
21 Brennan Johnson Wing Nottingham Forest HITC 1
22 N’Golo Kante Defensive midfield Chelsea Telegraph 1
Update Romeo Lavia Defensive midfield Southampton TBR Arseblog Team Talk FFC The Top Flight  Deal done (Just Arsenal News) TBR   Going to Liverpool but prefers Arsenal (Team TalkArsenal Station Teamtalk  Express  Team Talk (4th review) No its not on: Football League World  Just starting (Rousingthekop) Inside Futbol  GivemeSport  16
24 Maddison Attacking midfield Leicester Mirror 1
25 Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Midfield Lazio Goal.  Maybe Saudi bound (HITC) 2
26 Mason Mount Midfield Chelsea Telegraph 1
27 Kylian Mbappe Forward PSG TBRTeam Talk   £100m fee (TBR) 3
28 Ethan Nwaneri Attacking midfield EPLIndex (He played v Brentford aged 15) 1
29 Amadou Onana Defensive midfield Everton Telegraph 1
30 Benjamin Pavard Defender  Bayern Munich FFC 1
31 Adrian Rabiot Midfield Juventus Sports Mole – no its Man U or Newcastle (Caught offside) 3
32 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 sportThe Top Flight  AFC offer too low   Going to Man C.  Not Arsenal  Mailonline Going to AFC (TBR).  WHU Unhappy (Le Grove) 22
33 Alexis Sanchez Forward Marseille The Sun Football 365 (player has called Arteta) 2
34 Savio Right Wing Troyes TBR 1
Update Xavi Simons Forward PSV Hard Tackle   TBR – it’s happening. Mirror  Caught offside – a loan deal.  Express  Caught offside 6
36 Dominik Szoboszla Attacking midfield RB Leipzig Daily Canon 1
37 Mehdi Taremi Striker Porto HITC 1
38 Youri Tielemans Midfield Leicester City HITC Telegraph 2
39 Jurrien Timber Defender Ajax FFC ESPN Caught Offside FoLo TBR  AFC have advantage (Sports Bible) Give me Sport  Sports Mole   He signed (TBR) 9
40 Dusan Vlahovic Forward Juventus €80m  Calciomercatoweb,Telegraph 2
41 Elye Wahi Forward Montpellier Caught Offside; Sport Witness Express 3
42 Kyle Walker Right back Man City Football Fancast The Top Flight 2
43 Nico Williams Forward Athletic Bilbao TBR 1
44 Wilfried Zaha Wing Crystal Palace Football 365 1


And the 22 players that are said to be leaving Arsenal.

No Player To Notes No
Update Balogun Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Juventus, InterMilan TBR  Just Arsenal .  FoLo  FoLo again (to Leipzig).  And again!  TBR (again ) Metro  Culto (to Inter) F365 Get Football  Mail Online  EPL Index (to Inter) Chelsea Chron  Express Caught Offside  Goonertalk F365  Sport Witness, Last Word 19
2 Gabriel PSG PSG Talk. Hard Tackle 2
3 Okonkwo or Hein ? FoLo; one of the keepers will go 1
NEW Rob Holding Besiktas First offer rejected: Mirror 1
NEW Kaleel Green ? Arsenal youth 1
NEW Joel Ideho Arsenal youth 1
7 Jorginho AC Milan or Napoli Sportsmole 1
8 George Lewis Norwegian club Daily Canon 1
9 Ainsley Maitland Niles Released Multiple reports 1
10 Marquinhos Going on loan TBR 1
11 Nketiah West Ham Hammers News   He’s worried about his future (Just Arsenal).  Questioning his future (Metro) and Mirror 3
12 Martin Odegaard PSG FoLo 1
13 Mazeed Ogungbo Barrow Transfer confirmed for 20 year old  FL World 1
14 Okonkwo or Hein ? FoLo; one of the keepers will go 1
Update Thomas Partey Two undisclosed Serie A clubs or Saudi Just Arsenal  Just Arsenal (again)  Team Talk (to Saudi) Express  Team Talk (again).  Express (again) 7
15  Pépé ??? TBR  TeamTalk: AFC may terminate contract 2
16 Tino Quamina 1
17 Emile Smith Rowe WHU HITC  Not leaving: (Teamtalk) 2
18 Mathaeus Roberts Released Talk Sport 1
19 Matt Smith Released Arsenal youth 1
20 Tom Smith Released Gazette News 1
Update Tierney Newcastle, Celtic Mirror And Mirror again   TBR  Newcastle World. TeamTalk  Not going anywhere.  TBR  FFC (to Newcastle) To Celtic (Daily Record) 10
22 Xhaka He’s gone FoLo 1


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