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By Sir Hardly Anyone
Well, as you know, even with a fair bit of padding, there is bugger all happening on the transfer front, although if history is anything to go by the moment I press “publish” something big will happen. But it is nearly tea time and honestly I have had enough of nothingness for one day and I want to have my tea and then go out.
Anyway, to pad this out a bit (and at least I admit it, which none of the national newspapers whose on line coverage is all padding but without admission) there are two types of football supporters. Those who believe everything they read in the newspapers and blogs, and hear on the radio, and watch on TV, and those who don’t. And of course since this is a blog that raises a bit of a problem when we talk about transfers.
But as it is now 5pm on transfer deadline day the least we can do is sum up the non-events.
Arsenal Transfer Story Number 1
Arsenal are finally releasing Alex Rúnarsson, with the 28-year-old due to sign for FC Copenhagen. according to the Guardian. Here’s his record
|→ OH Leuven (loan)
|→ Alanyaspor (loan)
|→ Cardiff City (loan)
Arsenal Transfer Story Number 2
Swansea have brought in Arsenal attacker Charles Sagoe Jr. according to the Guardian . He’s been on loan there so they obviously like what they have seen. Of him, Arsenal say “A composed and intelligent forward who is a threat on either wing, Charles Jr joined us from Fulham in 2015. He was a regular at under-21 level last season, scoring six times from 26 league outings, and also appearing in all four Papa John’s Trophy matches. In March 2023 he was named on the bench for our Europa League match away to Sporting CP.”
Arsenal Transfer Story Number 3
Arsenal have “allowed” youngster Bradley Ibrahim to leave for Hertha Berlin on a permanent deal, according to the Mirror. He made eight appearances for the under-21s this season. He captained Arsenal to the FA Youth Cup Final last season.
Arsenal Transfer Story Number 4
Arsenal are apparently “set to” sell Lino Sousa to Aston Villa according to the Standard. He is 19 and is expected to sign a 4.5 year deal and then go on loan to Plymouth Argyle.
As for speculations – well they are everywhere. Here is Sports Keeda. You can of course click the link and see what they say, and then come back tomorrow and see if it was true.
“Gunners eyeing Ederson, David Raya backed for permanent stay, and more.”
And so, unless something happens tonight, and we write about it tomorrow morning, that is it. If you have been, thank you for reading.
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