By Sir Hardly Anyone and a friend.
Indeed once more it is the Great Transfer Index – the listing of all the players linked with Arsenal since somewhere around the middle of March. The previous edition of the Index appeared here but that was pretty poor fare compared with what we have now, for we have
- 44 players coming in
- 8 players leaving
- 1 new coach
Four players are shown to be promoted from the youth teams and loanees (although two of those are Tony’s tips, and one is Andrew’s so these don’t carry the same weight as if they had been said in the Daily Express).
What makes it even more exciting is that 13 of these players have not shown up on the radar before, and some of them like Robert Lewandowski are newly signed sealed delivered and to all intents and purposes already here! (According to the Express).
It is destined to be the most dramatic transfer window in the history of transfer windows. The only thing that can possibly hold us back would be the highly unlikely scenario that any of the bloggettas and newspaper pundits have made a mistake, or the non-arrival of the window cleaner next week, but we hardly think that is likely to happen.
Here’s the table. New entries this week are in bold, although of course some of these were mentioned in the last transfer window, and it might be the case of a journalist just reiterating old news (although I’ve never personally known that to happen).
|Player||Position||From||Current status||Also interested|
|1||Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang||Forward||B. Dortmund|
|2||Carlos Bacca||Forward||Juventus||49 goal striker||Real Mad buy back clause|
|3||Michy Batshuayi||Striker||Marseille||£22m asking price||Chelsea|
|4||Riechedly Bazoer||Cen mid.||Ajax||Barcelona, Chelsea, Man U, Tottenham|
|5||Rodrigo Bentancur||Midfield||Boca Juniors||Real Mad, Juve|
|6||Karim Benzema||Striker||Real Mad||Involved in court case|
|7||William Carvalho||Def mid||Sporting Lisbon|
|8||Edinson Cavani||Striker||PSG||He’d like to come|
|9||Ben Chilwell||Left-back||Leicester||“Arsenal monitoring”|
|10||Troy Deeney||Striker||Watford||WFC captain|
|11||Goncalo Guedas||Wing||Benfica||Next C Ronaldo||Chelsea|
|13||Rico Henry||Full back||Walsall||Next Ashley Cole|
|14||Gonzalo Higuain||Striker||Napoli||Man U|
|15||Zlatan Ibrahimovic||Striker||PSG||Self proclaimed God||Man U|
|16||Mauro Icardi||Striker||Inter||Man C Man U|
|19||Naby Keita||Central mid||Red Bull Salzburg|
|20||Grzegorz Krychowiak||Midfield destroyer||Sevilla|
|21||Kalidou Koulibaly||Napoli||Signed and Sealed (Metro)|
|22||Robert Lewandowski||Striker||Bayern||About to break the bank|
|23||Marquinhos||Defen||PSG||Man U., Man C., Chelsea, Bayern M|
|24||Kostas Mitroglou||Striker||Benfica||“Happy in Portugal”|
|26||Henrikh Mkhitaryan||Midfield||B Dortmund||Liverpool! Tottenham|
|27||Alvaro Morata||Striker||Juventus (loan) Real Mad|
|28||Ruben Neves||Defend midfield||Porto|
|29||Kelechi Nwakali||Midfield||Reported as already having joined Arsenal||WHU, Bayern, Chelsea, Man U Liverpool!|
|31||Adrien Rabiot||Midfield||PSG||Asked for a move, not liked by fans||Chelsea, Man U|
|32||Rafinha||RB||Bayern Munich||Metro utterly certain|
|33||Jese Rodriguez||Forward||Real Mad||Surplus to requirements|
|34||Daniele Rugani||Centre back||Juventus||Can’t get a game.||Man U|
|36||Dominic Solanke||Chelsea||Chelsea want to keep him|
|38||Jon Toral||Attack midf.||Arsenal (loaned to Brum)|
|39||Yaya Toure||C Mid||Man City|
|40||Victor Wanyama||Def. midf.||Southampton|
|41||Julian Weigl||Midf.||Borussia Dortmund||£20 million|
|42||Granit Xhaka||Defend/ midfield||Monchengladbach||“Deal done”||Chelsea. Sources|
|43||Andriy Yarmolenko||Winger||Dynamo Kiev||Tottenham Liverpool|
|1||Alexis||Forward||Asking for transfer|
|2||Arteta||End of playing career|
|3||Debuchy||Been on loan|
|5||Rosicky||End of contract|
|6||Santi Cazorla||Mid/For||Back to Villareal|
|7||Szczesny||Goal||Roma||Happy in Rome|
|8||Walcott||Wing||State Aid Utd||£20m||On the verge|
|Thierry Henry||Under 18||Accepted post|
|Up from the youth|
|1||Jon Toral||Attack midf.||Arsenal||Loaned to Birmingham|
|2||Gedion Zelalem||Attack mid||Arsenal||Loaned to Rangers|
|3||Chris Willock||Attack midf.||Arsenal||Played in U21s.|
|4||Jeff Reine-Adélaïde||Wing||Arsenal||Kept at Arsenal and not loaned|
So there we are, a truly remarkable and energetic transfer window and we haven’t even opened the wretched thing yet.
But here’s a question. Could Arsenal actually be linked to 100 players by the day we hear the tinkling of glass as the old frame proves to be stuck and an over energetic enthusiast forces the open air inside?
[Actually I have no idea what that means, so perhaps you’d better come back next week. Tony]
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