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August 2021

The Index of 64 players that Arsenal have so far been tipped to sign this summer.

By Sir Hardly Anyone

While last season we kept publishing all the transfer index charts on one page (including those coming and those leaving) the Index is getting so big already (with still 8 days before the window creaks open) that we’re having to split them.

Mind you at this rate we should beat last season’s total of around 115 in July leaving us free to climb to dizzy new heights.

Of course we could just publish a list of every player currently working in the any of the top two leagues in every country in Europe to give us a list, but no, we stick to our fundamental notion of only mentioning men who have been listed as on the radar (or some such phrase) for Arsenal.

So here is the latest list of players coming in, in volume 12 of the Transfer Index – the one feature on Untold that we’re fairly sure none of the bloggettas will nick, as it makes them look a bit silly.

But just in case any bloggetta editors are looking in, here’s a guide to the nomenclature

  • Update means the details have been updated
  • New means the details are new

OK if you have got that, off we go…

The players Arsenal are tipped to sign this summer in more or less alphabetical order.

No Player Club Position Notes
 1 Tammy Abraham Chelsea  Striker  Currently on loan to Bristol City
 2 Marcelo Allende  Deportes Santa Cruz Attack m’f  Had 3 trials, training with first team.  Signing today!  Actually that was two weeks ago.
Update Marco Asensio Real Madrid Attack Midfield Man U and Roma interested.  He’s unhappy at Real Mad.  He’s 21. Now on Red Alert Status
4 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund Forward £80m to replace Alexis.  Man U want him
5 Carlos Bacca AC Milan Striker He’s 32 years old.  Was going to WHU
6 Gareth Bale Real Mad Striker Stan Collymore tipped this one.
7  Ross Barkley  Everton Attack mid  Been there since 2010 and played 150 games – does he really want to come?
8 Karim Benzema Real Mad F’wd Definitely going to either AFC or Chelsea
NEW Sander Berge Genk Midfield Everton, Monaco and Sevilla all want him
10 Andrea Belotti Juventus F’wd Sadly he has just signed a new contract
11 Yacine Brahimi  Porto Attack m/field He’s 27 and plays for Algeria.
12 Joel Campbell Return F’wd Loan period ending
13 Iker Casillas Porto Goal To solve our goalkeeping “crisis”
14 Hakan Calhanoglu Bayern Leverkusen Playmaker
15 Kingsley Coman  Juventus Wing On loan with Bayern this season
NEW Max Kruse Werder Bremen Forward Only played in Germany and is “troubled”
NEW Juan Cuadrado Juventus New Alexiss Arsenal made £17.6m bid
18 Virgil Van Dijk Southampton Defence Helps us play a back 3 all the time
19 Ederson Benfica Goal 23 year old to replace Cech
20 Danilo and Silva Paços de Ferreira Arsenal scouts are watching them even though they no longer play there.
21 Cesc Fabregas Chelsea Midfield Daily Mirror says its a deal
22 Emil Forsberg RB Leipzig Midfield He’s Swedish and he’s 25 years old
23 Jose Luis Gaya  Valencia LB Man City winning the race
24 Ben Gibson Middlesbrough Centre back £30m.  Tottenham want him.
25 Aleksandr Golovin CSKA Moscow Midfield Going cheap at £10m.  AFC in the final stages of buying him.
26 Leon Goretzka Shalke Midfield £21m, 1 yr left on contract.  Wanted to replace Ozil (Most quoted story by far)
27 Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid Forward Man U don’t want him after all.
28 Amine Harit. Nantes M’fld Arsenal have given him a trial.  He is 19-years-old
29 Lorenzo Insigne Napoli F’wd Liverpool! are on alert!
30 Jakub Jankto Udinese M’fld To play alongside Xhaka
31 Naby Keïta RB Leipzig Right back Has refused to sign a new contract
NEW Simon Kjaer Fenerbache Centre back Both Inter and AC Milan are after him
33 Grzegorz Krychowiak PSG Def M’fd New in the sense that this is the first entry for him this year, but it is the third year he has been tipped to join us.
34  Koke Atl Madrid M’fld Replacement for Santi Cazorla
35 Dawid Kownacki Lech Poznan Striker the new Robert Lewandowski’
SIGNED Sead Kolašinac Schalke Defender The deal is announced by Arsenal
37 Kylian Mbappe Monaco F’wd The French press seem sure this is on at around €100m.  Man U have bid £120m
NEW M’Baye Niang AC Milan Forward
39 Alexandre Lacazette Olympique Lyonnais Striker Man City want him. At. Madrid can’t because of their buying ban.  Mr Wenger spotted in France.  Cost is £50m
Update Mario Lemina  Juventus Cent mid He’s 23, previously with  Lorient and Marseille and is flattered by Arsenal’s interest.  “Arsenal’s top midfield target”
NEW Thomas Lemar Monaco Midfield Liverpool or Juventus will beat us
42 Romelu Lukaku Everton Forward Dead cert to join AFC
43 Riyad Mahrez Leicester Winger He says he has an agreement that he can now leave.  Tottenham want him too.  But there’s a technical hitch
NEW Nikola Maksimovic Napoli Centre back On loan from Torino but not getting regular games
45 Henry Onyekuru  KAS Eupen Forward He’s 19 usually plays on the left, one for the future.  Not going to WHU, but is off to Dortmund
46 Oguzhan Ozyakup Besiktas Midfield £20m is the fee being quoted.  He says he wants to come to Europe.  Roma have offer £13m
47 Florentin Pogba St Etienne Defender Brother of Paul at Man U
48 Sokratis Papastathopoulos Borussia Dortmund Defender Chelsea and Arsenal are after him according to the increasingly unbelievable Sun
49 Leandro Paredes Roma Midfield A story from last year now resurrected
50 Jordon Pickford Sunderland Goal Although Mr W has said he is not looking to sign a keeper.  Man U, Everton and Liverpool want him.  “Bid expected”
51 Danilo Pereira Porto Midfield enforcer Juventus also want him
52 Pizzi Benfica Playmaker Liverpool and Juventus want him
53 James Rodriguez Real Madrid Midf/wing  Juventus Milan Man U want him.  Bid made
54 Ivan Perisic Inter Midf/wing Man U desperate for him
55 Kasper Schmeichel Leicester Goal The man to solve our goalkeeping “crisis”
56 Patrik Schick Sampdoria Centre forward ‘Next Ibrahimovic’.  Expected to go to Juventus but they have not finalised the deal
57 Michaël Seri Nice Midfield Tottenham, Barcelona and PSG want him.
58 Leandro Miguel Pereira Silva Académica Midfield He’s on loan from Porto – and the info on him is confusing.  I think not
59 Chris Smalling.  Man U Centre back Played 153 times for Man U.
60 Wojciech Szczesny Roma loan Goal Mr W. said that he is not looking to sign a keeper (allegedly) so everyone assumes it is Szcz’s return
61 John Terry Chelsea Nasty This story from the Daily Mail
62 Corentin Tolisso  Lyon M/fld or F’wd French international, dreams of Arsenal.  Still being mentioned.  £30m & is ready to leave
63 Arda Turan Barcelona M’fld He’s 30 years old
64 Jack Wilshere Bournemouth M’fld 75% of guys in the pub want him back

And that’s it.  More to come for sure.

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7 comments to The Index of 64 players that Arsenal have so far been tipped to sign this summer.

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    As a Gooner, if there is one Arsenal incoming transfer knowledge I have leernt, is Arsenal rarely sign any of the media hyped players or any of the Gooners’ wished players. Did the media know or any of us knew they’ll sign Kolasinac? He isn’t a media hyped player nor a Gooners’ wished player for Arsenal, is he? Moreover, Le Prof has categorically stated at the end of last season that he will only do 1-3 new signings to reinforced his current 25 man first team squad out of which Yaya Sanogo has left and Kolasinac has come in into the team. Thus leaving only 1-2 more signings left for Le prof to do to concludes his summer singnigs this window if he’s to held to his words.

    Therefore, the media linking Arsenal with 65 new possible singings so far into this summer window out of them Arsenal may not sign one of the 65 can only be attributed to transfer rumour milling by the media as Arsenal signings under Le Prof watch are mostly hidden until Arsenal have submitted a bid for a player.

    In addition to this, its a well known fact that if Arsenal are to do the remaining 1-2 new signings Le Prof has reportedly said he’ll do this summer, for those newcomer signings to come in, 1-2 current 25 first teamers have to go out either on loan or be sold altogether. And the issue of the top goalkeeper Szczsney retuning into the fold of the first team is an important matter to keep in watch.

    I think Arsenal will not announce any further signing this summer until maybe after the Confederations Cup that’s currently taking place in Russia. It could be Le Prof and the Arsenal scouts have one or two targets participating in this CC and who is or are not media kind hyped players who they want to further observe his or their performances at this CC competition before committing themselves to sign him or them. But I wouldn’t know as am just having a thought.

  • para

    I have not seen most of these: mind you i have not looked.

    But this:
    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
    smacked me in the face, although he will only (come/be coming?) if Alexis goes.

    Kylian Mbappe
    If he comes he will come regardless of if Alexis stays or goes.

    But who of the two would you rather pay the most money for?
    Proven or promising?

  • markyb

    Mbappe for me, as long as he doesn’t do an Anelka

  • Jammy J

    I can’t help but get excited about Mbappe. My only issue is, that he has specifically stated, that if he were to come to a club like Arsenal, it would merely only be a “stepping-stone”. It’s quite clear that he eventually wants to end up at either Barcelona or Real. If we paid over £100m for him, then how much could his price possibly go up from there? Would the re-sale value really be worth it, for a player that we know would want to leave after a couple years?

  • Goonermikey

    Excellent point Jammy. And is he really proven yet? It’s a ridiculous amount of money for a youngster who hasn’y actually been on this earth to have done anything on a consistent basis.

  • Menace

    Add another 5 to make it any which way up!

  • Jammy J

    @ Goonermikey – Exactly! Apparently the price Monaco are asking is a ridiculous £130m. I don’t think any 18 year old is worth that and I can’t imagine Arsenal paying such a huge fee (understandably).

    The whole thing would revolve around how much he can be sold on for. I can’t see that being much more than £130m (and perhaps even less, if he doesn’t turn out to be the “world-beater” that some are claiming him to be). If he was ready to commit his future to Arsenal, then I would have less digressions, but it’s quite clear that he doesn’t want to.