By Sir Hardly Anyone
Earlier this week Mr Wenger spake thus:
“There is no transfer market anymore because the price depends only on the identity of the buyer and when you are English, you have straight away 50 per cent on the price of a player and that makes it difficult to act.”
The IN list
1: Our Jack
The Daily Mirror says Jack Wilshere has had a heart-to-heart with Wenger and has been told to fight for a first-team spot. Although perhaps not as literally as in the under 23 game.
2: The Ox
At 21:49 yesterday the Daily Excess (The favoured purveyor of fascism for the over 50s) announced that “Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is reportedly set for talks with Arsenal this week. That is according to Sky Sports, who claim the winger will sit down with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and club chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Thursday.”
Mind you three and a half hours earlier the same newspaper ran the story that “Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has told Arsene Wenger face-to-face that he will not sign a new contract at Arsenal.”
3: Lucas Vazquez
We all know that Mr Wenger isn’t a straight talker, which is why having announced we are not buying anyone the Excess can reveal that “Arsenal are interested in signing Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez.”
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He might not get his way though because the guy “wants to stay at the Bernabeu” but on the other hand the guy is “worried about the lack of game time he will get under Zinedine Zidane” with Marco Asensio and Isco are above him in the pecking order.
But the always reliable (ha ha) Don Balon claim Arsenal are looking at him as a replacement for Alexis who is apparently going to be allowed to leave at the last minute. Liverpool want Vazquez too.
Stop me if you’ve heard this, well, no you can’t stop me and you have heard this but “reports from France suggested Arsenal had been given renewed hope in in their summer-long pursuit of Monaco winger Thomas Lemar” That is the Metro.
5: Like a new signing.
Now I remember the days when certain commentators would be angry if anyone was said to be like a new signing if returning from injury or loan. But Joel Campbell is both (returning while injured) but a picture of him flying first class back to England suggests to the Metro that he is coming back and is ready to rescue Arsenal from their malaise. Whatever malaise that is.
Of course there is only a week to go more or less so not suprisingly clubs are starting to offer their players to Arsenal, not least so that the media can then blame Arsenal for not taking them. The latest is Inter Milan offering “midfielder Marcelo Brozovic to Arsenal in wake of Stoke City defeat.”
This comes from SportItalia who say Arsenal will sign him this week.
7: Llorente to Arsenal or Atletico Mad despite the fact…
Now I may have missed something but according to my notes on 1 June the CAS upheld the ban on At Mad from signing anyone. So it is rather curious to see the Metro announce that “Atletico Madrid have joined Arsenal in the hunt for Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente.”
But it may not happen – because “Spanish sports paper say Atletico are preparing to negotiate a fee with Real for the player, whose father and grandfather both played for them.” Nothing to do with the ban then.
8: Julian Draxler
This is what the papers call a “blow”. Because “Bayern Munich are set to wade in with a move for Julian Draxler, reports claim.” And this even though Arsenal have made it quite clear they want the man from PSG. Although Bayern (according to elsewhere in the report) are only “mulling” over the idea. How do you mull? I’ve never really understood.
Still the Sun says Draxler has “no future at the Parc des Princes.” Mind you I have no future in the Conservative Party, but it doesn’t keep me awake at night.
ON THE WAY OUT
1: Kieran Gibbs to Galatasaray?
Yep KG is verging on the verge of signing for Galatasaray who are in advanced talks according to Fanatik. Unfortunately Gibbsy doesn’t speak Galatas and Galatas don’t talk Gibsy so that is causing a problem.
Although that could be Watford, Newcastle and West Brom that want him. We expect a decision yesterday. The cost is not reported but the value is £3.7million, which is probably his salary.
2: Jon Toral
He has gone or is going to Hull. Sky Sports says talks are advanced.
3: The Ox
Just because we know he is on the way out it doesn’t mean he can’t be staying. The Daily Mail are reporting that Arsenal are “set for” (what does that mean?) “crunch talks” (so must be a bit nutty) re a new deal at £125k a week.
4: Marcus McGuane
The Indy says “Arsenal risk losing talented youngster Marcus McGuane as Juventus and Manchester United enter race” This looks to me like another “Arsenal too slow” story.
5: Gabriel Paulista (£10m to Valencia)
Interesting commentaries in the European press kindly supplied by our correspondent that the failure of Gabriel at Arsenal shows the failure of StatDNA, Arsenal’s own research company, who identified him as the ideal player for the club when he wasn’t. I’m not sure of some of their logic in the articles.
6: Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall
Both going to play with Arry at Birmingham on loan. Poor Cohen, plucked from obscure non-league football only to be given to an obscure low-level incomprehensible. It’s a tough world.
7: Mustafi to Juventus
Seems like only a year ago that Mustafi was signed from Valencia. But now it seems “The Gunners are apparently willing to sell the Germany international this summer as he is struggling to bond with his team-mates.”
Also “Inter Milan are interested in securing his signature”. Arsenal are demanding the £35million they paid for him last summer.
8: Bennacer done deal
Ismael Bennacer has gone to Italian club Empoli having been on loan last season at French club Tours.
And that is about it for another day.
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