By Sir Hardly Anyone
Yes I know, the market doesn’t open for months and months but the journalistas and their bloggetta chums down the pub are busy making up stories as if anyone still believed them.
Plus we have tales of the next Arsenal manager, the departures (including one forced because of money problems) and a big tax avoidance scam that Arsenal just managed to avoid.
First off we have the new transfers, and these are
- Lautaro Martinez
- Max Meyer
- Daniele Rugani
giving us 13 players in all coming to Arsenal in the late spring or early summer (not forgetting the dates of the transfer window are changing). Here is the list…
|1||Karim Benzema||Real Mad||EPR Scouts, Football Transfer Tavern||Deal agreed £35m|
|2||Kerem Demirbay||Hoffenheim||TalkSport. Liga Financial, Star, AFC Fever||Midfielder, AFC price agreed, Liverpool want him. Price agreed|
|3||Fred||Shakhtar||Gibfootballshow||Arsenal to get him for £30m|
|4||Goncalo Guedes||PSG||Liga Financial||PSG must sell because of FFP, Arsenal have announced interest|
|5||Thomas Lemar||Monaco||ArsenalNewsHQ; Mirror; TalkSport||Deal confirmed; has rejected a new contract|
|6||Malcolm||Bordeaux||FootballBible, Sport Review, Gunnerspheree||Winger; everyone is interested; he says he goes in the summer. But might go to China|
|NEW||Lautaro Martinez||Racing Club de Avellaneda||Gunnersphere||Striker. Inter have offered €20million|
|NEW||Max Meyer||Schalke 04.||Football London, The Guardian, Talk Sport||Attacking midfield or playmaker|
|9||Jan Oblak||Atletico Mad||FootballBible; Gibfootballshow||Goalkeeper also wanted by Chelsea and Liverpool. 100m euros.|
|10||Richarlison||Watford||EPL Scouts||Midfield, Chels & Tots also; Arsenal miss out & Arsenal to hijack deal, both on same site!!!|
|NEW||Daniele Rugani||Juventus||Whoscored||Defender. Agent confirms|
|12||Wilfried Zaha||Crystal Palace||Liga Financial||Arsenal making a bid of £25m|
|13||Andrija Zivkovic||Benfica||Football Facts, EatSleepSports ArsenalStation, Telegraph, Giants, Tribal Football||21 year old striker|
Arsenal’s new manager
According to our old friend “Reports” it is current Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri who is lined up for the Arsenal top job and who is certainly not going to Chelsea. That is according to his agent Federico Pastorello. The Express, Football Italia, Mail, Daily Cannon and all the hangers on are peeking into this one.
The departure list.
Looks like our second table – the one listing all the players who are leaving – needs to be started, and what with it being this early we could have a repeat of last summer in which every single first team player was said to be leaving, one way or another.
Still at least we have not had Hector Bellerin going off yet, which we had every single day of the summer last year. Indeed not only was he going, you will recall that he had gone, and bought a house in Spain. Interesting then that he gave a talk to the Oxford Union in which he compared the training programme at Barcelona with that of Arsenal, very much showing the Barcelona approach in a bad light.
So it won’t be long before he is going again, since all the evidence is against it.
Also on the way out is Jack Wilshere because there is no new contract for him. But now it seems he is being joined by Aaron Ramsey – the pair being forced to leave because Arsenal cannot afford them, what with the cost of Ozil’s new contract.
And finally the approach of summer would not be the approach of summer without a footballer being hauled up in court for tax fraud. This time it was Alexis Sanchez, which might explain why Arsenal didn’t actually offer him a new contract, for fear he might not be able to see it through.
The story (and of course none of us were there to witness it – but it is in the Standard) is that Sanchez has admitted to tax avoidance of more than 18 million euros dating from his time at Barcelona between 2012 and 2013 after appearing in a Barcelona court