The 70 players now tipped join Arsenal and the transfer window isn’t even open

By Sir Hardly Anyone

This is the third summer in which we have kept a record of many of the players who are tipped to join Arsenal when the transfer window opens.

Several interesting pointers of late.  First, although there was a little bit of a slow down once while we waited to find out who the next man would be, by and large the rumours just kept rolling along as if nothing in the managerial situation was changing.

Second, when we first recorded the list for this summer, we noticed a very strange effect in that there was a strong preponderance of players from the earlier part of the alphabet.  Now slowly we are finding players in the latter part of the alphabet appearing.

It almost looks like someone had an alphabetical list of players and started making up rumours as he went through the book.  That couldn’t be true could it?

Whatever the situation we have 70 players now listed and our target is 120 by the time the window crashes into the ground on 9 August.   Here they are.  More are undoubtedly soon about to come out of  the ground.

The target, as per last summer and the summer before is three transfers.   Quite a few players to choose from already.


No. Player From Source Information
 1 Yacine Adli PSG Sport Review.  Talk Sport says the deal is certainly on for a mere £250,000.  Mirror says it is for sure. Barcelona Manchester City,  Bayern Munich and Juventus want him.  He’s a wonderkid.
 2 Marco Asensio  Real Madrid Guardian Liverpool will pay up to £131m, Chelsea also keen.
 3 Álvaro Odriozola Arzallus Real Sociedad Football London Mainly right back can also play on the wing
 4 Leon Bailey Bayer Leverkusen Talk Sprout; Football London Cost £100m, he’s a winger or a midfielder who gives assists.  Chelsea more likely
NEW Ever Banega Sevilla Daily Star Argentine player, central midfield
 6 Jack Butland Stoke The Sun, 101 Great Goals Liverpool also after this keeper
 7 Karim Benzema Real Mad EPR Scouts, Football Transfer Tavern, Diario Gol, Deal agreed £35m.  No €60 million,
 8 Emre Can Liverpool Fourth Official Liverpool won’t give him an extension
 9 Jasper Cillessen Barcelona Mundo Deportivo, Daily Cannon A keeper.
 10 Doucoured Watford Football London Play next to Ramsey to bring “much needed brawn and steel to a weak midfield.”
 11 Ousmane Dembele Barcelona (joined from Dortmund for £96m) Express, Don Balon, Arsenal News, Gunnersphere, Telefoot Swap deal with Bellerin even though we don’t need any more forwards and he is injury prone, but is a friend of Aub’s. Says he’s not moving
 12 Kerem Demirbay Hoffenheim TalkSport. Liga Financial, Star, AFC Fever Midfielder, AFC price agreed, Liverpool want him. Price agreed
 13 Leander Dendoncker Anderlecht Fourth Official Defensive midfield, creative midfield…
 14 Abdoulaye Doucoure Watford Hertfordshire Mercury Goalkeeper.  Watford want to keep him. Tots want him
 15 Johnny Evans WBA Daily Mirror, Football London He’s the key man we need. £3m from WBA if they go down
 16 Nabil Fekir Olympique Lyonnais Mail Arsenal’s number 1 target; attacking midfield
 17 Emil Forsberg RB Leipzig Sportwitness and Calcio Mercato A replacement for Alexis Sanchez
 18 Fred Shakhtar Gibfootballshow Arsenal to get him for £30m
 19 Willem Geubbels Lyon Football London 16 years old forward, Barce, Leipzig and Chelsea also want him
 20 Alex Grimaldo Benfica Read Arsenal Left back. Man U, PSG & Monaco fancy him
 21 Goncalo Guedes PSG Liga Financial PSG must sell because of FFP, Arsenal have announced interest
 22 Kai Havertz Bayer Leverkusen Metro, Mail, Tribal Football AFC and Liverpool want him.  Midfielder; B,L’s youngest ever player
 23 Dean Henderson Man U; Shrewsbury Mirror, Football London Wants to leave to get 1st team football.  He’s a keeper
 24 Ahmed Hegazi West Brom Transfer Tavern Defender
 25 Lorenzo Insigne. Napoli  Football fancast An attacker, aged 26, Italian international
 26 Jakub Jankto Udinese Teamtalk It’s either Arsenal or AC Milan
 27 Jorginho Napoli Hot Stepanovs Faster and smaller than Xhaka
 28 Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli Daily Mirror, Gunnersphere, Guardian, Corriere Dello Sport, Tribal Football Centre back; top priority, Chelsea, Man C and Liverpool want him
 29 Layvin Kurzawa PSG Sportsmole, the Week, To replace Bellerin
 30 Alban Lafont Toulouse Arsenal Mania, Daily Canon Goalkeeper, Boyhood supporter of Arsenal.  “Set to leave”.  But he’s only 19.
 31 Thomas Lemar Monaco ArsenalNewsHQ; Mirror; TalkSport. Star, Different League Deal confirmed; has rejected a new contract. All go!!!  Or he has “become available”
 32 Matthias De Ligt Ajax Football London, Mirror Centre back; Tots and Man C also want him.  Has handed in a transfer request
33 Bernd Leno Bayer Leverkusen Football London, Daily Express, Bild A keeper available for just £22m.  The story has popped up again after a month of silence. Express is certain it is on.
 34 Diogo Leite Porto A Bola (which is a Portuguese “outlet” not a virulent disease; Guardian Centre back
NEW Joel Lopez Barcelona Sports Lens 21 year old left midfield
 36 Lozano PSV Sport 360, Arsenal mania Winger who can cut inside
37 James Maddison Norwich Mirror, Sport Review, Birmingham Mail says it is about to happen Midfield playmaker; Tottenham, Everton, Brighton Southampton & Man C also want him
38 Harry Maguire Leicester Sky Sports Centre half.  Man U also want him.
 39 Malcolm Bordeaux FootballBible, Sport Review, Gunnerspheree, Football London Winger; everyone is interested; he says he goes in the summer.  But might go to China.  No will play in a 3 man line behind the number 9.
 40 Joao Mario Inter on loan at WHU Fourth Official Midfield, and said to love London
 41 Lautaro Martinez  Racing Club de Avellaneda Gunnersphere Striker.  Inter have offered €20million
 42 Anthony Martial Man U Sun, 4th Official Signed by United from AC Monaco in 2015, the £75.7m
 43 Max Meyer Schalke 04. Football London, Daily Canon, Guardian, Talk Sport, Express.  Contract ends this season Attacking midfield or playmaker. Liverpool battling with Arsenal  New Santi Cazorla
 44 Keylor Navas Real Madrid Don Ballon, HITC, A goalkeeper looking for work.  He’s 31
Update Robert Navarro Barcelona Daily Mail, Canon He’s 15 and plans to leave on his 16th birthday.  Arsenal have made an offer
 46 Wilfred Ndidi Leicester Mad About PL, Goonertalk, African Football, Sun Midfielder, Man U want him too
 47 Saul Niguez At Madrid Mirror, Arsenal Station £130m will get him.  Midfielder
 48 Abulkadir Omur Trabzonspor Turkish football says Ozil recommends him Central midfield
 49 Oguzhan Ozyakup Besiktas Mail.  Football London says Wenger obsessed the transfer Arsenal to bring back their ex-player at the end of his contract
NEW Danilo Pereira Porto O Jogo Defensive midfield, currently injured
 51 Pablo Moreno Barcelona Mundo Deportivo He’s 15 and his contract runs out at the end of the season
 52 Jan Oblak Atletico Mad FootballBible; Gibfootballshow Goalkeeper also wanted by Chelsea and Liverpool.  100m euros.
 53 Panagiotis Retsos Bayer Leverkusen Goal, 4th official Greek South African defender
NEW Ivan Rakitic Barcelona Star Attacking midfield
Update Sokratis Papastathopoulos Borussia Dortmund Birmingham Live, Gazzetta dello Sport, Football London, Evening Standard, Read Arsenal Man U, Junventus, Chelsea interested in 29 year old defender.  Arsenal now favourites
 56 Richarlison Watford EPL Scouts, 4th Official Forward, Chels & Tots also; Arsenal miss out & Arsenal to hijack deal, both on same site!!!
 57 Daniele Rugani Juventus Whoscored Defender.  Agent confirms
Update Jean-Michael Seri Nice Mentioned on  From the Mirror and Metro, Star, Mail, Standard, Hard Tackle Midfielder but Arsenal have been too slow and Chelsea have got him, just as they lost out last window.
 59 Andre Silva Milan Mad about EPL Attacking midfield “sensation” but failed to show his attributes this year.  Wolverhampton also interested.
 60 Chris Smalling Man U Daily Canon, Sport 360, Daily Star, Guardian £25m will get him
Update Caglar Soyuncu Freiburg Football Whispers, Arsenal Station, Sky Sports, Telegraph Central midfield.  Liverpool, Man C, Dortmund “in race”.  He wants a guarantee of 1st team footie.
NEW Anderson Talisca Benfica on loan to Besiktas O Jogo Brazilian attacking midfield
63 Cengiz Ünder Roma Tuttomercato; he’s a goalscoring winger £26m offered £40m demanded
NEW Josha Vagnoman Hamburg ESPN (2nd youngster player in the German league ever) Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton all want him
 65 Timo Werner Leipzig Arsenal mania, Sun 21 year old who has scored a multitude of goals
 66 Ben Wilmot Stevenage Sportsmole, Gunnersphere. The 72 18 year old played a dozen or so games.  Totts also interested. Price is £2m
 67 Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace Liga Financial Arsenal making a bid of £25m
68 Cristian Zapata Milan Giants Football News Defender
69 Piotr Zielinski Napoli The Mirror Midfielder: “An essential signing”
 70 Andrija Zivkovic Benfica Football Facts, The Record, EatSleepSportArsenalStation, Telegraph, Giants, Tribal Football, Sport Witness 21 year old striker. Man U also want him  Price is £52m





3 Replies to “The 70 players now tipped join Arsenal and the transfer window isn’t even open”

  1. Hey!!! I suppose the summer transfer window opened on the 17th of May for English Clubs.

  2. The summer transfer window has already been opened for English clubs since on the 17th of this month? But does the opening covered the PL clubs? If so, then, we should be expecting the revealing of 3 senior signings by Arsenal before the World Cup starts if AFC will allow the former Gunners boss, Monsieur Arsene Wenger’s era of signing at least one new senior player early into the window to continue under Unai Emery, the new Gunners boss.

    The media can continue to tip as many players they could whom they believe Arsenal will sign and as many ones they also believe Arsenal will sell this summer. But by the of this summer window, AFC could end up signing only 3 new players for revamping their senior team squad in readiness for next season’s campaign more especially in the Premier League Title chase which Arsenal MUST win if the newly appointed Gunners boss, Unai Emeri is to convince some doubting Thomases in the Gooners camp he’ll be able to sit on the Gunners boss’ hot seat up to the 3 years deal he has signed and even sit on it longer than that time at the Emirates Stadium.

    And depending on his managerial acumen, the £50m that is said to be available only for Arsenal transfer kitty this summer as being reported in the media can be sufficient for Unai Emeri to use it as a capital starting cash to push tp do all the 3 senior signings he’s likely to recommend to the AFC’s player transfer hierarchy to approve their signings for him to have them at Arsenal this summer.

    Nevertheless, Unai Emeri has to move fast like lightning moves and working with the AFC’s CEO Ivan Gazidis, the Arsenal’s Director of football relation, Raul Sanllehi and the head of recruitment at the club, Sven Mislintat to identity the 2 senior Gunners he wants out of the club and the 3 new ones he wants in at the club. And all these 5 deals for the 3 incomers and the 2 outgoings should be concluded before the World Cup kicks off. I believe Unai and these 3 top Arsenal officers know the reason for finalising all the 5 transfer deals they could dealt on before the World Cup starts.

  3. Unless a top class ‘keeper or central defender become available, I can’t see us bringing anybody in this window. Emery will want to look at what he has including players out on loan (Perez for one).

    Might consider offers for those out of the picture long term (Jenks) and some of the kids, but I think we’re more likely to do business in the winter window.

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