By Sir Hardly Anyone
Now the distraction of getting a new manager is over the fantasists (or “football correspondents as they like to be called) are back in operation throughout the public houses of central London and docklands. Below is a list of players were are apparently signing so far, including some interesting recent additions including…
Mario Balotelli who as been found by Football London as a viable additional centre forward for Arsenal, presumably as an addition to Auba and Laca. Oh yes and Danny. Do we call that option “interesting” I wonder. We were, after all, about to sign him last summer, and the summer before that, and the summer before that.
Gunnersphere blame the Sun for the story that Arsenal are after “Roma powerhouse” Radja Nainggolan, who is expected to cost around £45m. “Powerhouse” means “midfielder” in English.
Jose Gimenez of Atletico Madrid is another player who has just been discovered with pen poised in hand ready to sign a new deal, but immediately we are told that no Real Madrid have outbid us – we get interested in a player and lose out all in one day. But elsewhere we are still on the list of suiters.
The Lichtsteiner story came in just a moment too late for our last chart so he’s now been added and we now also have news of Radja Nainggolan. And if that is not enough we are also signing Lucas Torreira.
But you know I would have a little more faith in all these crazy tales if the bloggettas and newspapers that publish them had the decency to accept responsibility for the story – but each and every one lays the blame at someone else’s door. Indeed the phrase “According to” is just about the most used phrase in football journalism these days.
So instead of calling them journalists, I think we should called them “Accordingto’s”
Oh yes, and there is a new goal keeping coach (allegedly). We’ve tucked him in at the foot of the list. Here we go with the full list…
|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. All set to sign NOW (DZ)
|Liverpool will pay up to £131m, Chelsea also keen.
|Álvaro Odriozola Arzallus
|Mainly right back can also play on the wing
|Talk Sprout; Football London
|Cost £100m, he’s a winger or a midfielder who gives assists. Chelsea more likely
|Football London (who else?), Mirror, La Gazetta dello Sport
|“He’s rebuilt his reputation in France”
|Argentine player, central midfield
|The Sun, 101 Great Goals
|Liverpool also after this keeper
|EPR Scouts, Football Transfer Tavern, Diario Gol,
|Deal agreed £35m. No €60 million,
|Liverpool won’t give him an extension
|Mundo Deportivo, Daily Cannon
|Play next to Ramsey to bring “much needed brawn and steel to a weak midfield.”
|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
|TalkSport. Liga Financial, Star, AFC Fever
|Midfielder, AFC price agreed, Liverpool want him. Price agreed
|Defensive midfield, creative midfield…
|Goalkeeper. Watford want to keep him. Tots want him
|Daily Mirror, Football London
|He’s the key man we need. £3m from WBA if they go down
|Arsenal’s number 1 target; attacking midfield
|Sportwitness and Calcio Mercato. £47m.
|A replacement for Alexis Sanchez. He’s going to be the first signing
|Arsenal to get him for £30m
|16 years old forward, Barce, Leipzig and Chelsea also want him
|Left back. Man U, PSG & Monaco fancy him
|Marca, TalkSport, SportsReview
|£53m but no sooner is it announced than we are set to miss out on him. That hardly seems fair
|PSG must sell because of FFP, Arsenal have announced interest
|Metro, Mail, Tribal Football
|AFC and Liverpool want him. Midfielder; B,L’s youngest ever player
|Man U; Shrewsbury
|Mirror, Football London
|Wants to leave to get 1st team football. He’s a keeper
|CalcioMercato.it. Football fancast
|An attacker, aged 26, Italian international
|It’s either Arsenal or AC Milan
|Faster and smaller than Xhaka
|Daily Mirror, Gunnersphere, Guardian, Corriere Dello Sport, Tribal Football
|Centre back; top priority, Chelsea, Man C and Liverpool want him
|Sportsmole, the Week,
|To replace Bellerin
|Arsenal Mania, Daily Canon
|Goalkeeper, Boyhood supporter of Arsenal. “Set to leave”. But he’s only 19.
|ArsenalNewsHQ; Mirror; TalkSport. Star, Different League
|Deal confirmed; has rejected a new contract. All go!!! Or he has “become available”
|Just about everywhere
|Right back, available free, he’s 34 and he will be the first signing. “It’s done” (Football London)
|Matthias De Ligt
|Football London, Mirror
|Centre back; Tots and Man C also want him. Has handed in a transfer request
|Football London, Daily Express (they are certain), Bild
|A keeper available for just £22m. The story has popped up again after a month of silence.He will be first signing.
|A Bola (which is a Portuguese “outlet” not a virulent disease; Guardian
|21 year old left midfield
|Sport 360, Arsenal mania
|Winger who can cut inside
|Mirror, Sport Review, Birmingham Mail says it is about to happen
|Midfield playmaker; Tottenham, Everton, Brighton Southampton & Man C also want him
|Centre half. Man U also want him.
|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.
|Inter on loan at WHU
|Midfield, and said to love London
|Racing Club de Avellaneda
|Striker. Inter have offered €20million
|Sun, 4th Official
|Signed by United from AC Monaco in 2015, the £75.7m
|Football London, Daily Canon, Guardian, Talk Sport, Express. Contract ends this season
|Attacking midfield or playmaker. Liverpool battling with Arsenal New Santi Cazorla
|The Sun, Gunnersphere
|He’s a powerhouse midfielder and will cost £45m
|Don Ballon, HITC,
|A goalkeeper looking for work. He’s 31
|Daily Mail, Canon
|He’s 15 and plans to leave on his 16th birthday. Arsenal have made an offer
|Mad About PL, Goonertalk, African Football, Sun
|Midfielder, Man U want him too
|Mirror, Arsenal Station
|£130m will get him. Midfielder
|Turkish football says Ozil recommends him
|Mail. Football London says Wenger obsessed the transfer
|Arsenal to bring back their ex-player at the end of his contract
|Defensive midfield, currently injured
|He’s 15 and his contract runs out at the end of the season
|FootballBible; Gibfootballshow, Star
|Goalkeeper also wanted by Chelsea and Liverpool. 100m euros. At Mad “expect him to leave”
|Goal, 4th official
|Greek South African defender
|Birmingham Live, Gazzetta dello Sport, Football London, Evening Standard, Read Arsenal
|Man U, Junventus, Chelsea interested in 29 year old defender. Arsenal now favourites. He’s going to be 1st signing. Final details being arranged
|EPL Scouts, 4th Official
|Forward, Chels & Tots also; Arsenal miss out & Arsenal to hijack deal, both on same site!!!
|Defender. Agent confirms
|Mentioned on Arsenal.com. 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.
|Mad about EPL
|Attacking midfield “sensation” but failed to show his attributes this year. Wolverhampton also interested.
|Daily Canon, Sport 360, Daily Star, Guardian
|£25m will get him
|Football Whispers, Arsenal Station, Sky Sports, Telegraph. Price about £35m
|Central midfield. Liverpool, Man C, Dortmund “in race”. He wants a guarantee of 1st team footie. He’s going to be the first signing
|Benfica on loan to Besiktas
|Brazilian attacking midfield
|A defensive midfielder and he’s going to be first
|Tuttomercato; he’s a goalscoring winger
|£26m offered £40m demanded
|ESPN (2nd youngster player in the German league ever)
|Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton all want him
|Arsenal mania, Sun
|21 year old who has scored a multitude of goals
|Sportsmole, Gunnersphere. The 72
|18 year old played a dozen or so games. Totts also interested. Price is £2m
|Arsenal making a bid of £25m
|Giants Football News
|Midfielder: “An essential signing”
|Football Facts, The Record, EatSleepSports ArsenalStation, Telegraph, Giants, Tribal Football, Sport Witness
|21 year old striker. Man U also want him Price is £52m
And now… Javi Garcia.
Now this is trickery because he is not a player at all but PSG’s goalkeeping coach. This story splashed around the highly reliable Sun (!!!) says Arsenal are almost there. This is called a game changing signing by the Daily Canon.
- How a 14th monk described Arsenal’s failure to buy Moisés Caicedo and Mykhailo Mudryk
- The January transfer window moved few players around: but did any club benefit?
- Are Newcastle United really in financial difficulty? And what about Arsenal?
- Did Arsenal want Mudryk and Caicedo, and was it just luck that they didn’t sign them?
- Is the Premier League getting more exciting or simply ever more predictable?