By Sir Hardly Anyone
Figures compiled by the Guardian newspaper show that thus far the Premier League is outspending its four main rivals in terms of new players, but not but quite as much as has happened in the past.
Here are the figures in pounds…
- Premier League: £286.4m
- Bundesliga: £232.50m
- Serie A: £228.5m
- La Liga: £211m
- Ligue 1: £179.7m
And the player details in descending fee order…
|Naby Keïta||RB Leipzig||Liverpool||£52.8m|
|Thomas Lemar||Monaco||Atlético Madrid||£52.7m|
|Fred||Shakhtar Donetsk||Manchester United||£43.7m|
|Vinícius Júnior||Flamengo||Real Madrid||£40.2m|
|Douglas Costa||Bayern Munich||Juventus||£35.2m|
|Paulinho||Vasco da Gama||Bayer Leverkusen||£21.9m|
HITC have gone a bit over the top with “Arsenal are reportedly on the brink of signing Lucas Torreira – and some Tottenham Hotspur fans are envious.”
Well that is good to know.
At the moment the Guardian also have us seriously wanting to secure Mario Götze, who, they helpfully add, “scored the winning goal for Germany in Brazil four years ago”. He is with Borussia Dortmund and the club are said to be wanting £18m or a bit more for the midfielder. Everton and Wet Ham (that was a misprint but I thought it amusing in my childish way so left it in) also want him.
The Guardian are also telling us that Arsenal have had a bid of £18m turned down by Chelsea for David Luiz who is with Germany in Russia at the moment. The Canon however tells us that Arsenal have put in a second bid for David Luiz after their first bid of €20m got nowhere.
There is a lovely bit of bonkersness from the Transfer Tavern as usual when they say “…there’s one thing that Luiz – who is rated at £22.5 million by Transfer Markt – has that most at Arsenal don’t: winning experience.”
Shall we do the list of Cup Final wins?
|Club||Wins||First final won||Last final won||Runners-up||Last final lost||Total final appearances|
Or maybe that one is a bit unfair so what about the last five seasons
|Club||League||Lowest||FA Cup||Lge Cup||Europe||Total|
What I like about that five year chart is that although coming sixth was seen as clearly not good enough and a reason to hound the manager, only one of the teams in the top six has actually done better than that in terms of their worst position in the last five year: Manchester Sovereign Wealth Fund who have only come as low as 4th.
Meanwhile Just Arsenal have gone back a step with this one…
“Many so-called know-it-all’s keep telling us that Torreira is a “done deal” but according to SKY there are still lots of other negotiations going on, and one of them is for the Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri.
“Chelsea are supposedly keen but with the uncertainty surrounding Antonio Conte (and Abramovich!) we are sure to be favourites to secure his signature.”
(That I would emphasise is the Nice midfielder, not the nice midfielder. Just to be clear.)
Elsewhere the Reading Chronicle carry a letter from Lee Herron who is coming to Arsenal to be head of academy football operations. this summer.
And meanwhile the Cannon tells us that “Yassin Fortune has signed for FC Sion, bringing to an end to his time at the club.” I think that one was expected. They also report that Louise Quinn and Katie McCabe, have signed new deals to keep them at the club. That article was the third most read piece on New Snow (as it is known around the upper reaches of the central Rutland mountain range) although I suspect it was the headline “Official: Great news as Arsenal get another 2 to sign” that got most readers on their site.
And finally, the Sport Review tell us “Arsenal close in on £50m triple transfer swoop – report”
Those three are revealed in the bit below the headline…
“Arsenal are closing in on the signings of Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, say reports”
Hmmm. I think we already had that one.
- FFP is still out there but just dozing in the corner while football deals with anyone with money.
- Funny ol game: crazy Fifa bid, clubs breaking up, fans order new manager, Jack ponders
- Are our fixtures bent against us and Palace enter a time warp for a couple of minutes.
- How much have Arsenal’s rivals spent on transfers in recent years?
- Why is it becoming so difficult to find a sponsor for new football stadium?
- Corruption flares up again in Italy, as Premier League figures don’t look too clever
- How much does a club have to spend on transfers to get a trophy?
- Does the team that is top after 14 games usually go on to win the league?