Powered by fantasy: the media’s list of 95 players Arsenal are going to sign.

By Sir Hardly Anyone

It is a vintage week for updating previous rumours with more rumours: but tougher going in terms of finding new players to add to the list.  Surely it couldn’t be that having rushed so far ahead at the beginning of the window we are not going to reach the 120 player target, which would be a new record for men tipped to be signing for Arsenal in one summer.

We now have 95 transfers in our list that have been mentioned in the media, but experience suggests that getting the remaining 45 is going to be tough.

Certainly the WC is having an impact, but still here are a few of the latest stories…

1: Torreira

He will sign on 20th June: fact.    That is in the Express and Arsenal Fever.

2: Leno

Sky Sports says that the signing of Leno is imminent, although we are forced to add that the word “imminent” seems to have a number of different meanings.

3: Caglar Soyuncu

An old tale returns as we are told he has agreed to join Arsenal.   In case you missed it last time around he is a Turkish central defender.  The tale is carried by the Star and Arsenal Fever.

4: Jack’s coming back!

In an amazing U-turn we are re-signing Jack Wilshere (according to the Mirror).  Given the number of U turns we have had on this shouldn’t the Wilshere deal now be called an S Bend?  We count Jack as a signing as his contract runs out at the end of this month.

5: Ramsey: captain!

Arsenal fans (not sure how many of them because that is one thing the Star never ever says) want Ramsey as captain.  OK it is not a transfer story but it was accompanied by pictures of the player rescuing tiny animals in and around ponds which is at least a little more unusual.

6: Aleksandr Golovin

CSKA Moscow want €25million for Aleksandr Golovin we are told Arsenal and Chelsea are rivals to hand over the cash.  This is from Football London who seem to have forgotten that they previously said we had to do the deal before the world cup otherwise it was dead.

7: Steven N’Kemboanza Mike Nzonzi 

Pain in the Arsenal says no to the idea of this transfer but the Independent has made it a possible.   The Express says he is teasing.  Sevilla say we have to pay £35m.    Sky Sports and HITC have also had this tale.  In case you missed all the excitement he is a 29 year old defensive midfielder.

8:  Hirving Lozano 

Football London say we are looking for an attacking winger and Hirving Lozano is in serious contention.  He’s a winger, he is Mexican, he is with PSV and is known locally as Chucky.

9: Benjamin Pavard

Suspicions have been aroused that either the Sun journalists have been drinking more than usual or have fallen asleep not noticing they have revived an old story.  He is a 22 year old defender from Stuttgart.

10: Samu Castillejo

AC Milan are our rivals on this one.  He is Spanish, plays for Villarreal, is 23 and is a winger.

And now with that done and dusted here is our fulsome list of all the transfers we’ve spotted…   Still only one confirmed though.

No. Player From Source Information
Update Yacine Adli PSG Sport Review.  Talk Sport says the deal is certainly on for a mere £250,000.  Mirror says it is for sure. Sports Lens says no. Barcelona Manchester City,  Bayern Munich and Juventus want him.  He’s a wonderkid.  All set to sign NOW (DZ)
2 Toby Alderweireld Tottenham Football London Man U interested.  FL urges urgent action
3 Marco Asensio  Real Madrid Guardian Liverpool will pay up to £131m, Chelsea also keen.
4 Álvaro Odriozola Arzallus Real Sociedad Football London Mainly right back can also play on the wing
5 Leon Bailey Bayer Leverkusen Talk Sprout; Football London Cost £100m, he’s a winger or a midfielder who gives assists.  Chelsea more likely
6 Mario Balotelli Nice Football London (who else?), Mirror, La Gazetta dello Sport “He’s rebuilt his reputation in France”
7 Ever Banega Sevilla Daily Star Argentine player, central midfield
8 Jack Butland Stoke The Sun, 101 Great Goals Liverpool also after this keeper
9 Karim Benzema Real Mad EPR Scouts, Football Transfer Tavern, Diario Gol, Deal agreed £35m.  No €60 million,
10 Emre Can Liverpool Fourth Official Liverpool won’t give him an extension
NEW Samu Castillejo  Villareal El Periodico Mediterraneo AC Milan interested also.  Would cost £30m
12 Jasper Cillessen Barcelona Mundo Deportivo, Daily Cannon A keeper.
13 Doucoured Watford Football London Play next to Ramsey to bring “much needed brawn and steel to a weak midfield.”
14 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
15 Kerem Demirbay Hoffenheim TalkSport. Liga Financial, Star, AFC Fever Midfielder, AFC price agreed, Liverpool want him. Price agreed
16 Leander Dendoncker Anderlecht Fourth Official Defensive midfield, creative midfield…
17 Abdoulaye Doucoure Watford Hertfordshire Mercury Goalkeeper.  Watford want to keep him. Tots want him
18 Johnny Evans WBA Daily Mirror, Football London He’s the key man we need. £3m from WBA if they go down. FL just reignited the story in early June.
19 Nabil Fekir Olympique Lyonnais Mail.  Football London Arsenal’s number 1 target; attacking midfield. FL says maybe Liverpool
20 Emil Forsberg RB Leipzig Sportwitness and Calcio Mercato.  £47m. A replacement for Alexis Sanchez.  He’s going to be the first signing
21 Fred Shakhtar Gibfootballshow Arsenal to get him for £30m
22 Willem Geubbels Lyon Football London 16 years old forward, Barce, Leipzig and Chelsea also want him
23 Alex Grimaldo Benfica Read Arsenal Left back. Man U, PSG & Monaco fancy him
24  Jose Gimenez Atletico Madrid Marca, TalkSport, SportsReview £53m but no sooner is it announced than we are set to miss out on him.  That hardly seems fair
Update Alexander Golovin CKSA Moscow Football London Midfielder. One of the players we must buy before the WC.  Chelsea are our rivals.
NEW Mario Gotze Dortmund Tribal Football, Daily Canon, Sky Sports Arsenal are favourites to sign him for £18m
27 Goncalo Guedes PSG Liga Financial PSG must sell because of FFP, Arsenal have announced interest
28 Kai Havertz Bayer Leverkusen Metro, Mail, Tribal Football AFC and Liverpool want him.  Midfielder; B,L’s youngest ever player
Update Dean Henderson Man U; Shrewsbury Mirror, Football London Wants to leave to get 1st team football.  He’s a keeper. No he has snubbed Arsenal and is staying
30 Ahmed Hegazi West Brom Transfer Tavern Defender
31 Lorenzo Insigne. Napoli  CalcioMercato.it.  Football fancast An attacker, aged 26, Italian international
32 Jakub Jankto Udinese Teamtalk It’s either Arsenal or AC Milan
33 Jorginho Napoli Hot Stepanovs Faster and smaller than Xhaka
34 Lukas Kolstermann Leipzig Bild says yes but Football Fancast says no Full back; can play left and right
35 Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli Daily Mirror, Gunnersphere, Guardian, Corriere Dello Sport, Tribal Football Centre back; top priority, Chelsea, Man C and Liverpool want him
36 Layvin Kurzawa PSG Sportsmole, the Week, To replace Bellerin
37 Alban Lafont Toulouse Arsenal Mania, Daily Canon Goalkeeper, Boyhood supporter of Arsenal.  “Set to leave”.  But he’s only 19.
38 Thomas Lemar Monaco ArsenalNewsHQ; Mirror; TalkSport. Star, Different League Deal confirmed; has rejected a new contract. All go!!!  Or he has “become available”
39 Stephan Lichtsteiner Juventus Just about everywhere SIGNED.  Right back, available free, he’s 34 and he will be the first signing.  “It’s done” (Football London)
40 Matthias De Ligt Ajax Football London, Mirror Centre back; Tots and Man C also want him.  Has handed in a transfer request
Update Bernd Leno Bayer Leverkusen Football London, Daily Express (they are certain), Bild, Star.  Sky Sports say it will happen now. A keeper available for just £22m.  The story has popped up again after a month of silence.He will be first signing. No he is going to Liverpool (Star)
42 Diogo Leite Porto A Bola (which is a Portuguese “outlet” not a virulent disease; Guardian Centre back
43 Joel Lopez Barcelona Sports Lens 21 year old left midfield
Update Lozano PSV Sport 360, Arsenal mania, Football London Winger who can cut inside, FootLond say we are looking for an attacking winger!
NEW David Luiz Chelsea Le10Sport The defensive midfielder we need, out of favour with Chelsea
46 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
47 Harry Maguire Leicester Sky Sports Centre half.  Man U also want him.
48 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.
49 Gelson Martins Sporting Lisbon “Arsenal fail with £26m bid to sign Sporting Lisbon star” Metro HITC says Everton wants him.   He’s a winger.
50 Joao Mario Inter on loan at WHU Fourth Official Midfield, and said to love London
51 Lautaro Martinez  Racing Club de Avellaneda Gunnersphere Striker.  Inter have offered €20million
52 Anthony Martial Man U Sun, 4th Official Signed by United from AC Monaco in 2015, the £75.7m
53 Alex McCarthy Southampton Football London Goalkeeper.
54 Max Meyer Schalke 04. Football London, Daily Canon, Guardian, Talk Sport, Express.  Contract ends this season.  FL still talking it up Attacking midfield or playmaker. Liverpool battling with Arsenal  New Santi Cazorla
55 Radja Nainggolan Roma The Sun, Gunnersphere He’s a powerhouse midfielder and will cost £45m
56 Keylor Navas Real Madrid Don Ballon, HITC, A goalkeeper looking for work.  He’s 31
57 Robert Navarro Barcelona Daily Mail, Canon He’s 15 and plans to leave on his 16th birthday.  Arsenal have made an offer
58 Wilfred Ndidi Leicester Mad About PL, Goonertalk, African Football, Sun Midfielder, Man U want him too
59 Saul Niguez At Madrid Mirror, Arsenal Station £130m will get him.  Midfielder
Update Stephen N’Zonzi Sevilla Football London, Arsenal Mania. Def midfield.  In March FL had him “jetting to London) now they are not so sure.  Arsenal Mania say it is on.
61 Abulkadir Omur Trabzonspor Turkish football says Ozil recommends him Central midfield
62 Oguzhan Ozyakup Besiktas Mail.  Football London says Wenger obsessed the transfer Arsenal to bring back their ex-player at the end of his contract
Update Cristan Pavon Boca Juniors. Mirror says WHU want him, Sports Mole says we are close We’ve already held talks.  He’s 22, a forward.  FootLond revitalised the old story late June

Benjamin Pavard 

 VfB Stuttgart Sun, HITC 22 year old defender also linked with Tottenham
65 Danilo Pereira Porto O Jogo Defensive midfield, currently injured
66 Dennis Praet Sampdoria Football London says one we we must have him, next week no Attacking midfielder
67 Pablo Moreno Barcelona Mundo Deportivo He’s 15 and his contract runs out at the end of the season
68 Jan Oblak Atletico Mad FootballBible; Gibfootballshow, Star Goalkeeper also wanted by Chelsea and Liverpool.  100m euros.  At Mad “expect him to leave”
69 Panagiotis Retsos Bayer Leverkusen Goal, 4th official Greek South African defender
70 Ivan Rakitic Barcelona Star Attacking midfield
71 Rodrigo Valencia Fotomac, Football Fancast Selling Lacazette to buy him.  He’s a 27 year old winger
72 Sergio Rico Sevilla Football London Goalkeeper; won the Europa twice
Update Sokratis Papastathopoulos Borussia Dortmund Birmingham Live, Gazzetta dello Sport, Football London, Evening Standard, Read Arsenal.  Hatchet job from Pain in the Ars.  L’Équipe says it is done Man U, Juventus, Chelsea interested in 29 year old defender.  Arsenal now favourites.  He’s going to be 1st signing.  Final details being arranged, No Juventus are still trying
74 Adrien Rabiot PSG Football Lond spotted him at London Colney Defensive midfield; 1 year left on contract
75 Richarlison Watford EPL Scouts, 4th Official Forward, Chels & Tots also; Arsenal miss out & Arsenal to hijack deal, both on same site!!!
76 Daniele Rugani Juventus Whoscored Defender.  Agent confirms
77 Morgan Sanson Bordeaux Express says we are fighting Tottenham for this player 23 years old, midfielder
Update Jean-Michael Seri Nice 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. Sports Review says it is still on
79 Bassem Srarfi Nice Foot Lond – but they changed their mind. Winger or midfielder.  He’s 20.  Going to Leicester?
80 Andre Silva Milan Mad about EPL Attacking midfield “sensation” but failed to show his attributes this year.  Wolverhampton also interested.
81 Chris Smalling Man U Daily Canon, Sport 360, Daily Star, Guardian £25m will get him
Update Caglar Söyüncü Freiburg Football Whispers, Arsenal Station, Sky Sports, Telegraph, Talksport, The Sun, ESPN, 100 Great Goal  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.  No but he’s signing NOW (Star)
83 Anderson Talisca Benfica on loan to Besiktas O Jogo Brazilian attacking midfield
84 Kieran Tierney Celtic Football London Left Back
85 Corentin Tolisso Bayern Foot Lond Bayern bought him last year for €40 million.  Now Arsenal are buying him for €60 million. No!
Update Lucas Torreira Sampdoria TuttoMercatoWeb, Sport Review, the Metro, Calciomercato Sampdoria, the Express, Daily Star The Star says the signing will be on 20 June.  A defensive midfielder and he’s going to be first
87 Cengiz Ünder Roma Tuttomercato; he’s a goalscoring winger £26m offered £40m demanded
88 Josha Vagnoman Hamburg ESPN (2nd youngster player in the German league ever) Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton all want him
89 Timo Werner Leipzig Arsenal mania, Sun 21 year old who has scored a multitude of goals
90 Ben Wilmot Stevenage Sportsmole, Gunnersphere. The 72 18 year old played a dozen or so games.  Totts also interested. Price is £2m
Update Jack Wilshere Arsenal Evening Standard saying he will not sign new contract until his playing position is defined by manager Obviously he’s with us but some sites now treat him as having left unless he signs again.  We are signing him (Mirror)
92 Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace Liga Financial Arsenal making a bid of £25m
93 Cristian Zapata Milan Giants Football News Defender
94 Piotr Zielinski Napoli The Mirror Midfielder: “An essential signing”
95 Andrija Zivkovic Benfica Football Facts, The Record, EatSleepSports ArsenalStation, Telegraph, Giants, Tribal Football, Sport Witness 21 year old striker. Man U also want him  Price is £52m






8 Replies to “Powered by fantasy: the media’s list of 95 players Arsenal are going to sign.”

  1. According to a rumor in the Daily Slogger, Sir Hardly anyone was a train spotter in his former life.

    He retired his anorak when his girl friend Rosaline told him that collecting football rumors transfer is even more geeky.

  2. Train spotters know all about trains and therefore get on the right one and end up in the right place. People who criticise them often end up in the wrong place as they don’t know the facts about the timetable and then blame somebody else for it 🙂

  3. One of our signings, Stephan Lichtsteiner had a pretty good game against Brazil last night & took care of Neymar well enough all things considered.
    I still can’t warm to Xhaka though, he fouls so needlessly.

  4. I am interested to see Aleksandr Golovin playing at the Emirate Stadium for the Gunners this coming summer campaign if Arsenal would sign him. But what can my interest to see him play for Arsenal this summer campaign do? I am just an ordinary Gonner living in Nigeria and I have never even been to the UK talk less of to have watched Arsenal playing at the Emirates Stadium but on my TV set through Dstv cable subscription. Therefore, I cannot influence any decision making on Arsenal player transfers, can I? But can only be crying foul on the pages of the internet wildness where I continue to show my passion for Arsenal which is unlimited. But sometimes my crying foul may not be seen as a foul by the Arsenal bosses. And I have to accept that whether I like it or not.

    I watched Stephan Lichtsteiner got injured against Brazil yesterday at the World Cup. But has that told us something about him? Tell us what? Anyway, the match was tough and Switzerland just about deserved the draw they got from the match. And Xhaka once again showed his long range passing capability in the match but Sagiri cannot utilise it as he failed to collect one such long range pass from Xhaka.

    Is the VAR impartial in this World Cup? Or is selectively working for the team it wants to see win or draw a match? Shouldn’t the VAR have given Brazil a penalty as the match referee didn’t point to the spot when Jesus was pulled down in the box? And should Nigeria have had a VAR penalty award when Victor Moses was elbowed and pushed down in the box by a Croatian player?

  5. But who got booked in the game, Lichtsteiner or Xhaka? I think Lichtsteiner got a yellow period to him being substituted toward the end of the match.

  6. And would Neymar becomes the most fouled player in this World Cup? The stats say he was fouled 10 times by Switzerland yesterday.

  7. Ooh the infadel is insulting the pedant, fight, fight, fight!

    Sir…. I am loathe to say you can be a bit of a square, and rather presumptuos on occassion, which can be irksome. But at least you aren’t an infidel.

    Thanks for the tit bits, is it raining where you are? Why the anaorak? Train spotting and timetables? I thought tardy people and those lacking a good sense of direction, got lost in train changes….?

    The most comical part is that I think most of this list are either [retty much unavilable, or will ultimately go nowehere.

    Well at least it will inflate their next pay packet.

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