By Sir Hardly Anyone
So what’s what and who’s who, whose coming whose going and all that sort of caper….
The big ongoing story of the day is that Lucas Torreira “will be joining Arsenal very soon”. That is what it says in Arsenal Fever, and loads of other places.
The other one that keeps popping up all the time is Steven N’Zonzi. He is French, he plays for Sevilla, he’s 29 and he is a defensive midfielder. If we were to buy him that would mean the midfield would be overloaded with players who would expect to be playing regularly; people like Ramsey, Xhaka and indeed Lucas Torreira. So I suspect not every story on the block is going to be true. That’s a bit of a surprise!
Mind you Sky Sports say Arsenal are “locked in talks”, which I suppose is the opposite of having a natter. Highbury House suggest we should buy both and get rid of Xhaka which I think is unlikely. It is not so much the case of having two players for each position, as they suggest, but rather keeping two players happy.
Now, Untold has been putting forward the notion of a first team League squad and a pretty powerful Cup squad, with the Cup squad being the backup XI to the League XI. I don’t see either Torreira or N’Zonzi coming to Arsenal to be in the Cup XI.
Anyway if it is Torreira, given that Uruguay are out of the WC that could logically be sorted soon. Mind you this is football, so when does logic apply? After all Just Arsenal News has Ramsey leaving Arsenal to make way for N’Zonzi. The Hard Tackle seems to agree.
Mind you (one more time) we haven’t had many players “set to” leave for a while so now we have one. Monreal to Real Sociedad. This is because Real Soc have apparently lost Alvaro Odriozola to Real Mad.
But even with that it is still mostly it is about selling Ramsey. “Arsenal might have to sell this key star to sign strongly-linked midfielder” pronounces the Canon. “Arsenal may consider selling Aaron Ramsey to sign Barcelona’s Andre Gomes”. Because “Arsenal lining up £30m bid for Andre Gomes,” says
So it goes on. “Unai Emery to sell Aaron Ramsey? Fan frenzy as Gunners look to secure Barcelona,” youngster. That’s in the
But let us try and move on from such tattle and tittle. KickOff has the headline, “ARSENAL SET TO SWOOP FOR 17-GOAL WORLD CUP SENSATION.” It’s in big children’s writing so it must be important.
And who is this I hear you cry. Well in the original you have to wait quite a few paragraphs to get there but I’ve saved you the trouble and can announce it is none other than Hirving Lozano, “the winger really impressing for Mexico at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.”
Moving on, one more time, the Daily Mail says, “Arsenal in pole position to sign 16-year-old Sunderland striker Sam Greenwood” but then having raised our hopes knocks them down again with “Cristian Pavon’s agent denies Arsenal that have made an offer for the Argentine”. They only do it to annoy.
And there is a general negativity entering the forum these days with headlines like “No deal: La Liga star will not be joining Arsenal this summer,” that from
But there was a touch of humour lurking in the normally utterly humourless vacuum of space that is Transferville with the headline “Can we have some more of this Arsenal Transfer Frenzy?” from
But the Star always has to spoil the mood. It’s headline, “Cristian Pavon to Arsenal: Agent speaks out on Boca Juniors star’s link to Gunners” basically says no deal because Arsenal won’t pay enough. That is, however a very old tale of transfers. Can’t the Star do any better? Like maybe suggesting that the guy fancies bread and butter pudding and the Arsenal manager refuses to budge on the issue of diet.
However now look here, here’s a good one: Exclusive: Porto Finalizing Paperwork For Transfer Of Arsenal Wonderkid Nwakali. The lad has been to Maastricht, VVV Venlo, Maastricht again and now Porto. He is working his way around – and he has been getting games – 45 for Maastricht alone.
And you may also recall that Lucas Perez has been quoted as returning and fighting for his place. Well, maybe yes, maybe no, but Foot Lond (the Daily Mirror’s 40 a day habit) has him possibly off to Galatasaray or possibly not.
And what of Gelson Martins? Well the Star says a deal for him to go to Arsenal is more likely than Arsenal buying Pavon, but the Express has, “Arsenal transfer news: Gelson Martins agrees deal for move in Unai Emery blow,” and 101 Great Goals has “Arsenal miss out?” And elsewhere we have “Gelson Martins ‘agrees’ Atletico Madrid switch.” Foot Lond has that as well.
And finally one more from the Star: Arsenal are interested in signing Swedish international winger Emil Forsberg this summer.
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