It looks like being a record year for Arsenal transfer rumours as we reach 115

by Sir Hardly Anyone

From the mountains of Rutland in Englandshire, home of the nation’s finances and wealth, I can now give you an indication that this is going  to be a record year for rumours of Arsenal transfers.

In the summer of 2016 we reached a grand total of 115 transfer rumours by the time the window “slammed shut” and smashed all the glass.

2017 was a real disappointment and many journalists got the sack as the total was only a miserable 92.  Many of these poor sad souls can now be seen walking the streets of central and east London mumbling “I got one, I got one” as the charities for the homeless work the streets at night ushering them off to shelters.

But this year we are already back to 115 pieces of mindless gibberish and other nonsense.  And so with a loud and hearty voice, Untold Arsenal urges all gibbering journalists everywhere to pour fourth their craziest of ideas about the players Arsenal are buying this year, so we can make 2018 an absolute bumper season of transfers that never happen.

Here are the 115.


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.  FootLon (also run by the Mirror) says no go. 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
NEW Nabil Allioui  Monaco Blizzard: Arsenal battling with Man City. Left wing, 19 years old
4 Marco Asensio  Real Madrid Guardian Liverpool will pay up to £131m, Chelsea also keen.
5 Álvaro Odriozola Arzallus Real Sociedad Football London Mainly right back can also play on the wing
Update Leon Bailey Bayer Leverkusen Talk Sprout; Football London, Sport Review – we are anxious to get him. 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, 101 Great Goals, Estadio Deportivo and Sports Keeda, agent spotted.   €20 million release clause Argentine player, central midfield.  Foot Lond keep mentioning him.
8 Mehdi Benatia Juventus Sport Review.  He’s a 31 year old centre back.  The manager wants him. Dortmund are the rivals
10 Jack Butland Stoke The Sun, 101 Great Goals Liverpool also after this keeper
11 Karim Benzema Real Mad EPR Scouts, Football Transfer Tavern, Diario Gol, Deal agreed £35m.  No €60 million,
12 Emre Can Liverpool Fourth Official Liverpool won’t give him an extension
13 Matteo Cardinali Roma Tuttomercatoweb, Mirror, Express A 17 year old keeper.
14 Jasper Cillessen Barcelona Mundo Deportivo, Daily Cannon A keeper.
15 Kingsley Coman Bayern Munich Express certain that Arsenal are after him.  Emery to pounce says Team Talk.  Arsenal News HQ says he is on his way. Attacker.  FootLond quote “reports” as its source.  A likely tale.
16 Doucoured Watford Football London Play next to Ramsey to bring “much needed brawn and steel to a weak midfield.”
Update Ousmane Dembele Barcelona (joined from Dortmund for £96m) Express, Don Balon, Arsenal News, Gunnersphere, Telefoot; Arsenal Mania says no deal and that has become the general theme. Read Arsenal says we are in talks. 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
18 Kerem Demirbay Hoffenheim TalkSport. Liga Financial, Star, AFC Fever Midfielder, AFC price agreed, Liverpool want him. Price agreed
19 Leander Dendoncker Anderlecht Fourth Official Defensive midfield, creative midfield…
20 Abdoulaye Doucoure Watford Hertfordshire Mercury Goalkeeper.  Watford want to keep him. Tots want him
21 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.
22 Nabil Fekir Olympique Lyonnais Mail.  Football London.  Football Bible says the deal is on and the price has dropped. Arsenal’s number 1 target; attacking midfield. FL says maybe Liverpool
23 Fellaini Man U Sport Witness, HLN, Read Arsenal. He’s a midfielder and he’s 30.  No we “were never close!”
24 Junior Firpo Real Betis Sports Review. A young replacement for Monreal for £22m
25 Marcelo Flores Ipswich Mirror, Express The new wonderkid
26 Emil Forsberg RB Leipzig Sportwitness and Calcio Mercato.  £47m.  Although it wasn’t the 1st (see right) we are still interested – Star A replacement for Alexis Sanchez.  He’s going to be the first signing
27 Fred Shakhtar Gibfootballshow Arsenal to get him for £30m
28 Willem Geubbels Lyon Football London 16 years old forward, Barce, Leipzig and Chelsea also want him
29 Alex Grimaldo Benfica Read Arsenal Left back. Man U, PSG & Monaco fancy him
30  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
31 Alexander Golovin CKSA Moscow Football London.  Arsenal AFC blog.  Emery has urged AFC hierarchy to get him.   “Emery sanctions €25m move for World Cup star”.  But Arsenal Mania say the price has just doubled.  Monaco confident of getting him. Midfielder. One of the players we must buy before the WC
Update Andre Gomes Barcelona £30m offered: Canon, Off the post, Sport English, Express.  Foot Lond says talks are ongoing.  Sport Witness says “this week”  101 Great Goals says we are in talks.  He will replace Ramsey Arsenal have to sell Ramsey; Arsenal are beating Tots and Chelsea. Deal over after he got injured in pre-season  (101)
33 Sam Greenwood Newcastle Daily Mail says Arsenal are in pole position to sign him 16 year old striker
34 Goncalo Guedes PSG Liga Financial.  Cadena Cope says Arsenal are still interested PSG must sell because of FFP, Arsenal have announced interest
35 Matteo Guendouzi Lorient Ouest France, Star, Short Fuse.  £7m.  Sport Review says Arsenal drop a big hint he is on the way.   RMC Sport “he is set to fly in for a medical” He’s 19.  Medical today. He’s a deep lying midfielder.  Played 17 times last season in Lg2.
36 Kai Havertz Bayer Leverkusen Metro, Mail, Tribal Football AFC and Liverpool want him.  Midfielder; B,L’s youngest ever player
37 Dean Henderson Man U; Shrewsbury Mirror, Football London
Update Hector Herrera Porto Mirror.  The price is negotiable Midfielder, £15m
NEW Tomas Holy Gillingham Used to play for Sparta.  Everon, Palace, WHU all want him. 19 year old Goalkeeper
40 Ahmed Hegazi West Brom Transfer Tavern Defender
41 Lorenzo Insigne. Napoli  Football fancast An attacker, aged 26, Italian international
42 Jakub Jankto Udinese Teamtalk It’s either Arsenal or AC Milan
43 Jorginho Napoli Hot Stepanovs Faster and smaller than Xhaka
44 Lukas Kolstermann Leipzig Bild says yes but Football Fancast says no Full back; can play left and right
45 Laurent Koscielny Arsenal Football London. Not a transfer of course but he is recovering from injury far quicker. You know what he can do.
46 Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli Daily Mirror, Gunnersphere, Guardian, Corriere Dello Sport, Tribal Football Centre back; top priority, Chelsea, Man C and Liverpool want him
47 Matteo Kovacic Real Madrid Star: Arsenal now lead race with Man Utd and Liverpool for Real Madrid wantaway He’s a Croatian midfielder
48 Layvin Kurzawa PSG Sportsmole, the Week, To replace Bellerin
49 Alban Lafont Toulouse Arsenal Mania, Daily Canon Goalkeeper, Boyhood supporter of Arsenal.  “Set to leave”.  But he’s only 19.
50 Thomas Lemar Monaco ArsenalNewsHQ; Mirror; TalkSport. Star, Different League Deal confirmed; has rejected a new contract. All go!!!  Or he has “become available”
51 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)
52 Matthias De Ligt Ajax Football London, Mirror Centre back; Tots and Man C also want him.  Has handed in a transfer request
53 Bernd Leno Bayer Leverkusen 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.
54 Diogo Leite Porto A Bola (which is a Portuguese “outlet” not a virulent disease; Guardian Centre back
55 Stanislav Lobotka Celta de Vigo Arsenal Fever He’s 23, a defensive midfielder
56 Joel Lopez Barcelona Sports Lens: Arsenal have agreed the deal.  He’s available on a free. (Real Sport 13).  Jeorge Bird says we have him & says he’s 16.  Standard says he is set to arrive 21 year old left midfield. No he’s 15 (Express).  No he’s a defender says Caught Offside
57 Hirving Lozano PSV Sport 360, Arsenal mania.  Played for Mexico and suddenly he is being mentioned as a winger who can cut inside.  He’s staying at PSV – Talksport Express, Sky Sports, Sun, Pain in the A.  Mirror says it is Man U
58 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
59 Harry Maguire Leicester Sky Sports Centre half.  Man U also want him.
60 Malcolm Bordeaux FootballBible, Sport Review, Gunnerspheree, Football London.  Arsenal Mania says no he is going to Everton.  Balkan Talk says the deal is on. 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.
61 Gelson Martins Sporting Lisbon “Arsenal fail with £26m bid to sign Sporting Lisbon star” Metro, Read Arsenal, Foot London.  Later reports say cost is £52m!  That failure has continued to be reported for four weeks. HITC says Everton wants him.   He’s a winger.  WHU & Lazio want him too.  “On his way to At. Mad.”
62 Joao Mario Inter on loan at WHU Fourth Official Midfield, and said to love London
63 Lautaro Martinez  Racing Club de Avellaneda Gunnersphere Striker.  Inter have offered €20million
64 Anthony Martial Man U Sun, 4th Official Signed by United from AC Monaco in 2015, the £75.7m
65 Alex McCarthy Southampton Football London Goalkeeper.
66 Max Meyer Schalke 04. Football London, Daily Canon, Guardian, Talk Sport, Express.  Contract ends this season.  FL still talking it up.  No, wages demands too high. Attacking midfield or playmaker. Liverpool battling with Arsenal  New Santi Cazorla
67 Radja Nainggolan Roma The Sun, Gunnersphere He’s a powerhouse midfielder and will cost £45m
68 Keylor Navas Real Madrid Don Ballon, HITC, A goalkeeper looking for work.  He’s 31
69 Robert Navarro Barcelona Daily Mail, Canon He’s 15 and plans to leave on his 16th birthday.  Arsenal have made an offer
70 M’Baye Niang Torino Teamtalk.  Arsenal FC Blog seems fairly certain the deal is on for £17.5m Discussions underway
71 Wilfred Ndidi Leicester Mad About PL, Goonertalk, African Football, Sun Midfielder, Man U want him too
72 Saul Niguez At Madrid Mirror, Arsenal Station £130m will get him.  Midfielder
Update Stephen N’Zonzi Sevilla Football London.  He’s French, plays for Seville and spends all day at various airports.  Xhaka will go to make way.  Arsenal are locked in talks – Sky.  Hard Tackle agrees.  FL says it is still on. Le10 Sport says it is on. We’re trying to get him cheaper.  No we’re not interested… Def midfield.  In March FL had him “jetting to London) now they are not so sure.  Maybe he got lost. TeamTalk says £35m. Everton want him.
74 Abulkadir Omur Trabzonspor Turkish football says Ozil recommends him Central midfield
75 Oguzhan Ozyakup Besiktas Mail.  Football London says Wenger obsessed the transfer Arsenal to bring back their ex-player at the end of his contract
76 Cristan Pavon Boca Juniors. Mirror says WHU want him, Sports Mole says we are close.  Star says it is on, agent says nothing is happening.  e need” says Transfer Tavern. We’ve already held talks.  He’s 22, a forward.  He’s the “player w
77 Danilo Pereira Porto O Jogo Defensive midfield, currently injured
78 Lucas Perez AFC loaned to Deportivo Sports Keeds and FootLond report that he will return to Arsenal and be given a chance He played 35 times on loan for  Deportivo La Coruña.  He’s off to Turkey.
Update Dennis Praet Sampdoria Football London says one week we must have him, next week AFC have had talks.  Release clause £22m.  Calciomercato  says it is on Attacking midfielder, 24 years old
80 Pablo Moreno Barcelona Mundo Deportivo He’s 15 and his contract runs out at the end of the season
81 Jan Oblak Atletico Mad FootballBible; Gibfootballshow, Star Goalkeeper also wanted by Chelsea and Liverpool.  100m euros.  At Mad “expect him to leave”
82 Panagiotis Retsos Bayer Leverkusen Goal, 4th official Greek South African defender
83 Ivan Rakitic Barcelona Star Attacking midfield
84 Rodrigo Valencia Fotomac, Football Fancast Selling Lacazette to buy him.  He’s a 27 year old winger
85 Sergio Rico Sevilla Football London Goalkeeper; won the Europa twice
86 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.  Lots of sites now saying it is all done.  Metro says Kos is leaving to make way.  Goal and Arsenal Fever report no deal 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.  “This week”.  It’s agreed!
87 Adrien Rabiot PSG Football Lond spotted him at London Colney Defensive midfield; 1 year left on contract
88 Marcus Rashford Man U Starsport: £60m offer to be made 20 year old forward
89 Ante Rebic Eintracht Frankfurt SportBild He is a Croation Striker.  Bayern also interested
90 Richarlison Watford EPL Scouts, 4th Official Forward, Chels & Tots also; Arsenal miss out & Arsenal to hijack deal, both on same site!!!
91 Daniele Rugani Juventus Whoscored Defender.  Agent confirms
92 Morgan Sanson Bordeaux Express says we are fighting Tottenham for this player 23 years old, midfielder
93 Son Heung-min Tottenham Sport 365, Foot London Man U also chasing
94 Jean-Michael Seri Nice Mentioned on  From the Mirror and Metro, Star, Mail, Standard, Hard Tackle.  “Spotted in London” Gunnersphere.  (He went to Fulham). Midfielder but Arsenal have been too slow and Chelsea have got him, just as they lost out last window.
95 Bassem Srarfi Nice Foot Lond – but they changed their mind. Winger or midfielder.  He’s 20.  Going to Leicester?
96 Andre Silva Milan Mad about EPL Attacking midfield “sensation” but failed to show his attributes this year.  Wolverhampton also interested.
97 Chris Smalling Man U Daily Canon, Sport 360, Daily Star, Guardian £25m will get him
98 Yan Sommer Barcelona Cornwall Live (yes really).  We are in advanced talks.  Football Bible says deal is almost done. My Arsenal blog also says talks are advanced
99 Caglar Söyüncü Freiburg Football Whispers, Arsenal Station, Sky Sports, Telegraph, Talksport, The Sun, ESPN, 100 Great Goal  Price about £35m.  Football Talk & Daily Express confirms he wants to join AFC.  We can have him. Central midfield.  Liverpool, Man C, Dortmund “in race”.  He wants a guarantee of 1st team footie. He’s going to be the first signing
100 Anderson Talisca Benfica on loan to Besiktas O Jogo Brazilian attacking midfield
101 Kieran Tierney Celtic Football London Left Back
102 Corentin Tolisso Bayern Foot Lond Bayern bought him last year for €40 million.  Now Arsenal are buying him for €60 million. No!
103 Lucas Torreira Sampdoria TuttoMercatoWeb, Sport Review, the Metro, Calciomercato Sampdoria, the Express, Daily Star – deal about to happen. In fact everyone says it. A defensive midfielder and he’s going to be first.   Next week (that was 2 weeks ago).  No it is off! Calcio Insider
104 Cengiz Ünder Roma Tuttomercato; he’s a goalscoring winger £26m offered £40m demanded
105 Josha Vagnoman Hamburg ESPN (2nd youngster player in the German league ever) Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton all want him
106 Lucas Vazquez Real Madrid Metro says he is after more games, only got 16 last year.  Sports Lens says AFC willing to meet salary demand Right winger, earns £7m a year.  26 years old.  Soccer Souls says we must not sign him!
NEW Domagoj Vida London Pavillion Sports Witness Beşiktaş – he is a centre back and right back.
NEW Sebastian Walukiewicz  Pogoń Szczecin Sport Review says we are anxious to get him 19 year old keeper
109 Timo Werner Leipzig Arsenal mania, Sun 21 year old who has scored a multitude of goals
110 Ben Wilmot Stevenage Sportsmole, Gunnersphere. The 72 18 year old played a dozen or so games.  Totts also interested. Price is £2m
111 Jack Wilshere Arsenal Evening Standard saying he will not sign new contract until his playing position is defined by manager.  Confirmed as going. Obviously he’s was ours but some sites treated him as a poss signing, until he left
112 Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace Liga Financial Arsenal making a bid of £25m
113 Cristian Zapata Milan Giants Football News Defender
114 Piotr Zielinski Napoli The Mirror
115 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





2 Replies to “It looks like being a record year for Arsenal transfer rumours as we reach 115”

  1. I would have said yes to Ousmane Dembele but on loan from Barca to Arsenal before the summer window slammed shut. But reports say he’s injury prone kind of a player and that makes his coming to Arsenal scary. Besides, having played for France at the World Cup, if he comes to Arsenal he’ll join the likes of Monreal, Xhaka and Welbeck on the training catch up list to get to fitness level as other Gunners will be far ahead of them in this regard having reported early for pre-season training and have had 5 friendly games already under their belts. But Ozil and Iwobi still have some catch up to do in training as they will be having only a couple of training sessions and 2 friendly games under their belts before the new PL season begins. Torreira too will have a lot of catch up in training and full fitness to do as well.

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