By Sir Hardly Anyone
These are confusing times in the transfer market, and indeed as my old chum and informant Sir Jasper Fish III said just last night in the Toppled Bollard public house off the Old Kent Road, as I pointed out yet more confusing reports of the comings and goings, “It just shows once again that half the world doesn’t know how the other three quarters live.” And you can’t say fairer than that.
“I met one of these transfer deal negotiators the other day,” Jasper continued. “He was sitting there bold as you like in the Three Broken Goats with a cigarette hanging from his lips and eye that could have been used for splitting logs in the teak forests of Borneo,” and those of us at the table nodded for surely we have all been there.
So what do we know? Well what indeed. The window closes at 5pm on 9 August and this is how it stands…
1: Ospina to Besiktas
That may have happened and we were not told as everyone has got so bored with the story.
2: Chuba Akpom to Rangers.
But no, for the Express says that “Wilshere looks set to be followed out of the exit door by another Arsenal youth product in the form of Akpom.”
But there again in Greece Sport24 tell us with a certainty that is rare in these days that “Arsenal have agreed a fee of £890,000 (€1m) with PAOK”
3: Boring Boring
“New head coach Unai Emery is settling well into his position as Arsene Wenger’s successor and has already overseen five new arrivals during his very first transfer window in English football,” said Football.London using 32 words to say absolutely nothing.
4: Dejan Kulusevski
“Arsenal Reportedly Set to Swoop for 17-Year-Old Atalanta Starlet” says 90 minutes. And indeed way back on 10 April we had the story “Arsenal are one of a number of clubs reported to be interested in making a move for talented young Atalanta centre midfielder Dejan Kulusevski.”
It couldn’t be that these “outlets” are going back through old files and just regurgitating news from four months ago. That wouldn’t be ethical would it?
But “18-year-old midfielder, Dejan Kulusevski, has confirmed that Arsenal were interested in signing him and that he’d love to play for the club – just not yet.” is the new story. “Kulusevski moved from IF Brommapojkarna to Atalanta in Italy in the summer of 2016 for an unknown fee. Yet to make a senior appearance there, he has 17 goals in 26 appearances for their u17 side” Well!
If it is transfer news it is NZonzi. “Arsenal & Barcelona on alert as Sevilla deny Steven NZonzi to Roma rumours” announcedN’zonzi waiting for Arsenal or Everton” says
6: Goalkeeper number 24 leaves Arsenal
“Macey has gone to Plymouth,” sayeth the blogs. “Arsenal transfer news: Gunners ‘agree’ £890,000 fee, contract to be signed in coming days,” said someone else. “Why is that inverted common used in the last sentence around ‘agree”?” asked another. “Because it is made up,” said a third. But no he has gone to Plymouth, and jolly nice it is too.
7. Cătălin Cârjan.
According to Digisport, Arsenal have agreed a deal for the Romanian Cătălin Cârjan.
He is with Viitorul Domnesti midfielder is expected to join in December when he turns 16. VD are a League III side from Romania. There won’t be any official confirmation from the Gunners as the player will join as a scholar, but Carjan revealed the news of his move on Instagram according to our man with a spot.
“Arsenal earned a reputation for securing top young talents during Arsene Wenger’s long stint at the Emirates Stadium and it seems things will not be changing under the guidance of Unai Emery, as a midfielder has confirmed his future switch.”
Carjan has told Digi Sports “that he will be joining the Gunners when he turns 16 in December, having previously spent time on-trial in north London.”
8. Niang Niang
“Unai Emery may be ready to add to his attacking ranks at Arsenal as Senegal striker M’Baye Niang’s future with Torino remains up in the air” says a rather dull report in Azaniapost.
He’s with Torino, made 26 appearances last season, scoring four goals. “He is a handful for defenders with his searing pace and direct style of play but his modest scoring record has held him back from progressing to the next level of European football.”
9: Domagooj Vida
Turkish Football say that this Besiktas player who is 29 and from Croatia could be on his way to Arsenal. He’s a defedder.
“Shkodran Mustafi set for Arsenal exit with Gunners setting asking price at £22.3m for German…” announces theFoot Lond claims “reports from Turkey claim there is a ‘high probability’ Shkodran Mustafi will join Galatasaray on loan if Arsenal cannot offload him permanently.”
However Fanatik claim Galatasaray had a loan offer for Mustafi rebuffed by Arsenal. But “Arsenal slap £22.3m price tag on German international’s head amid Turkish interest” says
“Did Aubameyang’s dad hint that Ousmane Dembele will join Gunners?”
“Is this the clue Ousmane Dembele will join Gunners?” Express
“Ousmane Dembele fuels Arsenal speculation as he enjoys dinner with Gunners stars in London” Mail
“Your guess is as good as mine” Untold Arsenal.
TBR Football say A Bola, cited by Sport Witness, have stated Sporting Lisbon is his destination.
So there we are. 12 stories from today’s media. Now you know it all.
- Nine weird stories, rows, twists and turns as the transfer window closure get closer.
- How Arsenal will line up in the coming season, and being a trends editor.
- Mykhaylo Mudryk now listed in 17 different articles as coming to Arsenal!
- Arsenal attacking problems… what attacking problems?
- Men’s football returns at last: Arsenal in action this afternoon
- Is the injury to Gabriel Jesus equivalent to the assault on Eduardo in 2008?
- Womens Champions League Arsenal Women v Juventus – the match preview