This summer’s Arsenal transfers reach an all time record!!!

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Yes it is true, there have been more transfer rumours concerning Arsenal this summer than in any of the previous transfer windows we have measured.  Not by much but we have got there.

116 players have been tipped to be coming to Arsenal (or in the case of Jack Wilshere, signing a new contract after the old one passed away) – and these are all ones that at the very least are “according to reports”.  So there are none of you nonsense, “this is who Arsenal ought to sign if they are serious about getting back into the top four” stories.  They are your real live actual transfer rumours which are according to Mexican radio stations you have never heard of who are quoting a Spanish magazine the name of which is untranslatable.

Yes indeed this is serious stuff!

Today we have three new names (which is not bad at the end of a window, when journalists are staggering debauched, debilitated and defenestrated – which is a word, honest, it means having been thrown out of a window – after two months hard drinking while making tales up).

Plus six updates as these self-same shameless scribblers degenerate, disintegrate and discombobulate (another real word, the meaning of which will not become clear at this time) and look desperately towards next Thursday shouting to their editors as they fall under the table, “No, no more, I can’t make up anything else, I am done for, it is too much, this is inhuman, mine’s a pint…”

We shall of course give you the final chart at the end of the week, just in case they have invented anyone else.  But for now we have the famous 115 who have made it into the Summer 2018 Arsenal Transfer Rumour Chart.

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
3 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
6 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
7 Mario Balotelli Nice Football London (who else?), Mirror, La Gazetta dello Sport “He’s rebuilt his reputation in France”
8 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.
9 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
NEW Cătălin Cârjan Viitorul Domnesti Digisport.  Will join when he’s 16. He’s a Romanian midfielder
14 Matteo Cardinali Roma Tuttomercatoweb, Mirror, Express A 17 year old keeper.
15 Jasper Cillessen Barcelona Mundo Deportivo, Daily Cannon A keeper.
16 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.
NEW Gabriele Corbo Spezia Calcio One of Italy’s brightest defensive prospects in the past couple of years.”  La Repubblica 18 year old had a trial with Bayern Munich last year.
18 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.  Aubameyang’s dad hinted that Dembele will join!!! Swap deal for Ramsey (the Sun). 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
20 Kerem Demirbay Hoffenheim TalkSport. Liga Financial, Star, AFC Fever Midfielder, AFC price agreed, Liverpool want him. Price agreed
21 Leander Dendoncker Anderlecht Fourth Official Defensive midfield, creative midfield…
22 Abdoulaye Doucoure Watford Hertfordshire Mercury Goalkeeper.  Watford want to keep him. Tots want him
23 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.
24 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
25 Fellaini Man U Sport Witness, HLN, Read Arsenal. He’s a midfielder and he’s 30.  No we “were never close!”
26 Junior Firpo Real Betis Sports Review. A young replacement for Monreal for £22m
27 Marcelo Flores Ipswich Mirror, Express The new wonderkid
28 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
29 Fred Shakhtar Gibfootballshow Arsenal to get him for £30m
30 Willem Geubbels Lyon Football London 16 years old forward, Barce, Leipzig and Chelsea also want him
31 Alex Grimaldo Benfica Read Arsenal Left back. Man U, PSG & Monaco fancy him
32  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
33 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
34 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)
35 Sam Greenwood Newcastle Daily Mail says Arsenal are in pole position to sign him 16 year old striker
36 Goncalo Guedes PSG Liga Financial.  Cadena Cope says Arsenal are still interested PSG must sell because of FFP, Arsenal have announced interest
37 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.
38 Kai Havertz Bayer Leverkusen Metro, Mail, Tribal Football AFC and Liverpool want him.  Midfielder; B,L’s youngest ever player
39 Dean Henderson Man U; Shrewsbury Mirror, Football London
40 Hector Herrera Porto Mirror.  The price is negotiable Midfielder, £15m
Update Tomas Holy Gillingham Used to play for Sparta.  Everon, Palace, WHU all want him. A week after everyone else ran it Team Talk had it as an exclusive. 19 year old Goalkeeper
42 Ahmed Hegazi West Brom Transfer Tavern Defender
43 Lorenzo Insigne. Napoli  Football fancast An attacker, aged 26, Italian international
44 Jakub Jankto Udinese Teamtalk It’s either Arsenal or AC Milan
45 Jorginho Napoli Hot Stepanovs Faster and smaller than Xhaka
46 Lukas Kolstermann Leipzig Bild says yes but Football Fancast says no Full back; can play left and right
47 Laurent Koscielny Arsenal Football London. Not a transfer of course but he is recovering from injury far quicker. You know what he can do.
48 Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli Daily Mirror, Gunnersphere, Guardian, Corriere Dello Sport, Tribal Football Centre back; top priority, Chelsea, Man C and Liverpool want him
49 Matteo Kovacic Real Madrid Star: Arsenal now lead race with Man Utd and Liverpool for Real Madrid wantaway He’s a Croatian midfielder
NEW Dejan Kulusevski Atalanta 90 Minutes 18 year old midfielder
50 Layvin Kurzawa PSG Sportsmole, the Week, To replace Bellerin
51 Alban Lafont Toulouse Arsenal Mania, Daily Canon Goalkeeper, Boyhood supporter of Arsenal.  “Set to leave”.  But he’s only 19.
52 Thomas Lemar Monaco ArsenalNewsHQ; Mirror; TalkSport. Star, Different League Deal confirmed; has rejected a new contract. All go!!!  Or he has “become available”
53 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)
54 Matthias De Ligt Ajax Football London, Mirror Centre back; Tots and Man C also want him.  Has handed in a transfer request
55 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.
56 Diogo Leite Porto A Bola (which is a Portuguese “outlet” not a virulent disease; Guardian Centre back
57 Stanislav Lobotka Celta de Vigo Arsenal Fever He’s 23, a defensive midfielder
58 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
59 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
60 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
61 Harry Maguire Leicester Sky Sports Centre half.  Man U also want him.
62 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.
63 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.”
64 Joao Mario Inter on loan at WHU Fourth Official Midfield, and said to love London
65 Lautaro Martinez  Racing Club de Avellaneda Gunnersphere Striker.  Inter have offered €20million
66 Anthony Martial Man U Sun, 4th Official Signed by United from AC Monaco in 2015, the £75.7m
67 Alex McCarthy Southampton Football London Goalkeeper.
Update 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.  He’s going to Palace as we can’t afford him!!! Footb. Fan Cast Attacking midfield or playmaker. Liverpool battling with Arsenal  New Santi Cazorla
68 Radja Nainggolan Roma The Sun, Gunnersphere He’s a powerhouse midfielder and will cost £45m
69 Keylor Navas Real Madrid Don Ballon, HITC, A goalkeeper looking for work.  He’s 31
70 Robert Navarro Barcelona Daily Mail, Canon He’s 15 and plans to leave on his 16th birthday.  Arsenal have made an offer
Update M’Baye Niang Torino Teamtalk.  Arsenal FC Blog seems fairly certain the deal is on for £17.5m.  The Nice offer was rejected Discussions underway.  (That is the offer from Nice not a nice offer).  Doh!
72 Wilfred Ndidi Leicester Mad About PL, Goonertalk, African Football, Sun Midfielder, Man U want him too
73 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… No we must sell before we buy Sport 360. 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. AFC & Barce on alert (101 goals)
75 Abulkadir Omur Trabzonspor Turkish football says Ozil recommends him Central midfield
76 Oguzhan Ozyakup Besiktas Mail.  Football London says Wenger obsessed the transfer Arsenal to bring back their ex-player at the end of his contract
77 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
78 Danilo Pereira Porto O Jogo Defensive midfield, currently injured
79 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.
80 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
81 Pablo Moreno Barcelona Mundo Deportivo He’s 15 and his contract runs out at the end of the season
82 Jan Oblak Atletico Mad FootballBible; Gibfootballshow, Star Goalkeeper also wanted by Chelsea and Liverpool.  100m euros.  At Mad “expect him to leave”
83 Panagiotis Retsos Bayer Leverkusen Goal, 4th official Greek South African defender
84 Ivan Rakitic Barcelona Star Attacking midfield
85 Rodrigo Valencia Fotomac, Football Fancast Selling Lacazette to buy him.  He’s a 27 year old winger
86 Sergio Rico Sevilla Football London Goalkeeper; won the Europa twice
87 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!
88 Adrien Rabiot PSG Football Lond spotted him at London Colney Defensive midfield; 1 year left on contract
89 Marcus Rashford Man U Starsport: £60m offer to be made 20 year old forward
90 Ante Rebic Eintracht Frankfurt SportBild He is a Croation Striker.  Bayern also interested
91 Richarlison Watford EPL Scouts, 4th Official Forward, Chels & Tots also; Arsenal miss out & Arsenal to hijack deal, both on same site!!!
92 Daniele Rugani Juventus Whoscored Defender.  Agent confirms
93 Morgan Sanson Bordeaux Express says we are fighting Tottenham for this player 23 years old, midfielder
94 Son Heung-min Tottenham Sport 365, Foot London Man U also chasing
95 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.
96 Bassem Srarfi Nice Foot Lond – but they changed their mind. Winger or midfielder.  He’s 20.  Going to Leicester?
97 Andre Silva Milan Mad about EPL Attacking midfield “sensation” but failed to show his attributes this year.  Wolverhampton also interested.
98 Chris Smalling Man U Daily Canon, Sport 360, Daily Star, Guardian £25m will get him
99 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
100 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
101 Anderson Talisca Benfica on loan to Besiktas O Jogo Brazilian attacking midfield
102 Kieran Tierney Celtic Football London Left Back
103 Corentin Tolisso Bayern Foot Lond Bayern bought him last year for €40 million.  Now Arsenal are buying him for €60 million. No!
104 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
105 Cengiz Ünder Roma Tuttomercato; he’s a goalscoring winger £26m offered £40m demanded
106 Josha Vagnoman Hamburg ESPN (2nd youngster player in the German league ever) Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton all want him
107 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!
Update Domagoj Vida London Pavillion Sports Witness.  Turkish Football says he is on his way Beşiktaş – he is a centre back and right back.
109 Sebastian Walukiewicz  Pogoń Szczecin Sport Review says we are anxious to get him 19 year old keeper
110 Timo Werner Leipzig Arsenal mania, Sun 21 year old who has scored a multitude of goals
111 Ben Wilmot Stevenage Sportsmole, Gunnersphere. The 72 18 year old played a dozen or so games.  Totts also interested. Price is £2m
112 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
113 Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace Liga Financial Arsenal making a bid of £25m
114 Cristian Zapata Milan Giants Football News Defender
115 Piotr Zielinski Napoli The Mirror
116 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






8 Replies to “This summer’s Arsenal transfers reach an all time record!!!”

  1. Off topic,

    Arsenal Women are halfway through a pre-season friendly against Juventus Women at Borehamwood. It’s live on the Arsenal Player for any of you who are interested.

    We are leading by 2 – 0 thanks to Vivian Miedema with clinical finishes at both ends of the half. We have been the better team and have looked dangerous every time we have gone forwards. Good game to watch!

  2. Full time at Borehamwood – Arsenal 5 Juventus 0 and we thoroughly deserved the scoreline, indeed it could easily have been 7 or 8. Miedema with 4 and captain Little with the fifth.

    We were much more together and produced a really good team performance and one to provide great encouragement as we head for Toulouse next weekend.

  3. I’m not finding an appropriate source of data. But apparently Guardiola at Man$ity is crowing that Man$ity can get so much better.

    How I interpret that, is that they can spend so much more money, that they will beat any other team in the EPL.

    What I think should happen, should they spend (for example, 50% more than any other team and have finished first the season before) more than any other team, is that the league just give them the trophy before the first game of the next season, and cancel all their games. Officially they win all their games 1-0. None of their players get any time playing games, and they have to pay full wages.

    Let’s see how long throwing money at teams continue if that happens?

  4. Oh, if the team in this “we bought first place” position decides to loan or give money to other teams so that they can buy players, that counts against their expenditures and the teams they gave/loaned money to get a 40 point penalty.

  5. Marca has an article up, “10 examples of over-inflated Premier League transfer fees”. With me being paranoid about security, the article is empty. I presume that all of the real content of this article, is some kind of picture show which my browser is disallowing. The article references an examination of the EPL transfer record for this year, and I’ve chosen 8 from their list. Did I choose correctly? Who did I miss? Prices are Euros. I hate using a lowercase ‘m’ to indicate millions.
    Mahrez _ _ _68m
    Fred _ _ _ _59m
    Keita _ _ _ 60m
    Fabinho _ _ 50m
    Jorginho _ _57m
    Richarlison 56m
    Anderson _ _38m
    Seri _ _ _ _30m

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