By Sir Hardly Anyone
So far this transfer window the grand net spend or profit of the bigger clubs are
- Arsenal – nothing
- Chelsea – £49.1m net spend – Christian Pulisic who was immediately loaned out.
- Liverpool – £17m net profit
- Man City – £15m net profit
- Man U – nothing
- Tottenham – £11m profit.
So actually not a lot of activity at all. But the Telegraph is clearly feeling it has some inside information as it is saying that Arsenal are preparing to sign Belgium international Yannick Carrasco as an alternative to Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic. He is a winger, he’s 25 and his is with Dalian Yifang, and apparently rather anxious to leave
It seems that he is also being seen as a replacement for Perisic at Inter should Arsenal go for that player rather than Carrasco. But Inter are not that keen on letting Perisic out on a loan deal and want a signed and sealed transfer deal now, but Arsenal’s owner has laid down the law in terms of spending any more – having upped his initial transfer limit of £50m to £70m last summer. So no deal there.
Thus given Arsenal’s constraints and the fact that Chinese clubs are never seemingly short of money, Carrasco on loan it is.
But then there is another problem because wages in China can be very high, to entice players out there at all, and what some of these players are doing is thinking that if they are worth £x in China then surely they are worth the same in England because everyone knows English food is as repetitive as Chinese.
Worse, some stories are saying that the Chinese club don’t want Carrasco to go unless they can get someone else in – which seems unlikely as the transfer window is about to ping shut tomorrow. They have apparently tried to get our old chum Olivier Giroud who is clearly not happy not playing for Chelsea.
But in another twist it seems the transfer market in China does indeed remain open until the end of February, so while Premier League clubs can’t buy anyone after tomorrow, they can certainly go on offloading unwanted talent for another month – if the players can be persuaded to go to China.
Meanwhile (and this may have already happened while I was not looking) we are still apparently signing Denis Suárez from Barcelona on another loan deal with the option to make that move permanent at the end of this season. He is 25 and plays centre of attack or on the wing. Apparently he was expected to be spotted at an airport, although I am still waiting on that one.
Meanwhile here’s a funny story…
“‘Class!’ – The Arsenal fans going wild as talks open over £9.5m Hector Bellerin replacement.”
Arsenal have enquired about signing Napoli defender Kevin Malcuit, according to reports in France. Malcuit, 27, is currently on the books of Napoli and is seen as the man to fill the void left by the injured Hector Bellerin, being a right-back who likes to get forward and help support the attack.”
Which opens up the question, what will happen to the player after Bellerin recovers and returns next season? Is he a Lichsteiner replacement, will he be a back up across the back line? Where does Maitland-Niles go? Did you go wild as the Foot Lond man expected? Perhaps not.
Meanwhile the Excess goes with “Five deals that could be done before deadline day” in its regular Arsenal transfer news blast. Actually only three are incoming and they are all fairly widely debated, and two are outgoing – Ramsey and Elneny. So was that why Elneny got half a game last night? I thought he played ok, actually.
“Arsenal have agreed a loan deal for Inter Milan winger” saysIvan Perisic, ignoring all the details above.
‘Sack him now’ – Angry Arsenal fans have had it with Unai Emery after latest transfer development and yes that is a development not a rumour.
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But the doom and gloom will not continue for ever we are told because the Metro announces that Unai Emery reveals transfer promise made to him by Arsenal board The promise is that he will have money come the summer. So that’s ok.
Any more? Well yes, always there are more…
Yannick Carrasco’s agent drops hint Arsenal move is in trouble (
Arsenal eye late swoop to sign Senegal star, player has demanded move. (
“These Arsenal fans are saying the same thing as PSG star Yacine Adli closes in on transfer” (
“Arsenal could strike gold after transfer green light for ace they snubbed this month – opinion.” And that comes from the Transfer Tavern who tell us that Carriasco ticks all the boxes.
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