by Sir Hardly Anyone
We have done it for the last three years and it gained some interest. Plus it made a point: 97% of all transfer rumours are gook. Not gobbledegook but just plain gook. So can the media johnnies raise their inventive game and get it up to 98% of their tips utterly and totally failing to be truthful? In the coming months we shall see.
This summer we are looking to find at least 120 players rumoured to be transferring to Arsenal before the windows creaks on its hinges, as grown men in TV studios who ought to know better try to tell us the whole thing is as exciting as a very exciting thing getting to its exciting climax, and then nothing much happens. But that is a little way away as yet.
For now we are starting with the rumours around today. And already we have ten of the things…
|1||Gareth Bale||Real Madrid||She wore a yellow||87% of RM fans want him out|
|2||Ismael Bennacer||Empoli||HITC, Pain in the Arsenal||Ex Arsenal youth player|
|3||Marcelo Brozociv||Inter Milan||Transfer Tavern citing CalcioMercato||£40.5m; a “tough midfielder”|
|4||Samuel Chukwueze||Villareal||Foot Lond||Nigerian forward|
|5||Ryan Fraser||Bournemouth||Express, Mirror||One year left on contract|
|6||Ander Herrera||Man U||Express||PSG also interested|
|7||Paul Mitchell||Leipzig||Sports Mole; 90 min, Football 365, Sky; Talksport||Man U and Chelsea interested|
|8||N’Zonzi||Roma (midfield)||HITC||£19m; he’s considerred a flot at Roma|
|10||Christopher Nkunku||PSG||Foot Lond||Midfield; he’s turned down a contract renewal|
Meanwhile there are those leaving.
Remember the last time we did this every single Arsenal player was tipped to be leaving the club. Could this be the year when we beat that record and have players leaving BEFORE they have even arrived?
It is of course a slower process finding the leavers, and we already know that Ramsey is going so that is not really a rumour. Indeed thus far we have just one clear rumour as we can see.
|1||Aubameyang||Real Madrid||FootLond||FL cite Calciomercato|
So there we are. The first man leaving. But you may be asking, when does the transfer window actually open?
Well, if you type “What date does the summer transfer window open” into Google it tells us that the answer is midnight on Tuesday January 1 2019, which I don’t think is right.
We do know for sure that the window will close on Thursday 8 August 2019 – leaving many European countries able to complete deals up to the official European deadline of 31 Auust. And as far as I can tell the actual window opens on Monday 1 July. So two and a half months away – and we already have ten rumours lined up. More will undoubtedly be along shortly.
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