So far 72 players have been tipped by the media to be coming to Arsenal. Here’s the full list.

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Yes no less than 72 players have now been tipped by the media to be coming to Arsenal this summer, while 22 have been said to be leaving.  Here is Untold Arsenal’s unique list of all the nonsense tips.

Our own tip is that by the end of the window only 3 percent of the tips will turn out to be true.


No Player Current club Source Notes
1 Toby Alderweireld Tottenham H TBR Football, Sun He’s 30 years old
2 Joachim Anderson Sampdoria Calciomeracto and Tuttosport.  FootLon says his decision is imminent.  Could be Tottenham says Team Talk and FL.  He’s saying it is time to leave. £37m for him and Praet.  Anderson is a centre back.
3 Angelino PSV But Man City want him back- he was with their youth team He’s a left back
4 Antony Sao Paulo Media Ref (they say it would be a waste of money) Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Lyon and Monaco are also interested
NEW Keita Balde Monaco 101 Great Goals says £27m will do it.  Was loaned to Inter last season.  He’s a 24 year old winger.  Sky has been talking this one up. Sun and Metro also running the tale.
6 Gareth Bale Real Madrid She wore a yellow 87% of RM fans want him out
7 Eric Bailly Man U Transfer Market £27m, for 25 year old centre back
8 Ismael Bennacer Empoli HITC, Pain in the Arsenal Ex Arsenal youth player
9 Jerome Boateng Bayern Foot Lond, Talk Sport “He’s played his last game for us”
NEW Jarrod Bowen Hull City Cheap Alternative to Zaha. He’s 22.
NEW Yacine Brahimi Porto Talk Sport. He’s a 29-year-old Algeria attacking midfielder.  Now a free agent.
12 Marcelo Brozociv Inter Milan Transfer Tavern citing CalcioMercato £40.5m; a “tough midfielder”
NEW Gary Cahill Chelsea Mirror and 90 mins running the story simultaneously.  Hardly played last season but is a centre back. Out of contract so free
14 Yannick Carrasco Dalian Yifang (China) Sport, Sport Witness and elsewhere in Spanish press.  Sun says it is 1/10 he will sign.  TeamTalk however say we have missed out on him. Talks are ongoing (Tutto Mercato Web) Winger aged 25
15 Dani Ceballos Real Madrid Arsenal are ready to pay £44.6m but Tottenham are desperate (Arsenal Station). He is a Spanish central midfielder who has played ten times for Spain. Central midfielder who has played ten times for Spain.
16 Samuel Chukwueze Villareal Foot Lond Nigerian forward
17 Alexis Claude-Maurice Lorient Arsenal have made a £6m bid.  FootLond, Sun.  FL now adds that he wants to go to Bor Munch. HITC says Arsenal his preferred target.  Deal is off (Nebula) France under 20 forward and friend of Guendouzi
18 Eray Comert Basle Will cost £7m says the Metro and the Daily Mail 21 year old defender
19 Djene Dakonam Getafe Daily Express Central defender / RB.  Will cost £13.5m
20 Gianluigi Donnarumma AC Milan Daily Cannon who say the goalkeeper will cost 70m euros
21 En-Nesyri  Leganes Fox Sports Asia, HITC. Borussia Dortmund and Schalke also want him He will be the first signing and will cost £10m
NEW Nabil Fekir Lyon TBR Football say it is £30m.  Apparently he failed a medical with Liverpool when the price was £50m.  Attacking midfield or forward Telegraph also running this
23 Bruno Fernandes Sporting O Jogo, Sport Witness Chelsea, Man C, Juventus want him, £100m release clause
24 James Forest Celtic Media Referee We should sell Iwobi and get him.
25 Ryan Fraser Bournemouth Express, Mirror.  Sky says Bournemouth standing firm against sale. One year left on contract
26 Jean Philippee Gbamain Mainz Read Arsenal; Soccer Souls On his way
27 Ander Herrera Man U Express PSG also interested
28 Mario Hermoso Espanyol Independent says he is certain to leave and AFC interested. Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and PSG also interested
NEW James Hillson Reading He’s a young keeper who was on loan from Reading but did not play.  However he’s now been released by Reading and is back with Arsenal Arseblog.
30 Presnel Kimpembe PSG Foot Lond, Soccer Link He’s a centre half
31 Isco Real Mad Transfer Market. Attacking midfield.  Price is £54m
Update Armando Izzo Torino TuttoMercatoWeb reports  that the player’s agent, Paolo Palermo, held talks with Arsenal last week.  SB Nation say he cost €9.7 million a year ago and the club want more than this. Defender, 27 years old played 39 times last season
33 Presnel Kimpembe
PSG Arsenal ready to do the deal  He’s a central defender who is 23. Daily Express who blame Le10 Sport

Jules Koundé 

Bordeaux He’s a centre back said to be similar to Thomas Vermaelen.  Sevilla also want him.  He’s 20 and Wiki claim he played 55 times for the first team last season! Sport 360
35 Danny Loader Reading FootballLeagueWorld.  Wales online say Cardiff want him after 10 goals in 11 games for u23. Chelsea want the 18 year old striker.
36 Marcos Llorente Real Mad Transfer Market, HITC 24 year old defensive midfield.  £13.5m
37 Malcolm Barcelona Sport Witness, FootLond Totts, Milan, Inter and Lille also after him
38 Ruslan Malinovskyi Genk Daily Canon Ukraine Midfielder
39 Kostas Manolas Roma FootLond He’s a centre back
40 Thomas Meunier PSG right back TBR Football, Arsenal Station, Mail, Sports Review Arsenal fans don’t want him (TBR)
SIGNED Gabrielle Martinelli Ituano Metro,Express and Star came in with this story late on, but it was the Mail who picked it up first back in March 17 year old winger
42 Harry Maguire Leicester HITC 26 year old centre back
43 Paul Mitchell Leipzig Sports Mole; 90 min, Football 365, Sky; Talkspofrt Man U and Chelsea interested
44 Neymar PSG Foot Lond go bonkers with “Excited Arsenal fans react as Neymar is linked with PSG exit”
45 N’Zonzi Roma HITC £19m; he’s considered a flop at Roma where he plays midfield
46 David Neres Everton Telegraph, Foot Lond £34.5m; talks held. Liverpool want him
47 Christopher Nkunku PSG Foot Lond, Le Parisien, Star Midfield; he’s turned down a contract renewal. We tried in Jan
48 Thomas Partey Atletico Madrid Talk Sport Midfield with a £43.5m release clause
49 Nicolas Pepe Lille 101 Great Goals, Telefoot, FootLond Star striker.  Man U also interested. “He’s on the way” (FL)
50 Ayoze Perez Newcastle Mad about EPL Inter also want him; forward or attacking midfield
NEW Ivan Perisic Inter Milan Spursweb, Gazzetta dello sport. He’s a winger or a midfielder or even a number 10, and he has played 141 times for Inter Milan since 2015 and 82 times for Croatia. Tots and WHU interested. Man U lost interest
52 Dennis Praet Sampdoria Corriere dello Sport , Sport Witness, Calciomeracto and Tuttosport Midfielder or winger; package deal with Anderson
53 Benito Raman Fortna Dusseldorf Express WHU, Burnley, Everton interested
54 James Rodriguez Real Mad Sun, Corriere dello Sport.  Curiously the Sun, start by saying that Arsenal have missed out on the transfer, seemingly without having told us it was on in the first place.
55 Ricardo Rodriguez AC Milan Full back Calciomercato and Foot Lond, each citing the other!
56 Ismaila Sarr Stade Rennais Metro.  Inside Football says he is going to Watford instead He will cost over £40m.  A 21 year old winger
Update William Saliba Saint Etienne Le 10 sport says he’s off to Man U.  Shoot, Sport Witness and Metro say Arsenal.  Mirror and  Foot Lond says it is a done deal. Read Arsenal say terms agreed. €25 million.  Arsenal unwilling to pay – Daily Cannon. St Etienne Centre back.  L’Equipe says he has signed a 5 year deal
58 Thomas Strakosha Lazio Daily Cannon says  Tottenham also interested citing Corriere della Sera as their source Goalkeeper
59 Dominik Szoboszlai Red Bull Salzburg Football Insider.  He played 17 games last season.  Foot Lon have done a fulsome article on how he is the new Ramsey.  Sports Mole say the cost is £9m 18 year old centre midfielder
60 Matt Targett Southampton Sun, Teamtalk Liverpool also want this left back.
61 Nicolas Tagliafico Ajax Mirror – “he’s a target for Arsenal” £17.3million release clause and he gets half!
UPDATE Kieran Tierney Celtic Foot Lon tell is he is a left footed full back. 67HH (a Celtic site) says it would be a bad move for him.  TeamTalk says bid is about to be made. ReadArsenal say he is the man for us.  Guardian says delay is because Kroenke is refusing to agree to Celtic’s fee.  Talk Sport then said Arsenal are treating Celtic with contempt.  FooLo say a second bid has been made.  CaughtOff say the same. 442 quote Emery as saying he’s worth every penny of the fee
63 Leandro Trossard Genk €20m according to Inside Futbol He’s a winger
64 Dorukhan Tokoz Beşiktaş He’s 23
65 Samuel Umtiti Lucas Vázquez.Barcelona Foot Lond running just about the most unlikely story of them all. The most expensive centre back in the world!
66 Upamecano Leipzig Daily Express – who say we will sign him and Anderson! Central defender
Update Lucas Vázquez. Real Madrid Mondo Deportivo and Sport Witness. Arsenal have made an opening £27m plus bonuses bid.  He’s a 27 year old wingerFootball Talk Football Talk
68 Jordon Veretout Fiorentina Metro.  Player says he is moving “to a big club” 25m euros for Ramsey II
69 Wesley Club Brugges Sun, Calciomercato, Daily Cannon, LaLazio Forward, 22 years old
Update Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace Sun, FootLond.  Story is he wants to go to Arsenal and Kevin Campbell says he’s the man for the job.  But Metro says a change in shareholders is holding up the deal. Palace want £80m; plays right wing
71 Hakim Ziyech Ajax Foot Lond ran the story as a serious possibility for about a month but but on 19 June said story was an “obvious fake” which obviously had them taken in. Attacking midfielder
72 Dan-Axel Zagadou Borussia Dortmund France Football Defender

There are more stories still coming in, and we’ll update these soon.

6 Replies to “So far 72 players have been tipped by the media to be coming to Arsenal. Here’s the full list.”

  1. I love the way we are apparently “disrespectful” to Celtic just because we won’t pay the first figure they mention. It’s almost as if the media want to bad mouth as whatever we do…………….

  2. You are right Mikey.
    Contrast the sort of negative comments we get to those that Spurs get. If it was Levy it would be described as shrewd negotiating tactics.
    Same as being insulting to Palace for our opening £40 million bid. Apparently they are incensed, insulted and outraged by our bid, and rightly so according to the pundits. I think the outrage should be directed at Palace for the utterly ludicrous amount they want for Zaha who’s transfer value is listed as 45 million euros on Transfermarket, coincidently the amount we have offered. Not only that you would think that Palace would be far from enraged but pleased we have offered only £45 mil, given that they say they do not really want to sell him. But no, as usual we are the villain of the piece.

  3. Do we actually know for sure that we have offered anything for Zaha?

    Every year we get these reports about how much we have offered for so many players.

    Surely we all know by now that we should not take notice of any of these claims.

    I would be interested to hear from supporters of other clubs as to whether their club is the subject of persistence fake rumours as we are.

  4. Micky/MickHazel

    And this is the thing.

    At work I had a trainee put with me. The first thing he said to me was, “You’re an Arsenal fan aren’t you mate”

    Indeed, I said.

    “Me too” he said.

    The third thing he said was the very reason this constatnt Arsenal abuse continues, and will continue.

    He said: “Have you seen that embarrasing offer we’ve put in for Zaha”. No I said.

    “What an embarrasment”

    That’s it right there.

    I did ask him to explain “Why was it an embarasement”

    “Because they’ll never sell him for that”

    I asked “And YOU know this how”?

    And so it went on until he conceded that “no we shouldn’t just pay what they ask” and “Yes I suppose it’s all just part of how you start a negociation”

    Small victories I suppose.

    But it’s his initial reaction to just swallow the ’embarrasment’ line, that is so telling.

    So many of our OWN fans simply buy into all this shite.

    If Talkshite say we are an embarrasment then we are an embarasment.

    If Talkshite say we have the most injuries then we have the most injuries.

    And so it goes on and on and on.

    I’ve posted on here many times about being told how the remit to editors is ‘negative’ Arsenal stories sell.

    And the reason it sells is because I’m sad to say far too many of our fans swallow this shite, hook, line and sinker.

    Sad but true I’m afraid.

  5. Nitram – some fans are newspaper fans; some are TV fans; some are just glory hunters but most try to get some information before Arsenal release it and end up embarassed.

    Patience is the mother of all virtue and the virtuous know.

  6. Sir Hardly

    You missed one. I think Lionel Messi was seen at Heathrow sometime in the last decade.

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