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82 players tipped by the media to be coming to Arsenal this window

By Sir Hardly Anyone.

Seven new names have been added in the past week and eleven have had their details updated with new claims made in the media.

Of course these stories are just inventions by a bunch of journalists and bloggers with noting better to do, but some people seem to take the whole thing seriously, so each year we record the list, not least just to see how silly these people are.

Interestingly Football London (FoLo) are now calling Arsenal “desperate” in their coverage of Arsenal’s transfer stories.

Player Current club Source Notes
Update Toby Alderweireld Tottenham H TBR Football, Sun.  Read Arsenal say the deal is on He’s 30 years old
NEW Dani Alves PSG Metro. He’s 36 and available on a free.  He’s a right back and he’ll take a pay cut.  Wow! He wants to come to Arsenal
3 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.
4 Angelino PSV But Man City want him back- he was with their youth team He’s a left back
5 Antony Sao Paulo Media Ref (they say it would be a waste of money) Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Lyon and Monaco are also interested
6 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.
7 Gareth Bale Real Madrid She wore a yellow 87% of RM fans want him out
8 Eric Bailly Man U Transfer Market £27m, for 25 year old centre back
9 Ismael Bennacer Empoli HITC, Pain in the Arsenal Ex Arsenal youth player
10 Jerome Boateng Bayern Foot Lond, Talk Sport “He’s played his last game for us”
11 Jarrod Bowen Hull City Cheap Alternative to Zaha. He’s 22.
12 Yacine Brahimi Porto Talk Sport. He’s a 29-year-old Algeria attacking midfielder.  Now a free agent. Mail says Roma are making a bid
13 Marcelo Brozociv Inter Milan Transfer Tavern citing CalcioMercato,  Mykhel suggest that talks have begun following the player’s formal transfer request £40.5m; a “tough midfielder”
Update Gary Cahill Chelsea Mirror and 90 mins running the story simultaneously.  Hardly played last season but is a centre back.  FoLo saying “desperate Arsenal” must sing him Out of contract so free
15 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
Update 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.  Liverpool interested (Team Talk).  Tottenham will get him (Read Liverpool).  Will sign today (arsenal station).  AFP say it is a loan deal. Central midfielder who has played ten times for Spain. “Pretty likely” Sport Witness
17 Samuel Chukwueze Villareal Foot Lond Nigerian forward
NEW Pape Abu Cisse Olympiacos Birmingham Mail were are out on their own with this one.  TBR football now joining in. Price is £10m He’s a centre back
19 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
20 Eray Comert Basle Will cost £7m says the Metro and the Daily Mail 21 year old defender
21 Djene Dakonam Getafe Daily Express Central defender / RB.  Will cost £13.5m
NEW Ruben Dias Benfica Star says his girlfriend says he is coming.  £57m is the price. Replacement for Koscienly
NEW Mariano Diaz Real Madrid FoLo (they blame El Desmarque for the tale) say it could be a purchase or a loan Two Real Mad players at once?
24 Gianluigi Donnarumma AC Milan Daily Cannon who say the goalkeeper will cost 70m euros
25 En-Nesyri  Leganes Fox Sports Asia, HITC. Borussia Dortmund and Schalke also want him He will be the first signing and will cost £10m
Update 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.  Gunnersphere now saying it is on for sure.  Back in contention says Lequipe Telegraph also running this.  AFC offered £30m.
27 Bruno Fernandes Sporting O Jogo, Sport Witness Chelsea, Man C, Juventus want him, £100m release clause
28 James Forest Celtic Media Referee We should sell Iwobi and get him.
29 Ryan Fraser Bournemouth Express, Mirror.  Sky says Bournemouth standing firm against sale.  Jack Wilshere says he has the perfect attitude.  Daily Express One year left on contract
30 Jean Philippee Gbamain Mainz Read Arsenal; Soccer Souls On his way
31 Ander Herrera Man U Express PSG also interested
32 Mario Hermoso Espanyol Independent says he is certain to leave and AFC interested. Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and PSG also interested
33 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.
NEW Luther James-Wildin. Stevenage Arsenal “monitoring” (ie they sent a scout).  £1m would get him FoLo
Update Presnel Kimpembe PSG Foot Lond, Soccer Link.  TBR Football says that with Diallo going to PSG Arsenal could get him He’s a centre half
36 Isco Real Mad Transfer Market. Attacking midfield.  Price is £54m
37 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
38 Presnel Kimpembe PSG Arsenal ready to do the deal  He’s a central defender who is 23. Daily Express who blame Le10 Sport
39

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
40 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.
41 Marcos Llorente Real Mad Transfer Market, HITC 24 year old defensive midfield.  £13.5m
Update Malcolm Barcelona Sport Witness, FootLond.  4th Official talking up a loan deal.  Metro says deal is still on and Barce have set their price. Totts, Milan, Inter and Lille also after him
43 Ruslan Malinovskyi Genk Daily Canon Ukraine Midfielder
44 Kostas Manolas Roma FootLond He’s a centre back
45 Marcello Real Madrid Give me sport say we are up against PSG, Milan etc etc.  He’s a 31 year old left back. He’s put in a transfer request
46 Thomas Meunier PSG right back TBR Football, Arsenal Station, Mail, Sports Review Arsenal fans don’t want him (TBR)
47 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
48 Harry Maguire Leicester HITC 26 year old centre back
49 Paul Mitchell Leipzig Sports Mole; 90 min, Football 365, Sky; Talkspofrt Man U and Chelsea interested
Update Alberto Moreno Liverpool Defender who only started two games last season in the league, and is largely disliked by Liverpool fans.  Liverpool Echo says he is deperate to leave. Beyond the posts suggest Arsenal are interested
NEW Keylor Navas Real Madrid FoLo say Arsenal need a new keeper.  Really??
52 Neymar PSG Foot Lond go bonkers with “Excited Arsenal fans react as Neymar is linked with PSG exit”
53 N’Zonzi Roma HITC £19m; he’s considered a flop at Roma where he plays midfield
54 David Neres Everton Telegraph, Foot Lond £34.5m; talks held. Liverpool want him
55 Christopher Nkunku PSG Foot Lond, Le Parisien, Star Midfield; he’s turned down a contract renewal. We tried in Jan
56 Thomas Partey Atletico Madrid Talk Sport Midfield with a £43.5m release clause
Update Nicolas Pepe Lille 101 Great Goals, Telefoot, FootLond.  Caught Offside saying Arsenal are serious; the fee is £70m.  Metro says we are up against Liverpool.  Arsenal Station says player is deciding which clubhe wants. Star striker.  Man U also interested. “He’s on the way” (FL)
58 Ayoze Perez Newcastle Mad about EPL Inter also want him; forward or attacking midfield
59 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
60 Dennis Praet Sampdoria Corriere dello Sport , Sport Witness, Calciomeracto and Tuttosport Midfielder or winger; package deal with Anderson
61 Benito Raman Fortna Dusseldorf Express WHU, Burnley, Everton interested
62 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.
63 Ricardo Rodriguez AC Milan Full back Calciomercato and Foot Lond, each citing the other!
64 Ismaila Sarr Stade Rennais Metro.  Inside Football says he is going to Watford instead.  Read Arsenal say it could be Arsenal.  We’ll have him if Zaha says no – price £42m! 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.  Deal getting close but player could be loaned back All Arsenal Rumours.  Deal getting close (Mail)  £26m deal done. Fo Lo now quoting €46m how prices escalate St Etienne Centre back.  L’Equipe says he has signed a 5 year deal.  Caught offside take the price up to £26m
Update Marcus Schubert Dynamo Dresden Star says Arsenal were expecting the keeper to come after his contract ran out at DD, but now he’s off to Schalke.  But the AFC website has Martinez listed as our second 1st team keeper.  Deal off according Sport 1 A clever ploy – the Star says the deal is off before it was ever thought to be on.
NEW Everton Soares Gremio 23 year old winger.  All Arsenal say he has had his medical Mirror.  Express says Edu has done it
68 Thomas Strakosha Lazio Daily Cannon says  Tottenham also interested citing Corriere della Sera as their source Goalkeeper
69 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
70 Matt Targett Southampton Sun, Teamtalk Liverpool also want this left back.
71 Nicolas Tagliafico Ajax Mirror – “he’s a target for Arsenal” £17.3million release clause and he gets half!
72 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.  Independent says deal is off and Arsenal failed. 442 quote Emery as saying he’s worth every penny of the fee.  About to happen says All Arsenal
73 Leandro Trossard Genk €20m according to Inside Futbol He’s a winger
74 Dorukhan Tokoz Beşiktaş He’s 23
75 Samuel Umtiti Barcelona Foot Lond running just about the most unlikely story of them all.  But Calciomercato is still talking up the story.   Football 365 have him moving next week. Football Faithful say it is a battle between Arsenal and Man U. He’s 25 and has played 63 times for Barcelona
76 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 winger; Football Talk.  FoLo has him ready to sign Football Talk now have the price up to £31m.  442 say €35 million
78 Jordon Veretout Fiorentina Metro.  Player says he is moving “to a big club” 25m euros for Ramsey II
79 Wesley Club Brugges Sun, Calciomercato, Daily Cannon, LaLazio Forward, 22 years old
80 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 chair says AFC just out to cause problems. Palace want £80m; plays right wing
81 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
82 Dan-Axel Zagadou Borussia Dortmund France Football Defender

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

 

 

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