All the players tipped to be coming to Arsenal as the window creaks to its closure

by Sir Hardly Anyone

So far 84 players have been tipped to be coming to Arsenal this summer, and with the window nearly over it looks like being a very disappointing fantasy festival from the media, who in past years have managed to get the number past the 100 mark.

Probably it was the fixation with the notion that Arsenal only had a budget of £45m which restricted the scribblers’ inventiveness and maybe some of them just got bored with the same old same old story over and over again – although to be fair, a number of the sites totally ignored the £45m story all the way through, especially when hooked into the Zaha tale.

Maybe the strident voices of Arseblog, Arsenal Supporters Trust, Black Scarf Movement, The Gooner, Le Grove, Redaction and 7am Kick Off coming together with their doom, gloom and no transfers worth having put the inventors of silly stories off, but any way around we only reached 84 players said to be coming to Arsenal.

Here are some of the latest tales and below that the full table…

“Arsenal have £55m bid rejected by RB Leipzig for Dayor Upamecano.”  That from talkSPORT  has been typical end of window headline.

Foreign commentators have also been doing their stuff to with Calciomercato pushing the notion of an offer for Juventus forward Moise Kean.

Daniele Rugani, the Juventus defender is another name that has been popping up while the media is utterly insistant that there was a genuine offer for Zaha – they are indeed still churning that over and over.  Nicolas Tagliafico also gets a few mentions.    

But of course many of the names cited by bloggettas are gradually getting themselves clubs more in keeping with their abilities.   Yacine Brahimi who was tipped to be coming to Arsenal, but actually found his level at Al Rayyan in Qatar.  Did anyone really think we would be signing him.

Here’s the list of players said to be coming our way…

Number 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.
Update Yacine Brahimi Porto Talk Sport. He’s a 29-year-old Algeria attacking midfielder.  Now a free agent.  He actually went to Al Rayyan in Qatar 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 sign 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
Signed 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
NEW Philippe Coutinho Barcelona One year loan deal agreed but Tottenham are trying to hi-jack it says the Express.  Never taking responsibility they blame Talk Sport.  FoLo are involved, of course. Brazillian midfielder
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
NEW Moise Kean Juventus Everton also want him as do Barcelona.  He’s a forward
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
37 Isco Real Mad Transfer Market. Attacking midfield.  Price is £54m
38 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
39 Presnel Kimpembe PSG Arsenal ready to do the deal  He’s a central defender who is 23. Daily Express who blame Le10 Sport

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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
41 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.
42 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
44 Ruslan Malinovskyi Genk Daily Canon Ukraine Midfielder
45 Kostas Manolas Roma FootLond He’s a centre back
46 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
47 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
49 Harry Maguire Leicester HITC 26 year old centre back
50 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??
53 Neymar PSG Foot Lond go bonkers with “Excited Arsenal fans react as Neymar is linked with PSG exit”
54 N’Zonzi Roma HITC £19m; he’s considered a flop at Roma where he plays midfield
55 David Neres Everton Telegraph, Foot Lond £34.5m; talks held. Liverpool want him
56 Christopher Nkunku PSG Foot Lond, Le Parisien, Star Midfield; he’s turned down a contract renewal. We tried in Jan
57 Thomas Partey Atletico Madrid Talk Sport Midfield with a £43.5m release clause
Signed 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.  Arsenal bought him. Star striker.  Man U also interested. “He’s on the way” (FL)
59 Ayoze Perez Newcastle Mad about EPL Inter also want him; forward or attacking midfield
60 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
61 Dennis Praet Sampdoria Corriere dello Sport , Sport Witness, Calciomeracto and Tuttosport Midfielder or winger; package deal with Anderson
62 Benito Raman Fortna Dusseldorf Express WHU, Burnley, Everton interested
63 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.
64 Ricardo Rodriguez AC Milan Full back Calciomercato and Foot Lond, each citing the other!
NEW Daniele Rugani Juventus He’s a defender and Wolverhampton also want him Team Talk. Guardian
66 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
Signed 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
70 Thomas Strakosha Lazio Daily Cannon says  Tottenham also interested citing Corriere della Sera as their source Goalkeeper
71 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
72 Matt Targett Southampton Sun, Teamtalk Liverpool also want this left back.
Update Nicolas Tagliafico Ajax Mirror – “he’s a target for Arsenal” because we can’t find another left back.  TBR Football £17.3million release clause and he gets half!
74 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
75 Leandro Trossard Genk €20m according to Inside Futbol He’s a winger
76 Dorukhan Tokoz Beşiktaş He’s 23
77 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
Update Upamecano Leipzig Daily Express – who say we will sign him and Anderson!  Guardian picked him up at the last minute.  GoonerNews getting excited. 20 year old 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
80 Jordon Veretout Fiorentina Metro.  Player says he is moving “to a big club” 25m euros for Ramsey II
81 Wesley Club Brugges Sun, Calciomercato, Daily Cannon, LaLazio Forward, 22 years old
82 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
83 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
84 Dan-Axel Zagadou Borussia Dortmund France Football Defender


11 Replies to “All the players tipped to be coming to Arsenal as the window creaks to its closure”

  1. Kos

    Good riddance

    Def: A welcome relief from someone or something undesirable or unwanted.

    Sums him up perfectly.

  2. On the previous thread I expressed my disappointment at the way I felt Van Persie chose the professional choice over the human choice. Disappointing but a choice many would of made, maybe even me in the same circumstances. I’d like to believe not but you never know.

    On this thread I want to express my disappointment at the way Koscielny has sadly, rather than chosen to leave with dignity has chosen to be a complete c**t.

    How easy these guys find it to piss on the fans that have cheered and supported them through thick and thin, not to mention payed their not insignificant wages.


  3. It’s a bit uncharitable to call Koscielny a ‘complete c**t’. This is the guy who sacrificed his World Cup winning chances by allowing himself to be overplayed in an attempt to win Arsenal glory and in the process snapped his achilles tendon, was allegedly assured that he would be allowed to leave the club transfer free this transfer window, has never in the nine years of sterling service been a controversial figure and saved his local accordion factory.
    I didn’t like the way he refused to travel with our US tour group and thought his agent could have dealt with this while Kos was on tour, after all that’s what he’s paid 15% for.
    Maybe a bit of a Twat but never a ‘c**nt’.

  4. Good luck to Jenko!! Can’t believe after all this time, he’s finally departed!

    Argh Nitram, I can’t stand the C word!! I understand your disappointment, although I don’t entirely share it. The way I see it is.. we had his best years, he’s now just about ready for the knacker’s yard.. I don’t begrudge him going home to play for one last time and to be honest, I have no more animosity left, after RVP & Sanchez departed for Manchester 😂😂

  5. @ Nitram

    It is incredibly rare that I disagree with your comments but on this occasion I’d like to propose something to think about. That is that absolutely nobody outside the club and the player himself really knows what happened. Was he made promises by the club that were broken? who knows. One thing’s for sure, the media know as much about the reasons as they do about football transfers i.e. absolutely feck all. Kos may or may not be in the wrong, I don’t know. What I do know is that he was a great servant to the club and irrespective of the circumstances in which he has left, I believe he should be remembered for that rather than anything else.

  6. Nitram

    You make a valid point on RvP and Kos respectively.

    Sadly, players that had been going through thick and thin protected ONLY by Arsene Wenger, the embodiment of class and knighthood, decided to shit on the hand that had been feeding them. Fabregas, Adebayor, Henry, Hleb, Cole, Clichy, Gallas, RvP, Alexis, Szczesny (remember that video when he mocks his former coaches on Polish TV?)… Even Flamini who got his indulgency by rejoining Arsenal in 2013.

    However, I agree to the extent that Kos had some credit. He did sacrifice a lot – his health – to play for Arsenal. From the human point of view, Kos is going to be a father and a husband one day he retires. He will have to carry his children, play with them and sometimes maybe play footie in the back of the garden with them. A wrong move on his heel and he might end up injured again, except this time it would be a bigger stress for his family.

    I work on a job that is paid hundreds of times less than the one Kos works at. I used to work through pain, not because I had to, but because I felt obligated to my job to finish as many things as I could. I used to work well beyond my work time, unpaid overtime job, just to finish things so that people who rely on my work don’t lose too much time (mind you, they could live with me doing the job later than I did). That sort of dedication for the job ended when my health let me down and I couldn’t hold my little daughter when she was just 40 days old. I was lying on my bed at home, barely walking to the toilet and back, when my boss called me furiously asking why I didn’t come to work to write my report. That was the moment I decided to put family ahead of everything.

    Maybe Kos had that moment as well. Mind you, I don’t defend his action – I believe the club did exactly what it should have done after Kos had refused to travel with the squad – but I offer a possible explanation of his behaviour that goes beyond football.

  7. Masterstroke

    Okay, my apologies for the c word.

    “This is the guy who sacrificed his World Cup winning chances by allowing himself to be overplayed in an attempt to win Arsenal glory and in the process snapped his Achilles tendon”

    Not sure how true that is, but even if he did, it is Arsenal, or rather you and me and all the other supporters that pay his wages, not the French FA, that should ALWAYS come first. How is that a sacrifice?

    Playing for Arsenal is his JOB, for which he gets paid very well payed, so excuse me for not finding that any great sacrifice.

    “Maybe a bit of a Twat but never a ‘c*nt’.”



    “Argh Nitram, I can’t stand the C word!!”

    As I say, fair enough.

    “I don’t begrudge him going home to play for one last time”

    In the great scheme of things nor do I, but there’s ways and means. Even if he’s a bit miffed with Arsenal FC that’s not the fans fault and it’s them he’s insulting by doing what he’s done.

    As I say WE payed his wages, even when he wasn’t playing. When he pulled on that shirt he threw in the dirt, it was US he was playing for, because without us, there is no Arsenal.

    If he’s upset with Arsenal tell them. Disrespecting Me and the shirt I love is unacceptable, no matter what your grievance.

  8. Mikey

    That’s fair enough, we cant agree on everything, and I’m not silly, I can see how people will be split on this, but one point if I may.

    You say: “I’d like to propose something to think about. That is that absolutely nobody outside the club and the player himself really knows what happened. Was he made promises by the club that were broken?”

    As I say, it’s us, the fans he’s insulting. No matter what his issues with the Club, I believe we deserve better.


    Again you have a point, but:

    “However, I agree to the extent that Kos had some credit. He did sacrifice a lot – his health – to play for Arsenal.”

    Come on.

    I had my knee mangled when I was 20 years old. I had to wait 2 years for a simple cartlidge removal. I tried to play again but it kept collapsing. I had it re assessed privately and was told 1 ligament was snapped, 1 severely ruptured and 1 damaged. This was 2 and a half years after the event.

    I was told an operation had a fifty fifty chance of success. I passed on that.

    I asked if I could still try to play and was told yes. I asked if it would do me any harm. I was told, you are almost certain to get arthritis anyway so it’s up to you.

    I continued to try and eventually managed to hobble about at left back for a further 5 years.

    I could no longer really sprint. I could no longer take dead ball kicks. BUT I WAS PLAYING.

    I risked all the consequences you mentioned and more.

    I’ve since had another operation and have been told I will eventually need a replacement knee.

    Why did I do it?

    It wasn’t money. It wasn’t my job after all.

    I did it simply for the love of playing football.

    At no point did I think I was making a ‘sacrifice’.

  9. Nitram… did you see his message on Instagram? Saying his decision to leave had been discussed for months! What exactly happened for it to end this way & more importantly, will it ever come to light? Who knows…..
    It is a shame, but he’s gone, that’s it, we move on. We have an exciting few days ahead, what with the window & our opener at SJP… COYG

  10. Nitram
    Yeah, I suppose ‘sacrificed’ is a bit OTT, but his ongoing achilles injury was seemingly mishandled and by Wenger if we’re to believe the reporting of it, and it definitely cost him his World Cup place last year. He was supposedly only fit to play one game per week, and in that final period up to the break he was playing three times, and I would have thought he could have said ‘I can’t manage this’, but carried on to help the club (who as you justifiably say pay his wages).
    Personally I wish him all the best and forgive him the recent aberrations from his good guy Image.

  11. Having read the various points of view I can see where people are coming from and I certainly agree my use of the c word was unwarranted.

    The thing is I just get so annoyed when the first thing so many of our players do when they leave is slag us off.

    Do they not realise it is us, the fans that supported them and paid their wages that they are, in the final analysis, insulting ?

    Anyway, in hindsight I did like the guy and I do wish him well, but it was still a totally unnecessary gesture to make.

    Very childish if you ask me and it leaves a very bad taste.

    And good luck and thanks to all our other departures.


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