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The eight Arsenal transfer stories currently being talked up – all gathered together.

by Sir Hardly Anyone

Although the media started the enforced Winter Break by shouting about the players Arsenal were going to buy and should be selling, they have settled down a little, seemingly finding few new names since the initial outburst to pull out of imaginary hats – perhaps because this imaginary transfer window has started even earlier than normal

The window will actually open on June 10, 2020, though many deals will not become official until July 1 when player contracts generally start.   For Europe the window will finish on 31 August, but because that is the August Bank Holiday in England the window will shut at 5 p.m. BST on Tuesday, 1 September.

Here is the latest tittle tattle…

1: Arsenal star ‘convinces’ Aston Villa player to make stunning transfer – reports

Birmingham Live tells us that  Aston Villa winger Trezeguet has been convinced to leave Aston Villa by Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny.   They seem to have picked that up from reports in Turkey.

Trezeguet only joined Villa eight months ago, but maybe he fears relegation.

2:  Wenger called him and now Arsenal appear to have a chance at signing £52.75m star 

The Boot Room cite The Mirror for claiming that Liverpool are looking to offload six players in the next transfer window, because of financial worries, with Naby Keita a surprise name on that list.  He’s a midfielder.

It is said by the Liverpool Echo that the player who is a Guinea international cost Liverpool a reported £52.75 million in 2018 but has not managed to find consistently high levels of performance for Liverpool.  The implication is that what is not good enough for Liverpool is good enough for Arsenal.

3: Not coming but going

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Normally by the end of the window we have every player in the Arsenal first team squad plus many of the under 23s being on the leaving list.  And of course few of them go.   This year at the top of the list we have Aubameyang going to Manchester United for £35m or Barcelona for £50m.  Quite why there is the difference in price is probably best explained by the fact that this is all guesswork by the media.  The Metro is running the Man U story and many are copying.

4: Staying longer

This wide spread story says that David Luiz is going to stay at Arsenal after the end of his loan.  That started in the Metro.

5: Emil Roback

According to Hammarby sporting director Jesper Jansson, Arsenal are interested in this 16-year-old forward, who is a Sweden Under-17 international.  This comes from the Boot Room who tell us he is a prodigy, a natural goalscorer, and a man with extreme speed.  According to the Star Bayern are also interested.

6:  Fan revolt if this transfer goes through.

This is the latest favourite story of the bloggettas – that fans are in revolt and will stop supporting Arsenal if a transfer should happen.   HITC run the story that Willian Borges da Silva, is coming to Arsenal with the headline “Some Arsenal fans fume over reported transfer target.”

He’s a Brazilian who plays as a winger or as an attacking midfielder for Chelsea and the Brazil national team.

The story seems to originate from the Telegraph who have an accuracy rating of around 3% for their stories.

7: Dayot Upamecano

This Leipzig defender was regularly listed in the rumours in January, but nothing happened.  Now “Arsenal must move fast if they wish to sign RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano this summer” is the story and Guillem Balague is quoted as the source.8: Keep him!

This is an anti-transfer story and comes from the fact that Skhodran Mustafi turns out to be the highest-rated Premier League defender in 2020 who has a minimum of five appearances) according to Whoscored.

Obviously the wholesale abuse Mustafi has had from the media and “fans” alike may have made him want to leave, but it is handy that the few places that have never seen Mustafi as a dolt are now vindicated by the figures.

More anon.

 

 

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