By Sir Hardly Anyone
Yes while Belarus keeps playing football, and many (although not it seems not all) of England’s journalists dream that it will all be ok soon and the mighty transfer window will swing open before it crashes shut, and the money will roll in like it has never been stopped from rolling in, everyone else recognises football is unlikely ever to be the same again.
The clubs are losing money like never before, and there is absolutely no end in sight to any of the crisis, but the tragedy of the broken journalist continues unabated.
In the rest of Europe (except Belarus) the debate is how football can survive, and if so, in what form. In Belarus it is of the new season. In England it is of transfers.
So since that is the news, we will continue our regular recording of the players tipped to join Arsenal. Normally over 100 such players are tipped, and normally about three of them arrive. We’ll see how this spring and summer compares.
Goodness knows what the rest of Europe is making of us, taking to our caravans and mobile homes, playing football, letting the days go by, plotting transfers… Especially as rather strangely there are simultaneously stories about PL players being asked to take pay cuts. Isn’t that a bit contradictory?
Here are the latest – the complete list of all the ones we have noted so far, is given below…
1: Chris Smalling to Arsenal
He’s the centre back with Roma on loan from Man U, and Just Arsenal News tell us he’s on the way to Arsenal.
2: Arsenal join Chelsea and Man United in race to sign ex-Liverpool ace
So we have to travel elsewhere to find that “Arsenal are making a Coutinho transfer approach” and that comes from t
In case you haven’t got it, he’s an attacking midfielder currently with Bayern, on loan from Barcelona.
3: Barcelona set Antoine Griezmann transfer price
With Man Utd and Arsenal bids possible, pronounces the
4: Burnley’s Chris Wood deemed the ‘perfect replacement’ for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal…
5: Arsenal ‘lead transfer race’ for Newcastle’s Matty Longstaff
Yep that really is what it says. But why is it always a race? Why doesn’t someone get in there before the others have noticed? The20 year old central midfielder.
6: Arsenal ‘eye’ Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard ahead of next season
Odsonne Edouard is French and he plays as a forward for Celtic. He signed with Paris Saint-Germain in July 2011 before being loaned to Toulouse for the 2016–17 season. 27 goals and 19 assists this season which is amazing although this was in the Scottish League.
tell us that Arsenal want to sign Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan N’Dicka, but Liverpool are reported to be ahead of Arsenal in the race (Team Talk) (Caught offside). (What does being “ahead” actually mean in this context?)
He is a left-footed centre-half and has been capped by France U21s.
So that is seven of the best stories from an era when football actually doesn’t exist any more. Here is the table of players coming to Arsenal thus far.
|1||Miguel Almiron||Newcastle||Their top scorer||Media Referee|
|2||Leon Bailey||Bayer Leverkusen||Chelsea also want him. £85m fee.||Just Arsenal|
|3||Dani Ceballos||Real Mad||Currently on loan||Express|
|NEW||Barcelona||Attacking midfielder on loan at Bayern||Talksport, Express|
|5||Marc Cucurella||Barcelona||Left back or wide midfield||FoLo £20.9m|
|7||Issa Diop||WHU||Centre back for £60m||Mirror, Metro, Read Arsenal, HITC, West Sussex Today, Sun|
|NEW||Odsonne Edouard||Celtic||£50m; goalscoring forward|
|NEW||Antoine Griezmann||Barcelona||Price is £90m for the forward. PSG Manchester United, Chelsea, also interested|
|10||Diogo Jota||Wolverhampton||He’s a 23 year old forward||Sport Review, 4th official, Mail, FoLo, Whoscored|
|11||Bruno Fuchs||Internacional||Centre back||Zero Hora, TBR|
||Lille||Defender||Everton also want him (Mirror) £40m|
|13||Calum Kavanagh||Middlesbrough||16 year old ; forward||Lancs Post, The 72, Northern Echo|
|14||Orkun Kokcu||Feyenoord||19 year old midfielder||Express, FoLo|
|NEW||Matty Longstaff||Newcastle||Central midfielder who will leave on a free||The|
|16||Dejan Lovren||Liverpool||Defender. Tottenham interested||Express, HITC, FoLo|
|NEW||Evan N’Dicka||Eintracht Frankfurt||€24m-rated France U21 international, Liverpool also interested. He is left-footed, and 20-year-old|
|18||Ruben Neves||Wolverhampton||Midfield||Sports Mole|
|19||Thomas Partey||Atletico Madrid||Midfielder||Metro, Goal. Squawka quote €50m. HITC also|
|NEW||Chris Smalling||Roma on loan from Man U||Centre back||Just Arsenal News|
|NEW||Chris Wood||Burnley||Replacement for Aubameyang|
21 transfers for Arsenal and not only is the window unopened, football is closed.
Funny ol’ game.
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