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55 players tipped to be joining Arsenal this summer: the full list.

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Both George Lewis and his agent are claiming he’ll sign for Arsenal this summer. Lewis has openly stated that he is joining Arsenal and Jeorge Bird, who generally knows a thing or two about the kiddies, says that  Lewis’ agent says he will sign for Arsenal before the next season starts.  Of course, that could be in months and months, so these days it is not much of a prediction.

Mr Bird acknowledges that just once or twice perhaps an agent might overstate the case, but this time the agent seems pretty certain.

George Lewis has spent one week on trial, and then as he did rather well, got a second week, and then a contract was offered.   Which is quite remarkable because Lewis is a free agent having been released by Tromsø.  But then last season Tromsø did finish one from bottom of the first division and so were relegated.  The first division in Norway is actually the second tier, so he would have been a third-tier player.  But I suspect, given he was out of contract, the club could not afford to keep him on.

However, all the way along since the virus paid us a visit we have been saying this is going to be a different sort of transfer window.  Journalists may even have to find a new way to celebrate its end instead of the window “crashing shut” or whatever.  Even Sky Sports who have been forced to reign in their gibberish owing to activities by fans at stadiums (of which we will say no more) have put out a video under the headline “Only three PL clubs can spend this summer.”

The ex-Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli said that apparently, meaning Liverpool! of course, Manchester Emirates, and Newcastle Arabia.

And maybe an agent spilling the beans doesn’t actually amount to, well, a can of beans, especially when he doesn’t actually get around to saying which the three clubs are.

But this has not stopped the fake news experts from raking through their tea-leaves.

Here is the complete list of transfers we have been alerted to so far, for the 2020 summer window.  We have seven new players listed for the first time this week, and nine players who are hot enough to have had their information updated.

I should add that each year we have done this chart, the total of rumours that turn into truth is around 3%, which means we are currently down to sign 1.65 players.

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No Player From Details Source
NEW Kristoffer Ajer. Celtic 22-year-old centre-back Gunnersphere, Scottish Daily
2 Miguel Almiron Newcastle Their top scorer Media Referee
Update Houssem Aouar Lyon Midfielder.  Man C want him as do Liverpool! The Sun tells us he is 25 and the price is £65m. 4th official agree. Gunnersphere also.
4 Leon Bailey Bayer Leverkusen Chelsea also want him. £85m fee. Just Arsenal
Update Jérôme Boateng Bayern Munich 31 years old, £13m, defender Daily Mail. Read Arsenal says Bayern ready to sell
NEW Ugurcan Cakir
Trabzonspor goalkeeper
Tottenham also interested HITC.  Do we need another keeper?
7 Mady Camara Olympiacos Defensive midfield HITC
8 Dani Ceballos Real Mad Currently on loan Express, SDNA
9 Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Attacking midfielder on loan at Bayern.  Being talked up as a near certainty Talksport, Express
10 Marc Cucurella Barcelona Left back or wide midfield FoLo £20.9m
11 Jonathan David Gent Second striker Football.London
12 Ousmane Dembélé Barcelona Forward AS, Sun
13 Axel Disasi Reims Arsenal and Monaco both enquiring about defender TBR, L’Equippe, Sun.
14 Issa Diop WHU Centre back for £60m Mirror, Metro, Read Arsenal, HITC, West Sussex Today, Sun
15 Julian Draxler PSG To replace Ozil.  Tottenham also interested Teamtalk
Update Odsonne Edouard Celtic £50m; goalscoring forward (“Scored more than Messi”) Glasgow Live, Evening Standard, Caught offside, Scotsman, Who Scored, and Celtic Star. Borussia Dortmund no longer interested (TBR)
17 Nebil Fekir Real Betis Forward, 26 years old, injury prone
Read Arsenal
NEW Noah Francoise Rennes Midfielder
HITC; TBR – he’s available on a free.  PSG interested
19 Ryan Fraser Bournemouth Scotland International, winger, £12m turned down last window
Metro; was hot topic last year as well.
20 Bruno Fuchs Internacional Centre back
Zero Hora, TBC
21 Antoine Griezmann Barcelona £90m for the forward.  PSG Man Utd, Chelsea, also interested Express, the Star and Mirror, Last Word on Football
22 Diogo Jota Wolverhampton He’s a 23 year old forward Sport Review, 4th official, Mail, FoLo, Whoscored
23 Gabriel
Lille Defender  £40m Everton also want him (Mirror)
24 Serge Gnabry Bayern Munich Winger Reports everywhere say he was seen in an Arsenal shirt
25 Pape Gueye, Le Harvre Defensive midfield Liverpool also interested.  Folo, World of Football.
26 Jovic Real Madrid 30 year old striker; deal agreed Daily Express / Starspost / Sport
27 Calum Kavanagh Middlesbrough 16 year old ; forward Lancs Post, The 72, Northern Echo
28 Jonjoe Kenny Schalke 04 on loan from Everton Right back Tottenham want him
29 Orkun Kokcu Feyenoord 19 year old midfielder Express, FoLo
Update Layvin Kurzawa PSG (out of contract). Media Ref says he would bring confidence 27 years old Polish left back “has agreed a 5 year deal” Standard. Express says he wants to go to Barcelona. Sport, HITC, Sport Witness, Daily Star say Arsenal. 4th official says “he’s signed
NEW George Lewis Tromsø – out of contract 19 year old winger HITC, Cannon, Arsenal Youth, Kigalitoday, Arsenal Mania
31 Jesse Lingard Man U £19.8m right winger Caught offside say Celtic and Chelsea want him
Update Isaac Lihadji Marseille, 17 year old winger 17 year old.  Man U and Dortmund want him The Boot Room,  Foot Mercato, TBR Football and the Sun all have this, Discussions begun
33 Matty Longstaff Newcastle Central midfielder who will leave on a free The Mirror; Team Talk
34 Dejan Lovren Liverpool Defender. Tottenham interested Express, HITC, FoLo
NEW Pablo Mari Arsenal on loan from Flamengo Left sided centre back The Athletic – he’ll be made permanent
NEW Dwight McNeill Burnley Winger Lancs Live.  Apparently lots of clubs want him
NEW Moreno Valencia £50m Valencia, forward Metro, Mirror, replacement for Aubameygang. “A bad move” says Media Referee
38 Evan N’Dicka Eintracht Frankfurt €24m-rated France U21 international, He is left-footed, and 20-year-old Sempre Milan, Daily Canon and Sky, Star.  Liverpool also interested.
39 Ruben Neves Wolverhampton Midfield Sports Mole
Update Unai Nunez Athletic Bilbao Centre Back, 23, £18m Daily Mail says WHU want him.  Arsenal ready to meet price, Read Arsenal, Who Scored
41 Victor Osimhen Lille Nigerian Forward.  £87m Le Quotidien du Foot, Bootroom. Replacement for Aubameyang
Update Thomas Partey Atletico Madrid Midfielder.  Express saying this might involve a swap deal. Boot Room says Lacazette in exchange. Metro, Goal.  Squawka quote €50m.  HITC also.  He’ll move if At Mad dont get Champs Lge  Just £45m!  Guardian.
43 Adrien Rabiot Juventus Midfield Just Arsenal, Standard.  Torreira to be sold.
44 Marc Roca Espanyol To replace Ceballos Sport, 4th official.
45 Declan Rice West Ham Holding midfielder in the style of Gilberto Express (according to Arsenal “legend” P Merson)
Update Chris Smalling Roma on loan from Man U; Roma pulled out of deal for him Centre back.  Tottenham, Liverpool on alert (Express) Just Arsenal News; Arsenal launch £25m bid; Mirror.  HITC, Express, Standard.  Only if Man U get Koulibaly (Just Arsenal)
47 Carlos Soler Valencia Central or right midfield Sky Sports, Standard, FoLo,  Agent says he’s happy to stay where he is  Daily Star.
48 Malick Thiaw Schalke 04. 18 year old central defender Sport Review; Daily Mail Liverpool and Man C also interested.
49 Corentin Tolisso Bayern Munich, central midfield Man U want him.  Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Napoli monitoring him Express, FootMercato
Update Pau Torres Vailla Real 23 years old, Centra back Santi Caz is talking him up. Sun £43m.  Santi Caz is talking him up. He’s learning English! (Just Arsenal)
51 Samuel Umtiti Barcelona Centre back Express says he’s available at a discount as he’s always injured
52 Dayot Upamecano RB Leipzig Central defender.  Was all the rage as a transfer a year ago Football.London
53 Willian Chelsea, winger, attacking midfield Talks have broken down with Chelsea Metro, Fo.Lo, Sun
54 Chris Wood Burnley Replacement for Aubameyang Lancs Live, Who Scored, Up the clarets and Team Talk
55 Freddie Woodman Newcastle on loan at Swansea Goalkeeper, 23 years Chronicle Live, TBR, HITC

The transfer window opens on 10 June and will close at 5pm on 1 September.  Don’t hold your breath.

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