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The 49 players now tipped for Arsenal this summer

By Sir Hardly Anyone

A quick peek in through the shuttered windows of the Toppled Bollard (favourite drinking house of football journalists across London) reveals the awful truth.  It’s shut.

Which is why the rumour mill has gone into hyperplus overdrive as those who make up the summer transfer tales eschew their normal drinking hole and instead are drinking at home – much to the distress of numerous good lady wives.

Of course they still venture out, looking through each other’s rubbish bins in the desperate hope of finding something, anything, that someone has made up and is about to publish which they can nick.

Unfortunately, a bunch of pesky school children, wise to the ways of their elders, have been feverishly printing out fake stories and dropping them in litter bins on street corners, with the intent that as inebriated sons of the rumour mills stagger home and peer among piles of rubbish in the hope of a half-full bottle of gin having been left behind by a previous passer-by, they also find a story, suspect it has been mistakenly dropped by one of their compatriots, and publish it.

So yes, even in these days of lockdown we have six new tales and six updates.  So, rather amazingly for a period of total shutdown, here we are, back again with another 12 transfers that Arsenal are due to make.

Over the years we have been tracking transfer stories, the average accuracy rate is just under 3%, which means of the 49 players listed below approximately one and a half of them will sign.

Still, with no one knowing when football will start again, how much money the clubs will have, which clubs will actually survive, and which players will avoid being too ill to take the medical, 49 thus far is not bad.

The window creaks open on June 10, which means something in the order of 53 days are left before it begins.  So there again 49 is not too bad this early in the campaign.   It’s a bit of a shame only one and a half of them are true.

No Player From Details Source
1 Miguel Almiron Newcastle Their top scorer Media Referee
2 Houssem Aouar Lyon Midfielder.  Man C want him as do Liverpool! The Sun tells us he is 25 and the price is £65m
3 Leon Bailey Bayer Leverkusen Chelsea also want him. £85m fee. Just Arsenal
4 Jérôme Boateng Bayern Munich 31 years old, £13m, defender Daily Mail
NEW Mady Camara Olympiacos Defensive midfield HITC
6 Dani Ceballos Real Mad Currently on loan Express, SDNA
Update Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Attacking midfielder on loan at Bayern.  Being talked up as a near certainty Talksport, Express
8 Marc Cucurella Barcelona Left back or wide midfield FoLo £20.9m
9 Jonathan David Gent Second striker Football.London
10 Ousmane Dembélé Barcelona Forward AS, Sun
NEW Axel Disasi Reims Arsenal and Monaco both enquiring about defender TBR, L’Equippe, Sun.
12 Issa Diop WHU Centre back for £60m Mirror, Metro, Read Arsenal, HITC, West Sussex Today, Sun
NEW Julian Draxler PSG To replace Ozil.  Tottenham also interested Teamtalk
14 Odsonne Edouard Celtic £50m; goalscoring forward (“Scored more than Messi”) Glasgow Live, Evening Standard, Caught offside, Scotsman, Who Scored, and Celtic Star
15 Nebil Fekir Real Betis Forward, 26 years old, injury prone
Read Arsenal
16 Ryan Fraser Bournemouth Scotland International, winger, £12m turned down last window
Metro; was hot topic last year as well.
17 Bruno Fuchs Internacional Centre back
Zero Hora, TBC
18 Antoine Griezmann Barcelona £90m for the forward.  PSG Man Utd, Chelsea, also interested Express, the Star and Mirror, Last Word on Football
19 Diogo Jota Wolverhampton He’s a 23 year old forward Sport Review, 4th official, Mail, FoLo, Whoscored
20 Gabriel
Lille Defender  £40m Everton also want him (Mirror)
21 Serge Gnabry Bayern Munich Winger Reports everywhere say he was seen in an Arsenal shirt
22 Pape Gueye, Le Harvre Defensive midfield Liverpool also interested.  Folo, World of Football.
NEW Jovic Real Madrid 30 year old striker; deal agreed Daily Express / Starspost / Sport
24 Calum Kavanagh Middlesbrough 16 year old ; forward Lancs Post, The 72, Northern Echo
25 Jonjoe Kenny Schalke 04 on loan from Everton Right back Tottenham want him
26 Orkun Kokcu Feyenoord 19 year old midfielder Express, FoLo
Update Layvin Kurzawa PSG (out of contract) 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
28 Jesse Lingard Man U £19.8m right winger Caught offside say Celtic and Chelsea want him
29 Isaac Lihadji Marseille 17 year old.  Man U and Dortmund want him The Boot Room,  Foot Mercato and the Sun all have this
30 Matty Longstaff Newcastle Central midfielder who will leave on a free The Mirror; Team Talk
31 Dejan Lovren Liverpool Defender. Tottenham interested Express, HITC, FoLo
32 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.
33 Ruben Neves Wolverhampton Midfield Sports Mole
34 Unai Nunez Athletic Bilbao Centre Back, 23, £18m Daily Mail says WHU want him
Update Victor Osimhen Lille Nigerian Forward.  £87m Le Quotidien du Foot, Bootroom. Replacement for Aubameyang
Update Thomas Partey Atletico Madrid Midfielder Metro, Goal.  Squawka quote €50m.  HITC also.  He’ll move At Mad dont get Champs Lge
NEW
Adrien Rabiot Juventus Midfield Just Arsenal, Standard.  Torreira to be sold.
38 Marc Roca Espanyol To replace Ceballos Sport, 4th official.
39 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
Update Carlos Soler Valencia Central or right midfield Sky Sports, Standard, FoLo,  Agent says he’s happy to stay where he is  Daily Star.
42 Malick Thiaw Schalke 04. 18 year old central defender Sport Review; Daily Mail Liverpool and Man C also interested.
NEW Corentin Tolisso Bayern Munich, central midfield Man U want him.  Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Napoli monitoring him Express, FootMercato
44 Pau Torres Vailla Real 23 years old, Centra back Santi Caz is talking him up. Sun £43m.  Santi Caz is talking him up.
45 Samuel Umtiti Barcelona Centre back Express says he’s available at a discount as he’s always injured
46 Dayot Upamecano RB Leipzig Central defender.  Was all the rage as a transfer a year ago Football.London
47 Willian Chelsea, winger, attacking midfield Talks have broken down with Chelsea Metro, Fo.Lo, Sun
48 Chris Wood Burnley Replacement for Aubameyang Lancs Live, Who Scored, Up the clarets and Team Talk
49 Freddie Woodman Newcastle on loan at Swansea Goalkeeper, 23 years Chronicle Live, TBR, HITC

We’ll have some more when the journalists wake from their slumbers and find it within themselves to make up additional wild and whacky tales.

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2 comments to The 49 players now tipped for Arsenal this summer

  • Uwot?

    Actually there’s more than that .as an example soyuncu of Leicester & Tarkowski of Burnley plus a dozen more.Mental.i guess if you throw enough of mud at the wall some of it will stick eventually.

  • The Mail on Sunday is running a story today which hints at the financial chaos caused by the coronavirus crisis. Are the media waking up? I doubt it.