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Transfer news: the 93 players Arsenal are looking to be (according to reports)

By Sir Hardly Anyone

It is always sad when journalists run out of steam.  Maybe they have just got tired and gone to bed.  Maybe they nipped into the Toppled Bollard for a final swift one, but lingered rather longer.  Maybe  they have simply forgotten where the scrap of paper with another ten players names on it has been put.

But steam shortages seem to be the order of the day these last few days since we have only four new players since the last time around.  We were promised more, but you know what these journalists are like.

There are ten updates, but updates are not quite the same thing.  Although one seems to be going into overdrive this afternoon and that is Ryan Fraser who was firmly tipped this time a year ago, but eventually people seemed not to notice.

So 93 it is, and we might now see a struggle to reach the century in the next few days.

Here’s  the chart…

Player From Details Source
1 Kristoffer Ajer. Celtic 22-year-old centre-back Gunnersphere; Scottish Daily
2 Miguel Almiron Newcastle Their top scorer Media Referee
3 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 Sardar Azmoun Zenit St. Petersburg The 5th highest Iranian scorer of all time, and he’s still scoring Leicester want him.  442, HITC, TBR
5 Ousseynou Ba Olympiacos centre-back HITC, Sport Time
6 Leon Bailey Bayer Leverkusen Chelsea also want him. £85m fee. Just Arsenal
7 Nicolo Barella Inter Milan on loan from Cagliari Midfielder 23 year old.  FC Inter News says Arteta is a great fan but the AFC bid was rejected. HITC and Whoscored report this is ongoing
8 Wissam Ben Yedder Monaco; 29 years old Centre forward to replace Auba Sports Mole
9 Said Benrahma Brentford Palace want him.. 24 years old, a winger Football London
10 Jérôme Boateng Bayern Munich 31 years old, £13m, defender Daily Mail. Read Arsenal says Bayern ready to sell
11 Giacomo Bonaventura Milan Midfielder Out of contract at end of season  Sun says Atalanta, Fiorentina, Roma and Lazio want him
12 Ugurcan Cakir
Trabzonspor goalkeeper
Tottenham also interested HITC.  Do we need another keeper?
13 Mady Camara Olympiacos Defensive midfield HITC
14 Dani Ceballos Real Mad Currently on loan Express, SDNA
15 Chiesa Fiorentina Winger Juventus, Inter, Chelsea and Manchester United all want him, Canon, Sun, Express all say we want him
Update Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Attacking midfielder on loan at Bayern.  Being talked up as a near certainty Talksport, Express.  Daily Mirror says talks have opened.
17 Marc Cucurella Barcelona Left back or wide midfield FoLo £20.9m
18 Jonathan David Gent Second striker Football.London
Update Ousmane Dembélé Barcelona Forward AS, Sun.  HITC says Arsenal have been given the go ahead to buy Dembele for £53m, or £37 (Sport)
20 Emmanuel Dennis Clubbe Brugge 22 year old forward Man U, Newcastle, Everton, Leicester, Brighton, Sheffield U, Watford and Crystal Palace want him. Talkport, HITC, Transfer market, sportsmole…  Daily Mail says it is on for £22m.  FoLo says definitely leaving. Manager reported as agreeing
Update Moussa Diaby Bayer Leverkusen 20 year old winger TBR blaming Le10Sport.  Signed for a “bargain £13.5million” from Paris Saint-Germain last summer. Teamtalk says talks have begun
22 Axel Disasi Reims Arsenal and Monaco both enquiring about centre back TBR, L’Equippe, Sun.  Reims manager says it is on – £13m.  RMC Sport agrees.
23 Issa Diop WHU Centre back for £60m Mirror, Metro, Read Arsenal, HITC, West Sussex Today, Sun
24 Julian Draxler PSG To replace Ozil.  Tottenham also interested (although he is a winger) Teamtalk.  Daily Canon says it is on
Update Odsonne Edouard Celtic £12m; goalscoring forward (“Scored more than Messi”).  Fo.Lo says we’ve been impressed Glasgow Live, Evening Standard, Caught offside, Scotsman, Who Scored, and Celtic Star. Borussia Dortmund no longer interested (TBR).  Real Mad want him
Update Nebil Fekir Real Betis Forward, 26 years old, injury prone
Read Arsenal.  He has snubbed Arsenal (WhoScored, Just Arsenal News).  Star says we are in talks; Marca says he is going to Barca  IC Football say he might not be welcomed
NEW Wesley Fofana St Etienne Defender Caught offside
28 Noah Francoise Rennes Midfielder
HITC; TBR – he’s available on a free.  PSG interested
Update Ryan Fraser Bournemouth, contract ends this year Scotland International, winger, £12m turned down last window
Metro; Football Insider; was hot topic last year as well. Tottenham in with a bid.  Teamtalk: Arsenal confident.
30 Bruno Fuchs Internacional Centre back
Zero Hora, TBC
31 Gabriel
Lille Defender  £40m Everton also want him (Mirror)
32 César Gelabert Palencia He’s 19
Star, Folo, the Mole and 90 mins. Real Mad want him also.
33 Gerson Flamingo midfielder
He’s 22, midfielder.  Tottenham interested
Daily Cannon.  They blame EPSN.
34 Serge Gnabry Bayern Munich Winger Reports everywhere say he was seen in an Arsenal shirt
35 Antoine Griezmann Barcelona £90m for the forward.  PSG Man Utd, Chelsea, also interested Express, the Star and Mirror, Last Word on Football
36 Pape Gueye, Le Harvre Defensive midfield Liverpool also interested.  Folo, World of Football.
37 Serhou Guirassy Amiens 24 year old striker Daily Mail.   WHU and Bournemouth also interested
38 Dennis Gyfami Leicester 18 year old full back Online Gooner
39 Achraf Hakimi Borussia Dortmund, on loan from Real Madrid Right wing back, can play as a winger. TBR Football
40 Kai Havertz Bayer Leverkusen midfielder 20, and is an “exciting prospect”. Football London Chelsea and Liverpool are also said to be after him, along with Bayern Munich.
41 Mauro Icardi PSG striker 27 year old Swap deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Sun FoLo, Tuttosport and Media Referee
42 Diogo Jota Wolverhampton He’s a 23 year old forward Sport Review, 4th official, Mail, FoLo, Whoscored
43 Luca Jovic Real Madrid 30 year old striker; deal agreed.  Going to AC Milan (TBR) Daily Express / Starspost / Sport.  Just Arsenal wonder if he is worth the risk.
44 Glen Kamara Rangers Finnish midfielder France Football say, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Brighton and Marseille are interested
45 Calum Kavanagh Middlesbrough 16 year old ; forward Lancs Post, The 72, Northern Echo
46 Jonjoe Kenny Schalke 04 on loan from Everton Right back Tottenham want him
47 Franck Kessie AC Milan Midfielder, the next Yaya Torre Calciomercato.  Swap for Torreira (Transfer Tavern), Star, Hammernews.
Update Justin Kluivert Roma Winger, 21 year old Daily Star say a swop deal is being arranged with Mkhitaryan. Sportwitness saw swap is most likely.  Media Referee and Corriere dello Sport update
49 Kökcü Sabah in Azerbaijan

Midfield; 19 years old

Red London £23m.

50 Orkun Kocku Feyenoord 19 year old midfielder Express, FoLo.  Express now saying he is the new Ozil.
51 Marash Kumbulla Verona Centre Back Daily Mirror compared to young Chiellini.  Sports Mole say Arsenal are considering… HITC says now very close
52 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. Footy Extra says no chance Express says he wants to go to Barcelona. Sport, HITC, Sport Witness, Daily Star say Arsenal. 4th official says “he’s signed
53 George Lewis Tromsø – out of contract. Deal close (Goal) 19 year old winger HITC, Cannon, Arsenal Youth, Kigalitoday, Arsenal Mania. Metro (done) Caught offside (not yet). Sports Mole (almost)
54 Jesse Lingard Man U £19.8m right winger Caught offside say Celtic and Chelsea want him
55 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
56 Matty Longstaff Newcastle Central midfielder who will leave on a free The Mirror; Team Talk
57 Dejan Lovren Liverpool Defender. Tottenham interested Express, HITC, FoLo
58 Pablo Mari Arsenal on loan from Flamengo Left sided centre back The Athletic – he’ll be made permanent
59 Gabriel Magalhaes Centre back with Lille Everton, Chelsea, Leicester in for him. HITC, Sports Mole, The Sun, LT Arsenal, le10Sport, Metro, Canon, Football London, TransferTavern
60 Dries Martens Napoli, 32 year old forward  Inter Milan want him, CalcioMercato, the Metro and on Football.London
61 Mykola Matviyenko 24-year-old left-back.  who plays for Saky in Ukraine. Plays for Saky in Ukraine. Daily Canon
62 Dwight McNeill Burnley Winger Lancs Live.  Apparently lots of clubs want him
NEW Arkadiusz Milik Napoli Striker 26 years old.  Inside Football, HITC
64 Moreno Valencia £50m Valencia, forward Metro, Mirror, replacement for Aubameygang. “A bad move” says Media Referee
65 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.
66 Wilfred Ndidi Leicester Nigerian midfielder Bleacher. Mail, Teamtalk, Sun
67 Neto Barcelona Goalkeeper FoLo says he’s coming to Arsenal to get more game time (?)  Atletico Madrid and AC Milan. FoLo blame the Express,  Metro agree.  Caught offside say Chelsea want him.
68 Ruben Neves Wolverhampton Midfield Sports Mole
69 Unai Nunez Athletic Bilbao Centre Back, 23, £18m Daily Mail says WHU want him.  Arsenal ready to meet price, Read Arsenal, Who Scored. Transfer Sport Witness says it is on.
70 Victor Osimhen Lille Nigerian Forward.  £87m Le Quotidien du Foot, Bootroom. Replacement for Aubameyang
71 Thomas Partey Atletico Madrid. (26 year old from Ghana) Midfielder.  Express saying this might involve a swap deal. Boot Room says Lacazette in exchange. Turned down PSG for Arsenal Metro, Goal.  Squawka quote €50m.  HITC also.  He’ll move if At Mad dont get Champs Lge  Just £45m!  Guardian.  Metro now says Arsenal can’t afford him. Deal close.
72 Adrien Rabiot Juventus Midfield Just Arsenal, Standard.  Torreira to be sold.  TransferSport Witness says we are “leaning towards” getting them. Sports Mole says could happen.
73 Marc Roca Espanyol To replace Ceballos Sport, 4th official.
74 Declan Rice West Ham Holding midfielder in the style of Gilberto Express (according to Arsenal “legend” P Merson)
75 James Rodriguez Real Madrid He could leave on a free Mail
76 Kays Ruiz-Atil PSG ‘next Lionel Messi’, 17 year old, central midfield, on the left wing or an outright striker L’Équipe
77 Malang Sarr Nice.  Feb 2018: Football Observatory said “world’s fifth-most promising footballer under 20.” 21 year old centre back HITC: “Bargain of the summer,” Sun: “Skint Arsenal on hunt for free transfers”. Bleacher and Football Whispers also has this.
78 Rafa Silva Benfica Attacking midfielder £71.5m says the  Metro.  The Boot Room says he will only cost £15m.
79 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)
80 Carlos Soler Valencia Central or right midfield Sky Sports, Standard, FoLo,  Agent says he’s happy to stay where he is  Daily Star.
NEW Nicolás Tagliafico Ajaz £20m.   27 year old left back Standard, Daily Mail
82 Malick Thiaw Schalke 04. 18 year old central defender Sport Review; Daily Mail Liverpool and Man C also interested.
83 Corentin Tolisso Bayern Munich, central midfield Man U want him.  Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Napoli monitoring him Express, FootMercato.  Just Arsenal News say it is between Arsenal and Man U
84 Ferran Torres Villa 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)
85 Adama Traore Wolverhampton He’s 24, a wing back or midfield, or a winger Daily Star.  He started out with Barcelona.
86 Samuel Umtiti Barcelona Centre back Express says he’s available at a discount as he’s always injured
87 Cengiz Under Roma Right wing, also plays for Turkey Leggo: Arsenal could swap him for Mkhitaryan and some money HITC, the Boot Room and the Express.
88 Dayot Upamecano RB Leipzig Central defender.  Was all the rage as a transfer a year ago Football.London
89 Gabriel Veron Palmeiras He’s a 17 year old forward “The Brazilian wonderkid” Football London
NEW Domagoj Vida Besiktas Defender Aksam
91 Willian Chelsea, winger, attacking midfield Talks have broken down with Chelsea, Arsenal now favourites Metro, Fo.Lo, Sun, ESPN, Whoscored. Mail and Sun say he’s the top target.
92 Chris Wood Burnley Replacement for Aubameyang Lancs Live, Who Scored, Up the clarets and Team Talk
93 Freddie Woodman Newcastle on loan at Swanse Goalkeeper for Swansea City, on loan from Newcastle United. Chronicle Live, TBR, 90 mins, Soccersouls, Teamtalk, HITC, BBC, Sports Lens, FL World

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