115 players tipped to be Transferring to Arsenal this summer: the full list.

By Sir Hardly Anyone

This summer is clearly going to come out with the all time record for the number of players tipped to be coming to Arsenal by the all-seeing, all-knowing media.  And to be clear these are not the players that pundits are saying Arsenal “ought to sign” – if we included those we’d have a list twice as long.  These are players that the pundits state Arsenal are actively trying to sign.

Which is quite extraordinary given that we have also had reports that Arsenal have sacked most of their talent spotters in Europe.

But the media have to excuse the failure of their predictions to come true, so they excuse themselves with the old issue of Arsenal just being too slow and unable to make up their mind

Thus Borussia Dortmund has beaten Arsenal to the free transfer of Belgian star, Thomas Meunier.  That is in Just Arsenal News.  But here’s the twist.  We’ve been scouring places high and low looking for transfers but never once picked this up as an Arsenal possibility.  It couldn’t be, could it, that the site has just picked a transfer that has gone through and thrown in the “has beaten Arsenal to.”   But anyway, they reckon we were after him, so he has to be added to the list – for that is the point of the list.  All the players Arsenal are alleged to have been after.

But still there are reports that we have no money and indeed Bleacher have claimed that Arsenal have to sell six players at the end of the season just to fund the second instalment on the Pépé deal of last year.

Mind you last summer Bleacher was the main protagonist telling us that this particular deal was never coming off.   Now they are excusing themselves by saying we paid too much.  If only the guys at Bleacher were running the club, everything would be ok.

Football London are telling us that Arsenal are ready to bring Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey to the Emirates Stadium but must sell a player first, according to reports.   Those reports are apparently in Football 365, who blame….   Well you know how it goes.

Here’s the up to date list of the 115 players we are tipped to be trying to sign this summer – apparently without any money…

Player From Details Source
NEW Adil Aouchiche
PSG 17 year old ESPN.. Saint-Etienne may be close to signing him
2 Kristoffer Ajer. Celtic 22-year-old centre-back Gunnersphere; Scottish Daily
3 Rafinha Alcantara Barcelona Playmaker One Arsenal, Just Football, Daily Canon
4 Thiago Almada Vélez Sarsfield of the Argentine Primera División 19 year old winger, midfielder, highly tipped by the Guardian Teamtalk, Mund Deportivo.  AS. Man City interested. Manchester Eve News
5 Miguel Almiron Newcastle Their top scorer Media Referee
6 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.
7 Adil Aouchiche. PSG 17 year old midfielder Football London.  HITC – he is ready to quite PSG
8 Sardar Azmoun Zenit St. Petersburg The 5th highest Iranian scorer of all time, and he’s still scoring Leicester want him.  442, HITC, TBR. Star, Area Napoli
9 Ousseynou Ba Olympiacos centre-back HITC, Sport Time
10 Leon Bailey Bayer Leverkusen Chelsea also want him. £85m fee. Just Arsenal
11 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
12 Wissam Ben Yedder Monaco; 29 years old Centre forward to replace Auba Sports Mole
13 Said Benrahma Brentford Palace want him.. 24 years old, a winger So do Leicester and Chelsea Football London, FL World, Express. Foot Mercato he is going to cost €30-35m.  Daily Canon reports everyone wants him
14 Jérôme Boateng Bayern Munich 31 years old, £13m, defender Daily Mail. Read Arsenal says Bayern ready to sell
15 Giacomo Bonaventura Milan Midfielder Out of contract at end of season  Sun says Atalanta, Fiorentina, Roma and Lazio want him
16 Ugurcan Cakir
Trabzonspor goalkeeper
Tottenham also interested HITC.  Do we need another keeper?
17 Mady Camara Olympiacos Defensive midfield HITC
18 Dani Ceballos Real Mad Currently on loan Express, SDNA
19 Chiesa Fiorentina Winger Juventus, Inter, Chelsea and Manchester United all want him, Canon, Sun, Express all say we want him
20 Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Attacking midfielder on loan at Bayern.  Being talked up as a near certainty Talksport, Express.  Daily Mirror says talks have opened. Express now says Arsenal can’t afford his wages. Latest is it would only be for one year.  But Barce will let AFC have him at a discount (Metro)
21 Marc Cucurella Barcelona Left back or wide midfield FoLo £20.9m
NEW Danilo Porto Midfield ESPN
23 Jonathan David Gent Second striker Football.London.  Arsenal Fever say transfer is likely.  Manchester United, Ajax, Everton, Inter Milan and FC Porto also want him.
24 Ousmane Dembélé Barcelona Forward; replacement for Lacazette. AS, Sun.  HITC says Arsenal have been given the go ahead to buy Dembele for £53m, or £37 (Sport). Deal going through
25 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
26 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
27 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.
28 Issa Diop WHU Centre back for £60m Mirror, Metro, Read Arsenal, HITC, West Sussex Today, Sun
29 Julian Draxler PSG To replace Ozil.  Tottenham also interested (although he is a winger) Teamtalk.  Daily Canon says it is on
30 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. Celtic have asked Arsenal to put in a bid
31 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
32 Nathan Ferguson WBA Defender HITC; he failed a medical at Palace after £11m deal agreed
33 Joelson Fernandes Sporting Lisbon Goal described him as a Teen Wing Wizard TBR Football, A Bola, Record
34 Marcelo Flores Joined from Ipswich in March Signed according to FoLo
35 Wesley Fofana St Etienne Defender Caught offside
36 Fraser Forster Celtic on loan at Southampton Goalkeeper TBR, The Boot Room
37 Noah Francoise Rennes Midfielder
HITC; TBR – he’s available on a free.  PSG interested
38 Ryan Fraser Bournemouth, contract ends this year Scotland International, winger, £12m turned down last window
Deal done.  Metro; Football Insider; was hot topic last year as well. Tottenham in with a bid.  Teamtalk: Arsenal confident. No longer a target
39 Bruno Fuchs Internacional Centre back, 21 year old, great prospect
Zero Hora, TBC, Boot Room, Just Arsenal.  HITC say Inter have cut the price in half.
40 Gabriel
Lille Defender  £40m Everton also want him (Mirror)
41 César Gelabert Palencia He’s 19
Star, Folo, the Mole and 90 mins. Real Mad want him also.
42 Gerson Flamingo midfielder
He’s 22, midfielder.  Tottenham interested
Daily Cannon.  They blame EPSN.
43 Serge Gnabry Bayern Munich Winger Reports everywhere say he was seen in an Arsenal shirt
NEW Ben Godfrey Norwich Centre back Liverpool and Tottenham, Dortmund and RB Leipzig all after him according to the Sun
45 Antoine Griezmann Barcelona £90m for the forward.  PSG Man Utd, Chelsea, also interested Express, the Star and Mirror, Last Word on Football
46 Pape Gueye, Le Harvre Defensive midfield Liverpool also interested.  Folo, World of Football.  Was going to Watford, now isn’t (L’Equipe) Sportwitness say Arsenal have offered to treble his salary.  HITC say “reportedly”
47 Serhou Guirassy Amiens 24 year old striker Daily Mail.   WHU and Bournemouth also interested
48 Dennis Gyfami Leicester 18 year old full back Online Gooner
49 Achraf Hakimi Borussia Dortmund, on loan from Real Madrid Right wing back, can play as a winger. TBR Football
50 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.
51 Mauro Icardi PSG striker 27 year old Swap deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Sun FoLo, Tuttosport and Media Referee
52 Ricky Jade-Jones Peterborough Utd James Vardy with pace Arsenal, Man U and Liverpool are after this Peterborough Utd player.  HITC, Sky
53 Raul Jimenez Wolverhampton 29 year old striker BBC, NBC
54 Diogo Jota Wolverhampton He’s a 23 year old forward Sport Review, 4th official, Mail, FoLo, Whoscored
55 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.
56 Glen Kamara Rangers Finnish midfielder France Football say, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Brighton and Marseille are interested
57 Calum Kavanagh Middlesbrough 16 year old ; forward Lancs Post, The 72, Northern Echo
58 Jonjoe Kenny Schalke 04 on loan from Everton Right back Tottenham want him
59 Franck Kessie AC Milan Midfielder, the next Yaya Torre Calciomercato.  Swap for Torreira (Transfer Tavern), Star, Hammernews.
60 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.  Mail says it is definite
61 Orkun Kocku Feyenoord 19 year old midfielder Express, FoLo.  Express now saying he is the new Ozil. Red London say£23m.
62 Tanguy Kouassi Free agent Centre back, was with PSG HITC, Metro
63 Marash Kumbulla Verona Centre Back Daily Mirror compared to young Chiellini.  Sports Mole say Arsenal are considering… HITC says now very close
64 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
65 Thomas Lemar Atlético Madrid Winger and centre forward, 24 years old Star, Sun reactivate major story in last window
66 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)
67 Jesse Lingard Man U £19.8m right winger Caught offside say Celtic and Chelsea want him
68 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
69 Matty Longstaff Newcastle Central midfielder who will leave on a free The Mirror; Team Talk
70 Dejan Lovren Liverpool Defender. Tottenham interested Express, HITC, FoLo
71 Pablo Mari Arsenal on loan from Flamengo Left sided centre back The Athletic – he’ll be made permanent
72 Gabriel Magalhaes Centre back with Lille Everton, Chelsea, Leicester in for him. Express says its Arsenal HITC, Sports Mole, The Sun, LT Arsenal, le10Sport, Metro, Canon, Football London, TransferTavern
73 Dries Martens Napoli, 32 year old forward  Inter Milan want him, CalcioMercato, the Metro and on Football.London
74 Rabbi Matondo Schalke  Winger HITC saying according to Todo Fichajes, 
NEW Thomas Meunier Was PSG ESPN said we were interested and then no sooner was that news out than… Borussia Dortmund have signed him, but no one ever mentioned he might come our way until Just Arsenal news said we’d lost out!
76 Mykola Matviyenko 24-year-old left-back.  who plays for Saky in Ukraine. Plays for Saky in Ukraine. Daily Canon
77 Dwight McNeill Burnley Winger Lancs Live.  Apparently lots of clubs want him
78 Arkadiusz Milik Napoli Striker 26 years old.  Inside Football, HITC
79 Moreno Valencia £50m Valencia, forward Metro, Mirror, replacement for Aubameygang. “A bad move” says Media Referee
80 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.
81 Wilfred Ndidi Leicester Nigerian midfielder Bleacher. Mail, Teamtalk, Sun
82 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.
83 Ruben Neves Wolverhampton Midfield Sports Mole
84 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.
85 Victor Osimhen Lille (who say Arsenal have made an offer) Nigerian Forward.  £87m  Now down to £50m  for 18 year old Le Quotidien du Foot, Bootroom. Replacement for Aubameyang. Express, Goal, Footy Extras.  Boot Room
NEW Danilo Pereira Man U Midfielder We will get him if we don’t get Partey. ESPN
87 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. He’s expected at Arsenal for next season.  HITC talking this up
88 Adrien Rabiot Juventus Midfield.  Juve keen to sell according to media. Just Arsenal, Standard.  Torreira to be sold.  TransferSport Witness says we are “leaning towards” getting them. Sports Mole says could happen.
89 Marc Roca Espanyol To replace Ceballos Sport, 4th official.  “Arsenal want to pay £13.5m less than what’s needed for midfielder” says HITC
90 Declan Rice West Ham Holding midfielder in the style of Gilberto Express (according to Arsenal “legend” P Merson)
91 Emil Roback Hammarby, Sweden. 17 year old forward TBR, spotted at London Colney
Update James Rodriguez Real Madrid He could leave on a free Mail. Arsenal and Man U after him (Team Talk)
93 Kays Ruiz-Atil PSG ‘next Lionel Messi’, 17 year old, central midfield, on the left wing or an outright striker L’Équipe
94 Mohammed Salisu Real Valladolid; he’s a defender with a €12 million release clause. Fiorentina, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Newcastle United and Napoli are also interested. Mundo Deportivo has indeed said that Arsenal are among the clubs interested
95 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.
96 Patrik Schick Roma on loan to RB Leipzig 24 year old attacker, 9 goals in 18 games Gazzetta dello Sport
97 Rafa Silva Benfica Attacking midfielder £71.5m says the  Metro.  The Boot Room says he will only cost £15m.
98 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)
99 Carlos Soler Valencia Central or right midfield Sky Sports, Standard, FoLo,  Agent says he’s happy to stay where he is  Daily Star.
Update John Stones Man City Centre back Manchester Evening News, 90 mins.  Arsenal and Everton in battle for him.  Sun says he is leaving
101 Nicolás Tagliafico Ajaz £20m.   27 year old left back Standard, Daily Mail
102 Malick Thiaw Schalke 04. 18 year old central defender Sport Review; Daily Mail Liverpool and Man C also interested.
103 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
104 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)
105 Adama Traore Wolverhampton He’s 24, a wing back or midfield, or a winger Daily Star.  He started out with Barcelona.
106 Samuel Umtiti Barcelona Centre back Express says he’s available at a discount as he’s always injured
107 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.
108 Dayot Upamecano RB Leipzig Central defender.  Was all the rage as a transfer a year ago Football.London. “Arsenal have won the battle to sign him”  Express.
109 Gabriel Veron Palmeiras He’s a 17 year old forward “The Brazilian wonderkid” Football London
110 Domagoj Vida Besiktas Defender Aksam
111 Walce Sao Paulo Defender Talk Sport, Sport Witness
Update 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.  Mail now saying he’s on the way.
113 Chris Wood Burnley Replacement for Aubameyang Lancs Live, Who Scored, Up the clarets and Team Talk
114 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
115 Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace Winger This old story has been brought back by Sky – so it is new this week for this window. Pain in the Arsenal, Bleacher


7 Replies to “115 players tipped to be Transferring to Arsenal this summer: the full list.”

  1. Sorry to go OT but just watching the Liverpool Villa game and although they’ve already won the PL Sala’s still diving around like a dying swan, and SKY still refuse to say a word against them.

    Despite the dive and Sala spreading his arms and looking at the referee imploringly:

    Carragher: “No it’s not a penalty and Sala wasn’t really appealing for a penalty”

    He dived and yes he was appealing for a penalty, but not a word of critisism.

    Look I know it’s pretty irrelevant but it just p*$$’$ me off how criticising Liverpool in any way shape or form is simply not allowed.

  2. While I would never wish to be a wet blanket, what is the point of publishing the names of footballers who someone, somewhere associates them with joining Arsenal FC. With no real evidence that they will ever sign for us.
    I know that UA have to provide daily info in order to retain our interest, but talk about “scraping the barrel”…….come on…..

  3. @Nicky,

    you’re overlooking that this is a piece of sarcasm aimed at the so-called press who pretend to know it all. What UA’s work on the subject has achieved is that it has proven over the last few seasons that all they publish except 3 % is just junk, lies, deceit, rubish. Worse they publish it pretending it is the truth.

    At least someone is holding them to account.

    My bet is that we will pass 150 players by end of this window, maybe even reaching 200.

  4. Well I hope for you you can do that for many many more years then… !
    Maybe UA ought to take bets on the number of players announced and number of players actually tranfering to and from Arsenal. !

  5. How can football medias tell as much fake news without any repercussions?
    I am baffled by the number of fans who believe these stories!

    Some of these players have already been signed:
    Pape Gueye by Olympique de Marseille
    Isaac Lihadjy by Lille
    Layvin Kurzawa has extended his contract with PSG
    Tanguy Kouassi by Bayern Munich
    Thomas Meunier by Borussia Dortmund
    Mauro Icardi by PSG (loan from Inter Milan has been made permanent)

    Thank you for putting all of that on the same page. It speaks for itself…
    Keep up your great work Untold. What would I read if you were not there?

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