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Why Arsenal don’t need their scouts any more: radical approach saves the club £££

By Sir Hardly Anyone

With Arsenal having sacked their entire recruitment staff, the question arises, how are we going to find players any more?

And the answer is that they don’t need to: the journalists and the bloggers will do it for nothing.

When you think about it, it is obvious. The journalists spend all night in the Toppled Bollard public house coming up with the names of players Arsenal could sign.  So all Arsenal have to do is put in a low offer for each one, and then if anyone bites one of the remaining management team can toddle off and watch the player on TV clips.  No more trips abroad, no more watching a reputed master scorer in a tedious goalless draw.

It is a brilliant money saving scheme, and very much up Kroenke’s street. and it is how the club has managed to find no less than 125 potential signings for this eternal transfer window.

Indeed it is expected that with this new system the players will simply send a video of themselves playing to one of the directors (who it seems have not been culled) and he’ll have a look.  If the player looks ok he’ll pass the phone around the room, they’ll have a vote and if it is a majority give the player a contract.

A brilliant system, and one guaranteed to save the Kroenke’s trillions.

Here is the full list of the 125 players that Arsenal have been linked with this window.

New? Player From Details Source
Update Adil Aouchiche PSG 17 year old ESPN.. Saint-Etienne may be close to signing him.  Arsenal offer turned down. Star says it is back on.
2 Kristoffer Ajer Celtic 22-year-old centre-back Gunnersphere; Scottish Daily
3 Rafinha Alcantara Celta on loan from Barcelona Playmaker One Arsenal, Just Football, Daily Canon.  Brother of Thiago (see below)
4 Thiago Alcantara Bayern Munich Midfield. Replacement for Aubameyang.  Brother of Rafinha (see above) Independent.ie, Chatsports, Newsbreak, Liverpool Echo, Football Transfer Tavern, Sportslens, RedandWhiteKop, Kicknews, KE opera News, Football News Views, Soccerladuma, Ilovemancity, Fussbol, Weinfilm, GLBNews, VBET
5 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
6 Miguel Almiron Newcastle Their top scorer Media Referee
7 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.
8 Adil Aouchiche. PSG 17 year old midfielder Football London.  HITC – he is ready to quite PSG
9 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
10 Ousseynou Ba Olympiacos centre-back HITC, Sport Time
11 Leon Bailey Bayer Leverkusen Chelsea also want him. £85m fee. Just Arsenal
12 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
Update Wissam Ben Yedder Monaco; 29 years old Centre forward to replace Auba Sports Mole, Sun says its on
14 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
NEW Federico Bernardeschi Juventus Juventus and Italy attacking midfield Gazetta della Sport, TBR, Just Sport, 90 min, Football Whispers
16 Jérôme Boateng Bayern Munich 31 years old, £13m, defender Daily Mail. Read Arsenal says Bayern ready to sell
17 Giacomo Bonaventura Milan Midfielder Out of contract at end of season  Sun says Atalanta, Fiorentina, Roma and Lazio want him
18 Ugurcan Cakir
Trabzonspor goalkeeper
Tottenham also interested HITC.  Do we need another keeper?
19 Mady Camara Olympiacos Defensive midfield HITC
20 Dani Ceballos Real Mad Currently on loan Express, SDNA
21 Chiesa Fiorentina Winger Juventus, Inter, Chelsea and Manchester United all want him, Canon, Sun, Express all say we want him
22 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)
23 Marc Cucurella Barcelona Left back or wide midfield FoLo £20.9m
24 Danilo Porto Midfield ESPN
25 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.
26 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
27 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
28 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
29 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.
30 Issa Diop WHU Centre back for £60m Mirror, Metro, Read Arsenal, HITC, West Sussex Today, Sun
31 Julian Draxler PSG To replace Ozil.  Tottenham also interested (although he is a winger) Teamtalk.  Daily Canon says it is on
32 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
33 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
34 Nathan Ferguson WBA Defender HITC; he failed a medical at Palace after £11m deal agreed
Update Joelson Fernandes Sporting Lisbon Goal described him as a Teen Wing Wizard TBR Football, A Bola, Record,  Star says it is back on.
36 Marcelo Flores Joined from Ipswich in March Signed according to FoLo
37 Wesley Fofana St Etienne Defender Caught offside
38 Fraser Forster Celtic on loan at Southampton Goalkeeper TBR, The Boot Room
39 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
Deal done.  Metro; Football Insider; was hot topic last year as well. Tottenham in with a bid.  Teamtalk: Arsenal confident. No longer a target,  Mail and Star disagree
41 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.
42 Gabriel
Lille Defender  £40m Everton also want him (Mirror)
43 César Gelabert Palencia He’s 19
Star, Folo, the Mole and 90 mins. Real Mad want him also.
44 Gerson Flamingo midfielder
He’s 22, midfielder.  Tottenham interested
Daily Cannon.  They blame EPSN.
45 Armin Gigovic Sweden youth international Midfielder HITC
46 Serge Gnabry Bayern Munich Winger Reports everywhere say he was seen in an Arsenal shirt
47 Ben Godfrey Norwich Centre back Liverpool and Tottenham, Dortmund and RB Leipzig all after him according to the Sun
48 Antoine Griezmann Barcelona £90m for the forward.  PSG Man Utd, Chelsea, also interested Express, the Star and Mirror, Last Word on Football
Update 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”, Sun says it is on
50 Serhou Guirassy Amiens 24 year old striker Daily Mail.   WHU and Bournemouth also interested
51 Dennis Gyfami Leicester 18 year old full back Online Gooner
52 Achraf Hakimi Borussia Dortmund, on loan from Real Madrid Right wing back, can play as a winger. TBR Football
53 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.
54 Mauro Icardi PSG striker 27 year old Swap deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Sun FoLo, Tuttosport and Media Referee
55 Ricky Jade-Jones Peterborough Utd James Vardy with pace Arsenal, Man U and Liverpool are after this Peterborough Utd player.  HITC, Sky
56 Raul Jimenez Wolverhampton 29 year old striker BBC, NBC
57 Diogo Jota Wolverhampton He’s a 23 year old forward Sport Review, 4th official, Mail, FoLo, Whoscored
58 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.
59 Glen Kamara Rangers Finnish midfielder France Football say, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Brighton and Marseille are interested
60 Calum Kavanagh Middlesbrough 16 year old ; forward Lancs Post, The 72, Northern Echo
61 Jonjoe Kenny Schalke 04 on loan from Everton Right back Tottenham want him
62 Franck Kessie AC Milan Midfielder, the next Yaya Torre Calciomercato.  Swap for Torreira (Transfer Tavern), Star, Hammernews.
63 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
Update Orkun Kokcu Feyenoord 19 year old midfielder Express, FoLo.  Express now saying he is the new Ozil. Red London say£23m.  Mirror says it is on
65 Tanguy Kouassi Free agent Centre back, was with PSG HITC, Metro
66 Marash Kumbulla Verona Centre Back Daily Mirror compared to young Chiellini.  Sports Mole say Arsenal are considering… HITC says now very close
67 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
68 Thomas Lemar Atlético Madrid Winger and centre forward, 24 years old Star, Sun reactivate major story in last window
69 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)
70 Jesse Lingard Man U £19.8m right winger Caught offside say Celtic and Chelsea want him
71 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
72 Matty Longstaff Newcastle Central midfielder who will leave on a free The Mirror; Team Talk
73 Dejan Lovren Liverpool Defender. Tottenham interested Express, HITC, FoLo
74 Pablo Mari Arsenal on loan from Flamengo Left sided centre back The Athletic – he’ll be made permanent
Update 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
76 Dries Martens Napoli, 32 year old forward  Inter Milan want him, CalcioMercato, the Metro and on Football.London
77 Rabbi Matondo Schalke  Winger HITC saying according to Todo Fichajes, 
78 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!
79 Mykola Matviyenko 24-year-old left-back.  who plays for Saky in Ukraine. Plays for Saky in Ukraine. Daily Canon
80 Dwight McNeill Burnley Winger Lancs Live.  Apparently lots of clubs want him
81 Arkadiusz Milik Napoli Striker 26 years old.  Inside Football, HITC
82 Moreno Valencia £50m Valencia, forward Metro, Mirror, replacement for Aubameygang. “A bad move” says Media Referee
83 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.
84 Wilfred Ndidi Leicester Nigerian midfielder Bleacher. Mail, Teamtalk, Sun
85 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.
86 Ruben Neves Wolverhampton Midfield Sports Mole
87 Unai Nunez Athletic Bilbao.  £27m release fee. Centre Back, 23, £18m  Everton and WHU interested Daily Mail says WHU want him.  Arsenal ready to meet price, Read Arsenal, Who Scored. Transfer Sport Witness says it is on.  Metro.  AS.
Update 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.  Mail says it is back on
89 Danilo Pereira Man U Midfielder We will get him if we don’t get Partey. ESPN
90 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
91 Lorenzo Pellegrini Roma Midfielder Teamtalk, Eurofootball Rumours, Bleacher, Sports Mole, Daily Cannon, Sky Sports all blame each other for the tale.
Update 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.  Mirror says yes
93 Chris Richards Bayern Munich Defender; HITC, TransferMarket Chelsea, Valencia and one major Bundesliga side also interested.
94 Marc Roca Espanyol To replace Ceballos Sport, 4th official.  “Arsenal want to pay £13.5m less than what’s needed for midfielder” says HITC
95 Declan Rice West Ham Holding midfielder in the style of Gilberto Express (according to Arsenal “legend” P Merson)
96 Emil Roback Hammarby, Sweden. 17 year old forward TBR, spotted at London Colney
97 James Rodriguez Real Madrid He could leave on a free Mail. Arsenal and Man U after him (Team Talk)
NEW Daniele Rugani Juventus Arsenal find “The defensive solution” Sports Mole, Express, Team Talk, Sun, Mirror, Mail
99 Kays Ruiz-Atil PSG ‘next Lionel Messi’, 17 year old, central midfield, on the left wing or an outright striker L’Équipe
100 Allan Saint-Maximin Newcastle Winger Express, Northern Echo
101 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
102 Malang Sarr Nice 21 year old centre back.  Feb 2018: Football Observatory said “world’s fifth-most promising footballer under 20.” HITC: “Bargain of the summer,” Sun: “Skint Arsenal on hunt for free transfers”. Bleacher and Football Whispers also has this.
103 Patrik Schick Roma on loan to RB Leipzig 24 year old attacker, 9 goals in 18 games Gazzetta dello Sport
104 Rafa Silva Benfica Attacking midfielder £71.5m says the  Metro.  The Boot Room says he will only cost £15m.
NEW Thiago Silva PSG Sun! A 35 year old central defender!
106 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)
107 Carlos Soler Valencia Central or right midfield Sky Sports, Standard, FoLo,  Agent says he’s happy to stay where he is  Daily Star.
108 John Stones Man City Centre back Manchester Evening News, 90 mins.  Arsenal and Everton in battle for him.  Sun says he is leaving.  Carragher says he won’t play for Man C again.
109 Dominik Szoboszlai Red Bull Salzburg 19 year old central midfielder He has played for them 44 times so far. Milan also want him as do PSG (Calciomercato.com)
110 Nicolás Tagliafico Ajaz £20m.   27 year old left back Standard, Daily Mail
111 Malick Thiaw Schalke 04. 18 year old central defender Sport Review; Daily Mail Liverpool and Man C also interested.
112 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
113 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)
114 Adama Traore Wolverhampton He’s 24, a wing back or midfield, or a winger Daily Star.  He started out with Barcelona.
115 Samuel Umtiti Barcelona Centre back Express says he’s available at a discount as he’s always injured
116 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.
117 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.
118 Gabriel Veron Palmeiras He’s a 17 year old forward “The Brazilian wonderkid” Football London
119 Domagoj Vida Besiktas Defender Aksam
120 Walce Sao Paulo Defender Talk Sport, Sport Witness
121 Wout Weghorst Wolfsberg  £32m Team Talk, Express, Blid.  Replacement for Aubameyang
Update Willian Chelsea, winger, attacking midfield Talks have broken down with Chelsea, Arsenal now favourites Metro, Fo.Lo, Sun, Whoscored. Mail and Sun say he’s the top target.  Mail now saying he’s on the way. Telegraph / ESPN / Arsenal Station says its on.  This is Futbol.  Largely quoted as done deal
123 Chris Wood Burnley Replacement for Aubameyang Lancs Live, Who Scored, Up the clarets and Team Talk
124 Freddie Woodman Newcastle on loan at Swansea Goalkeeper for Swansea City, on loan from Newcastle United. Chronicle Live, TBR, 90 mins, Soccersouls, Teamtalk, HITC, BBC, Sports Lens, FL World
125 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

 

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1 comment to Why Arsenal don’t need their scouts any more: radical approach saves the club £££

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    I think the will soon be a free agent Chelsea player Willian is the only one amongst the 125 media players rumoured to move to AFC this summer that could be said is likely to happen as Arsenal will not pay a fee to Chelsea for his moving to them. Although Willian is reported in the media to be 32 years old in age, but he should be a player that is looking to still have in him the necessary top quality footballing skill delivering at the top level of the game when operating from the wings that’s far ahead of the quality at the wings on ground at the club. And for this reason of his being far ahead in quality delivery from the wing as a specialist winger that mostly is operating from the wings than the quality wingers who Arsenal have on ground at the moment in their London Colney Training Ground must be the actual reason why Arsenal keenly want to sign him. And I hope if Arsenal succeeded to sign him this summer window, he’ll give us the Arsenals the kind of top quality skillful footballing deliveries from the wings or from the midfield area that us want to see the Gunners play next season especially in the Premier League games campaign. So that the team will accelerate to become strong, stronger and strongest in that department than the rest of their rival PL club sides.

    But there are these media rumours that are rumouring that Arsenal want the Lille centreback Gabriel Magalhaes. Who I can say he’s at the correct age for Arsenal to invest their money on him. But the level of his footballing quality is what I don’t know but I believe Arsenal would have known before they’ll submit a bid for him if actually they want him this summer window but not just one of those Arsenal media rumours signing this summer.

    How about the likely hood of Arsenal signing Philippe Courtinoh the Brazilian attacking midfielder at FC Barcelona who has been linked with Arsenal this summer? Will it be a remote chance to see Arsenal sign him this summer on a permanent deal rather than on loan deal which if they do, the latter could make the Brazilian to not perform optimally in games for Arsenal but reverse will be the case if he’s signed on a permanent deal. But do Arsenal even want to sign him this summer even if they have the required transfer fee to do his transfer to the Gunners with Barcelona? Well, I wouldn’t know all these issues. But I do know if his injury having has abated for Arsenal to sign him and they do, it should be a big player signing correct decision taken by Arsenal this window I should think. This is because as us all know, Philippe Courtinoh is a big player who if Arsenal sign him this summer could make a big difference for the club in both the changing room and on the field for Arsenal this summer in the Premier League where us are strongly expecting the Gunners to not only make the top-four table finish next season but seriously challenge for winning of the PL title outrightly from the onset.

    I think Arsenal hierarchies should not underestimate nor underate the club chance to win the Premier League title next season. But become daringly ambitious this summer for the club by doing 4 important major signings of: Willian, Gabriel Magalhaes, Philippe Courtinoh and Danny Ings or any other proven 20 goals top League goals scoring per season striker as a 3rd specialist striker who will be partnering and complementing the efforts of Aubameyang and Lacazette in the Arsenal front line next season. Which if Arsenal do their signings this summer should make the Gunners frontline become very charged and devastating in the PL next season that could lead the club to win the title next season. Therefore, Arsenal hierarchy bosses should not put the chance of the club to win the PL title next season in jeopardy but enhance the chance of the Gunners to win it by doing those needful strong signings for the club this summer window. For, who knows, next season could be the season ordained for Arsenal to win the PL again. Therefore let the club bosses try as much as they could to complete 4 major signings this summer for the club. In doing this, I know that the club has to sell to recoup some of the money they would have spent to recruit the 4 major new ones. I don’t know who they’ll finally sell. But let them take care to be careful not to sell the Gunners they should have sold but only to start regretting later after selling them.

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