By Sir Hardly Anyone
If this were a traditional war, this would be the moment when a significant amount of hunkering down into bunkers would be taking place.
And I say that because although no one is shooting at anyone else (at least not as far as I know) there is not the slightest sign in the media that anyone is taking a blind bit of notice at the reality. There is no backing off.
Let’s just see the grizzly affair in action.
- The headline: Arsenal to announce first summer signing as Edu makes £10m transfer decision
- The decision: The £10m transfer isn’t happening
- The actual transfer: Mat Ryan is set to complete a free transfer from Brighton and Hove Albion.
- The knocking: “Bernd Leno’s future uncertain.”
- The unsettling: ” the Gunners will be in the market to sign players in at least five positions this summer“
- The reality: there’s no mention of who these five players are, and indeed the story about Mat Ryan is nicked from the Sun.
Of course most Arsenal fans just read Arsenal stories, but should they ever stray into Liverpool territory they might be interested in because of its touch of negativity – a sort of Arsenal style reporting but with the regret toned down to just 20%.
Jurgen Klopp will regret allowing Arsenal to sign £72million ace unchallenged
The £72m is of course the clue – it has to be Pepe and this is what AnfieldCentral have to say. It is interesting because
“A report from Goal in August 2019 claimed that Klopp was interested in Pepe but ultimately decided not to pursue him because he wouldn’t be a guaranteed starter at Anfield due to Mohamed Salah’s occupation of the right-wing role.
“For example, the Reds could have agreed a deal with Lille to keep the forward at the Ligue 1 club for another year before signing him the summer afterwards for a reduced fee. Alas, Arsenal signed him and he’s beginning to show why the North London side decided to spend so much to take him to the Emirates Stadium.”
The 39 players tipped to be arriving this summer!
|No||Player||Current club||Position||Reported by|
|1||Max Aarons||Norwich||Full back||Daily Express|
|3||Tosin Adarabioyo||Fulham||Centre back||Daily Express|
|4||Loic Bade||Lens||Defender||Boot Room|
|5||Sander Berge||Sheffield Utd||Midfield||HITC; Express – he was seen out with Odegaard|
|6||Ryan Bertrand||Southampton||Left back||Mirror|
|7||Yves Bissouma||Brighton||Midfield||Africa Football, Express, TBR, HITC. No he’s going to Liverpool (Express) – it’s a swap deal with Nketiah.|
|NEW||Nicolo Barella||Inter Milan||Centre midfield||Anfield Central|
|9||Josip Brekalo||Wolfsberg||Winger||Just Arsenal|
|10||Emiliano Buendia||Norwich||Playmaker||Daily Mail, Metro, FL, Boot Room, Sportslens, HITC, TBR, Teamtalk, Telegraph, F365, FoLo|
|NEW||Eduaro Camavinga||Rennes||Midfield||Will cost around €50million, Caught offside.|
|12||Nathan Collins||Stoke City||Defender||Sun, TBR. (Arsenal buying an “uncompromising” Stoke defender????)|
|13||Philippe Coutinho||Barcelona||Midfield||Just Arsenal, FoLo: Arsenal will have to wait|
|14||Patson Daka||RB Salzburg||Striker||TBR Football|
|15||Moussa Dembele||Lyon (At. Madrid)||Striker||Daily Express, HITC|
|NEW||Sergino Dest||Barcelona||Right back||Bleacher claims he has £343 million release clause. HITC says could be on at lower price!|
|17||Oddsonne Edouard||Celtic||Striker||Daily Star|
|18||Achraf Hakimi||Inter Milan||Right Back||Daily Express, HITC|
|19||Jules Kounde||Sevilla||Centre back||Daily Express, Star, HITC|
|20||Layvin Kurzawa||PSG||Left Back||Sport Witness|
|NEW||Noussair Mazraoui||Bayern Munich||Right back||101 great goals|
|Update||Riyad Mahrez||Manchester City||Forward||Daily Mail, Leicester Mercury, Football London, Sport Review, TBR. AFC pushing forward to deal.|
|NEW||Andre Onana||Ajax||Keeper||Caught Offside|
|25||Paul Onuachu||Genk||Striker||Sport Witness|
|26||Michael Olise||Reading||Midfield||All Nigerian Soccer|
|NEW||Emerson Royal||Real Betis loaned from Barcelona||Right back||Sport Witness; could happen this week (31 May)|
|28||Kays Ruiz-Atil||PSG||Midfield||Just Arsenal News|
|NEW||Manor Solomon||Shakhtar Donetsk||Winger||Football.London, HITC|
|30||Raheem Sterling||Manchester City||Forward||Daily Mail, TBR. the Hard Tackle Cost £49m. Sport Review|
|NEW||Edmond Tapsoba||Bayer Leverkusen||Defender||Caught offside|
|Update||Tiago Tomas||Sporting CP, Metro||striker||May not come as we don’t have Europe|
|33||Wojciech Szczesny||Juventus||Goal||Sport Witness; Szczesny counts as home ground and that could be the key point.|
|Update||Edmond Tapsoba||Bayer Leverkusen||Centre back||HITC, Just Arsenal News (twice), Daily Cannon (may be too expensive). TeamTalk suggest it is on. FoLo – its £60m or nothing.|
|NEW||Tiago Tomas||Sporting Lisbon||Forward||442: 60m euros agreed. But player refused Arsenal|
|NEW||Ivan Toney||Brentford||Forward||Brentford say no.|
|37||Pau Torres||Villareal||Centre back||Football London|
|38||Cengiz Under||Roma||HITC: In exchange for Xhaka|
|39||Dusan Vlahovic||Fiorentina||Striker||Teamtalk, FoLo. This is futbol: “he’s not going”|
And the list of players we are about to lose (according to “reports”)
The Leavers Chart
|No||Player||Going to||Reported by.|
|1||Hector Bellerin||Real Betis||Sport Witness (now running story again), Just Arsenal|
|2||Dani Ceballos||Rea; Madrid||Daily Express|
|Update||Matteo Guendouzi.||Brighton||Daily Express. Just Arsenal say Olympique Marseille. FoLo & TBR (suddenly picking up on the Brighton story) & Hard Tackle agree. HITC have Brighton. TBR outraged. OM, for Sports Lens|
|4||Sead Kolasinac||Not staying at Schalke||Football London|
|5||Alexandre Lacazette||Daily Express|
|6||David Luiz||Daily Express|
|7||Ainsley Maitland-Niles||Daily Express|
|8||Konstantinos Mavropanos||Stuttgart||Daily Express, Kicker|
|Update||Reiss Nelson||Olympiacos||Daily Express, Sport Witness|
|Update||Eddie Nketiah||Brighton or Watford||Sports Lens, Sussex Live, HITC. TBR talking up Watford|
|Update||Martin Odegaard||Real Madrid||Daily Express. Just Arsenal News say he can stay for €60 Million|
|12||Mat Ryan||Brighton||Daily Express|
|13||Runar Alex Runarsson||Daily Express|
|14||William Saliba||West Ham, Bayer Leverkusen||Hammers New, Daily Canon|
|15||Lucas Torreira||Atletico Madrid||Daily Express|
|16||Willian||MLS or Chelsea||Givemesport HITC says not going to happen|
|17||Joe Willock||Newcastle||Daily Express|
|Update||Granit Xhaka||Roma||Sports Witness, Sky Sports, cultofcalcio.com, Mirror, Athletic (he just wants to leave). HITC – he’s agreed to go. TBR Arsenal reject bid. Inside futbul – it’s on. TBR – Roman getting impatient.|
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