By Sir Hardly Anyone.
The kindest thing to say to the increasingly desperate journalists and bloggers running the transfer rumours is, “you’re having a laugh”. The tragedy is they portray the image of deadly seriousness.
The stunning success of Arsenal after the audacious tactical change that we’ve outlined so often everyone is now bored with it, is ignored.
The fact that even the most outrageous idiot-journalist isn’t tipping Arsenal to buy more than eight players. And so far they have 66 rumours recorded this window.
And still there is not one thought for the post-Brexit transfer arrangements mean bringing in European players is now a lot more difficult. Nor that pesky home-grown quota. As noted exclusively here (because no one else wants to admit it) we are way down on home grown players but already full up with foreigners. So for every foreign grown player entering, we are going to have to kick another one out. And the journalists are saying that our players are so poor that it is unclear who is going to give us anything like a decent price.
Here’s a few comments from the uneducated in such matters… this time the best of FoLo
“It’s safe to say the Gunners’ manager and technical director have little room for error if they’re to avoid a third straight eighth-place finish in the Premier League next season.”
“Mikel Arteta has promised that he and Edu will oversee a “ruthless” squad overhaul this summer”
Really? I missed that one.
The Daily Star is the latest to offer a new Arsenal starting XI. So where are all those other transfers going to fit in???
Bellerin, White, Holding, Tierney;
Pepe, Smith Rowe, Saka;
Here’s the transfer list, according to bloggers and journalists. We’ll see how many they got right in September. And also just how many names they can mention by then. Most seasons it is about 110, so we are just over half way there.
|No||Player||Current club||Position||Reported by|
|1||Max Aarons||Norwich||Full back||Daily Express|
|NEW||Abdul Abdulmalik||Millwall||Forward||Mail. Swansea have made a bid.|
|3||Houssem Aouar||Lyon||Midfield||Football.London (FoLo)|
|Update||Tosin Adarabioyo||Fulham||Centre back||Daily Express. Just £10m (Daily Cannon) until 1 month before new season.|
|5||Yuri Alberto||Inter||Forward||20 year old Brazilian. Inter need the money|
|NEW||Joachim Andersen||Lyon||Centre back||Replacement for David Luiz. £20m. FFC.|
|7||Loic Bade||Lens||Defender||Boot Room|
|8||Folarin Balogun||Arsenal academy||Striker||All Nigeria Soccer says he is in the party going to USA for pre-season.|
|9||Nicolo Barella||Inter Milan||Centre midfield||Anfield Central|
|10||Sander Berge||Sheffield Utd||Midfield||HITC; Express – he was seen out with Odegaard, Arsenal not willing to pay the asking price. Caught offside: Price dropped. VG says Arsenal interested, so does FoLo.|
|11||Ryan Bertrand||Southampton||Left back||Mirror|
|Update||Yves Bissouma||Brighton||Midfield||Africa Football, Express, TBR, HITC, FoLo. No he’s going to Liverpool (Express) – it’s a swap deal with Nketiah. “Fans in meltdown” FoLo. He’s wanting a move (Rousingthekop). Anfield Cental: Liverpool will regret this. £50m quoted|
|13||Josip Brekalo||Wolfsberg||Winger||Just Arsenal|
|14||Emiliano Buendia||Norwich||Playmaker||Daily Mail, Metro, FL, Boot Room, Sportslens, HITC, TBR, Teamtalk, Telegraph, F365, FoLo, HITC. Told to forget AFC and sign for Villa (Birmingham Live). Arsenal have offered £35m (Star). Caught offside say its on. And HITC. No – he went to Villa|
|15||Eduaro Camavinga||Rennes||Midfield||Will cost around €50million, Caught offside. TBR say he is compared to Vieira|
|16||Luis Campos||Lille||Sporting director||Would handle transfers. Charlie Watts says good idea|
|Update||Hakan Calhanoglu||AC Milan||Midfield||Out of contract this summer. HITC – “exceptionally talented”|
|18||Zeki Celik||Lille||Right back||Standard, Just Arsenal, Sports Lens, Sport Review Man U, Totts also interested. HITC say it would be a bargain fee.|
|19||Nathan Collins||Stoke City||Defender||Sun, TBR. (Arsenal buying an “uncompromising” Stoke defender????). The 72.|
|NEW||Joaquin Correa||Lazio||Forward||TBR £30m.|
|Update||Philippe Coutinho||Barcelona||Midfield||Just Arsenal, FoLo: Arsenal will have to wait. Winterburn says “don’t”. Just Arsenal says Arsenal interested|
|22||Patson Daka||RB Salzburg||Striker||TBR Football|
|Update||Moussa Dembele||Lyon (At. Madrid)||Striker||Daily Express, HITC. FoLo: “Fresh Arsenal links”. Just Arsenal: he can leave|
|24||Sergino Dest||Barcelona||Right back||Bleacher claims he has £343 million release clause. HITC says could be on at lower price! HITC now says it is on|
|25||Josh Doig||Hibs||Left back||The Scotsman. £5m. FoLo say Arsenal desperate to buy a new left back.|
|26||Oddsonne Edouard||Celtic||Striker||Daily Star. FoLo says Leicester and Milan want him.|
|27||Nabil Fekir||Real Betis||Forward||HITC: wants to move to Arsenal. FoLo says it is on. TBR says he wants to join.|
|28||Matteo Guendouzi||Arsenal!||Midfield||He’s been in disgrace so long it seems like he’s already gone but Metro is saying he will be given a contract extension & return|
|29||Achraf Hakimi||Inter Milan||Right Back||Daily Express, HITC|
|Update||Alexander Isak||Real Sociedad||Forward||The Athletic says Arsenal interested. HITC re-running it. And FoLo|
|31||Joan Jordan.||Sevilla||Midfield||TBR says Sevilla don’t want to sell.|
|32||Kyle Joseph||Swansea||Forward||Wales online: Swansea, Rangers, Celtic also want him|
|NEW||Glen Kamara||Rangers||Midfield||Rangers News|
|34||Jules Kounde||Sevilla||Centre back||Daily Express, Star, HITC. Sports Mole says offer about to go in. TBR says Arsenal moving in.|
|35||Layvin Kurzawa||PSG||Left Back||Sport Witness|
|36||Albert Sambi Lokonga||Anderlecht||Midfield||Like Yaya Toure, better than Yves Bissouma. TBR says, could be available on the cheap. Henry recommends. Henry recommends.|
|37||Noussair Mazraoui||Bayern Munich||Right back||101 great goals|
|38||Riyad Mahrez||Manchester City||Forward||Daily Mail, Leicester Mercury, Football London, Sport Review, TBR. AFC pushing forward to deal. HITC says he has announced he is not going|
|Update||Ruben Neves||Wolverhampton Wands||Midfield||Dail Mail: Wolv. wanting £41m; TBR “move is imminent”. Swap for Maitland Niles (Mirror). Arriving this week. Replacing Xhaka (HITC). No this week (which is the following week). F365. “A bad move” Agbonlahor|
|Update||Andre Onana||Ajax||Keeper (banned for one year, reduced to 9 months on appeal)||Caught Offside, Mail, Telegraph. Mirror says Arsenal’s keeper coach prefers him to Leno for immediate change. Teleg says we’ll buy no matter what happens in court. Hard Tackle: deal close. HITC says he wants to join but Arsenal offer too low, Now say Arsenal are great fans. CAS has reduced his sentence to nine months (TBR). Inside Football says AFC to bid.|
|42||Paul Onuachu||Genk||Striker||Sport Witness|
|43||Michael Olise||Reading||Midfield||All Nigerian Soccer|
|44||Charlie Patino||Arsenal Academy||Defensive midfield||17 year old. Maybe going to under 23s first. HITC|
|NEW||Rodrigo de Paul||Udinese||Attacking midfield||Caught offside. Liverpool and Leeds also looking. AFC late interest (caughtoffside). HITC.|
|46||Aaron Ramsey||Juventus||Midfield||Just Arsenal News says cash plus Bellerin will do it. Mirror says it is on. Mirror – its swap for Bellerin plus cash|
|47||Emerson Royal||Real Betis loaned from Barcelona||Right back||Sport Witness; could happen this week (31 May). Not happening “despite relentless speculation”- HITC commenting on its own news coverage.|
|Update||Guido Rodriguez||Real Betis||Defensive midfield||HITC; Just Arsenal News|
|49||Kays Ruiz-Atil||PSG||Midfield||Just Arsenal News|
|NEW||Matt Ryan||Brighton||Goal||HITC: he wants first team football|
|51||Manor Solomon||Shakhtar Donetsk||Winger||Football.London, HITC. “Looking for a house,” TBR. Arsenal put in bid. HITC|
|52||Raheem Sterling||Manchester City||Forward||Daily Mail, TBR. the Hard Tackle Cost £49m. Sport Review. HITC says Ferdinand says he’s unplayable.|
|53||Wojciech Szczesny||Juventus||Goal||Sport Witness; Szczesny counts as home grown and that could be the key point.|
|54||Edmond Tapsoba||Bayer Leverkusen||Defender||Caught offside.|
|55||Tiago Tomas||Sporting CP, Metro||striker||May not come as we don’t have Europe|
|56||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. Chelsea, Man U beating Arsenal.|
|57||Tiago Tomas||Sporting Lisbon||Forward||442: 60m euros agreed. But player refused Arsenal|
|58||Ivan Toney||Brentford||Forward||Brentford say no.|
|59||Pau Torres||Villareal||Centre back||Football London|
|60||Kieran Trippier||Atletico Madrid||Right back||Star|
|61||Cengiz Under||Roma||Right wing||HITC: In exchange for Xhaka|
|NEW||Donny van de Beek||Man U||Midfield||TBR|
|NEW||Vanderson||Grêmio||Right back||19 year old Brazilian. HITC, Boot Room., Cannon|
|64||Dusan Vlahovic||Fiorentina||Striker||Teamtalk, FoLo. This is futbol: “he’s not going”|
|Update||Ben White||Brighton||Centreback||Givemesport say £50m; Shoot / Mirror “Arsenal in chase”. MadaboutEPL. Eurosport, 101: Mirror; Daily Canon – talks on; Express says Arsenal will swap multiple players for him. FoLo its on.|
|66||Wilfried Zaha||Crystal Palace||Wing||TBR. Same story as for the last four transfer windows|
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