With 20% of the transfer window gone, 91 players tipped to join Arsenal

By Sir Hardly Anyone

Of course it is not surprising that the media are inventing Arsenal transfer stories right, left and centre. They cost nothing and with over 115,000 professional players in the world to choose from there’s still plenty more to name.

And the back is, as Caughtoffside said, “Arsenal have had so many problems over the years when it comes to contracts and extensions: The main issue has been handing out huge long-term deals to those who aren’t worth it while the contracts of their stars have been allowed to run into the final year…”

Sadly no comparative evidence was provided.

A different view comes from Just Arsenal who say Stan Kroenke has never been one to spend too much money and we shouldn’t expect him to act too differently all of a sudden.     We’ll come back to this shortly, to see how we compare with other clubs in recent years.

Anyway we have got six new names since we last ran the chart (just four days ago) of players tipped to come to Arsenal by those who proclaim to be in the know.  And a lot of updates too.

No Player Current club  Position Reported by
Update Patrick van Aanholt Released by Palace Left Back HITC; Hardtackle.  Backup for Tierney
2  Max Aarons Norwich Full back Daily Express
3 Abdul Abdulmalik Millwall Forward Mail.  Swansea have made a bid.  Express says Millwall trying to hold him
4 Tyler Adams Leipzig Midfield FoLo
NEW Amine Adli Toulouse Forward TBR: Leicester also interested. Player has rejected new contract
Update Houssem Aouar Lyon Midfield Football.London (FoLo). Negotiations at advanced stage
6 Tosin Adarabioyo Fulham Centre back Daily Express.  Just £10m (Daily Cannon) until 1 month before new season. Top Flight: Arsenal interested.  Centre back£10m release clause.  The Athletic
7 Yuri Alberto Inter Forward 20 year old Brazilian.  Inter need the money
8 Joachim Andersen Lyon Centre back Replacement for David Luiz. £20m. FFC.
9 Loic Bade Lens Defender Boot Room.  £22m Leeds also want.
10 Folarin Balogun Arsenal academy Striker All Nigeria Soccer says he is in the party going to USA for pre-season.
11 Dominico Beradi Sassuolo Winger €50million (Arsenal Fever).
12 Nicolo Barella Inter Milan Centre midfield Anfield Central
13 Sander Bergef


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. Insidefutbol says AFC not willing to pay the price asked
14 Ryan Bertrand Southampton Left back Mirror
15 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
16 Josip Brekalo Wolfsberg Winger Just Arsenal
17 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
Update Eduaro Camavinga Rennes Midfield Will cost around €50million, Caught offside.  TBR say he is compared to Vieira.  HITC its on.  SportsMole: he’s the main target
19 Luis Campos Lille Sporting director Would handle transfers.  Charlie Watts says good idea
20 Hakan Calhanoglu AC Milan Midfield Out of contract this summer.  HITC – “exceptionally talented”
NEW Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Everton Forward Express: Arsenal weighing up options.  Hard Tackle: Arsenal “keeping tabs”.
NEW Eduardo Camavinga Rennes Midfield 4th Official: Talented anchorman who can spray passes all around the park.
23 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.  Mail says interest is still on.
24 Nathan Collins Stoke City Defender Sun, TBR.  (Arsenal buying an “uncompromising” Stoke defender????).   The 72.
25 Jesus Corona Porto Right back or wing Metro.  Signing this week.  HITC – he’s refusing to sign a new contract. Still a target (xpress)
Update Joaquin Correa Lazio Forward TBR £30m.  Offer is now Torreira plus cash (TBR).  One offer rejected already
Update  Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Midfield Just Arsenal, FoLo: Arsenal will have to wait.  Winterburn says “don’t”.  Just Arsenal says Arsenal interested.  Express says still on. Mirror says AFC want report on his injury.  PSG have made a bid: The Lazalai.  HITC: Arsenal make contact
28 Patson Daka RB Salzburg Striker TBR Football; Leicester want him so Arsenal no chance Express
29 Moussa Dembele Lyon (At. Madrid) Striker Daily Express, HITC.  FoLo: “Fresh Arsenal links”.  Just Arsenal: he can leave
30 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
NEW Amadou Diawara AS Roma Defensive midfield Moving to Arsenal as part of the Xhaka deal: Hard Tackle
32 Josh Doig Hibs Left back The Scotsman.  £5m.  FoLo say Arsenal desperate to buy a new left back.
33 Oddsonne Edouard Celtic Striker Daily Star.  FoLo says Leicester and Milan want him. Now FoLo say he’s staying at Celtic!
34 Nabil Fekir Real Betis Forward HITC: wants to move to Arsenal.  FoLo says it is on.  TBR says he wants to join. Arsenal made an offer (Canon).  Still on Team Talk, Just Arsenal.  Star: bid far too low. 101 says most realistic transfer
35 Ferreira Grêmio Winger 23 years old (Caught offside)
36 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
37 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.  Cesc says his the top man at the Euros. Others agree.  HITC raving. Chelsea & Liverpool also want him. (Sports Mole). Tottenham also want him  HITC. Arsenal met the asking price. Star agrees. Release clause £60m – Media Referee.
39 Joan Jordan. Sevilla Midfield TBR says Sevilla don’t want to sell.
40 Kaio Jorge Santos Forward Wolverhampton also interested (Caught offside)
41 Kyle Joseph Swansea Forward Wales online: Swansea, Rangers, Celtic also want him
42 Glen Kamara Rangers Midfield Rangers News.  Watford News says he’s going to Watford.
43 Jonjoe Kenny. Everton Right Back Mail / TBR.  We need a right back???  Celtic Star calls him “Celtic flop”.
Update Franck Kessie AC Milan Midfield £42m (HITC). Arsenal out front (Mirror)
45 Tenu Koopmeiners AZ Alkmaars Midfield 23 year old playing for Netherlands
46 Jules Kounde Sevilla Centre back Daily Express, Star, HITC.  Sports Mole says offer about to go in.  TBR says Arsenal moving in.
47 Layvin Kurzawa PSG Left Back Sport Witness
48 Tariq Lamptey Brighton & Hove Right back Sky Sports News.  TBR says still onf
Update Manuel Locatelli Sassulo (Serie A) Midfield Express: player will decide after Euros.  £34m asked.  Juventus also interested.  Arsenal made offer. Juventus leading – HITC.  Arsenal set to miss out (Shoot)
Update Albert Sambi Lokonga Anderlecht Midfield Like Yaya Toure, better than Yves Bissouma.  TBR says, could be available on the cheap.  Henry recommends. Footballtalk says first bid rejected.  TBR says transfer is inevitable. Metro says Arsenal have put bid in. AFC just £4m short (Athletic).   Any moment, HITC. Fo Lo this week.  Just Arsenal, Arsenal too slow. Canon – details of contract and salary.  Shirt no discussed  (Canon).  Personal terms being discussed (Fresh Arsenal).  Done (Team Talk).  It will happen (HITC). The first transfer  (Hard Tackle), Talks are on (ThisisFutbol)
51 James Maddison Leicester Playmaker Leicester Live.  Chelsea also interested.  Arsenal top of the list – £60m  FoLo, TBR, Football Fancast, Hard Tackle  He’ll have to demand transfers to get to Arsenal (Mercury). Arsenal giving up on other buys to get him.
52 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. HITC says he has announced he is not going.  Mirror, ask make enquiry
54 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
55 Neto Barcelona Goalkeeper Caught Offside
56 Martin Odegaard Real Madrid Midfield Arsenal not offering enough.  Mirror.  HITC will stay at Madrid.  Being offered in swap for Smith Rowe (sport Bible).  Still a priority (Arsenal Fever).  Arsenal out of it, going to Liverpool (Rousing)
57 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.  Football Talk also.  “Talks ongoing” Sports review.
58 Paul Onuachu Genk Striker Sport Witness
59 Michael Olise Reading Midfield All Nigerian Soccer
60 Charlie Patino Arsenal Academy Defensive midfield 17 year old.  Maybe going to under 23s first.  HITC
61 Rodrigo de Paul Udinese Attacking midfield Caught offside.  Liverpool and Leeds also looking.  AFC late interest (caughtoffside).  HITC. Daily Canon – he’s going to At Madrid
62 Alassane Plea  Borussia Monchengladbach Attack Express; Hard Tackle
63 Aaron Ramsdale Sheffield Utd Goal Last word, Sky Sport.  HITC says price AFC offering is far too low
Update 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.  Metro, he’s certainly leaving. Mad about says yes. TBR says deal back on.  Mirror – AFC can’t afford wage demands
65 Ricardinho Grêmio Forward 20 year old: Caught offside
66 Sergi Roberto Barcelona Full Back Express: replacement for Bellerin
67 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;   Arsenal best placed TBR.  AFC leading race, Just Arsenal.
69 Kays Ruiz-Atil  PSG Midfield Just Arsenal News
Update Matt Ryan Brighton Goal HITC: he wants first team football.  Going to Celtic (Football Insider). Not Arsenal (Just Arsenal).  Yes Arsenal (Football Insider)!!!!
NEW Marcel Sabitzer RB Leipzig Midfield FootballFancast. £15m
NEW Renato Sanches Lille Midfield Talks ongoing: TBR, HITC
73 Cadena Ser Real Sociedad Striker The Athletic
Update Andre Silva Eintracht Frankfurt Forward Metro: Lacazette replacement; TBR contact made.  Hammers News: AFC trying to take over the signing.  Price discussed.  Player informed (Sport Mole, Highbury House.  Talks ongoing Football 365.  Lacaz must go first Mirror.
75 Manor Solomon Shakhtar Donetsk Winger Football.London, HITC.  “Looking for a house,” TBR.  Arsenal put in bid.  HITC.  Bid expected (Caught offside).  He’s the man they want (ditto)
Update Raheem Sterling Manchester City Forward Daily Mail, TBR. the Hard Tackle  Cost £49m. Sport Review.  HITC says Ferdinand says he’s unplayable. FoLo says he won’t go to Arsenal.  Sun says it’s Arsenal.  Mirror, enquiry made
77 Wojciech Szczesny Juventus Goal Sport Witness; Szczesny counts as home grown and that could be the key point.
Update Tiago Tomas Sporting CP, Metro striker May not come as we don’t have Europe.  442: 60m euros agreed. But player refused Arsenal as they don’t play in Europe (TBR)
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. Chelsea, Man U beating Arsenal.  Sport Review Arsenal still keen.
80 Ivan Toney Brentford Forward Brentford say no.
81 Pau Torres Villareal Centre back Football London
82 Kieran Trippier Atletico Madrid Right back Star
83 Samuel Umtiti Barcelona Centre Back Express says Barcelona are having a fire sale
84 Cengiz Under Roma Right wing HITC: In exchange for Xhaka
85 Patrick van Aanholt Crystal Palace Left back Team Talk says he’s no good
86  Donny van de Beek Man U Midfield TBR
87 Vanderson Grêmio Right back 19 year old Brazilian.  HITC, Boot Room., Cannon, Caught offside
88 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.  Football Insider, Hard Tackle say £40m. Fo Lo – this week will be done. Insider says £50m.  Still top of the list (101).  Express: main target.  No he’s going to PSG. Locked in talks (Mirror). Simon Jordan urges him not to sign.
90 Freddie Woodman Newcastle Goalkeeper Offer in part exchange for Joe Willock (Express, 101)
91 Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace Wing TBR.  Same story as for the last four transfer windows

6 Replies to “With 20% of the transfer window gone, 91 players tipped to join Arsenal”

  1. Sir Hardley Anyone

    I don’t really know why you bother with all this now as apparently, according to poster Bertie Mee anyway, we can get all the accurate up to date information about our potential transfers straight from the horses mouth in the shape of a certain Mr Ornstein.

    Bertie Mee 25 June 2021 at 10:46 PM

    “I think you should realise that Ornstein is effectively an official mouthpiece of the club because he is effectively an official mouthpiece of the club as Arsenal actually feed him information. So when he says White is almost a done deal I would believe it”.

    “He leaks Arsenal news with unerring accuracy regularly. Where do you think it comes from ?

    Go back and check the last twenty signings Arsenal have made and Ornstein’s release of the news. Twenty lucky guesses ?”


    In your experience is this true? Is Mr Ornstein Arsenals ‘official mouthpiece’ ?

    Bertie claims he has predicted Arsenals last 20 signings accurately. Is that true?

    I’m not saying it is or isn’t, but if he is Arsenals ‘official’ mouth piece and he is that good then all you ever have to do is listen to him to know who we’re going to sign and who we are not going to sign.

    This is great news. It will save you tons of work Sir Hardly and earn me a fortune down the bookies. Thanks Bertie.

  2. In your article, number 1& 85 are the same player. So also is 18 and 22.
    No one is arsenals official mouthpiece.. Until its on arsenal.com and the player is holding a red and white shirt with number, don’t believe anything you read…
    Saves one a lot of time and avoids confusion.

  3. Morale

    I’m with you, but Bertie Mee seems to think this Ornstein character is our ‘official mouthpiece’ getting his last 20 predictions correct. I find that hard to believe but if he says he has who am I to argue. Anyway he’s going to show me the proof. Of course he will 🤣

  4. @ Nitram…….and Bertie Mee

    I did a bit of googling. I saw Ornstein use the phrase “according to reports” quite a lot and apart from predicting the Oedegard loan and the sale of Ozil (which everybody else in the country predicted), I can’t really see him saying anything concrete apart from this in the Athletic on 7th Jan 2021, “Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun is close to signing a pre-contract agreement to join a foreign club, David Ornstein and James McNicholas can reveal.”

    Three months later he signed a four year contract……..to stay at Arsenal.

    So Bertie, one can only assume he knows eveything about he we’re going to sign but naff all about who we’re going to sell or offer new contracts?!!

  5. Bertie knows just like Ornstein. Arsenal are going to reappoint Bertie as manager and ornstein as the agent for transfers. By the way Bertie don’t forget to wet the transfers before you apply them. 😉 😉

  6. Mikey

    Thanks for doing some research. To be honest I couldn’t be asked because frankly I wasn’t going to waste my time (I do enough research to know just how long it takes) looking for something I doubted very much existed. Instead I asked Bertie to show be the 20 examples of which he spoke:

    “Go back and check the last twenty signings Arsenal have made and Ornstein’s release of the news”.

    He has as yet failed to show me them.

    Bertie appears to have an issue with Tony’s premise that almost all Arsenal transfer stories (97%) are fake news, including news from the Athletic and Ornstein:

    “I think you should realise that Ornstein is effectively an official mouthpiece of the club”

    Tony must be reading this and I’m sure if he put more credibility in what The Athletic and Ornstein predict he would say. And even if they where a little closer to Arsenal than others, which They/He may well be, I find it hard to believe he’s predicted the last 20 signings ? As I said, if that was so we could all be very rich on the back of endless winning wagers.

    I’m also sure Berties reading us Doubting Thomas’s and will be here very soon showing us those 20 predictions of which he speaks.

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