111 players tipped to be coming to Arsenal: the full list

By Sir Hardly Anyone and a pineapple

Football journalists write transfer stories because for the most part they require no research, and when proven to be wrong, as about 97% will be, they simply blame the club for being slow or stingy.  It is the same reason as to why they won’t comment on tactical changes (see for example Arsenal’s ten greatest triumphs under Mikel Arteta, ranked) because that requires real live work.

Here is their fantasy list.

No Player Current club  Position Reported by
1 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
5 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
Update Amine Adli Toulouse Forward TBR: Leicester also interested. Player has rejected new contract.  SportWitness, no he’s staying put.  Sports Lens: replaces Odegaard
7 Nathan Ake Manchester City Centre or left back Express; AFC close link with Man C cited.
8 Yuri Alberto Inter Forward 20 year old Brazilian.  Inter need the money
9 Joachim Andersen Lyon Centre back Replacement for David Luiz. £20m. FFC.
Update Houssem Aouar Lyon Midfield Football.London (FoLo). Negotiations at advanced stage  Back on (FoLo).  A bargain (HITC). Going well  (Arsenal station). Bid Tabled (Give me sport)
11 Loic Bade Lens Defender Boot Room.  £22m Leeds also want.
12 Folarin Balogun Arsenal academy Striker All Nigeria Soccer says he is in the party going to USA for pre-season.
13 Dominico Beradi Sassuolo Winger €50million (Arsenal Fever).
14 Nicolo Barella Inter Milan Centre midfield Anfield Central
Update Andrea Belotti Palermo Striker Man U, Liverpoool, Chelsea, Everton also interested.  101 great goals. Decision about to be made TBR
Update 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. Insidefutbol says AFC not willing to pay the price asked.  Caught Office: Arsenal reaching agreement. Sportsmore says no go. Napoli & Atalanta want him (Star).  AFC circling (FL World)
17 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. Star: AFC / Liverpool “head to head”. SportReview: he has a chequered past.
19 Josip Brekalo Wolfsberg Winger Just Arsenal
20 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
21 Hakan Calhanoglu AC Milan Midfield Out of contract this summer.  HITC – “exceptionally talented”
22 Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Everton Forward Express: Arsenal weighing up options.  Hard Tackle: Arsenal “keeping tabs”.  Man U trying to beat Arsenal. Football Talk, Sports Lens
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.  Arsenal tracking him (Mail).  Caught Offside: Man U about to muscle in. 4th Official: Talented anchorman who can spray passes all around the park. AFC, Chelsea, Man U fighting it out (442)
24 Luis Campos Lille Sporting director Would handle transfers.  Charlie Watts says good idea
25 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.
26 Nathan Collins Stoke City Defender Sun, TBR.  (Arsenal buying an “uncompromising” Stoke defender????).   The 72.
27 Jesus Corona Porto Right back or wing Metro.  Signing this week.  HITC – he’s refusing to sign a new contract. Still a target (xpress)
28 Joaquin Correa Lazio Forward TBR £30m.  Offer is now Torreira plus cash (TBR).  One offer rejected already
29  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
30 Patson Daka RB Salzburg Striker TBR Football; Leicester want him so Arsenal no chance Express
31 Moussa Dembele Lyon (At. Madrid) Striker Daily Express, HITC.  FoLo: “Fresh Arsenal links”.  Just Arsenal: he can leave
32 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
33 Amadou Diawara AS Roma Defensive midfield Moving to Arsenal as part of the Xhaka deal: Hard Tackle
34 Josh Doig Hibs Left back The Scotsman.  £5m.  FoLo say Arsenal desperate to buy a new left back.
35 Oddsonne Edouard Celtic Striker Daily Star.  FoLo says Leicester and Milan want him. Now FoLo say he’s staying at Celtic!
36 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.  Talks with player’s rep (TBR)
37 Ferreira Grêmio Winger 23 years old (Caught offside)
38 Florian Grillitsch Hoffenheim Midfield Only one year left on contract HITC
39 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.  Just Arsenal now re-running that story
40 Miguel Gutierrez Real Madrid Full Back The Athletic; Hard Tackle; TBR – Arsenal still interested.  Sport Witness says “surprising claims”.  Arsenal made off (TBR)
41 Achraf Hakimi Inter Milan Right Back Daily Express, HITC
42 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.  Teamtalk: nearly there. HITC – price has just gone up.
NEW Isco Real Madrid Midfield Mirror.  Milan & Totts also keen. It’s a bargain (Just Arsenal).
44 Sam Johnstone WBA Goal If Ramsdale won’t come (Star).  Arsenal’s new focus (Mirror), (Footballleagueworld)
45 Joan Jordan Sevilla Midfield TBR says Sevilla don’t want to sell.
46 Kaio Jorge Santos Forward Wolverhampton also interested (Caught offside).  Available on a free (HITC)
47 Kyle Joseph Swansea Forward Wales online: Swansea, Rangers, Celtic also want him
48 Glen Kamara Rangers Midfield Rangers News.  Watford News says he’s going to Watford.
NEW Thilo Kehrer PSG Defender TBR – AFC looking into… PSG Talk ditto, TeamTalk also.
50 Jonjoe Kenny. Everton Right Back Mail / TBR.  We need a right back???  Celtic Star calls him “Celtic flop”.
51 Franck Kessie AC Milan Midfield £42m (HITC). Arsenal out front (Mirror).  Insidefutbol “Arsenal sniffing around”
52 Tenu Koopmeiners AZ Alkmaars Midfield 23 year old playing for Netherlands
53 Jules Kounde Sevilla Centre back Daily Express, Star, HITC.  Sports Mole says offer about to go in.  TBR says Arsenal moving in. Express: Man U backing out.
54 Layvin Kurzawa PSG Left Back Sport Witness
55 Tariq Lamptey Brighton & Hove Right back Sky Sports News.  TBR says still on
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).  FoLo: Bid launched. F365 – 40m Euro offer. FoLo he wants to go to Juventus.  Offer made F365.  AFC have not made a bid (Sports Mole; IB Times).  Bid Made (Sports Witness – big offer) AFC in the lead (FFC).  €35 million offered (HardTackle).  Sassulo interested in sale (HITC). New talks TBR.  Caught off: AFC winning.  TBR: Juve offer long way behind. Mail: he wants to go to Juve. Not AFC (HITC). (SportsMole)
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). Not in Anderlecht pre-season (Daily Canon).  Improved off (Mail Online) Only offering €15m with add ons (Sport Witness). New bid entered (365). Deal done (Football Fancast). Happening (Sportwitness).  This week (Sport Witness). Medical happening (Express), Getting close (Sport Review). In London sorting deal (Canon). Sportwitness 99.9% done; medical now
Update 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. Was top target but now too expensive (Fansided).  He’s top target (Express). AFC keen (Sports Lens). AFC offering big pay rise (Cannon). Deal on (Teamtalk) Could happen (FFC)
59 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.  Player is interested (Football Tavern)
60 Noussair Mazraoui Bayern Munich Right back 101 great goals
61 Mert Muldur, Sassuolo (Italy) Full back Can play left and right (Just Arsenal)
Update Neto Barcelona Goalkeeper Caught Offside.  Back on (HITC), Hard Tackle Mirror.  On transfer list (365)
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. Talks ongoing.  Sports Mole
Update 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).  Not Arsenal (HITC). Real Mad ready to offer on loan (Mirror). Coming back to AFC. (Last word)
65 Michael Olise Reading Midfield All Nigerian Soccer
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.  Football Talk also.  “Talks ongoing” Sports review. Lyon want him (HITC) Still going HITC. He’s gone to Lyon. 101
67 Paul Onuachu Genk Striker Sport Witness.  HITC: Watford and WHU interested.
68 Charlie Patino Arsenal Academy Defensive midfield 17 year old.  Maybe going to under 23s first.  HITC
69 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
70 Alassane Plea  Borussia Monchengladbach Attack Express; Hard Tackle
71 Dennis Praet Leicester Midfield Athletic, Express, Sport Review
Update Aaron Ramsdale Sheffield Utd Goal Last word, Sky Sport.  HITC says price AFC offering is far too low. Caught offside: deal is on. Talks on (Canon), (Teamtalk, HITC).  £20m+ (The72).  Offer made (Mail). Been looked at (Mail). Offer soon (Hard Tackle).  About to bid (FL World)
73 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
74 Sergio Ramos Free agent (ex Real Madrid) Centre back AFC want him to lead the team (Express).  AFC will hi-jack PSG move.  (Sports mole; FoLo). Asked to be kept in touch (givemesport)
75 David Raya Brentford Goal “Been looked at” FoLo
76 Ricardinho Grêmio Forward 20 year old: Caught offside
77 Sergi Roberto Barcelona Full Back Express: replacement for Bellerin
78 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.
79 Guido Rodriguez Real Betis Defensive midfield HITC;   Arsenal best placed TBR.  AFC leading race, Just Arsenal.  Price as gone up as others make offers Sportwitness.  He wants Real Mad (TBR)
80 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)!!!! Not coming (Caught off). Gone to Sociadad (ESPN)
82 Marcel Sabitzer RB Leipzig Midfield FootballFancast. £15m. Just Arsenal.
Update Renato Sanches Lille Midfield Talks ongoing: TBR, HITC, TBR returns to subject saying Arsenal have made contact. Getting close (Eyefootball). He’s a target (Express). On radar (TBR). Still keen but Tots also (inside Futbol) (TBR) (Givemesport)
84 Martin Satriano Inter Milan forward Daily Mail, Tottenam, WHU, Everton all want him but he’s never played in the first team.  Club anxious to sell (SportsLens).  AFC hoping Inter financial problems will force sale (Canon)
85 Cadena Ser Real Sociedad Striker The Athletic
86 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.  Offer made (Sports Review).  AFC to miss out (HITC)
NEW Thierry Small Everton Left Back TBR
88 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)
89 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. He’s been offered to Totts. (HITC)
90 Wojciech Szczesny Juventus Goal Sport Witness; Szczesny counts as home grown 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. Chelsea, Man U beating Arsenal.  Sport Review Arsenal still keen.  Fresh A: It’s White who’s too expensive Tapsoba is 2nd choice.  Arsenal focussed: 4th official
92 Nuno Tavares Benfica Left Back Signing a five year contract. TBR, Metro, Sport Witness.  HITC: he has a release clause of £75m.  (What about Tierney???) Football Talk – its probably.  He has signed: HITC; Foot-Talk.  Happening 30 June TBR. Canon – it’s done. He’s had his medical, Sport Witness.  No, Brighton want him (also Sport Witness). Medical done at Arsenal (Caught offside).  No, it was Lisbon (Canon) (SportWit). He’s in London (Mirror).  Arteta has called him (HITC).  Medical passed (Just Arsenal). Spotted at the airport (HITC). Deal done Sports mole. a difficult personality with worrying weaknesses (TBR, Just Arsenal). Agreed (Sport Witness)
93 James Tavernier Rangers Right back 90min.
94 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)
NEW Youri Tielemans Leicester Midfield CunningFox: £75m but Liverpool looks more likely
Update Takehiro Tomiyasu Bologna Defender Better value than White HITC.  Arsenal to hijack Tots move (Football Talk), WHU move (hammers.news) AFC not interested Sport Mole
97 Takehiro Tomiyasu Bologna Centre or right back Arseblog quoting Football Italia but saying unlikely
98 Ivan Toney Brentford Forward Brentford say no.
99 Pau Torres Villareal Centre back Football London
100 Kieran Trippier Atletico Madrid Right back Star
101 Samuel Umtiti Barcelona Centre Back Express says Barcelona are having a fire sale. Star agrees.
102 Cengiz Under Roma Right wing HITC: In exchange for Xhaka
103 Donny van de Beek Man U Midfield TBR
104 Vanderson Grêmio Right back 19 year old Brazilian.  HITC, Boot Room., Cannon, Caught offside
105 Yari Verschaeren Anderlecht Attacking midfield Arseblog
106 Dusan Vlahovic Fiorentina Striker Teamtalk, FoLo.   This is futbol: “he’s not going”
Updated 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.  HITC: salary agreed. Caughtoffside says AFC see him as future captain.  Deal almost done TBR. Now done TBR. No, its Everton.  (Express). No its Arsenal (TBR). No its Man C (IB Times). Chelsea issue list of reasons why player should not go to Arsenal (Team Talk).  Offer increased (Express).  HITC allege illegal contact between Chelsea and player. Closing in – Football Talk.  Giveme: playing telling friends deal is done.  Wants to be at AFC (Arsenal fever)
108 Freddie Woodman Newcastle Goalkeeper Offer in part exchange for Joe Willock (Express, 101, Mail)
109 Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace Wing TBR.  Same story as for the last four transfer windows
NEW Denis Zakaria. Borussia Monchengladbach Midfield Just Arsenal
111 Piotr Zielinski Napoli Midfield HITC rank him highly, TBR also; Hard Tackle.  “Added to wishlist” Team Talk.


8 Replies to “111 players tipped to be coming to Arsenal: the full list”

  1. According to the BBC today, “Arsenal are set to miss out on signing PSV Eindhoven and the Netherlands forward Donyell Malen, 22, after he reached an agreement to join Borussia Dortmund as a replacement for Jadon Sancho.”

    So yet another to add to the list…….although “missing out” on someone we’ve never actually been linked to is perhaps taking things to extremes!!

  2. Malen was of course one of our youngsters who we allowed to escape. I’m not sure that he offers anything more than the other youngsters who we still have on our books. I just hope we had a sell on clause so that we get some further income.

  3. Another for your list.
    According to The Metro we have joined the race to sign Tammy Abraham from Chelsea. This apparently originally comes from the Telegraph.
    Our poor transfer team must be getting knackered with all these races they are entering.

  4. 111 numbers of new players link with Arsenal for signings in this summer transfer window that’s still has over months to close are to me a kind of over rumoured Arsenal summer transfer rumours in the media. But that shouldn’t be a surpluse as it has become the norm in the media exaggerate Arsenal transfer rumours every window.

    Nut whatever is it that’s going be the final numbers of new players whom Arsenal will sign this summer. The new incomings may not be not more than 6 in numbers. A new RB if Bellerin leaves. A centreback to replace the departed David Luiz. A new LB in Nuno Taveres who has already been brought in. A new midfield enforcer and a new play maker who are yet to be recruited. And a new striker signing that is yet to be signed too.

    I think with these 6 new recruitment done if they are recruited this summer by Arsenal to bolster Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal first team squad, who of course should all be of the top quality grade kinds with good resale value. I believe Arsenal will be home and dry in the Premier League campaign come next season.

    But who should those 6 new incomer signings be is a job left to Arteta, Edu and Carrick to make a very good job of it for Arsenal this summer.

    And I think they are on their ways already at doing that as a new midfielder in Lokonja is reportedly looking will soon be on the Arsenal books very soon in addition to Taveres who is already on their books. And hopefully, Ben White will soon join them.

    But will Okwonko be a good backup to Leno? If Arteta and Edu this he will be. Then it’s okay. But if he wouldn’t, the new incomings to Arsenal this summer cloud reach 7 in numbers. For, the club will have to sign a new top quality grade goalie as well. But maybe he will be Onana who they will sign I don’t know.

    And of course a clear out of a good number of some Gunners will also take place at the club this summer too. And this exercise is already taking place there at the club.

  5. Why is it we are being asked to pay over inflated prices when looking to buy but our players seem to be under valued when we look to sell.
    EG Sander Berge £35 million, Xhaka £15-20 million.
    Seems cockeyed to me given their respective quality.

  6. According to Football365 Arsenal are still hopefull of getting Odergaard and are ready to ‘pounce’.
    Yesterday we were going to ‘swoop’ on Koopmeiners, today we are about to swoop.
    I have visions of Arteta hiding behind a tree and ‘pouncing’ out on an unsuspecting Odergaard as he walks home with a pint of milk from the local shops in Madrid.
    Or Edu mid-air hanging on to a kite and ‘swooping’ down on a terrified Koopmeiners whilst he walks from the training ground.

  7. Typo..
    Yesterday we were going to ‘swoop’ on Koopmeiners, today we are about to ‘pounce’ on Odergaard.

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