The players Arsenal are tipped to buy this summer: from 70 to 136.



By Sir Hardly Anyone

This is part two of the current list of players Arsenal are said to be chasing.  Part one can be found by looking at the Recent Posts list, at the top of the right column on this page.  Or by clicking the post above this one.

So, what we find it that this summer, journalists and others have excelled themselves by finding the largest number of players Arsenal are signing “according to reports”.

136 players we are looking to buy – an extraordinary number, given that the number we actually do buy is going to be a lot, lot less than this.  This is 70 to 136.

No Player Current club  Position Reported by
70 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.
71 Layvin Kurzawa PSG Left Back Sport Witness
72 Tariq Lamptey Brighton Right     back Sky Sports News.  TBR says still on
NEW Clement Lenglet Barcelona Centre back Part of a player swap deal involving Laca and Auba (Team talk)
NEW Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Striker Replacement for Auba or Lacazette.  He wants to leave (Football Transfers)
Up date Manuel Locatelli Sassulo 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). Another bid (Football Talk; Arsenal Fever). AFC keen but players wants Juve. Metro price agreed.  Daily Canon questions if player wants to join. Guardian: prefers Juve.  Setback – Mirror.  New AFC offer Sport Witness. AFC willing to pay £69m; F365.  Shoot – Bid Made.  Express- major blow he might want to go somewhere else. Mirror – bid confirmed.  Club given boost Calcio Exclusive
76 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. HITC done
77 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). AFC if he can play central. FoLo.  AFC chance booksted (101).  AFC to swap 4 players (Express).  Happing: CaughtOff. Enq made (Caught off).  TBR still the no1 target.  Leic want £70m (Hard Tackle).  Caught off – again still the no 1 target. Move expected (Mirror) Still possible (Mirror)
78 Riyad Mahrez Man C 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)
79 Lautaro Martinez Inter Forward Caught off: Arsenal have made enquiry.  TBR a swap deal could be on.  Mail: Arsenal have made an enquiry.  He’s available only on a straight cash deal (Express). Inter not keen on AFC offer (TalkSport)  Express repeat cash deal story.  No, he’s going to At. Madrid (Express)  Price is 80m euros (Hard Tackle).  Doesn’t want to leave Italy (1886)
80 Noussair Mazraoui Bayern        Munich Right     back 101 great goals
NEW  Ilaix Moriba Barcelona Central midfield Barcelona offering him to Arsenal and other clubs (Fotball 365)
82 Mert Muldur, Sassuolo         (Italy) Full back Can play left and right (Just Arsenal).  365 – if Bellerin goes.
Up date Neto Barcelona Goal Caught Offside.  Back on (HITC), Hard Tackle Mirror.  On transfer list (365).  AFC clear now Tots not interested (Express). AFC backing off.  Sport Witness.  Part of a player swap (Team Talk)
84 Ruben Neves Wolves 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. 101 – going to Man U. Hope fading TeamTalk.  TBR: Arsenal keen.
Up date Martin Odegaard Real Mad 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). It’s on (365).  He wants to return – Sport Witness; Arsenal station; Canon. AFC offer player £6m a year deal (Football Talk; HITC). “Door is wide open” Sports Lens.  SportWitness – he can go to AFC for €50m. Transfer now likely – TBR.  Arteta demands signing now (HITC).  Club keen (SportsLens) In talks TBR.  Maybe just £35m (TBR). Negotiations happening (This is futbol).  It’s back on (HITC).  It’s done.  (Sport Witness)
86 Michael Olise Reading Midfield All Nigerian Soccer
87 Andre Onana Ajax Keeper (banned) 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.  AFC still not made a bid.  Sports Mole
88 Paul Onuachu Genk Striker Sport Witness.  HITC: Watford and WHU interested.
89 Charlie Patino Arsenal    Academy Defensive midfield 17 year old.  Maybe going to under 23s first.  HITC
90 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
91 Matheus Pereira WBA Attacking midfield Brazilian player – which puts Edu on alert! Football London says he is available.
92 Alassane Plea  Borussia Monc Attack Express; Hard Tackle
93 Dennis Praet Leicester Midfield Athletic, Express, Sport Review
Up date Aaron Ramsdale Sheff U 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).  Sheff demand AFC youngsters in part ex. Top target for AFC (Athletic). No chance (HITC). 3rd bid now in (Star).  Danny Mills calls the idea bizarre (FL World).  Double deal proposed with Berge (365).  He’s keen to come (Mirror). One last offer (TBR)
95 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. Mail: ready to bid. TBR: Newcastle interested, so are AFC
96 Sergio Ramos Free agent      (ex Real M) 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)
97 David Raya Brentford Goal “Been looked at” FoLo
98 Ricardinho Grêmio Forward 20 year old: Caught offside
99 Sergi Roberto Barcelona Full Back Express: replacement for Bellerin
100 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).  £26m (Metro; TBR, Just Arsenal).  Club willing to negotiate price down (Sportwitness!)
101 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.
102 Kays Ruiz-Atil  PSG Midfield Just Arsenal News
103 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)
104 Marcel Sabitzer RB Leipzig Midfield FootballFancast. £15m. Just Arsenal.
Up date 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).  Lille willing to sell as they are short of cash. (Canon).  He’s going back to Bayern (TBR).  He’s available for £30m; TBR.  He’s injured and interest cools Just Arsenal
106 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)
107 Cadena Ser Real Sociedad Striker The Athletic
108 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)
109 Thierry Small Everton Left Back TBR
110 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)
111 Raheem Sterling Man C 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)
112 Wojciech Szczesny Juventus Goal Sport Witness; Szczesny counts as home grown and that could be the key point.
113 Edmond Tapsoba Bayer    Leverk 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
114 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).  Spotted (FoLo)
115 James Tavernier Rangers Right back 90min.
116 Tiago Tomas Sporting    CP 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). AFC want players in every position (Just Arsenal).  HITC
117 Youri Tielemans Leicester Midfield CunningFox: £75m but Liverpool looks more likely
Up date Corentin Tolisso Bayern Munich Midfield Man U also interested.  Exchange for Bellerin (Just Arsenal), ICFootball),
119 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.  Either Totts or AFC (Sportwitness)
120 Takehiro Tomiyasu Bologna Centre or  RB Arseblog quoting Football Italia but saying unlikely
121 Ivan Toney Brentford Forward Brentford say no.
122 Pau Torres Villareal Centre back Football London
Up date Kieran Trippier Atletico       Madrid Right back Star; Hard Tackle reporting it as a new development. AFC now favourites (Just Arsenal).  AFC must pay £51m (HITC).  Swap deal for Bellerin (Sun)
124 Samuel Umtiti Barcelona Centre Back Express says Barcelona are having a fire sale. Star agrees.
125 Cengiz Under Roma Right wing HITC: In exchange for Xhaka
126 Donny van de Beek Man U Midfield TBR
127 Vanderson Grêmio Right back 19 year old Brazilian.  HITC, Boot Room., Cannon, Caught offside
128 Yari Verschaeren Anderlecht Attacking midfield Arseblog
129 Dusan Vlahovic Fiorentina Striker Teamtalk, FoLo.   This is futbol: “he’s not going”.  TBR now reporting this as a new story even though it is ancient.  TBR – we are now in the lead. Also FoLo
130 James Ward-Prowse Soton Midfield HITC
131 Ben White Brighton Centre   back 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).  It’s agreed Caught offside. 101. Sun. Medical happening (FreshArsenal). Def on Sky Sports News
Up date Freddie Woodman Newcastle Goal Keeper Offer in part exchange for Joe Willock (Express, 101, Mail). Deal is serious possibility (Mirror).  Either Woodman or Neto (Canon)
133 Wilfried Zaha Crystal P Wing TBR.  Same story as for the last four transfer windows
134 Denis Zakaria Borussia Monch Midfield Just Arsenal, Caught offside – he’s looking for a move.  TBR – he’s linked. Edu says yes: SportsLens.  Mirror -there’s a delay
NEW Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa. Fulham Defensive midfield Football 365.  He says he wants to leave
136 Piotr Zielinski Napoli Midfield HITC rank him highly, TBR also; Hard Tackle.  “Added to wishlist” Team Talk.

What happened to the 134 players said to be coming to Arsenal last summer?