81 players arriving, 27 leaving: the media’s wild take on Arsenal’s transfers this summer



By Sir Hardly Anyone

The case of Adam Hlozek shows us exactly how the media work these days.   Before the last couple of days, there has been no mention anywhere of the forward wanting to come to Arsenal, or of Arsenal being interested in him.  And then suddenly the Mirror, having never talked of him before, says “Arsenal miss out on Mikel Arteta striker target as familiar problem emerges”.    Given the media’s undying desire for transfer news one might think they could have mentioned the player before – but no, they pick up on the fact that he is possibly being transferred and then say Arsenal have missed out even though neither they nor anyone else ever once mentioned that Arsenal were after him.  It was ever thus.

Meanwhile, the Mirror also states, “Arsenal could bring in as many as seven players this summer, with strikers a particular priority.” although unfortunately, they forget to tell us who, which is a shame, and instead recite the names of players who are leaving.

Here is the latest on the list of the 81 players Arsenal are tipped to buy this summer and the 27 who are leaving.

No Player Source Club Notes
1 Max Aarons Daily Cannon, Carrowroad.net, HITC Norwich City Right back.  Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund interested £20m
Update Tammy Abraham TBR, Mirror, Just Arsenal  (Left Chelsea under one year ago).  Telegraph – AFC interested Roma; Mourinho says he can go Forward. Will cost over £35m.  Wil cost €80million (Just Arsenal)
NEW Manuel Akanji Mirror says he wants to come to AFC Borussia Dortmund Centre back.  Contract ends next summer
4 Kerem Akturkoglu TeamTalk Galatasaray. Forward
5 Houssem Aouar Football 365 Lyon Attacking midfield
6 Ronald Araujo Express Barcelona Defender
7 Yves Bissouma HITC, 90 Min Brighton Midfield. Requested a transfer. Liverpool want him
8 Julian Brandt Mirror Borussia Dortmund ready to sell Midfield
9 Gleison Bremer Football365 Torino Tottenham also want the centre back
10 Armando Broja Mirror, Caught Offside Chelsea (loan at Southampton) Forward
11 Dominic Calvert-Lewin Express, Mirror, Mail, F365, Caught Offside, TeamTalk.  Player says he wants AFC (Football Insider) (NUFCBlog) Everton Forward; Everton now ready to sell.  WHU want him.  AFC cooling (Football Insider) TT says AFC not interested
12 Reyes Cleary Foot365, Canon. WBA 17 year old forward
13 Phillipe Coutinho Mirror, Give Me Sport, Sport Witness, TBR Aston Villa £33.57m.  £337m release clause (TBR)
14 Danilo Teamtalk Leeds Defensive midfield
Update Jonathan David Express, Mirror, Foot365, PBR, FoLo. Telegraph – still interested Lille Forward; agent confirms he’s leaving.  It’s on; Edu met agent
NEW Moussa Dembele Telegraph: in final year of contract Lyon Forward
Update Memphis Depay TBR,  Mirror: Barca set price, AFC in pole position Barcelona Forward
18 Sergino Dest Football London Barcelona Full back
19 Moussa Diaby Mirror – £84m Bayer Leverkusen Winger
Update Paulo Dybala HITC: Totts want him also. Football London. Story now repeated.  Mirror now saying he doesn’t want to come.  Mirror now saying he is coming.  “Meeting in London”. Juventus Forward available on a free.  Talks ongoing (FoLo). Man U and Newcastle also want him.
21 Khayon Edwards Express: AFC youth player now ready to sign full contract Arsenal Forward.  Jeorge Bird says he has signed.
22 Joao Felix Football London, Daily Canon, HITC Atletico Madrid Replacement for Lacazette
Update Cody Gakpo Sport Witness, Star, Bavarian Football, HITC, Mirror (who say PSV “upping his wages” in a cunning way of keeping him) PSV (the Dutch Thierry Henry) Winger.  AFC favourites to get him. Tottenham interested
NEW Florian Grillitsch Telegraph Hoffenheim Midfield.  Free agent this summer
25 Serge Gnabry Mirror Bayern Munich Player says he wants to leave
26 Arda Guler Mirror, Sport Witness, Ozil says he’s world class (HITC) Fenerbahce Midfield. Liverpool and Bayern interested
27 Erling Haaland HITC, Sky, Express, Mirror Borussia Dortmund Age 21.  £250m. Odegaard tells AFC to sign him
28 Eden Hazard HITC, AS, Mirror, Give me Sport, Real Madrid £33.5m; meetings being held (Mirror)
Update Aaron Hickey Sport Witness.  Fo.Lo Arsenal now lead the race. Express – transfer just hours away (10 May).  Still talking (Telegraph) Bologna Left back £17m; Napoli interested
NEW Adam Hlozek Mirror – AFC want him but have been too slow. Spart Prague Striker
31 Alexander Isak Express, Mirror, Real Sociedad Forward, £75 release clause. Only if can’t get Abrahams.
Update Gabriel Jesus Mirror, Athletic, Sport Witness “Talks Ongoing”.  Mirror its on the cards.  Telegraph: he likes the project. Talks underway (Mirror) Man City Athletic: Discussions have been going on for months. Mirror: discussions yet to begin
33 Frenkie de Jong Mirror, but later article says he’s an “outside candidate” Barcelona Midfield
34 Luka Jovic Football.London Real Madrid Everton, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund
35 Khvicha Kvaratskhelia Hard Tackle Dinamo Batumi on leave from Rubin Kazan Napoli also interested
36 Noa Lang Hard Tackle; Team Talk Club Brugge Liverpool and Milan also want him.  Seen as replacement for Pepe but player fancies Milan.  £25m
37 Rafael Leão SI.com, Fichajes.net AC Milan Forward. Newcatsle interested
38 Robert Lewandowski Express Bayern Munich Striker
39 Jesper Lindstrom HITC Eintracht Frankfurt Attacking midfield
40 James Maddison Sport Review Leicester Midfield.  Totts also interested but Maddison wants to play in team with Saka (Mirror)
NEW Marquinhos Mirror.  Metro: deal done.  Telegraph – about to complete Sao Paulo 19 year old winger.  £2.5m
42 Lautaro Martinez Caught Offside, Sport Witness.  La Gazzetta dello Sport: £50m. FoLo says it is on Inter Milan Forward. WHU and Atletico Madrid interested
43 Arthur Melo Football London; TBR.  Swap deal for Thomas Partey Juventus Midfield
44 Nahuel Molina  Il Messaggero Veneto Arseblog, Just Arsenal Udinese Right back
45 Alvaro Morata Sport Witness Juventus Striker – transfer looking very likely
46 Cristhian Mosquera Express Valencia 17 year old centre back
47 Nordi Mukiele Football.London RB Leipzig Defender, Totts also interested
48 Neto TBR, Sport Barcelona Part of swap for Gabriel
49 Ruben Neves Express. WW wanted £100m.  Barcelona interested (Mirror) Still on (London World) Wolverhampton Man U interested, but warning about his injury situation.
50 Darwin Nunez Mirror, Standard, Express 442, TBR, F365, Football London, Caught Offside, Sky Sports, Mirror: “AFC have let him slip through their grasp – he’s going to Man U Benfica. £67m Forward. Transfer in progress. At Madrid no longer interested. AFC in the lead (Express). Main target (FoLo), AFC need him (Mirror). AFC now in the lead
51 Luca Ocampos SportsMole Seville; winger Swap with Pepe
52 Michael Olise HITC Crystal Palace £24m
NEW Mathias Olivera Mirror Getafe Left back
54 Victor Osimhen AllNigeria, Express, Football London, Mirror Napoli Forward
55 Lucas Paqueta Hard Tackle, Sport Review Lyon PSG, At Madrid also want him.  AFC now competing with Newcastle. Playmaker
56 Pepe (the Porto player!) ABola, HITC Porto Winger
57 Yeremy Pino HITC Villarreal Release clause worth €80m.  Forward
58 Paul Pogba Football.London Man U Contract talks broken down.  AFC to blow other clubs out of the water
59 Marcus Rashford 90 Min, HITC, TalkSport, Daily Cannon, Express, Sport Review, TBR, Teamtalk Man U Forward; Keene warns AFC against buying him. Totts could hi-jack deal.  “Suprise swoop” (Sp Rev) AFC want him.
Update  Richarlison Football Insider, Caught Offside.  Forward.  Mirror: being sounded out Everton Man U interested
61 Sergi Roberto Football London Barcelona Right back. At Madrid no longer interested
62 Cristiano Ronaldo Express, Mirror, Fo.Lo Man U Piers Morgan says AFC should sign him
63 Fabian Ruiz TBR Napoli Midfield; swap for Gabriel
64 Allan Saint-Maximin Football London Newcastle Winger. Leno going in part exchange
65 Renato Sanches Sun, Mirror, Sports Mole, HITC Lille Midfield.  Juventus want him but can’t afford him
66 Gianluca Scamacca HITC “Arsenal will not take ‘no’ for an answer” Sassuolo No 9.
NEW Luis Sinisterra Mirror: players wants to move, AFC favourites to get him Feyenoord Forward, scoring 12 goals in 30 games.
68 Djed Spence Hard Tackle, Fo.Lo.  Just Arsenal say Forest are getting him Middlesbrough on loan at Forest Right back.  £15m but Tottenham now looking favourites
69 Raheem Stirling HITC.  Contract ends next year. Arteta worked with him at Man C.  Caught offside: wage demands will scupper deal Man City Available for £80m
70 Aurelien Tchouameni WeallfollowUnited, Sun AS Monaco Midfield, £60m+
NEW Matt Turner Telegraph New England Revolution Goalkeeper – deal done
Update Youri Tielemans Star, Mirror.  “Top target” Fo.Lo, The Athletic, Just Arsenal  TBR – been playing badly recently. Sun: the deal is on. He wants to come (Mirror) Leicester Man U also interested, Midfield, Contract ends next summer. Telegraph – very possible.
73 Raul de Tomas Star, HITC Espanyol “Being watched”  Wright things he’s unbelievable.
74 Ivan Toney Sun – about to happen Brentford Striker
NEW Auston Trusty Telegraph – will sign and go out on loan Colorado Rapids
76 Lesley Ugochukwu HITC Rennes 2nd Patrick Vieira.  AFC convinced of signing
77 Jesus Vazquez Express Valencia Left back
78  Dusan Vlahovic F365 Juventus Serbian Striker
79 Wilfried Zaha TBR Crystal Palace He’s been in each of the last 3 summer transfer rumours
80 Cristian Zavala Colo Colo Player says “my dream transfer” Midfielder, hasn’t actually played for Colo Colo yet!
81 Edon Zhegrova 442, Sunday Mirror, Sky Teamtalk, Shoot Lille 23 year old forward available for a bargain price

Part 2: The players who are planning to say farewell.

Meanwhile, 27 players are going to say goodbye to the Arsenal – at least according to reports!

No Player Source Club Notes
1 Dan Ballard News at Den Millwall Loan
2 Folarin Balogun Team Talk Fulham To help Fulham survive in PL
Update Hector Bellerin Team Talk, Mirror Real Betis Free Agent. Permanent move to Betis (Mirror). TBR: he doesn’t want to come back. Mirror: Betis out of money
4 Khayon Edwards The Athletic Chelsea HITC,  Brighton also interested
Update Mohamed Elneny Turkish-Football Galatasaray Free Agent.  Mirror: he will stay if asked to by Arteta.  AFC: New contract signed.
Update Matteo Guendouzi Team Talk, Mirror Marseille Loan made permanent. Definiately going
7 Rob Holding Mirror Open to offers
8 Alex Lacazette Arseblog Free Agent.  Lyon interested
Update Bernd Leno Team Talk; Telegraph Newcastle Mirror. Deal agreed  – TBR; 90 min.  Likely to go – Telegraph
10 Ainsley Maitland-Niles Team Talk On offer for £10m
Update Gabriel Magalhaes TBR, Sport, Mirror, Last Word, Star, Caughtoffside Barcelona, Juventus Barca offering swap deal.  Gabriel says he feels at home at AFC and not going (Mirror).  Last word says Juventus move possible. Star: Juve’s top priority. F365 its on.
Update Pablo Mari Team Talk, Metro, Canon Leaving if Saliba joins first team, player says he does not want to return. Mirror: he’s off.
13 Gabriel Martinelli Sports Review, Foot365, TBR Liverpool, Juventus Klopp expressing admiration; Juventus seriously interested, TBR – At Madrid “likely”
14 Konstantinos Mavropanos TeamTalk, HITC Stuttgart Loan made permanent.  He’s been excellent this year.
Update Reiss Nelson Daily Cannon Feyenoord on loan Looking for a club to take him off the books.  But says he is in regular touch with AFC.  Mirror says he might stay at AFC
Update Eddie Nketiah Evening Standard, Football.London , TBR (most now say he’s resigning Crystal Palace Free Agent.  Crystal Palace and Borussia Monchengladbaach interested. Souness says he’s amazed Eddie wants to leave.  WHU leading the race (Newshopper)
17 Thomas Partey Express, Caught offside Juventus Juve propose swap deal with Arthur Melo
18 Nicolas Pepe Mirror, African Football West Ham Club happy to lose him for £44m or even £25m  (CalcioMercato). £25m being  quoted widely
19 Alex Runarsson Team Talk HITC says he stays,  Daily Canon says AFC looking for a buyer
NEW Bukayo Saka Mirror Unwilling to sign new contract as it doesn’t have a release clause
Update William Saliba Caught Offside Marseille; Milan Happy to stay at the club. Team Talk “exclusive” he wants to stay.  Mirror agrees, but then in new article says AFC made special offer to Saliba to keep him
22 Cedric Soares Team Talk
NEW Nuno Tavares Mirror “Arsenal have clearly indicated that the left back position needs an upgrade”
24 Kieran Tierney Mirror Real Mad £50m
25 Lucas Torreira Team Talk Fiorentina
26 Auston Trusty Team Talk
27 Granit Xhaka Team Talk, Just Arsenal Roma But may stay – Roma not willing to meet price

4 Replies to “81 players arriving, 27 leaving: the media’s wild take on Arsenal’s transfers this summer”

  1. After his successful 2021/22 trial season to Tottenham Hotspurs Paul Tierney is being permanently signed by them for next season. Conte and Levy are reportedly very satisfied with his performances for Spurs last season, especially the home game against Arsenal where he ruled several key decisions in Spurs favour.
    These key decisions were instrumental in helping Spurs to the fourth place (not a trophy) position and robbing their North London rivals Arsenal in the process.
    Of his more notable favours to Spurs the refusal to red card Kane for his terrible two footed tackle on Andy Robinson, no red card for Son for his blatant elbow to Holdings face and the penalty awarded to Spurs for the phantom push by Cedric in the back of Son (who should have previously been sent of for said elbow on Holding) immediately spring to mind.
    Maybe Arteta should concentrate on signing a couple of referees for Arsenal, it certainly worked well for Tottenham.

  2. Painful! We all know papers make stuff up find something else to talk about. Anything else!

    Please…

  3. Now this is where I really don’t understand you Andrew Banks. You have often been critical of Untold Arsenal, as I recall, with a recent comment of yours consisting of nothing but the two words, “Stupid article”. And on another occasion, “I suspect that even if we have another Invincibles season and are portrayed as footballing gods you would still be reporting a conspiracy by the press.” While your comment to another correspondent was “You should be on stage at the Edinburgh comedy festival!”
    In another comment you said, “Who cares? So what? Why are you so obsessed?” Indeed the only time I can remember you agreeing with a piece on Untold was with the article “Supporters are once more being treated with contempt”.
    So given that you disagree with something like 90% of what is said on Untold, and given that you rarely given evidence to back up your views, my question to you is, “why do you spend your time reading Untold Arsenal?”

  4. Re Andrew Banks
    Tony, I suspect that he gets some sort of perverse pleasure at the thought of winding you up. I can imagine him chuckling to himself as he sees that he has successfully caught you again with his poisoned bait.
    Ignore him or ban him but do not feed the troll.

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