By Sir Hardly Anyone
So who is buying whom thus far among the big boys? Here are the details
|Arsenal||Vieira, Turner, Marquinhos||£42m||Guendouzi, Mavraponos, Lacazette||£12nm||-£30m|
|Liverpool||Núñez, Carvalho, Ramsay||£76m||Mané||£28m||-£48m|
|Manchester C||Haaland||£52m||Bazunu, Porro||£19m||-£33m|
|Newcastle U||Matt Targett||£15m||-£15m|
Yves Bissouma, Fraser Forster, Ivan Perisic
This puts Arsenal only a little way behind Manchester City and Liverpool thus far. However, there is a worrying thought if Arsenal do continue and buy a range of players as they did last summer. For it did take a few matches for Arsenal’s new defence to settle down again. If there is an array of purchases, as is now widely predicted, we could have another stuttering start to the season and more demands for the manager to be sacked.
The main talking points in the media at the moment are:
1: Raphina, with the club said to be closing in on a summer move for Leeds United winger. (Express) for a fee of around £43m. Arsenal Station put the price higher.
2. Gabriel Jesus’ agent is flying in to London to try and push through a move to Arsenal as the Gunners prepare to announce the signing of Fabio Vieira from Porto. (Football Talk). Oh yes and we know it is on because his agent has been spotted at the airport. Ah the old ones are the best.
4. Arsenal have offered £50 for Raphinha of Leeds according to the Mail and other sources. He is on the verge of a move, according to Lastwordonsports. Elsewhere the report is that Tottenham have made a bid for him.
5. Osei-Tutu is off to Bochum according to Sport Witness.
6. Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez is on his way to Arsenal, according to the Mirror
7. But Arsenal are reportedly willing to sacrifice Gabriel Magalhaes to secure the signing of Tammy Abraham this summer, according to Football 365.
8. And the deal for Oleksandr Zinchenko – the defensive midfielder from Manchester City is on. That is actually in the Mirror which is odd because the Mirror also tells us that our line up at the start of the coming season will be…
Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney
Vieira, Partey, Odegaard
Saka, Jesus, Martinelli
Meanwhile, credit where it is due, for London World has come up with an alternative league table – one which shows where Arsenal would be if VAR did not keep getting in the way.
Their adjusted league table for the European places runs
- 1: Manchester City (93 points) No change
- 2: Liverpool (91 points) No change
- 3: Chelsea: (72 points) No change
- 4: Arsenal (70 points) Up one place
- 5: Tottenham Hots (69 points) Down one place
- 6: West Ham United (58 points). Up one place
- 7: Manchester United (56 points). Down one place
So there we are, we was robbed by VAR.
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