The 97 players heading Arsenal’s way this summer: 16 new and updated

By Sir Hardly Anyone

This is a list of players who the media are touting this summer as coming to Arsenal: 97 in all.  We’ve got five completely new stories today, along with a further 11 which have updated information about bids etc.

Normally the number of stories that turn out to be true is about 2% of the total so that would give us two players.   But we have already signed Jesus, Vieira, Turner and Marquinhoos, so it looks like the percentage accuracy rate could rise to a record-breaking 4% by the time the window “slams shut” as they like to say.

No Player Source Club Notes
1 Max Aarons Daily Cannon,, HITC Norwich City Right back.  Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund interested £20m
2 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)
Update Manuel Akanji Mirror says he wants to come to AFC. Price dropped deal is on.  HITC – Inter want him 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 Marco Arsensio Mirror Real Madrid Attackinig midfield
8 Gareth Bale Express Real Madrid Released.  AFC, Chelsea or Tottenham are the options
9 Yves Bissouma HITC, 90 Min.  Fo.Lo says no. Brighton Midfield. Requested a transfer. Liverpool want him
10 Sven Botman Express Lille, defender AFC trying to hijack Newc deal
11 Jarrod Bowen Mirror – club in contact with him. West Ham Winger
12 Julian Brandt Mirror Borussia Dortmund ready to sell Midfield
13 Gleison Bremer Football365 Torino Tottenham also want the centre back
14 Armando Broja Mirror, Caught Offside Chelsea (loan at Southampton) Forward
15 Dominic Calvert-Lewin Express, Mirror, Mail, F365, Caught Offside, TeamTalk.  Player says he wants AFC (Football Insider) (NUFCBlog). Ready to move (Just Arsenal) Everton Forward; Everton now ready to sell.  WHU want him.  AFC cooling (Football Insider) TT says AFC not interested
16 Reyes Cleary Foot365, Canon. WBA 17 year old forward
17 Phillipe Coutinho Mirror, Give Me Sport, Sport Witness, TBR Aston Villa £33.57m.  £337m release clause (TBR)
18 Danilo Teamtalk, Mirror Juventus Defensive midfield
19 Jonathan David Express, Mirror, Foot365, PBR, FoLo. Telegraph – still interested Lille Forward; agent confirms he’s leaving.  It’s on; Edu met agent
20 Moussa Dembele Telegraph: in final year of contract Lyon Forward
21 Memphis Depay TBR,  Mirror: Barca set price, AFC in pole position Barcelona Forward
22 Sergino Dest Football London Barcelona Full back
23 Moussa Diaby Mirror – £84m.  FoLo says he wants Champs Lge football. 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”. AFC put in new enquiry (FoLo). Going to Inter (HITC) Juventus Forward available on a free.  Talks ongoing (FoLo). Man U, Inter and Newcastle also want him.
25 Khayon Edwards Express: AFC youth player now ready to sign full contract Arsenal Forward.  Jeorge Bird says he has signed.
26 Joao Felix Football London, Daily Canon, HITC Atletico Madrid Replacement for Lacazette
NEW Seko Fofana Lens trying to keep him.  Newcastle & PSG also interested. PC Lens
28 Marcello Flores Express, TBR Arsenal under 23s Replacement for Saka
29 Ben Foster Football London ex-Watford Now without a club, says he is hoping to go to Arsenal
Update Cody Gakpo Sport Witness, Star, Bavarian Football, HITC, Mirror (who say PSV “upping his wages” in a cunning way of keeping him).  Liverpool bidding (Just Arsenal). Now a main option (FoLo) PSV (the Dutch Thierry Henry) Winger.  AFC favourites to get him. Tottenham interested
31 Florian Grillitsch Telegraph Hoffenheim Midfield.  Free agent this summer
32 Serge Gnabry Mirror (and repeated in 2nd and 3rd article) Bayern Munich Player says he wants to leave
33 Arda Guler Mirror, Sport Witness, Ozil says he’s world class (HITC) Fenerbahce Midfield. Liverpool and Bayern interested
34 Erling Haaland HITC, Sky, Express, Mirror Borussia Dortmund Age 21.  £250m. Odegaard tells AFC to sign him
35 Eden Hazard HITC, AS, Mirror, Give me Sport, Real Madrid £33.5m; meetings being held (Mirror)
36 Aaron Hickey Sport Witness.  Fo.Lo Arsenal now lead the race. Express – transfer just hours away (10 May).  Still talking (Telegraph).  HITC rated in 4/10 in match. TBR – he’s stand out player. Bologna Left back £17m; Napoli interested.  Sport Review: Arsenal about to sign him: HITC AFC favourites
37 Adam Hlozek Mirror – AFC want him but have been too slow. Spart Prague Striker
38 Alexander Isak Express, Mirror, Real Sociedad Forward, £75 release clause. Only if can’t get Abrahams.
39 Gabriel Jesus Mirror, Athletic, Sport Witness “Talks Ongoing”.  Mirror its on the cards.  Telegraph: he likes the project. Talks underway (Mirror).  Teleg again make him a feature (28 May).  Boot Room.  Chelsea put in counter bid  (Just Arsenal News).  Medical happening (Fo.Lo) Man City; Left Back Athletic: Discussions have been going on for months. Mirror: discussions yet to begin.  HITC: “done deal”.  Express – happening
40 Frenkie de Jong Mirror, but later article says he’s an “outside candidate” Barcelona Midfield
41 Luka Jovic Football.London Real Madrid Everton, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund
NEW Charles De Ketelaere Leeds and Lyon also bidding according to Team Talk, Football.London. Club Brugge Forward
43 Khvicha Kvaratskhelia Hard Tackle Dinamo Batumi on leave from Rubin Kazan Napoli also interested
Update Noa Lang Hard Tackle; Team Talk.  FoLo other clubs are trying to sign him, Arsenal being too slow. HITC: Going to Newcastle Club Brugge Liverpool and Milan also want him.  Seen as replacement for Pepe but player fancies Milan.  £25m
45 Rafael Leão, AC Milan Forward. Newcastle and Man C interested
46 Robert Lewandowski Express Bayern Munich Striker
47 Jesper Lindstrom HITC Eintracht Frankfurt Attacking midfield
48 James Maddison Sport Review Leicester Midfield.  Totts also interested but Maddison wants to play in team with Saka (Mirror)
49 Marquinhos Mirror.  Metro: deal done.  Telegraph – about to complete.  Wolverhampton taking legal action (Mirror) Sao Paulo 19 year old winger.  £2.5m
Update Lautaro Martinez Caught Offside, Sport Witness.  La Gazzetta dello Sport: £50m. FoLo says it is on.  Mirror – he prefers Arsenal.  Express, PeoplePerson – Man U hijacking deal. Inter reveal the price (Mirror). Going to Man U – Caught Offside. He’s keen on AFC (This is Futbol). Demanding to be let go (HITC) Inter Milan Forward. WHU and Atletico Madrid interested
51 Arthur Melo Football London; TBR.  Swap deal for Thomas Partey.  Mirror: swap deal for Martinelli is on Juventus Midfield.  Hard Tackle: being offered in part exchange for Martinelli
NEW Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Caught Offside: €50m and €55m offered by Arsenal.  Newcastle also bidding. Sport Witness: AFC ready to pay the price.  HITC confirm. Footballfancast AFC bid £42m Lazio Midfield
53 Nahuel Molina  Il Messaggero Veneto Arseblog, Just Arsenal Udinese Right back
54 Alvaro Morata Sport Witness, Guardian (a deadline day signing forecast) Juventus Striker – transfer looking very likely
55 Cristhian Mosquera Express Valencia 17 year old centre back
56 Nordi Mukiele Football.London RB Leipzig Defender, Totts also interested
57 Neto TBR, Sport, HITC Barcelona Part of swap for Gabriel
58 Ruben Neves Express. WW wanted £100m.  Barcelona interested (Mirror) Still on (London World). Contact made (Mirror) Wolverhampton Man U interested, but warning about his injury situation.
Update Christopher Nkunku Guardian.  £100m, Mirror (35 goals in 50 games), Independent.. HITC he hasn’t signed a new contract RB Leipzig PSG and Man U also interested
60 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
61 Luca Ocampos SportsMole Seville; winger Swap with Pepe
62 Michael Olise HITC Crystal Palace £24m
63 Mathias Olivera Mirror Getafe Left back
64 Victor Osimhen AllNigeria, Express, Football London, Mirror: worries about cost of player. Napoli Forward; swap deal with Saliba
Update Lucas Paqueta Hard Tackle, Sport Review.  Talks did not progress (Sport Witness) Lyon PSG, At Madrid also want him.  AFC now competing with Newcastle. Playmaker
66 Pepe (the Porto player!) ABola, HITC Porto Winger
67 Yeremy Pino HITC Villarreal Release clause worth €80m.  Forward
68 Paul Pogba Football.London Man U Contract talks broken down.  AFC to blow other clubs out of the water
NEW Riqui Puig HITC: Fiorentina also want him.  Cost is £88m Barcelona Playmaker
Update Raphinha 4th official.   Football London – its a priority. We’re going to get him – Athletic.  The next one in, talks advanced – FoLo.  AFC favourites – Leeds Live. £65m release clause (Guardian).  Man U set to wreck plans (FoLo).  AFC stepping up pace (Star) AFC still hopeful (Football Fancast) Leeds Winger.  Ray Parlour calls him a top star..  Sports Mole – AFC clear favourites. Collymore tells Liverpool to sign him
71 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.
72  Richarlison Football Insider, Caught Offside.  Forward.  Mirror: being sounded out. No he wants Tottenham – HITC.  Tot favourite (Just Arsenal News) Everton Man U interested.  He snubbed AFC for Chelsea (Football Talk)
73 Sergi Roberto Football London Barcelona Right back. At Madrid no longer interested
Update Cristiano Ronaldo Express, Mirror, Fo.Lo.  Tribal Football – AFC has made an offer. Man U Piers Morgan says AFC should sign him
75 Fabrizio Romano Sport Review Man City striker Arsenal agree £45m deal
76 Fabian Ruiz TBR Napoli Midfield; swap for Gabriel
77 Allan Saint-Maximin Football London Newcastle Winger. Leno going in part exchange
78 Renato Sanches Sun, Mirror, Sports Mole, HITC Lille Midfield.  Juventus want him but can’t afford him
Update Gianluca Scamacca HITC “Arsenal will not take ‘no’ for an answer”. Express: great ariel threat.  AFC £5m short so he’s talking to PSG (TBR) Sassuolo No 9. Coaching staff have reservations (HITC)
80 Luis Sinisterra Mirror: players wants to move, AFC favourites to get him Feyenoord Forward, scoring 12 goals in 30 games.
81 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
82 Raheem Stirling HITC.  Contract ends next year. Arteta worked with him at Man C.  Caught offside: wage demands will scupper deal. Going to Chelsea – HITC Man City Available for £80m.  Going to Chelsea (HITC)
83 Aurelien Tchouameni WeallfollowUnited, Sun AS Monaco Midfield, £60m+
84 Matt Turner Telegraph.  Daily Canon “any day now” New England Revolution Goalkeeper – deal done
Update Youri Tielemans Terms agreed: Just Arsenal.  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), but offer of £51m rejected.  But Edu persuing him (also Mirror).  AFC pulled out (Give me Sport). Still on the cards (Online Gooner) Leicester Man U also interested, Midfield, Contract ends next summer. Telegraph – very possible.  Guardian says could be
86 Corentin Tolisso  Man U also interested Bayern Munich Midfield.  Free transfer.
87 Raul de Tomas Star, HITC Espanyol “Being watched”  Wright things he’s unbelievable.
88 Ivan Toney Sun – about to happen Brentford Striker
89 Auston Trusty Telegraph – will sign and go out on loan Colorado Rapids
90 Lesley Ugochukwu HITC Rennes 2nd Patrick Vieira.  AFC convinced of signing
91 Jesus Vazquez Express Valencia Left back
NEW Gabriel Veron The Hardtackle.  He’s 19. Palmeiras Winger
93  Dusan Vlahovic F365 Juventus Serbian Striker
94 Wilfried Zaha TBR Crystal Palace He’s been in each of the last 3 summer transfer rumours
95 Cristian Zavala Colo Colo Player says “my dream transfer” Midfielder, hasn’t actually played for Colo Colo yet!
96 Edon Zhegrova 442, Sunday Mirror, Sky Teamtalk, Shoot Lille 23 year old forward available for a bargain price
97 Oleksandr Zinchenko Telegraph, Standard.  AFC really want him Man City

2 Replies to “The 97 players heading Arsenal’s way this summer: 16 new and updated”

  1. I didn’t realize Fabrizo Romano is a player..
    Please what happened to Austin Trusty? Tot we had him signed up in January? Why isn’t there any mention of him so far amongst the players we have signed?

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