The 102 players the media say are joining Arsenal this summer

By Sir Hardly Anyone

As the number of players said to be heading Arsenal’s way now passes the 100 mark the Telegraph suggests that “phone calls stop immediately when interested clubs learn that a potential new signing is not vaccinated.”

It’s the first time we’ve seen that published in one of the more serious newspapers, and it could be having quite an effect on the market.  The story is, players don’t want to come to a club where they could be playing alongside someone not vaccinated – and so clubs are reluctant to sign anyone who has not had a complete set of jabs.

Also of course clubs don’t want an outbreak of the virus in their squad, given the variable way in which the authorities allow or don’t allow matches to be postponed.

Here is the latest list of players linked with Arsenal.  We have five new names added this time plus 15 stories that have been updated.  There are 49 days to go before the window “slams shut” and presumably the glass breaks.

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)
3 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
Update Marco Asensio Mirror; Liverpool want him. 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
Update Moussa Dembele Telegraph: in final year of contract.  MediaFoot – AFC still interested Lyon Forward
Update Memphis Depay TBR,  Mirror: Barca set price, AFC in pole position.  Its either AFC or Tottenham 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
24 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
27 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
30 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
Update Serge Gnabry Mirror (and repeated in 2nd and 3rd article).. CBS and TBR say it is possible.  HITC – he’s open to move Bayern Munich Player says he wants to leave
NEW Alex Grimaldo Football.London: AFC planning move; bid ready to go in.  Negotiations stepping up. TBR.  HITC: talks ongoing.  HITC: Absolute bargain. Benfica Cover at left back
34 Arda Guler Mirror, Sport Witness, Ozil says he’s world class (HITC) Fenerbahce Midfield. Liverpool and Bayern interested
35 Erling Haaland HITC, Sky, Express, Mirror Borussia Dortmund Age 21.  £250m. Odegaard tells AFC to sign him
36 Eden Hazard HITC, AS, Mirror, Give me Sport, Real Madrid £33.5m; meetings being held (Mirror)
37 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
38 Adam Hlozek Mirror – AFC want him but have been too slow. Spart Prague Striker
Update Alexander Isak Express, Mirror.  Just Arsenal: AFC missing out he’s going to Newcastle Real Sociedad Forward, £75 release clause. Only if can’t get Abrahams.
Signed 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
41 Frenkie de Jong Mirror, but later article says he’s an “outside candidate” Barcelona Midfield
42 Luka Jovic Football.London Real Madrid Everton, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund
NEW N’Golo Kante Daily Star: Chelsea willing to sell, Shoot agrees.  And Guardian, and Caught Offside Chelsea Defensive midfield
Update Charles De Ketelaere Leeds and Lyon also bidding according to Team Talk, Football.London. AFC, :Leeds and Milan all want him Club Brugge Forward
45 Khvicha Kvaratskhelia Hard Tackle Dinamo Batumi on leave from Rubin Kazan Napoli also interested
46 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
47 Rafael Leão, AC Milan Forward. Newcastle and Man C interested
48 Robert Lewandowski Express Bayern Munich Striker
49 Jesper Lindstrom HITC Eintracht Frankfurt Attacking midfield
50 James Maddison Sport Review Leicester Midfield.  Totts also interested but Maddison wants to play in team with Saka (Mirror)
Signed 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).  Mail: AFC cool interest. Inter Milan Forward. WHU and Atletico Madrid interested.  He’s asked for transfer (Caught offside)
53 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
Update 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. TBR: AFC upping the bid. Lazio Midfield
55 Nahuel Molina  Il Messaggero Veneto Arseblog, Just Arsenal Udinese Right back
56 Alvaro Morata Sport Witness, Guardian (a deadline day signing forecast) Juventus Striker – transfer looking very likely
57 Cristhian Mosquera Express Valencia 17 year old centre back
58 Nordi Mukiele Football.London RB Leipzig Defender, Totts also interested
59 Neto TBR, Sport, HITC Barcelona Part of swap for Gabriel
60 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.
61 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
62 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
63 Luca Ocampos SportsMole Seville; winger Swap with Pepe
64 Michael Olise HITC Crystal Palace £24m
65 Mathias Olivera Mirror Getafe Left back
Update Victor Osimhen AllNigeria, Express, Football London, Mirror: worries about cost of player. Club gives details. Napoli Forward; swap deal with Saliba
Update Lucas Paqueta Hard Tackle, Sport Review.  Talks did not progress (Sport Witness).  He’s asked to leave Lyon (FreshArsenal).  Mirror, AFC working on it.  Edu pushing deal forward. (Mirror).  HITC: a truly unnecessary signing. AFC launch bid Lyon PSG, At Madrid also want him.  AFC now competing with Newcastle. Playmaker
Pepe (the Porto player!) ABola, HITC Porto Winger
68 Yeremy Pino HITC Villarreal Release clause worth €80m.  Forward
69 Paul Pogba Football.London Man U Contract talks broken down.  AFC to blow other clubs out of the water
70 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). Tottenham now bidding (TBR).  He’s going to Barca – Express Leeds Winger.  Ray Parlour calls him a top star..  Sports Mole – AFC clear favourites. Collymore tells Liverpool to sign him
72 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.
73  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)
74 Sergi Roberto Football London Barcelona Right back. At Madrid no longer interested
75 Cristiano Ronaldo Express, Mirror, Fo.Lo.  Tribal Football – AFC has made an offer. Man U Piers Morgan says AFC should sign him
76 Fabrizio Romano Sport Review Man City striker Arsenal agree £45m deal
77 Fabian Ruiz TBR Napoli Midfield; swap for Gabriel
78 Allan Saint-Maximin Football London Newcastle Winger. Leno going in part exchange
79 Renato Sanches Sun, Mirror, Sports Mole, HITC Lille Midfield.  Juventus want him but can’t afford him
80 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)
81 Luis Sinisterra Mirror: players wants to move, AFC favourites to get him Feyenoord Forward, scoring 12 goals in 30 games.
82 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
83 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)
84 Aurelien Tchouameni WeallfollowUnited, Sun AS Monaco Midfield, £60m+
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 Mercury – player demanding to leave for AFC Leicester Man U also interested, Midfield, Contract ends next summer. Telegraph – very possible.  Guardian says could be
NEW Lucas Torreira Still an AFC player after 2 years on loan and suddenly announcement he’s coming back Arseblog, Sports Mole
Signed Matt Turner Telegraph.  Daily Canon “any day now” New England Revolution Goalkeeper – deal done
88 Corentin Tolisso  Man U also interested Bayern Munich Midfield.  Free transfer.
89 Raul de Tomas Star, HITC Espanyol “Being watched”  Wright things he’s unbelievable.
90 Ivan Toney Sun – about to happen Brentford Striker
91 Auston Trusty Telegraph – will sign and go out on loan Colorado Rapids
92 Lesley Ugochukwu HITC Rennes 2nd Patrick Vieira.  AFC convinced of signing
93 Jesus Vazquez Express Valencia Left back
94 Gabriel Veron The Hardtackle.  He’s 19. Palmeiras Winger
Signed Fabio Vieira Guardian Porto Midfield
96  Dusan Vlahovic F365 Juventus Serbian Striker
NEW Kyle Walker-Peters The Athletic.; FFC Southampton Right back
NEW Wendel Hard Tackle: Fifa rules allow players at Russian clubs to break contracts and move Zenit St Petersburg Midfield
99 Wilfried Zaha TBR Crystal Palace He’s been in each of the last 3 summer transfer rumours
100 Cristian Zavala Colo Colo Player says “my dream transfer” Midfielder, hasn’t actually played for Colo Colo yet!
Update Edon Zhegrova 442, Sunday Mirror, Sky Teamtalk, Shoot.  Offer made (Mirror).  Footballfancast Lille 23 year old forward available for a bargain price
102 Oleksandr Zinchenko Telegraph, Standard.  AFC really want him,                rg Man City


3 Replies to “The 102 players the media say are joining Arsenal this summer”

  1. What’s tha betting that when 95 to 100 of them don’t sign the papers will be full of shit about how they have snubbed Arsenal.

  2. We must build an extra traininc centre to accomodate all of them 🙂

  3. Now that Arsenal have agreed to a £45m deal with Man City for Fabrizio Romano (#76) where are they going to play him.?

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