The final transfer rumours: 3 new names to make 66 players tipped for Arsenal



By Sir Hardly Anyone

We’re on the last day of transfers and anything added from now on (now being 0815 GMT) will be cheats, as details of a medical turn up rather than a journalist actually having information about what will happen.

Our scamper around the window this time revealed 66 players tipped to come to Arsenal across 341 reports.

This window saw a much greater tendency than previously for publications to repeat themselves which is why we added the final Rpt column to show how many of the reports on each player were repeats by a publication that had already mentioned the player.

It was pretty much a disaster of a window for journalists with all these players mentioned – for although Arsenal might sign some more players at the moment it is just Leondro Trossard and Jakub Kiwior who are incoming.  So just 97% of the players mentioned have not been signed and 96% of the reports turned out to be false.

So one might ask, not for the first time, what is the point of 341 reports covering 66 players when only two of them sign (although there may be more in the rest of today)?  If you are following our series on “What the media won’t tell you about football”, you might be getting an insight.

If not, here’s a clue: making up transfer rumours which are blamed on other publications is the cheapest form of journalism there is.

Here is the list.


Player Position Current club Source No Rpt
1 Tammy Abraham Forward Roma TBR Caught Offside  HITC Hammers News 4
2 Marco Asensio Winger Real Madrid Daily Canon  TBR  Caught Offside 3
Update Ibrahima Bamba Midfield  Vitoria Guimaraes TBR Just Arsenal Football Talk TBR (2) FoLo 6 1
4 Rodrigo Becao Defender Udinese Arsenal Station, Caught Offside TBR (1) And TBR (2) 4 1
5 Jude Bellingham Midfield Borussia Dortmund Metro, FoLoFoLo (2), Team Talk Express FoLo (3) HITC 7 2
6 Ismael Bennacer Midfield AC Milan (ex AFC) Just Arsenal Mirror HITC Football 365 4
NEW Sander Berge Midfield Sheffield United HITC, TBR HITC (2) Football League World 4 1
Update Moises Caicedo Midfield Brighton FoLo   FoLo (2) Metro, LastWord HITC F-Fancast Sport Bible, Sussex Live  4 1
9 Fares Chaibi Winger Toulouse TBR,  Hard Tackle 2
10 Samuel Chukwueze Winger Villarreal Liverpool Echo, Caught Offside KopTimes 3
11  Matheus Cunha Forward Atletico Madrid HITC FootballLondon Football Fancast  TBR Arsenal Station 5
12 Danilo Midfield Aston Villa (he’s Brazillian, hence media excitement) Caught offside,  Give me sport Sport Bible, HammerNews, COffside (2) Express, HITC Arsenal Station  Caught Offside (3) HITC (2)  Mirror – he’s not signing Football Fancast 90 Min 13 3
13 Jonathan David Striker Lille Football London , Star 2
14 Memphis Depay Forward Barcelona Sport Bible, TeamTalk  Team Talk (2)  TBR – just £1.7m Express Boot Room  Goonertalk TeamTalk (3) Football Talk TBR TeamTalk (4) TBR (3) FoLo HITC Hammers News Mirror HITC (2) 15 9
15 Denzel Dumfries. Right back Inter Milan Chelsea News FoLo HITC HITC (again) 4 1
16 Endrick Felipe Striker Palmeiras TBR and here (2).  HITC 3 1
17 Joao Felix Striker Atletico Madrid Football London Football London (2) FoLo (3) Into the Caldron Givemesport The Boot Room Sport Bible Mirror Goonertalk TBR (2) Sport Witness Mirror (2) HITC  Arsenal Station TBR (3) TeamTalk   17  


NEW Enzo Fernandez Midfield Benfica Chelsea News 1
19 Jesus Ferreira Striker FC Dallas Star 1
20 Ivan Fresneda Right back Real Valladolid Hard Tackle Top Flight FootballFancast TBR Goonertalk, FootballInsider Caught Offside Caught Off (2) 8 1
21 Cody Gakpo Striker PSV TBR, ExpressTBR (2) HITC  HITC (2) TBR (3) HITC (3) TBR (4) FoLo  TeamTalk FoLo (2) 12 6
22 Alejandro Garnacho. Winger Man U TBR, Sport Bible  TBR (2) 3 1
23 Olivier Giroud Forward AC Milan Star 1
24 Ilkay Gundogan Winger Man C FoLo 1
25 Josko Gvardiol Fo Lo  FoLo (2) 2 1
26 Piero Hincapie Centre Back Bayer Leverkusen Fo Lo 1
NEW Jorginho Midfield Chelsea TBR Express HITC TBR (2) FFT 6 1
28 N’Golo Kante Midfield Chelsea Football Fancast  Just Football  HITC (going to Barca) 3
Signed Jakub Kiwior Centre Back Spezia Sport Bible FoLo 2
30 Mohammed Kudus Attack Ajaz TBR NUFC Blog 2
31 Jesper Lindstrom Midfield Eintracht Frankfurt 442 442 2 1
32 Hirving Lozano Wide midfield Napoli Sport Witness Just Arsenal Football Fancast Hard Tackle 4
33 Alexis MacAllister Midfield Brighton Football Fancast  1
34 Joakim Maehle Full back Atalanta FoLo 1

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Midfield Juventus Cultofcalcio FootballLondon The Top Flight 3
36 Milinkovic-Savic Midfield Lazio HITC, Caught Offside  The Laziali Goonertalk SportWitness Sport Witness (2) Football Fancast  SportWitness (3) Team Talk FoLo  10 2
37 Cesar Montes Full back CF Monterrey Fo Lo 1
38 Youssoufa Moukoko Forward Borussia Dortmund Just Arsenal 1
39 Mykhaylo Mudryk Winger Shakhtar Donetsk TBR; FoLo , Newcastle World Mailonline.  Shields Gazette Caught Offside,  Mirror HITC London World FoLo (2) Team Talk HITC (2) Caught Offside (2) TBR (3) Arsenal  Station Football Fancast  Hard Tackle HITC (3Caught Offside (3) Hammers News Metro Mirror (2) TBR (4) Daily Canon Hard Tackle (2) Daily Canon HITC (4) TBR (5) TBR (6) SportWitness  Mail Football Talk TBR (7) Arsenal Station (2) Football Talk Caught Offside (4) Woolwich 1886 Bootroom Standard HITC (5) Telegraph HITC (6) Sport Bible Sky Sport Express Laziali Hard Tackle (3) LondonWorld TBR (8) Express (2) Standard HITC  (7) Give me Sport HITC (8) Give Me Sport (2)  53 19
40 Evan Ndicka Defender Eintracht Frankfurt SheWore  London World FoLo  He’s signed – 442 Mirror FoLo (2) 6 1
41 Ruben Neves Midfield Wolverhampton Just Arsenal 1
42 Noah Okafor Forward RB Salzburg FoLo; Sport Witness, Hammers News, HITC Mirror FoLo (2) 6 1
43 Amadou Onana Midfield Everton Arsenal Station, Metro  HITC, FoLo Goonertalk 5
44 Pepe* Winger Porto HITC   FoLO 2
45 Christian Pulisic Attacking midfield Chelsea Teamtalk Express FoLo HITC Goal 5
46 Adrien Rabiot Midfield Juventus FoLo Football Fancast TBR HITC F365 TBR (2) Mail Mirror 7 1
47 Goncalo Ramos. Centre forward / No 10 Benfica TBR HITC FoLo Star 4
48 Raphinha Winger Barcelona Transfer Tavern 1
49 Robert Renan Defender Corinthians Arsenal Station 1
50 Declan Rice. Defensive midfield West Ham London World, Mail Team Talk  AStamfordBridgetoofar  HITC TBR Football365 Football Talk 8
51 Cristiano Ronaldo Forward Man U Express,  Football 365 2
53 Theo Sander Goal keeper AaB (Denmark) Caught Offside  1
54 Danilo dos Santos Midfield Palmeiras Caught Offside 1
55 Leroy Sané Winger Bayern Football Fancast Football London 2
56 Milan Skriniar Centre back Inter Football Talk, FoLo, HITC 3
57 Carolos Solar Midfield PSG Daily Canon 1
58 Djibril Sow Midfield Eintracht Frankfurt Arsenal Station 1
59 Mehdi Taremi Forward Porto Tasnim News GoonerTalk FoLo 3
60 Marcus Thuram Goalscoring forward Borussia Monchengladbach Caughtoffside,,TBR Sportwitness   SportBible. TBR (2), Give me Sport  Newcastle World FoLo Sport Bible (2) Football Talk Hard Tackle Star 12 2
Update Youri Tielemans Midfield Leicester FoLo, PG Sport Gooner Talk FoLo (2)  FoLo (3)  He’s joined (Hammers News)  He’s joined (Caught offside) Team Talk  Caught Offside (he hasn’t joined) Football Fan Cast Football 365.  Hammers News (deal done)  HITC TeamTalk Caught offside (3)) 14 3
62 Facundo Torres Wing Orlando City Express, Caught Offside  Mirror Express  Barca Universal FFT The 42 7
Signed Leandro Trossard Winger Brighton Sussex Express TBR, HITC FT HITC (2) HITC (3) Irish Times Sussex Live Transfer Tavern F365 HITC (4) Teamtalk 12 3
64 Dusan Vlahovic Striker Juventus JuveFC.com442 Football Fancast, TBR Football Fancast (2) HITC Man U News F365 F365 (2) 9 2`
65 Zaniolo Midfield Roma Football365,  FoLo Caughtoffside FoLo (2) Mirror Sport Witness 6 1
66 Martin Zubimendi Midield Real Sociedad Hardtackle 1


2 Replies to “The final transfer rumours: 3 new names to make 66 players tipped for Arsenal”

  1. Tony

    You really haven’t got a grip of this at all have you!

    These reports are certainly not inaccurate as you suggest.

    The fact is Arsenal are so incompetent they simply failed to acquire 64 of the 66 they we’re trying to buy.

    It’s not the media that’s clueless, it’s Arsenal.

    Come on man, pull yourself together.

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