Report: Arsenal linked with Argentine centre-half

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According to a report from Italian outlet CalcioMercato, Arsenal are interested in Argentine defender Walter Kannemann.

They say that interest in him from Inter Milan and Sampdoria is complicated by the Gunners, with some suggestions that a £10m bid is imminent.

The 28 year old has spent his entire career in South America, starting with San Lorenzo in his home country, before a season with Atlas in Liga MX, before joining Brazilan side Gremio in 2016.

The fact that he’s in Brazil right now, and we’re widely believed to be appointing Edu as our new Technical Director during the summer, might lend some credence to the link, but right now it feels a bit like the usual summer bluster as the machinations of the transfer market get underway.

Kannemann, whose nickname is ‘The Filthy Pigeon’, has 5 caps for Argentina.

The Poo-o-Meter is ticking on this one, but let’s see.

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Hantal
Hantal

Honestly not convinced a 28 year old who’s never played in Europe is the answer to our problems

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

I may have been watching a little too much Hitler’s Henchmen but this dude sounds like his family could’ve… er… emigrated back in the 40’s.

C.B.
C.B.

Looks good on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSK8kfmpv2w

Though lots of players do, when it’s only their best bits.

Fabulous
Fabulous

I remember thinking the same thing when looking at Mustafi’s Valencia highlights. Really doesn’t say much these YouTube videos

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

A video of all of Mustafi’s worst bits would have been more enlightening

Franx
Franx

Yes, but how long would it take to upload 80gb of video to You Tube ?

Santori
Santori

Before you upload the video maybe you want to watch some of those matches again that Mustafi actually put in decent work and also saved us dropped points.

Just from last game alone with the block against Burnley for instance.

Had that been Sokratis you would be making an 80gb video to wank over no doubt.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Good central defenders make very few stupid mistakes.

In that position every screw up is a potential goal. It doesn’t matter how good he is the rest of the time.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Particulatly at our level where we need to be beating the best teams

Franx
Franx

How polite……

Santori
Santori

Yes but you can also put together Torreira’s worse bits this campaign and it will look as equal to Mustafi.

Fuckspurs

Santori getting rinsed on Arseblog since his Football Manager-esc plans on how to fix Arsenal. Too funny

Mpls
Mpls

Left Center Back, looks relatively quick (minding the league difference of course), likes to step up, and intercept, makes key tackles-

If the clip is anything to go on (it’s not, typically) he’s got some of the traits of a Koscielny-ish style defender.

Likes to go on walkabout a bit though, and I’m not sure that’s really the answer to our questions.

Prakhar Tripathi
Prakhar Tripathi

Playing with 10 men is better than with Mustafi in the team.

Santori
Santori

Mustafi apparently better than playing with Jenkinson at Rback.

Watch Torreira give the ball away at BHA, Soton away, West Ham (United and Liverpool matches too) where he was fleeced off the ball…Over either side of Xmas, he contributed to 4 goals against us leading to 11 points dropped.

Yet some would deem to criticise Granit instead and conveniently ignore Torreira’s mistake then wonder why Emery was starting Granit ahead of the little fellow.

Tommmy
Tommmy

Please stop gargling Mustafi’s undeveloped kids.

The only sp*rs i like is san antonio
The only sp*rs i like is san antonio

Damn, man. You either reaally naive or plain stupid to just keep posting the same stuff over and over again with a couple of to none people agree with you and not to mention that you very very very rarerly replying to others who tried to have discussion with you.

I am all for freedom of speech. But I’d rather fatgooner all day than this guy

Amusa
Amusa

Arsenal football club. Budget without the CL 40 million.
I swear to God teams coming up from relegation have a bigger budget.
How can we let Kronke get away with this?
40 will probably buy you 2 Europa league players and we need 3 4 Champions League quality players.
Unless we protest properly and drive him out, we have no future.

btw
btw

I don’t think it is Kroenke’s fault. The failure to sell Sanchez left us short 60M plus saddled with Mhkitaryan, renewing Ozil’s contract left us carrying a huge wage, which may have had the knock-on effect of Ramsey, deservedly, wanting similar compensation. Then we failed to sell Ramsey at a loss of ~30-50M and Welbeck (15-25M). The blame lies with a combination of Wenger, Gazidis, and whoever made the Ramsey decision, it has little to do with Kroenke.

We are supposedly close to breaching FFP, even if Kroenke could give Arsenal some cash, it would get us into FFP problems. We’ve been mismanaged for years, from transfers to commercial deals. For this you might blame Kroenke, but does he even make these decisions? Would you want him to? Sure he is an easy target, but I find no convincing evidence that the current state of Arsenal is his fault. We broke our transfer record twice on strikers in the last year alone.

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

Btw makes a fair point, but krobke is a hubting wanker so the more reasons to hate him the better. I understand 99% of billionaires have questionable morals but still he’s a twat.

Santori
Santori

btw is making a good point.

We have been substantially poorly managed even WITH Raul and Msintat (*if not more)

Too many people simply wanted to see what they wanted to. They blamed Wenger and Dick Law for everything but reality is Raul and Mslintat have saddled the wage structure which meant Unai was less able to have any wiggle room to add a substantial player (beyond and out of confidence Suarez)

Practises of the past (mismanagement on the part of dealings with the Ox and Gnabry) were further compounded with a lack of resolve to play Ramsey against Ozil with contract renewals)

Boom Xhaka Laca
Boom Xhaka Laca

‘The Filthy Pigeon’? Well I’m sold!

Flash
Flash

I would go for Abdou Diallo.
Two birds with one stone (CB, LB)

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

I read abou diaby and smiled a little

indiegooner
indiegooner

But are those birds filthy enough?

Lopi
Lopi

An excellent observation 🙂

ArsenAlan
ArsenAlan

One of those manky one legged pigeons I suppose.

Dave M
Dave M

Manky really is an underused word

Adam
Adam

Filthy Argentine CB? Yes please! No more jokers, DJs, and nice guys in our backline for me. Just nasty, menacing looking, silent dudes, preferably from the North, but an Argentine will do fine too.

Gudang Pelor
Gudang Pelor

Gabriel Paulista’s nasty, menacing looking, silent dude.

Adam
Adam

Menacing, him? Have you actually seen him? I like the guy, but IHO he looks like Mert’s feeble minded smaller brother.

A Gorilla
A Gorilla

All monies should be spent on a midfield general to stop all the shots that we allow people to take. Less shots, less goals, more points.

FTorres
FTorres

Kannemann has been one of the best defenders here in Brazil for quite a while. Sure, he’s a bit old and never played in Europe, but he might be one of the more suited defenders to make the jump successfully.

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner

I’ve missed our poo.

Me So Hornsey
Me So Hornsey

I know it’s only rumour but, fuck me, £10m for a 28 year old who’s never played in Europe to fill by far our most urgent position?

Is this really what Arsenal have become? What we’re being linked with? Not even competing with Everton or Watford in the transfer market. I just don’t understand why we’re all swallowing the boardroom (via Ornstein) lies so easily.

Yes, we bought two expensive strikers, yes Ozil’s and Miki’s Wages are high and we bought two expensive strikers but we also lost the wages of Giroud, Wilshire, Walcott, Ox, Gabriel and Perez off the wage bill and brought in a fair bit of income from some of their sales.

We also got a massive Adidas deal and massive hike in tv money. And yes, we’ve a taken a hit on CL income but not as great as all those graphs show as we haven’t got past the CL last 16 in nearly a decade so our income was far less than the finalists anyway.

I’m not an accountant but the whole crying poverty smells like utter bollocks to me and it’s hurting the club.

Santori
Santori

Preferably the age of the Cback we should bring in should be between 23-28yrs.

28 should be top end.

We brought in Sokratis at 29yrs as a stop gap. Koscielny (with substantial durability issues) at 33yrs should be dropped.

So with Holding still fairly young (Mavropanos developing), Mustafi and Chambers mid age, we can afford to bring in a 28yr old with experience.

Whether this chap is the ticket is moot because we don’t know our operating budget (let alone have a technical director) until we complete the europa finals in Baku.

If we win, we will have a substantially higher budget to operate with.

We don’t have to break the bank though (Albeit even a lesser known defender in today’s climate with a good track record over last season will still cost a substantial amount)

I’d be looking at the likes of Liepzig, Inter, Lille OSC, (I believe there were reports on us tracking a Togolese at Getafe)…albeit he is a bit short at 5’10…

Plus we don’t know if some more ‘illustrious’ names like Umtiti may be left out to sell but if he isn’t picked up may be available later in market at a lower price.

Suomano at Lille may be an interesting player for us to look at.

Its moving parts at the moment so we will get plenty of rumours by the usual mill keen on selling gossip but no doubt a lot of it is fog bc agents like to link to us to raise profile of their clients and we likely keep tabs on a range of players as options should first second or third choice fail so there will be all sorts of names ‘linked’ to us.

Santori
Santori

So no need to get hysterical.

Santori
Santori

Everything is a bit of a mess at the moment because we have yet to secure a technical director.

And that may be dictated by Raul not those above him (Venkatasham etc…Gazidis esteemed succesors) who lack clout and/or Cojones and seem to have given him the run of the roost – which means he may not bring in as strong a candidate so he can have control.

This is not good for us.

This may make us at best rudderless in decision making in market worse we may cut corners further.

PLUS it seems premature to go in for any defender or otherwise now particularly since we have yet to ‘win’ the europa and qualify for Europe.

If we do (And that’s a big IF), it means a substantially larger chunk of money (40m potentially) which may mean we can afford better product in market.

Santori
Santori

I will add that we won’t get much from player sales.

1) We will free up 330K + from players confirmed in leaving –

Cech, Lichsteiner, Welbeck, Ramsey (sadly)

Maybe Koscielny as well bc he will face more wear and tear issues if we should keep him next season (I don’t think we should)

2) A second tranch of players (that have less effect on wage or purchasing power) but we should free up regardless is Elneny and Jenkinson.

We have not been able to flog them off but they are practically more useless than Mustafi to the team and taking up valuable space.

3) Then there will be 3 sets of players IMO who will be in shop window which if there is a substantial buyer we will be prepared to let go.

a) GK – Ospina (reports suggest he will go to Napoli) or Martinez.

BUT if Martinez should be deemed not sufficient to replace Cech next season, we will likely re-invest whatever we earned on Ospina’s sale back into a keeper of similar value or close to from market which means we are net neutral.

b) CB – Mustafi or Chambers.

We have (presumably) a new Cback/Sokratis/Holding

Mavropanos looks even less steady than Mustafi at this point (not surprising) and should seriously go on a strong loan to accelerate his development.

Thereby our options are either Mustafi or Chambers as a 3rd/4th choice (plus Monreal as a 5th back up predominantly covering at lBack)

Chambers will depend on assessment. Reports suggest he impressed at Fulham but they were pretty abject defensively so the summer may be needed to have a better look at where he is at.

Then there is the issue of whether he would want to stay and play third fiddle.

AND as a local content, he may fetch a substantial (enough) price should there be a buyer for him say 15-20m

Mustafi will depend on buyer. Who would want to pay 90k wages for him plus a transfer fee? 10M-15m fee for him is a substantial loss on our part and we may weigh against the utility instead of keeping him albeit lower down pecking order working is way back up …as a back up.

Whoever stays, (conservatively) we will be great if we can pull in 10-15m for the other.

c) Midfield – Ozil or Mhkitaryan

Again with Ozil, who will want to pay his wages? Which again means we may have to cut price on his transfer fee (say 10M) to sweeten any deal.

Otherwise Mhkitaryan for say 12-15m maybe since either has the emerging Smith-Rowe as back up.

Overall we are looking at 25m potentially on sales of players…if we are successful.

Which means the sponsorship renegotiation money plus europa?CL qualification money has to be the main dictate for our summer spend.

If we don’t get into CL or europa, we will likely have a small budget (say 40m) based on shirt sponsorship new deal (not all the money) and whatever player sales as mentioned we can hobble together.

If we win the europa/CL Qual, then a substantially higher sum and thereby a better selection of players to choose from.

I doubt we will use all the money coming in from Europa/CL qual so lets just say 40M plus 25m in sales of players thereby estimate about 65-70m

That’s enough for 3 quality signings (even so we have to be careful) plus maybe 5m to spend on youth/wild card(say a striker gamble like what we did with Guendouzi in the midfield)

Until we resolve where we lie with Europa finals, I doubt we will pull the trigger on any deal.

Cos the best acquisition we should be making (with some of the money I mentioned will not be used for player purchase) would be to get us a VERY good Technical Director (not the fraud Mslintat)

We will do ourselves no harm at all if we could lure Campos off of Lille OSC.

BUT then the powers that be, I doubt we will show the gumption to push Raul upstairs and out of the way for that to happen.

Jarghs
Jarghs

Big filthy pigeon, we’ve got a big filthy pigeon…
Sign him up, probably.

George
George

Fantastic nickname, but don’t know about the rest.

Vonnie
Vonnie

I don’t know anything about this guy, but maybe they’re looking at a 28 year old because they believe in some of the players coming through. Chambers will likely come back and he’s had a good loan season, Holding will be fit, Bielik has massive potential and needs a chance, and there may be others in the Academy. We have Kos and Papa going into probably their final season, Holding and Chambers coming through and Bielik and Dinos would be an awesome partnership if it worked out. The bonus is that Chambers and Bielik can also play defensive mid.

Oleg Pascal Senderos
Oleg Pascal Senderos

Im starting to think Santori is actually Mustafi.

Arseman
Arseman

“Stopped in his tracks by the filthy pigeon”
“He would have been through on goal of it wasn’t for the filthy pigeon”

Sign him up I say.

AMV
AMV

Buy a defender from premiere league itself.

Riku
Riku

Do what Liverpool and city have done. Buy great proven premier league players. So they don’t give to take time to adapt. At city , walker, stones, Liverpool , mane, van dyke, Robertson half of Southampton , oxo chamberlain.
So using that logic we buy, Lewis dunk and Ryan Frazier , both had great seasons with best years ahead of them . Would both come for pay raise and European football. Get both for 60 m.