Another week, another transfer round-up for some of the targets that we’ve been linked with over the last couple of days.

Starting with:

Ryan Fraser

The Bournemouth man is someone who has been heavily linked with us for a few months now. The Scotland international has one year left on his current deal, so could be available for a relatively acceptable price, but he’s none the wiser about what’s going to happen this summer.

Speaking over the weekend, the 25 year old said, “I ain’t got a clue. I don’t know myself so there’s no point thinking about it, wherever I’ll be, I’ll be. I don’t know what is happening. I’m not just saying that.”

So, there you go.

Yannick Carrasco

He remains someone who is the subject of many Tweets by Italian transfer guru types. Don Luigi di Wario, Niccolo Machiavelli, Ciro Di Marzio and all the rest of the lads – love the lads – are talking about how he’s ever closer to a move to North London.

From Spain, where he was with Atletico Madrid before moving to China, AS report that there’s a concrete offer from the Gunners.

A fee of around €25m is being touted, which would be considerable enough give our budget, but remember, just because we sign a player for €25m doesn’t mean we hand over €25m in one go.

It seems like there’s a lot of smoke around this particular fire, so a solidfying poo rating follows.

Jordan Veretout

The former Aston Villa man, now at Fiorentina, emerged as a surprise candidate for an Arsenal move when L’Equipe reported that we’d made an inquiry for him. He had been widely expected to join Napoli this summer, but could our interest sway him?

Well, potentially we could offer a more attractive salary than the Italians, but a key line in the report says, ‘Veretout’s main criteria for a new club is Champions League football’, so if that’s the priority then we’re fighting a losing battle as we go into another season with Europa League football.

We’ll have another round-up tomorrow, or whenever there’s sufficient tittle-tattle to put one together.

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Louqmane
Louqmane

Jordan Veretout!!!1 Never heard of this bloke

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Solid player for the past 2 years. Great Ramsey replacement!

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Bit underwhelming. Fraser the same.

But I think Carrasco is someone to get potentially excited about. Had some great moments with Athletico when he was still very much a young lad. Made a bit of a weird decision heading to China. But only 25, best playing days in front of him and a pretty explosive, pacey style.

His wage, I’m assuming, is a concern. He’s probably on crazy money. But if we can get Mkhi and / or Ozil out, we free up that kind of dollar. It’s funny, we talk a lot about transfer kitty but I’m assuming there is a pretty strict wage policy that goes with that.

Overmars or Obertan? £20 million to find out.

Northern Gooner
Northern Gooner

It really wasn’t his decision to go to China.

In between 3rd party ownership being banned, the Wanda group arriving at Atletico and some debts that Atletico de Madrid apparently had with the owners of the club Carrasco eventually went to, meant his hand was forced.

It was all well documented in the spanish press at the time, since it really looked like a very strange decision to make for such a promising young player.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Sounds like an unconvincing premise for a really naff sit com.

Could be called ‘Goal Oriented’ or summit.

Bossman Bill
Bossman Bill

Have a thumbs up.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Like a downtrodden but strangely optimistic Mustafi seeing a halfhearted recognition of his massively overhit pass, I accept your thumbs up.

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Well written but untrue. Carasco has always been inconsistent and he is not a football brain. In which world Athletico is forced to sell his best players? In which world a player goes in an uncompetitive league the other side of the planet against his will? He choose easy money and never established himself as reliable football player. It is a statement of the man he is.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

“He choose easy money and never established himself as reliable football player.”

Should fit seamlessly into this squad then.

Northern Gooner
Northern Gooner

I was only explaining why he went to China.

But you don’t have to take my word for it, do your own research and if language is a barrier then google is your friend.

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Yes sorry, I have now read it (thanks google translate). He was tied up, put on a cargo, shipped to China where he is now playing under the worst conditions. After every game he is put back on a cage where he gets whipped if he doesn’t score a goal and provide an assist every game which he doesn’t because even there he is not that good.

Steiner
Steiner

Here’s a thing, Frasier’s stats from this season were better than Carrasco’s in his last season at Madrid.
Are people looking at names and nationalities here and not what they are capable of?

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Well he’s prime time in Seattle, of course his stats are off the chart.

Plus I think Niles got a lot of assists.

Fuckspurs

Veretout’s not a great sign. No offence to the player, I’d rather someone with way better credentials. I’ve only memory of him from FIFA 11

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles

I like that you’re using FIFA 11 as way of guaging his suitability. Personally, all I know of him is what I’ve read over the last few days so don’t really have an opinion on him one way or another. Maybe I need to play FIFA 11?

Fuckspurs

Why the dislikes? I didn’t say I don’t rate him on the basis of FIFA 11, I said I’d rather someone who had played in big games and against much more difficult opposition than Rotherham in the Championship.

Neil #2
Neil #2

He’s ok on ….. Football Manager

Michael Bolton Wanderers
Michael Bolton Wanderers

We should get cherno samba

Stafflod
Stafflod

…or Maksim Tsigalko??

Scwibble
Scwibble

It’s depressing isn’t it? We’ve surely missed our chance to contend through failing to win EL final, could be a long long time until we get back up there. Just a bit of realism.

Sam
Sam

We had 2 amazing chances and we blew it.

Martin
Martin

We’ve signed Aubameyang, Lacazette m, Torreira and Leno so there are good players we can sign

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

Dear Reader,

Lonely soul seeks dependable but low maintenance individual(s). Needed for a variety of positions, must be available between the hours of 8am and 8pm, with several sliced orange breaks available. Must place loyalty and integrity above all else. Has to be good around people of all ages and abilities.
Transport can be provided. Preferably NSA.

Yours,
Raul.

Non-Flying dutchman
Non-Flying dutchman

and what of those 19,45 kick offs?

Double98
Double98

Solution – Sack the board, Sell the club and play the kids….

the trifecta of poo –

thank you Stan and Ivan

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

I go karting with Don Luigi di Wario at weekends, total ‘shroom head, utter liability.

Ko Aunglinn
Ko Aunglinn

Please go for CARRASCO 😁😁

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

That’s a no for me. A player who showed inconsistency with Monaco and Atletico and then decided that competitive football was not for him!?

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Nothing is happening, because we have no money 🙁

Ko Aunglinn
Ko Aunglinn

I don’t know why EPL players are so expensive

Red-Wing
Red-Wing

Carrasco for 25M? Go for it.

Winger, direct, good dribbler, plenty of experience from Atletico and Belgium national team, and still only 25.

I’ve always liked him and we would be mad not to try and get him for that kind of money in today’s market. His salary might be a problem, though, but after some rather heavy earners like Ramsey, Welbeck and Cech are gone, it shouldn’t be too big of an issue (especially given that we probably won’t sign any other big names this summer).

Geefive
Geefive

Well, that is 10 mil less than what we paid for Mustafi…….

George
George

Fuck me, that’s some harsh perspective right there. We really deserved to end up with a beast at CB for that instead of that arm-flapping muppet.

Carrasco, a genuine wideman, would be good, but not if he wants silly money.

Mpls
Mpls

If he wants to return to the English or European leagues he’s likely going to take a pay cut anywhere.

Ghent Gooner
Ghent Gooner

he also played wing back a lot for Belgium, so can be a back up for those positions

Jack
Jack

If you type in ‘Arsenal transfer news’ into google there are a thousand different articles claiming that literally any player is an Arsenal target. ‘Man Utd in shock swoop for Arsenal target’. ‘Spurs to beat Arsenal in race to sign so and so’. ‘Arsenal target has hinted he wants premier league football.’

Red-Wing
Red-Wing

Andrew said it perfectly the other day in one of the blogs when he said such stories are like single use plastic of the internet.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

It’s all just pure fiction

Somebody should change the law and force these fuckers to print the truth … that’d soon put them out of business

freedom of the press my arse

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

Who is Veretout to absolutely want CL football ? Football world is getting quite ridiculous.

Rich
Rich

Carrasco has to be a worry, there’s only one reason to go to China at such a young age, and that reason isn’t sporting ambition, or having the hunger+desire to reach the very top of your profession.

I suppose these are the types of gambles our budget will stretch to….. Henry, Vieira, Begkamp were all big gambles, but payed off spectacularly

Buying Zaha from Palace would be much less of a Gamble, but would likely cost £100- 200% more than the £25million it’ll reportedly cost us for Carrasco.

Providing his wages aren’t astronomical, and are heavily incentivised, then it could be a gamble worth taking….

But there are still huge question marks about whether or not we need another mercenary within our ranks

John C
John C

If you think any of our players wouldn’t jump ship at the prospect of a massive pay rise at another club than you’re mistaken and so would you if your employer made it clear they didn’t want you.

Also Zaha at £100m?!? That’s the same as Hazard, he would be a massive gamble at anything more than about £40m in my opinion

Rich
Rich

John C, 100%-200% more than £25million is between £50-£75million.

I’d pay £50-£55mill for Zaha, I don’t know whether that would be enough to secure him? And I certainly wouldn’t put him on wages anywhere near what Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan or Lacazette.

Buying inside the PL is much less risky than buying a mercenary who went to China at 23.

There’s a huge difference between taking a huge pay rise in your 30s and going to the USA or China to top up your retirement fund, and doing it at 23.

I don’t doubt that most players would take substantial more money elsewhere, but if you have any sporting aspirations whatsoever? Surely that move would have to be within Europe’s top 5 or 6 leagues?

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

It’s wise not to oppose Don Ciro.

Laca New Signing
Laca New Signing

hahaha otherwise he would make you an offer you can’t refuse! I’ll get my coat now.

Santorini
Santorini

Veret out!

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

That Niccolo Machiavelli would do anything for clicks.

Toure Motors
Toure Motors

Machiavellian

Thierry Ennui
Thierry Ennui

He is indeed the prince of clicks

jim
jim

I have a feeling this transfer window is going to be as frustrating as any we have ever had.

We still wont put up the funds to compete with bigger clubs so were destined to sign more youngsters or sub-par players who we “hope” will become world class (i.e dennis surez).

Seems like being an Arsenal fan is going to be as frustrating as ever SMH

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner

One of the more solid Poos this year for Carrasco. Very pooperific.

Santori
Santori

Highly disconcerting these days the players we are linked to.

But for some fans, anyone new will do.

They’ll make an argument to justify it (anyone better than Mustafi etc) and then turn against the new chap soon after.

I think Carrasco is a dark horse. If we can get better we will.

Fraser no thanks.

Don’t know other chap.

What’s most worrying though is we don’t have someone in place even to replace (the overrated) Mslintat and hard bargain for us.

Hopefully its not Mslintat mark 2 instead of Dortmund, go back to Sampdoria (mid table Italian) and pluck low hanging fruit there bc of some special ‘relationship’.

Faisal Narrage AKA Mr Project Youth 2.0
Faisal Narrage AKA Mr Project Youth 2.0

I suggest you all put your efforts into getting excited into the potential of the youth, because if you’re hoping on transfers, you’re gonna be left disappointed.

I’m rather sanguine about it all. I’m more excited of seeing Eddie, Nelson, Saka, Mavros, Beilik, Amaechi, ESR, etc. in the preseason and how they perform, than anything. Because I know that’s happening and something to get excited about.

I’m not spending my summer trailing news on Ryan f*cking Frazier, that’s for sure.

Paul
Paul

3 players spoken about and just one poometer use!? It’s not good enough Blogs sort it out for pity sake man! 🙂

Paul
Paul

My smiley face disappeared from my post!

Hantal
Hantal

No it didn’t

Paul
Paul

It didn’t appear for a while…spooky!!

MeSoHornsey
MeSoHornsey

Well I viewed Carrasco on you tube and can reliably tell you that he looks exactly like Denis Suarez on you tube. Ie, tricky winger, not that quick, not that strong, not that clinical but technically gifted. Basically just like Mhiki; maybe aybe an upgrade on Iwobi but personally I’d rather give Bakayo Saka an extended run out and save the money for the defender and midfielder we need.

Paul Perivolaris
Paul Perivolaris

Just want to say we should stop accepting we have a budget for player purchases. It makes sense to have wage budget but player purchases are technically an asset. Believe me if we could get Mbappe for 90mill our 40mill ‘budget’ wouldn’t exist. His 1mill a week is another story. 😉

NZGooner
NZGooner

I’d rather see the promotion of a few U18 and U23 players, that would be as exciting if not more so, than some of the names arsenal is being linked with.

Vonnie
Vonnie

Why on earth would we want an Aston Villa failure? I hope there’s no truth i this but these guys thought Sanchez was a world beater so God help us!

Jack4343
Jack4343

Surprised no report on Michele Deez. He’s French, he’s young and loved by most in the world.

Wilsheres Middle Finger
Wilsheres Middle Finger

The annoying thing for me is that I think Mislintat left because he wasn’t allowed to sign Pepe. Now Liverpool are singning him and he’s sure to turn into another world beater. Meanwhile we have the same crew in control that signed Denis Suarez in January.

Saps
Saps

Your source, sir?

Cherisco
Cherisco

What Arsenal need to is sign top class defenders and a solid midfield that will be ready to press as soon as they lose possession why veretout for Ramsey’s replacement when you can buy much more creative and active players than him please get us players like Nicolas pepe we need winners and not just a bunch of players that are not ambitious

Deo
Deo

I would be very happy if we take a definite direction towards a younger team fed in by our academy as well as signings like Martinelli. I can’t watch average players playing average football. I was a huge fan of Project Youth and I say, bring it back!

Alderg
Alderg

Coyg sign someone

jon

Torreira came from Sampdoria, and now we might secure the services of Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen from the same club. Is this a little bit puzzling?

jon

If you believe all the rumours (which we of course all do) Arsenal’s activities seem a little unfocused. Our paramount need is a central defender. We also need a midfielder and maybe a winger. But first and foremost: A very good defender. Someone who is fast, who reads the play well, positions himself well, is relatively tall and does not get mesmerized by the sight of a football.

Ko Aunglinn
Ko Aunglinn

Who is no 1 target for us right now 😠😠😡😡.Really sick of reading like of this shit 😡😡