We know there’s a massive interest in transfer rumours this summer – more than any other in recent memory – but we’re also cognisant of the fact we don’t want end up spamming you with loads of articles based on very little.
So, what we’re going to do, unless there’s something absolutely full-on that we have to cover, is do transfer round-up posts (daily or otherwise) with the latest info on our incoming targets. We will, of course, apply the Poo-o-Meter when necessary, but it won’t always be applicable.
Apologies to fans of measuring the veracity of information via cartoon plops, but there you go.
The young French defender has been linked before, and the latest on the Saint-Etienne man is that there is ‘concrete’ interest from Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Southampton.
There’s a suggestion he could be sold and loaned back but also a feeling that a big transfer fee, which would eclipse the record amount received (€14.6m for Kurt Zouma in 2014).
Interestingly, when Chelsea bought the centre-half in January of that year he stayed at Saint-Etienne ‘on loan’ until the end of the season.
It’s difficult to see Arsenal agreeing to that though. If we’re spending money on defenders, we need them in the team, not playing elsewhere, because otherwise there’s an exponential rise in the possibility of the continued Mustafication of our defence.
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Via GFFN, Lorient are expecting an improved bid for the 20 year old forward having already rebuffed an initial approach from the Gunners. Eintracht Frankfurt are also bidding, looking to replace Serbian international Luka Jovic who has joined Real Madrid.
Arsenal have a relationship with Lorient, last summer signing Matteo Guendouzi from the Ligue 2 side, so perhaps that will work in our favour.
Let’s see if the bid goes through.
Sky Sports News ‘understands’ that we’re monitoring 21 year old CSKA striker Fedor Chalov. We haven’t heard his name mentioned before, but he got 17 goals and 7 assists for the Moscow side last season.
The thing about Sky Sports News ‘understanding’ things is that generally they see some random bloke on Twitter talking about it and build from there. Nothing’s an impossibility this summer, but we’ll get the Poo-o-Meter out and give this one a runny eight.
Update: Turns out he scored against us in the Europa League quarter-final last season, bagging the first goal in the 2-2 second leg draw in Russia.
L’Equipe have listed the midfielder as one of the players that PSG are trying to sell this summer, along with the likes of Thomas Meunier (already linked with us), Julian Draxler and Layvin Kurzawa.
Arsenal tried to bring him in last January, and with David Ornstein revealing recently that one of our priorities this summer was a box to box midfielder, he ticks that box very nicely. If PSG want to sell, it also makes him less complicated to get.
Emery likes the player from his time there, so he’s a name we might hear more of in the weeks ahead.
A Gazetta journalist on Twitter claims we’re interested in the Italian as back-up to Bernd Leno and to replace Petr Cech in the squad.
We’re just sorry we don’t have a Poo-o-Meter that goes up to infinity + 1.