Hello folks, here’s the latest transfer news round-up on our supposed, alleged, reported targets.
Arsenal’s need for a left-back is obvious, and the Celtic man has been on the club’s radar for a good two seasons now.
We are ‘odds-on’ favourites to sign him, according to The Scotsman. However, this is not because of inside information or the fact we’ve made an irresistible bid, but entirely based on betting markets so, you know, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
The 22 year old has a reported price-tag of £26m, which would certainly put him out of our range, but it’s not a price that’s set in stone.
Perhaps we could afford him if Barcelona were more interested in Sead Kolasinac. According to El Mundo Deportivo, they’ve received ‘good reports’ about the Bosnian as they seek a left-back, but not sufficiently good to make an offer.
Joachim Andersen and Dennis Praet
We had a €42m bid for the Sampdoria pair reportedly rejected, and via SampNews24 – your source for Sampdoria stories 24 hours a day – comes the news that we’re going back with a €50m bid. This will, apparently, be sufficient for the President of the club, Doriano Massimo Ferrero to accept, thus paving the way for the defender and midfielder to follow Lucas Torreira to North London.
However, there’s still interest in Andersen from Sp*rs, while Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are after Praet, so this is very far from a done deal or anything like it.
The Belgian was a target in January as we looked to reinforce the squad. We ended up with Denis Suarez who was about as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike, while Carrasco stayed in China with Dalian Yifang.
According to the player, “There is now an offer on the table and the negotiations with my agent are progressing well. I hope my Chinese chairman lets me go.”
Who that offer is from remains to be seen. A report in the Belgian media says it’s from a team who regularly plays in the Champions League, which could include us at a stretch, but as we enter our third season in the Europa League it might well rule us out.
Carrasco was also a preferred target of the former Head of Recruitment, Sven Mislintat, but both Raul Sanllehi and Unai Emery were more in favour of the Suarez loan, so we’ll have to see if they’ll go back for the Belgian with their tails between their legs after the Barcelona man did little but put a £3.5m dent in our finances.