It’s the latest transfer round-up as we scour the depths of the Internet to bring you the stories that matter. And by matter, we mean ‘Are probably a load of nonsense’, but hey – it’s summertime, the window is open, and it is what it is.
Arsenal need a left-back this summer, and the Celtic man has been on our radar for a couple of yeas now.
The Scottish Daily Mail have a story this morning suggesting a bid is ‘imminent’, and that Unai Emery has ‘told his board that the Scot is the kind of signing who can help drag the club out of its current malaise.’
He’s an exciting young talent, no question, and our interest in him goes back to the Wenger days, but as ever with the source you have to take it with a pinch of salt, so the Poo-o-Meter remains high enough on this one.
The Lorient attacking midfielder has been strongly linked with us over the last few weeks, but it appears he has his sights set elsewhere. Speaking to L’Equipe he says:
“I want to join Gladbach. They are a club that focus on young players, there is a good structure, they are playing in the Europa League. I like their project & it suits me.”
If it sounds like we’re missing out to a smaller team, perhaps the fact we’ve got a plethora of young attacking midfielders coming through the Academy might well be the reason he’s going somewhere else.
The appointment of Freddie Ljungberg has made it clear that some of his U23s are going to be integrated next season. Not to mention the widely expected signing of Gabriel Martinelli, so perhaps we weren’t as interested as the stories suggested?
His agent is in the news again saying stuff about how the midfielder would be excited by a phone call from his former Sampdoria manager who is set to take over at AC Milan. It’s typical summer stuff from an agent though, they don’t close any doors, and there’s just no way we’re going to sell Torreira this summer.
Especially not to a club run by Ivan Gazidis.
The young striker has been linked with a loan move to Charlton, and on the face of it that makes some sense. He’d play Championship football, and hopefully get regular minutes.
However, if Arsenal take a youthful approach to the Europa League group stages, he could well get some important minutes under his belt, and if it doesn’t work out a loan move in January could be on the cards.
Danny Welbeck has gone, we need someone to back-up Aubameyang and Lacazette so we don’t run them into the ground, and Eddie seems a good choice in that sense, so it all depends on how Unai Emery views his readiness for next season.