Another day, another transfer round-up. Here’s the latest scuttlebutt doing the rounds.
Erick Antonio Pulgar Farfán is a Chilean professional footballer who plays for Italian side Bologna. He is a defensive midfielder, and according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Unai Emery is interested in him.
He has a €12m release clause and is also attracting interest from AC Milan, Inter Milan, Napoli, Roma and Sevilla. He’s away with Chile at the Copa America right now, so maybe we’ve got Edu over there keeping tabs on him.
Last season for Bologna, he scored 6 goals in 28 Serie A appearances, and interestingly he shares an agent with former Gunner and fellow Chilean Alexis Sanchez. Whether that makes a deal any more or less likely is hard to say.
Sure, he’s got a name like a religious cult leader in the deep south, but in this plane of existence he’s a 22 year old forward who plays for Hull City. He bagged 22 goals in the Championship last season as the Tigers finished 13th, and according to a report in the newspaper which nobody in Liverpool buys (no linking), we’re ready to offer £12m for him.
This feels particularly random, especially in light of our reported £40m bid for Wilfried Zaha. Is he an alternative to that? Is this just an agent raising the profile of his player?
This one doesn’t seem likely to us. We could be wrong, but something smells off about this story.
According to Yahoo Sports in France, a Spanish club has shown interest in the striker, and a meeting is scheduled tomorrow between the player’s representatives and Arsenal.
In the past Laca has been a target for Atletico Madrid, and were it not for their transfer ban back in 2017 he’d have joined them in the summer we brought him in from Lyon.
They’re on the lookout for an Antoine Griezmann replacement, and although they’ve been linked with a €100m+ move for Benfica prodigy Joao Felix, it’s not inconceivable that they could rekindle interest in the Frenchman.
Would we be open to selling? In a summer in which we will probably need to sell to help finance the incoming deals, Lacazette is one of the only players who would command a fee that is in any way substantial.
However, letting your player of the season depart doesn’t really speak to any great ambition, regardless of how you reinvest, and it would also make Auba too sad to score goals anymore.