Now that we’ve made an actual signing – with Gabriel Martinelli joining the club yesterday – we assume many of these rumours will turn into rock solid deals.
Here’s the latest from the Arsenal transfer merry-go-round.
Some say Napoli are edging ahead us in the race to sign the Scottish international. The Scottish Sun, which first broke the news of our bid, says the Italian side are ready to ‘blow us out of the water’.
However, in Italy there’s talk that we’re trying to make it happen before the Serie A side can tempt him to the city of incredible pizza.
Which would make you think we ought to make another bid. As far as Celtic boss Neil Lennon knows, that hasn’t happened yet. He says, “As I said last week, the first offer wasn’t what we’d look for and I don’t think we’ve had another one yet. It’s as you were.
“Will it rumble on? Probably.”
So there you go.
The Brazilian winger was strongly linked with us during the January transfer window of 2018, but in the end no deal could be done, and that summer he moved to Barcelona from Bordeaux for a fee of €41m.
He hasn’t had a happy time the Camp Nou, making just 15 sporadic La Liga appearances, completing 90 minutes only three times, and scoring a solitary goal.
The Catalans are willing to letting him leave, and although they would prefer a permanent deal, they are open to the idea of loaning him out for a year in a deal that would include a purchase obligation.
This is according to both El Mundo Deportivo and AS, but Barcelona will not countenance a sale for less than what they paid for him. With our pursuit of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha hitting troubled waters, perhaps Malcom is seen as an alternative option.
L’Equipe are reporting that we’ve initiated contact with Lyon over the attacking midfielder – someone who was very much on Arsene Wenger’s radar in the last few years.
He was on the verge of a move to Liverpool last summer but that broke down, and this article makes for interesting reading about why it didn’t happen.
Apparently our people have been in touch with his people, but it’s all a bit ethereal at the moment, and the L’Equipe report suggests that any deal might hinge on being able to move on Mesut Ozil.
So right now I think we can file this one away in the drawer marked ‘highly unlikely’.