Judging by the way things are going, Arsenal, like the rest of the Premier League, are shaping up for some pretty heavy losses on the financial front in the coming 12 months.
The Premier League have suggested each club may have to pay back £17 million worth of TV revenue even if the current season is completed behind closed doors, the club have to rebate fans for tickets for the final four games (and two cup credits) and they can’t start the season ticket renewal process because nobody knows when supporters might be allowed to attend matches.
To mitigate some of the immediate issues, we’ve already asked the first team to agree to a wage cut but it’s likely more savings will need to be made over the next 12 months because clouds hang over all three key revenue streams – matchday, commercial and TV.
Against that backdrop, you might be wondering how on earth Raul Sanllehi, Edu and Mikel Arteta work the transfer market? Even super agents are suggesting big transfers will be unlikely and with a lack of liquidity in the market clubs may have to resort to player swap deals and loans.
Throw all of that into the mix and we’re expecting silly season to be weirder than usual.
Of course, it won’t stop the usual culprits from peddling nonsense. Every time we see ‘Thomas Partey’, ‘Arsenal’ and ‘£50 million’ in the same sentence, we want to chuck our laptop out of the window. However, as always on Arseblog News, we’ll do our best to wade through the sh*t so you don’t have to.
Using the poo-o-meter we’ll make educated guesses as to which rumours are runny and which are smooth, while leaving lots of rancid stuff to rot in parts of the internet nobody should have to visit.
We might get some stuff wrong along the way, but that’s life. And it’s just transfers in the end.
Anyway, all of this was a very long-winded way of introducing our new transfer tittle-tattle round-up segment thingy, which may or may not happen weekly.
So, let’s begin…
Feyenoord’s 19-year-old midfielder has been doing the rounds for a few weeks. Mundo Deportivo claims Mikel Arteta is on the hunt for ‘a new peephole’ to take over from Mesut Ozil and that the Dutch-born Turk fits the bill. He had six assists and three goals in the Eredivisie before the season was ended prematurely. Kokcu is under contract in Rotterdam until 2023 and is valued at up to €30 million. It is said that Chelsea, Sevilla and Valencia have also been sniffing around.
Poo-o-meter: 7 – they’ll need to come down on that price significantly.
The 27-year-old French winger was on the scoresheet for Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday as they beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1; his ninth goal of the Bundesliga season. He made his name in Ligue 1 with Nice over the course of four years before moving for €25 million in the summer of 2018. Apparently, there was Premier League interest at the time but he saw Germany as a good next step. Bild claims he’s on our radar with Manchester United and Leicester City also keeping tabs on his progress. It’ll get confusing if he issues a come and get me *badum tish*
Poo-o-meter: 8 – stop trying to kill Reiss Nelson’s career.
A couple of decades since Arsenal missed out on Patrick Kluivert, Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness) claim Arsenal want to sign his son Justin. The Italian publication claims we want to use Henrikh Mkhitaryan as bait, citing the fact that both players are represented by Mino Raiola. We know the Armenian is keen to stay, so it all sounds very convenient, assuming we can find an extra €15 million to get it over the line. Kluivert has hit the net seven goals in 27 appearances in all competitions.
Poo-o-meter: 6 – weird swap deals make Raiola horny, so who knows?!
Here ends this week’s transmission.