Let’s have the latest transfer tittle-tattle for you, collating all the stories so you don’t have to click lots of things which give you pop-ups, pop-unders, pop-outs, pop-ins, auto-playing videos and a virus for Windows 95.
According to James Olley of ESPN, we could be about to make his move permanent. This would mean him extending his current contract with Southampton on a short-term basis so Arsenal can then extend the loan deal with the Saints until the end of the season.
When he becomes a free agent we sign him to contract, believed to be three years for the 28 year old Portuguese international.
Does he get a signing on fee? Do we get another lovely picture with his representative Kia Joorabchian, we’ll have to wait and see.
This one does make some sense simply because he’s at the club now, settled in, and won’t cost us a transfer fee although undoubtedly other fees will be required to make it happen.
Via Sport in Spain, Arsenal were in contact with Barcelona over a loan for goalkeeper Neto because of the injury to Bernd Leno.
They’re not interested in that, preferring a €20m permanent deal instead which would be difficult but perhaps his agent … *checks notes* … Kia Joorabchian might be able to help broker a deal.
He also represents Philippe Coutinho, on Barcelona’s books for now, but a player the Catalan club want to get rid of this summer. It’s difficult to see us spending €20m on a keeper, but nothing we do would be that surprising these days.
Arsenal have a long-standing interest in the Brazilian who would be available for free when his contract with Chelsea expires this summer. He has committed to staying with them until the end of the season, but not beyond.
The link is made more concrete by the fact the player’s agent is … *checks notes again* … Kia Joorabchian.
Despite having young talent like Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Reiss Nelson and Pepe for the wide positions, it’s reported Arsenal are
happy to give another veteran Kia client a big pay day looking for added experience going into next season.
Via David Ornstein Arsenal like the Aston Villa centre-half, but the issue is whether or not they can match the valuation the midlands club would put on him.
This one feels a bit unlikely because his agent is … *checks notes* … NOT Kia Joorabchian.
The Poo-o-Meter is broken, don’t @ us. We’ve got to get the plumbers in.