The Premier League transfer window opens in six days time and Mikel Arteta has said he’d like all our transfer business to be wrapped up as soon as possible.
That’s probably wishful thinking given we might not know whether we’re in Europe until the final whistle blows on the FA Cup final on 1 August but we’ll let the man dream.
There has been some progress on the squad rebuild since our last round-up. Cedric Soares, Pablo Mari and David Luiz will all be part of our plans next season while Dinos Mavropanos will spend next year with Stuttgart.
The other comings and goings remain to be seen, but they could include…
Last week David Ornstein wrote that the 22-year-old doesn’t see a future for himself at Arsenal.
Within days, Mikel Arteta admitted he’d not played the versatile midfielder as much as he’d liked in recent weeks and then handed him a starting place in the FA Cup semi-final during which he thrived as a wing-back.
You get the feeling the boss thinks he can get more out of Ainsley and wouldn’t mind keeping him but we also have to acknowledge that as a young, English talent he could be used to raise useful cash. According to the Evening Standard, Brighton are said to be sniffing around.
We know Mikel Arteta wants to extend Ceballos’ stay in London. It’s now down to whether Arsenal and Real Madrid, with whom the midfielder is under contract for another three seasons, can find an agreement. Another season on loan probably suits both parties unless he’s going cheap, in which cases we might want to do a deal this summer.
“I’ve felt very comfortable at this club from the beginning,” he said this weekend. “The truth is I’m very happy at Arsenal. It’s a club in which I already have a year of experience, so it would be very easy to return.
“I wouldn’t have to adapt to a new league or new club with a different manager and players.”
The 26-year-old England international has fallen down the pecking order at the Etihad and with Nathan Ake reportedly set to sign from Bournemouth he may feel the time is right to test his luck elsewhere.
Does a move to Arsenal make sense? Mikel Arteta knows him well and on his day, he’s a decent defender but it looks like we need to shed some weight first.
As things stand we have Pablo Mari, David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Sokratis and Calum Chambers as centre-back options, Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac have also both played there and William Saliba will on the roster from pre-season.
We can’t see it happening.
Willian and Coutinho
The magic formula:
Kia client + leaving current club = Arsenal move
In the case of Coutinho, you can also chuck into the mix a very tidy rumour that Matteo Guendouzi could be offered as a makeweight.
We’d love to paddle these rumours into the middle of next week but they’ve been wafting around like eggy farts for so long that we’re almost used to them.
Porto’s midfielder says he likes the work being done by Mikel Arteta and is confident he’d fit in at Arsenal. A regular in the Portugal national team, the 28-year-old is no new kid on the block.
On the plus side, he’d be a lot cheaper than Thomas Partey. Reports claim he’s available for less than €20 million; double what he would have cost us in 2015 when Luis Boa Morte first recommended him to us.