There has been lots of transfer talk in the last week or so; some stories moving quickly, others dying off and several changing direction.
We’ve split things into ins and outs this time.
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It seems clear that we hold an interest in one of Ligue 1’s hottest properties but also that Lyon aren’t going to let him go without a fight or us stumping up a big dollop of cash money. The figures doing the rounds suggest that could be as high as £50 million. It sounds like we’ve dangled Matteo Guendouzi as a curly-haired carrot, but that’s not proved particularly tempting.
Lyon expect to sell Houssem Aouar this summer, according to L'Equipe, but only offer they've received so far has come from #Arsenal. Arteta a big fan, Edu in contact with Lyon sporting director Juninho. Lyon haven't responded to offer of € & Guendouzi. #MCFC #Juventus also keen
— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) August 20, 2020
We’d love it to happen. He’s a very talented, creative player and god knows, we need some of that. Right now though, we’ve a mountain to climb to get it done.
A cursory Google search will reveal that there are now more articles linking Thomas Partey with Arsenal than Hatem Trabelsi ever managed. Quite a feat. The Ghana international remains an Atletico Madrid player, nobody has ‘triggered’ his £44.5m release clause and unless we can shift some players it seems unlikely we’ll bother making him a priority. It sounds like we’ve dangled Matteo Guendouzi as a curly-haired carrot, but that’s not proved particularly tempting. There are also suggestions that Alex Lacazette has been offered.
? Hector Bellerin wanted by PSG
? #PSG talking to Arsenal on fee
? 25yo open to move if deal struck
? Likely AMN would stay + start
? #RMFC waive Ceballos loan fee but #AFC to cover full salary this time
? Partey + Aouar remain targets@TheAthleticUK https://t.co/pvg1QeLydS
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) September 2, 2020
This story has dragged on longer than the Lord of the Rings trilogy and it’s equally as boring.
After a lot of waxing and waning on Real Madrid’s part, a deal to bring him back to the Emirates is pretty much done. It sounds like we’ll get out of a loan fee, so long as we cover his wages in total and we may have an option to buy next summer. According to the Evening Standard, Dani arrived in London today to finalise the terms of his extension and will now have to quarantine for a couple of weeks which will see him miss the start of the season.
? More details: https://t.co/rTWdF09zYY
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 1, 2020
Unless he turns up at London Colney with a leg for an arm and an arm for a leg, this looks like it’s done. Dani will, according to the club, follow all necessary protocols having arrived from Spain, a country not exempt from restrictions due to the prevalence of Covid-19 there.
The Zambian striker plays for Red Bull Salzburg and, according to reports in his homeland, has been watched by Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United. The 21-year-old – a former winner of the CAF Young Player of the Year award – scored 24 goals in 31 appearances in the Austrian Bundesliga last season and played behind Erling Haaland before the Norwegian moved to Dortmund. This all feels a bit speculative and we’d need to shift a striker first.
Fiorentina seems keen, so do Torino while Napoli and AC Milan have shown interest in the past. It seems Italian clubs have a fetish for pint-sized, tattooed midfielders. As things stand La Viola lead the chase, but that could change. If they were owned by the Medicis, our £25 million asking price wouldn’t be much of a hassle for them, but they aren’t, so they are pushing for an initial loan deal with an option to buy next summer.
Our Bosnian left-back is hot for a return to his former club but his wages are a major stumbling block. As we mentioned the other day, the Bundesliga side has implemented a pay cap which would require Sead to take a very hefty pay cut. Would you accept doing that in this climate, even for sentimental purposes? AS Roma are also said to be keeping tabs on the 27-year-old as are Bayer Leverkusen who might want to redirect some of their Kai Havertz cash our way.
The Greek seems to be closing in on a move to Napoli where he’ll join forces with former AC Milan teammate Gennaro Gattuso. Judging by the figure being mentioned – £3.5m – we’re going to make a heavy loss on the 32-year-old defender, but that’s fine, they did take David Ospina off our hands. Recruited from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2018, he’s made 69 appearances for the Gunners.
Having been called up to France under-21s for the Interlull, Matteo has an opportunity to remind people that he can still kick a football. Mikel Arteta says he’s spoken to the midfielder and he’ll start the season on a par with his teammates but you sense if we can get a decent price for him, he’ll still be off. So far, Unai Emery has come sniffing on behalf of Villarreal but that aside, suitors haven’t exactly been queueing around the block. As mentioned above, Atletico Madrid don’t seem keen and supposed interest from former club PSG has gone cold.
There have been lots of reports of a £25 million bid from Paris Saint-Germain but the Telegraph, having gone big on the story, are now suggesting that things haven’t moved quite that far or fast.
PSG sources now playing down bid for Hector Bellerin.. starting to sound more like he has been offered to them by Arsenal. Does not mean it won’t happen but maybe a different dynamic..
— Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) September 2, 2020
We’d be sad to lose Hector, for obvious reasons, but if we can rouse a big-money offer from PSG, we’d have to be tempted to sell, especially if Ainsley Maitland-Niles is sticking around.
Villarreal, Aston Villa and Schalke have been linked but after another impressive showing between the sticks, we may well be tempted to keep Emi for a bit longer. If he does go – and a club will have to match our asking price – we’ll need to sign a replacement. The Athletic claim Brentford’s David Raya is our priority but the Bees aren’t willing to play ball.
There aren’t many people who doubt Emi’s credentials to be the club’s number one. But how do you accommodate a player whose value has never been so high and to whom you can’t guarantee first team football? In an ideal world, we’d keep both him and Leno but that may not be possible given our current financial situation.