Only 10 days until pre-season begins and we’re still not sure who’ll get David Luiz’s vacant locker. What on earth is going on, Mikel?
Ready your pitchforks, it’s time for another transfer round-up…
Villarreal are believed to have made contact already and there are now suggestions that Serie A champions Inter Milan want to replace PSG-bound Achraf Hakimi with our eco-friendly Spaniard. Arsenal are holding out for €20 million – reasonable given his credentials – while Gazzetta dello Sport claim they only want to go as high as €15 million. As locations go, one with a recognised Fashion Week certainly makes sense for Hector.
Despite what The Telegraph says, you don’t need us to tell you that the chances of Arsenal signing a 24-year-old England striker this summer are non-existent.
Given the defender signed a new contract before the start of last season and went on to play a lot of football, it seems unlikely that Holding will be put up for sale. All the same, that’s something that was posited by The Times in a throwaway line at the bottom of an article about our interest in Ben White. We can’t see it. Also, what a waste it would be to sell Rob just as he’s had his hairline fixed.
Yeah, no. Italian, remember. We don’t do Italian. We’ll therefore file Calcio Mercato’s talk of a €34 million bid for the Torino striker in the bin.
Arsenal need another goalkeeper and it wouldn’t hurt if the candidate is homegrown. That seems to be the thinking behind our apparent interest in Sheffield United’s 23-year-old stopper. We can think of better ways to spend £20 million, even if Ramsdale’s form has earned him a place in England’s squad for the European Championships.
Various reports claim we’ve made contact with Benfica’s 21-year-old left-back as we step up the hunt for reinforcement behind Kieran Tierney. A figure in the region of €15 million is being touted. Napoli are also said to be interested, which is a surefire sign that he’ll become a Gunner. That’s just how it works.
Emile Smith Rowe
According to David Ornstein, Villa have increased their offer for our England under-21 international. Naturally, we told them to piss off. Talks with the midfielder over a contract extension continue.
🚨 EXCL: Aston Villa make 2nd bid to sign Emile Smith Rowe from Arsenal. After ~£25m offer rejected, new ~£30m proposal also rebuffed. #AFC adamant 20yo midfielder not for sale but new contract not agreed + #AVFC don’t seem to be going away @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/jWL7jIKJVk
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) June 28, 2021