Not every transfer rumour deserves a story, but at Arseblog News we’re keen to keep you up to date throughout what promises to be a busy summer.
As such, we’ll be doing our transfer round-up posts again to put a number of stories together in one place.
Let’s start, with Poo-o-Meter ratings where applicable.
The winger has been linked with a move to Greek champions, Olympiacos. The draw of Sokratis is clearly strong.
The 21 year old had a disappointing season, playing just 45 Premier League minutes, and barely featuring in match-day squads. He reportedly turned down loan moves to stay and fight for his place, but in doing so he lost a year of development.
Next season he has to play, and whether it’s a loan or a permanent switch, it looks clear that he’s going to have to go somewhere else to get the time on the pitch he needs.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international rejoined his old club Schalke on loan in January, but for some reason his defensive efforts, coupled with ex-Gunner Shkodran Mustafi, weren’t enough to save them from relegation.
Now, it’s being reported that his good friend Mesut Ozil is selling him hard on a move to Turkey. The former playmaker is at Fenerbahce, and Kolasinac is being linked with a move to another Istanbul side, Galatasaray.
The Turkish silly-season is genuinely next level stuff. They take transfer rumours to a new level, so we’re always cautious about stories involving Super Lig clubs, but there’s no question Arsenal want rid of Kolasinac and this seems as reasonable a move as any we’ve seen so far.
He is reportedly unhappy at Man City and because of his association with Mikel Arteta, Arsenal is being talked about as a possible destination for the England international.
The Norwegian is 100% an Arsenal target, and various sources suggest he is Mikel Arteta’s priority this summer.
Much depends on Real Madrid though, and over the weekend it was reported that the Spanish giants are keen to keep him next season.
— Madrid Zone (@theMadridZone) May 31, 2021
Could he be sold to help fund a move for the kind of mega-star signing they like to make? It’s feasible, but until they appoint a new manager and we find out what his plans for the 22 year old are, this is a story that remains in a kind of transfer limbo.
The Gunners are seeking a right-back this summer, but as yet few names have been mentioned.
One of the few to crop up so far is Noussair Mazraoui, a Moroccan international who plays for Ajax. He made 19 league appearances for the Eredivisie champions in what was an injury hit campaign for the 23 year old.
He has made 102 appearances in total for Ajax, and interestingly (or not) has just 12 months left on his current contract which may well be something Arsenal, if genuinely interested, could exploit.
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