Friends, Romans, countrymen, Buend me your ears…we come with transfer rumours that don’t involve Aston Villa-bound Argentines.
Be puce-faced no more. Let us apply a soothing balm of poo-o-meter endorsed nonsense.
The Times (£) report that Arsenal want the Portugal international. Apparently, Wolves were asking for €80 million a while back but due to the pandemic and a “change in attitude by the Chinese government towards investment in football” we think we can get him for half of that. Sounds a bit far-fetched to assume they’d just start flogging their assets at half price if there’s still a market for them, but who knows. Neves would bring long shots and a dash of handsome to the midfield so we’re not against it.
Arsenal’s interest in Brighton’s Yves Bissouma is no secret but, given funds are tight, who might be a cheaper alternative? Belgian site Voetball24 claims Thierry Henry, who is back coaching the Belgium national team with Roberto Martinez, has recommended Anderlecht’s 21-year-old Sambi Lokonga. With Arsenal hiring headhunters to recruit a scouting department, it’s nice of Titi to take on the responsibility of sourcing young talent, especially as he’s spent the last few weeks slagging off the club’s owners. We don’t know much about Lokonga, but we don’t have a scouting department either.
It’s still unclear if the Ajax keeper will have to serve the final six months of his doping ban but according to The Times (£), we’re pressing ahead with an offer for the 25-year-old. On the one hand, it could be quite savvy playing the long-game on this one, on the other we wouldn’t be surprised if the CAS decided to extend his ban for 10-years just after he’s put pen-to-paper. It would be very Arsenal.
Brazilian publication Globo Esporte says Arsenal are going gaga for interstellar talent Yuri Alberto. The 20-year-old plays for Internacional, likes scoring goals and is apparently available for £11 million. To secure a work permit, he’d have to qualify for a governing body endorsement (GBE) via the new point-based transfer system and, given his background, we’re not convinced he’d earn immediate approval. This is not one we’re going to be getting worked up about.
It sounds like our curly-haired, Gallic mischieve-maker met with Marseille at the end of May. L’Equipe, via Sport Witness, claims he is “no longer welcome” at the Emirates. Not entirely sure how they reached that conclusion given he was banished from the training ground 18 months ago and spends most of his time trying to wind up Mikel Arteta by brown-nosing Unai Emery on social media, but there we go.