Welcome to the latest Arseblog News transfer round-up; your chance to dip your toe in the rumour-infested waters of the summer window without your hopes and dreams being drowned.
According to The Athletic, our six-month fling with the Norwegian is over and the attacking midfielder will challenge for a Real Madrid first team place under Carlo Ancelotti (whether he wants to or not). Like Mikel Arteta, we like the 22-year-old, so it’s a bit of a shame. He was also our first pick to provide competition for the number 10 role which means we’re sure to be looking for similar profile players in the rest of the window. Obviously, we’ve missed out on Emi Buendia but there are plenty of other candidates, including… (skip past the poos)
AS claimed over the weekend that the Gunners had been tracking Real Betis’ France international. His name has popped up on our radar many times over the years. As far back as 2015, his father was playing up a move to the Emirates. In the last 24 hours, Goal.com’s Charles Watts has played down Arsenal’s interest claiming the player was discussed earlier in the summer but hasn’t made our shortlist.
Football Italia relay reports from a number of Italian publications claiming Arsenal have had a €20 million bid for Joaquin Correa rejected by Lazio. The 26-year-old Argentina international…actually, we can’t even be bothered to finish this sentence, we know this rumour is utter nonsense.
What’s that? A Mr T. Adams being linked with Arsenal? Get that man the number 6 shirt and a statue. James Benge for CBS Sports reports that “Arsenal are among the clubs who are seriously interested in the 22-year-old”. The USA international has made the right-back position at RB Leipzig his own in the last couple of seasons and is a contender to replace Hector Bellerin. Given he signed a new deal in Germany in March, he’s unlikely to come cheap.
The number of Italians that Arsenal have signed since 1886 can be counted on one hand, so whenever we see Serie A players linked we can’t help but snort. Locatelli, 23, plays in midfield for Phil Collin’s Sassuolo and has many admirers across Europe. Despite the best efforts of the red tops, we’re almost certain we’re not one of them.
A 21-year-old, homegrown, right-footed centre-back with international experience; our Academy graduate ticks all the boxes. Unfortunately, he doesn’t come with a £50 million price tag, so he’s unlikely to be part of Arteta’s first team squad next season. Ballard excelled on loan at Blackpool last season as they earned promotion to the Championship and they, unsurprisingly, want him for another year. According to Charles Watts, they face stiff competition with five other clubs also sniffing around.