Hey folks, here we go with another transfer round-up, sifting through the poo so you don’t have to.
Let’s get it on.
It looks increasingly likely that the Swiss international’s time at Arsenal will come to an end sooner rather than later. There is reportedly full agreement between the player and Roma over a 5 year contract, while a fee of around €18m with bonuses built in will see the two clubs meet somewhere in the middle after a week of negotiations.
Granit Xhaka has agreed a five year contract with Roma.
Fee is expected to be in the region of €18-20m.
He’ll become a Roma player very soon. 🔴 #AFC
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) June 10, 2021
There is always the possibility of a last-minute hitch, as with every transfer, but this looks as close to a deal as we’re going to see this week.
Links to the Belgian midfielder emerged last week, with suggestions that Thierry Henry had personally recommended the 21 year to Arsenal. We’re not quite sure exactly who he made that recommendation to, although we can imagine it’s not former friend Josh Kroenke given his recent hook-up with Twitter egg avatar, and musician’s favourite, Daniel Ek.
Those links have intensified with the Anderlecht man on the list of midfield options, as per a very thorough transfer update from James over on The Athletic (£).
He is one of a number of midfield options we’re considering during this window, along with Wolves’ Ruben Neves and others whose names haven’t emerged yet, so it’s hard to know yet quite how serious our interest might be.
The American international is on the books of Disgustingly Sweet Energy Drink Leipzig, and has a contract until 2025.
The Gunners are on the look-out for a right-back and, again according to The Athletic piece, his name has entered discussions. It looks complicated though:
Adams is good but Leipzig already losing loads of players, would have to be some offer. Plus if it's for RB he prefers playing CM.
— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) June 10, 2021
With funds likely to be somewhat limited this summer, will the outlay required for this one require a rethink? Probably.
American Gooners are probably going to have to wait a little bit longer for Danny Karbassiyoon’s heir to don the red and white.
Arsenal are seeking a central defender this summer, and quite what that means for the current line-up, we’ll have to wait and see. The left-footers – Gabriel and Pablo Mari – seem relatively safe, but signing a right-side central defender may well raise questions over Rob Holding and William Saliba. With the former having signed a new contract last season, it feels like it might not augur well for the young Frenchman.
Links to Fulham’s Tosin Adarabioyo first emerged a few weeks ago, and have resurfaced today with a story in the Daily Mail saying that he is available for £10m due to a release clause, and that Arsenal and Newcastle are interested in activating it.
There’s an interesting connection here, as the 23 year old began his career with Man City, making his debut while Mikel Arteta worked alongside Pep Guardiola.
Adarabioyo made 34 appearances for Fulham last season, having joined from City for around £2m in the summer of 2020. After their relegation, the Cottagers could make a significant profit if he were sold during this window.
One to keep an eye on.