The summer transfer window officially opened on Friday, Arsenal signed a player today and with the latest round of internationals coming to a close, we’re expecting things to hot up on the rumour front.
Here are a few of the latest…
🛬 West Ham
Source: The Beautiful Game Podcast
Newly capped by England and shortlisted for the Premier League Player of the Season award, it’s clear that Bowen is a player who is going places. Right now, it’s hard to imagine West Ham selling the attacker and even if they did consider it, you’d expect them to command a whopping fee. If we’re on the hunt for a Pepe replacement, this one feels out of reach.
🛬 Leeds United
Source: The Telegraph
There were whispers of interest in Raphinha earlier in the year but those seemed to die off as the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich came to the party. He’s clearly a decent player – 11 goals and three assists for a struggling Leeds side was no mean feat last season – which is why he could cost as much as £50 million, nearly on a par with the Gabriel Jesus fee in whom our interest is concrete. Do we have the funds for both? It’s hard to believe.
🛬 Hellas Verona
Source: Tutto Mercato Web
The 26-year-old striker scored 17 goals in Serie A last season while on loan at Hellas Verona from Cagliari – form that has attracted interest from Juventus. We don’t know much about the lad, aside from he’s been kicking about in Italy since 2016, seems to score a goal every three games and is valued at €20 million. He’s also the oldest of Diego Simeone’s three sons. We’re taking this one with a big pinch of salt.
🛫 Bayer Leverkusen
Given how much Mikel Arteta respects Granit Xhaka’s leadership qualities, one imagines the Spaniard would prefer not to lose the Swiss this summer even if a deal for Youri Tielemans is completed. While we’ve no doubt several clubs will be sniffing around the 29-year-old, talk of a move to Bayer Leverkusen seems premature, even if they can offer Champions League football.
Source: The Athletic
Having already recruited Matt Turner as back-up to Aaron Ramsdale, it’s no secret that Bernd Leno is on the lookout for a new home. With the German eager for regular action but settled and enjoying life in England, a taxi to west London fits the bill nicely. The big question is how much cash can we rinse out of the Cottagers. Leno’s agent has confirmed the interest while simultaneously bigging up his client: “Fulham is trying hard to get Bernd. Very professionally. This is also true for some other clubs and shows his status. But, as I said, for me he is the No.1 at Arsenal and we are therefore also relaxed.”
Source: Corriere della Sera
Although rumours linking Aaron Hickey with Arsenal have died down in the last couple of weeks, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Mikel Arteta were to bring in another left-back this summer. Despite making a strong start to the season you sense the head-in-hands chaos that Nuno brings to matches just isn’t what the Spaniard is after when Kieran Tierney is sidelined. Whether that appeals to Atalanta is up for debate. As Blogs referenced this morning, the Italian side now counts on Lee Congerton as their Head of Senior Recruitment and he once wanted to bring Nuno to his former club Leicester.
🛫 Nottingham Forest
Ainsley returns from six months in Italy and nobody is any the wiser as to his best position on a football pitch. In between extensive spells on the bench, the 24-year-old played across the midfield as well as at right-back last season and, it’s as the latter that newly-promoted Forest seem to be showing an interest. Steve Cooper’s side are on the hunt for a replacement for Djed Spence, whose impressive loan move from Middlesbrough has likely earned him a move to a more established club. With only a year left on his deal, Ainsley is probably available on the cheap as well.
🛫 AC Milan
Source: Corriere dello Sport
Pablo must have done something right to have the champions of Italy looking at him following a productive five-month spell with Udinese. While the defender hasn’t given up on an Arsenal career, the return of William Saliba *should* force him down the pecking order. At 28 we imagine he won’t want to return to the role of benchwarmer which, of course, given Milan’s resurgence, could also happen at the San Siro. Would a move like that appeal? Tough to say.