Grab a cuppa and check out our latest roundup of rumours that aren’t worth a post all of their own…
Source: The Daily Star (yeah, we didn’t know they were still going either)
I think we got excited about this rumour in 2016 but we just rolled our eyes this time around. Despite an injury-hit 21/22 campaign, the 31-year-old France international remains a fantastic player but we can’t see us making a move for him this summer, or indeed, Chelsea selling him to us. Italian Ornstein has already poo-pooed it and so shall we.
Source: A Bola
The Portuguese press seem pretty certain that Arsenal have lodged a €7 million bid for the Spain left-back which, if true, would suggest we’re giving up on Lisandro Martinez and saving ourselves €40 million in the process. At 26, he’d bring more experience to the role than Nuno Tavares but it’s unclear how much of an upgrade he’d be. Still, if we’d rather redirect funds elsewhere, it’s one you could see happening.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed that he’s received bids for the 24-year-old midfielder but it’s unclear who leads the race. There are suggestions that Sp*rs, Newcastle and Arsenal (of course, he’s Brazilian!) are all keeping tabs on the player. Given he plays predominantly as an attacking midfielder (and we’ve just signed Fabio Vieira) it seems hard to believe.
The 23-year-old Kosovan only joined Lille in January so it’s pretty surprising to see him being linked with an exit. We’re assuming somebody somewhere scoured a list of right-wingers and, in the aftermath of the failed Raphinha approach, decided this guy might fit the bill. We don’t believe it for a second but that won’t stop this logic from being applied to a myriad of others with similar profiles.
🛬 AS Roma
Source: The player
Asked about his future, Lucas revealed that he’s fielded a call from sociopath Jose Mourinho about a move to the Stadio Olimpico. It seems Torreira, like mama’s home cooking, is very popular in Italy. Juventus, Lazio and Napoli have all been linked after a permanent deal with Fiorentina collapsed. “I spoke to Mourinho a while ago,” said Lucas. “I admire him as a coach. It’s an opportunity that tempts me a lot, but it’s not easy.” Yeah, probably because Roma’s preferred payment option is magic beans.
A reminder, Arsenal have a lot of players to offload this summer and very few have been the subject of tangible transfer rumours.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson and Alex Runarsson are amongst those who could well leave. Hector Bellerin and Pablo Mari have suitors but no bidders and at some point, we need to find a home for mysterious January signing Auston Trusty.