With the transfer season in full swing and most teams already mid-way through their pre-season preparations, a lot of exciting developments have taken place in the past week. We round up the most juicy Arsenal related transfer stories for you here:
Kalidou Koulibaly: Arsenal are believed to have reached out to the representatives of the Napoli center-back according to Francesco Fontana, who reported on Tolisso’s move from Lyon to Bayern Munich 5 days before it happened. While there may be some truth to it in the wake of the rumors linking Chambers and Gabriel to a move away from Arsenal, any deal with Napoli will be almost impossible to negotiate due to their hard-ball playing president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
Joshua Zirkzee: Several Dutch news sources have reported that the Gunners are closing in on the 16-year-old Feyenoord forward. Having been described as a ‘goal-machine’ by Voetbalzone after scoring 33 goals in 27 matches for the Feyenoord academy, the in-demand U-16 Dutch striker has turned down advances from Feyenoord’s U-19 team, PSV, Ajax, and Manchester United as he is believed to be headed to North London to sign with Arsenal. One to look out for in the future.
Alexis Sanchez: This will-he-won’t-he saga continues and has taken a new, interesting turn. After Arsenal’s refusal to sell him to direct rivals Manchester City, Le Parisien report that PSG have now reignited their interest in Arsenal’s Player of the Season and are not put off by his massive wage demands.
Olivier Giroud: The French striker who will find his minutes on the pitch restricted after the purchase of club record signing Lacazette is rumored by Bild to be Dortmund’s replacement for Aubameyang should the latter leave this summer.
Jack Wilshere: The Arsenal fan favorite has failed to live up to his potential after being constantly sidelined with injuries. Sky Italy has reported that Sampdoria have offered £6 million and another £1.5 million in add-ons for the mercurial talent, who just can’t seem to shake off his injury problems. With only a year left on his contract and a place in England’s squad for Russia 2018 on the line, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Wilshere leave the Emirates. Arsene Wenger will loathe losing one of his favorite academy products this way, especially since he knows he will not be able to call on the services of Santi Cazorla till the tail end of the upcoming season.
Wojciech Szczesny: With BBC now reporting the eccentric goalkeeper’s long rumored move to Juventus, Szczesny seems set to play second fiddle to Buffon this upcoming season with a view to taking over from him when he retires at the end of the season. The Turin club seem to have gotten the better end of the deal, paying just £10 million for the goalkeeper who finished last season with AS Roma with the most clean sheets in the league (14).
Kieran Gibbs: The 28-year-old deputy left-back has seen limited playing time over the past few seasons due to the excellent form of Monreal and now faces an imminent exit due to the purchase of Kolasinac. West Brom are believed to be keen on acquiring his services for about £12 million.
Calum Chambers: After having spent last season on loan at relegated Middlesbrough, Chambers seems to have fallen behind Monreal and even the young Holding in the pecking order at Arsenal. Crystal Palace are rumored to have bid £16 million for the youngster who started for England at the U-21 European Championship this summer.
Jeff Reine-Adelaide: The very reliable Jeorge Bird, who is often the first to break news related to Arsenal’s youth players, tweeted that Reine-Adelaide has not been listed in the first-team squad for Arsenal’s Australia Tour, sparking rumors that he could be on his way out. The whole squad was listed, not just those who travelled, but the French youngster’s name was conspicuously missing from the list. After being praised highly by Wenger and senior Arsenal players, Reine-Adelaide has failed to break into the first team and it’ll be interesting to see how his future plays out.
Jon Toral: The youngster who was brought to London along with Hector Bellerin as a part of the deal that took Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona has been linked with a permanent move to Derby County. Toral was rated more highly than Bellerin at one point but has failed to get into Arsene Wenger’s regular plans after loan stints at Birmingham City, Rangers and Granada.
Dan Crowley: The Arsenal academy graduate once rumored to be the next Fabregas has not lived up to his hype, and has been sold to Willem II.
Thomas Lemar: Arsenal’s pursuit of the Monaco star has not been received well by the French club, who have already lost a lot of their starters. The Gunners are growing less optimistic of signing the Frenchman now according to the reliable David Ornstein.
Theo Walcott: The speedster is rumored to be free to leave Arsenal for a suitable price after having seen very little playing time since the shift to the new 3-4-3 system, where he seems to be surplus to requirements. After Lacazette’s purchase and the widely reported interest in Lemar and Mahrez, Walcott could see his chances of making it to the 2018 World Cup seriously damaged with next to no playing time if he were to stay in North London. Everton are apparently interested in buying him for £30 million.
Mathieu Debuchy: The right-back whose career went downhill after he dislocated his shoulder from an unnecessary push by Stoke’s Arnautovic was set to finally leave Arsenal but his move to Nice broke down at the last minute as the French club opted for Jallet instead, perhaps due to Debuchy’s substantially higher wages.
Riyad Mahrez: AS Roma are believed to have made a bid for the Algerian winger who prefers a move to Arsenal. The Gunners are believed to be chasing Thomas Lemar with a higher priority, but might turn their attention to the Leicester City player if a move for the Frenchman fails to materialize.
Nemanja Matic: In what is perhaps the most bizarre Arsenal transfer rumor, Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed that Arsenal have proposed a swap deal involving Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (who has yet to agree a new deal with just one year remaining on his contract) and Chelsea’s Serbian midfielder.
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