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How to unravel the constant stream of Arsenal transfer gossip

How to unravel the constant stream of Arsenal transfer gossip

It is that time of the year, the domestic season is over and transfer speculation steps up a gear, especially for a top six English Premier League side like Arsenal.

It is not easy to sort out what is real and what is plain nonsense but there are ways that you can at least clear away some of the smoke and narrow the rumours down to some form of credibility.

Just because a particular piece of gossip comes from a well-known journalist or a nationally known media outlet does not immediately make it credible, they are just as likely to feed everyone a line of BS as anyone else.

A little bit of research goes a long way, it is fairly easy to find the original source of a piece of gossip. Providing attribution is standard practice these days, as an example today the Metro published an article claiming Matteo Guendouz can convince Alexis Claude-Maurice to sign for Arsenal. The Metro links that claim to a report in the Mirror and there it ends in terms of attribution and so, the original source can be assumed to be the Mirror.

The next step is to analyse the article in question, looks for quotes, sources or even why they are making the claim they are making.

Well, the Mirror has no quotes, no sources, named or unnamed and on the face of it the only thing that comes close to backing up their claim is that Matteo Guendouz and Alexis Claude-Maurice previously played together.

That tells me that it is just an opinion piece dressed up as speculation and therefore practically worthless and that took me less than three minutes to work out.

Now, not every piece of gossip can be so easily researched and analysed and most of the time who can be bothered, right? But when you do come across an article that claims a player is set to sign for your club, a player you really want to sign, then spending just a little bit of time doing some checking will at least let you know if you are reading BS or something that may actually happen.

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Confirmed: Transfer moves to expect from Arsenal this summer



Arsenal are gearing up for a crucial summer transfer window.


The Gunners have had an impressive first season under Unai Emery, going on a long unbeaten run and qualifying for the Europa League final, but it is quite clear that the squad still needs a lot of work if it is to reach its potential.

So what does that mean for the summer? It means players coming in. What players? We’ve had a look at five different sources to suggest five signings the club are expected to make. Who are the sources, and what did they recommend? Read on!

1. What the manager wants

In general Unai Emery has refrained from speaking too extensively about Arsenal’s transfer targets. Partly because he doesn’t yet know the extent of his budget and also because he’s just not that type of coach. But when you’re linked with a bonafide world-class superstar who has won titles for club and country, you’ve got to say something.

Samuel Umtiti has had a troubled season at Barcelona. He played (and won) the World Cup with a knee problem, then declined to have an operation on his knee, preferring to let it heal naturally. This backfired and he basically missed the whole campaign, losing his starting place to Clement Lenglet. Now, Barcelona are looking to bring in Matthijs de Ligt, and Umtiti is far too good to sit on the bench.

Enter Arsenal. The Gunners are one of those linked with the Frenchman and for his part, Emery offered the succinct but accurate summary. “He’s a very good player,” Emery said, before adding: “I’ve always had French players in my teams. At Valencia, Sevilla, PSG and here at Arsenal. […] I’ve always been able to count on those players.”

Emery is correct that Umtiti is a very good player, in fact, that’s underselling it. When fully fit he’s world-class and top 10 in the world at his position (maybe even top 5; he certainly was prior to his injury). Arsenal’s defence is terrible, but if you put Umtiti at the heart of it then it could be transformed. Not only is he an excellent defender in his own right but his organisational skills are supreme too. Sure, you’d have to keep an eye on his knees, but it could be a risk worth taking.

2. A view from the press box

Speaking of risks, letting Aaron Ramsey go on a free transfer was a huge one. It’s left Arsenal needing a midfielder. BBC Sport’s transfer guru David Ornstein has weighed in with who the Gunners might be targeting to fill that position.

(Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

“Previously in January they came close to a deal for Christopher Nkunku from PSG,” he said in an interview with Radio 5Live. “Adrien Rabiot is among the players they’ve tried to sign in the past and have a long-standing interest in but he’s quite a complex individual and has had some issues off the pitch.”

Whilst Nkunku would be a signing similar to Matteo Guendouzi where they take a young French talent with a great skill-set and put them to work, the potential to snag a player of Rabiot’s class for free will surely be a temptation too good to pass up. The Frenchman has his issues, mostly surrounding the overbearing presence of his agent mother, but he has the ability and talent to comfortably slot into the hole Aaron Ramsey has left in the Gunners midfield. He can run, he can pass and he can shoot and he’s not renewing at PSG. Sign him up!

3. An ex-player’s thoughts

Marc Overmars was an Arsenal sensation at the start of the Arsene Wenger era in North London. The Dutchman’s pace and threat in the final third was a huge gamechanger for the Gunners and he was crucial to Wenger’s first league title and FA Cup back in 1998. Overmars is currently sporting director at Ajax and as such is in charge of keeping as many of his superstars away from Europe’s big boys as possible.

He’s already lost Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona, and De Ligt could soon join him. Arsenal aren’t fighting in that weight-class but they are after the surprise ace Argentine left-back, Nico Tagliafico. The Gunners don’t really have an adequate alternative to Sead Kolasinac should the Bosnian get hurt, and Tagliafico would remedy that.

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Overmars, however, has other plans. “We also want to keep Nico Tagliafico and David Neres here,” he said, before adding: “we are working with Nico to keep him here for another year. Let’s see that in the coming weeks.” So, if Unai Emery really wants Tagliafico to be a genuine option on the left alongside Kolasinac, he will have to play on Overmars’ affection for Arsenal to convince him to sell.

4. The neutral’s tip

Shaka Hislop was a legendary Premier League goalkeeper for Newcastle, West Ham and Portsmouth. Now he’s a pundit and analyst for ESPN and when Arsenal were linked with Bournemouth’s sensational assist-machine Ryan Fraser, he had his say.

“I don’t think he’d cost an awful lot,” said Hislop, continuing: “I think Arsenal can get him at a reasonable price.” Fraser has had an incredible season in the Premier League, registering a whopping 14 assists. So he’s the hot hand right now, and picking him up could see him take his game to the next level at Arsenal.

“When you consider the company he’s in, only Eden Hazard has more assists than Fraser in the Premier League this season,” Hislop added, before concluding: “I’d take a chance on him at the right price.” Given what he’s achieved and how much Arsenal could use a creative winger, Hislop has the right idea.

5. Squawka predicts

Arsenal need defenders. Even if they bring in Samuel Umtiti, they will still need defenders. Their current options right now are laughable. Shkodran Mustafi is a disasterwaiting to happen, Sokratis is an error-prone centre-back whose sole redeeming factor is that he’s not Mustafi. Laurent Koscielny was a warrior for years but his ligaments are made of wet cardboard and Rob Holding… well, who knows? He could be great or he could take forever to come back from his injury.

So even if you bring Umtiti in, you need another centre-back. You need to get rid of Mustafi and maybe assume that between them Koscielny and Holding are capable back-ups. Then you can surely upgrade on Sokratis, so you do that by going to Getafe and signing Djené Dakonam.

The Togolese centre-back is the kind of relentless defender that Koscielny used to be all those years ago. He’s quick across the ground, brilliant in the tackle and absolutely fearless. His timing is on-point (no one made more interceptions in La Liga this season than his 74) and if partnered by Samuel Umtiti, would form the basis of a brilliant defence for Arsenal, a defence that will provide the Arsenal attack with the perfect platform to raid forwards.

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Latest Arsenal transfer rumours: Gunners to hit £31m release clause, Ramsey replacement and more.

All of the latest transfer rumours from around the Emirates


The transfer window is here and, even though Arsenal's season isn't over yet, the Gunners are being linked with many players all over Europe.


Some are more believable links than others and we've worked our way through them to bring you the best of today's Arsenal transfer rumours in one place.

The Gunners transfer budget is dependant on how the Europa League final goes, if they win and reach the Champions League Arsenal fans can expect a bit more money spent this summer.

Here are the latest Arsenal transfer rumours from around the globe.

 

Waler Kannemann

The Gremio defender has been front and centre for Arsenal today with rumours of a reported £10.5 million bid coming from the club this morning.

He has been with the Brazilian club since 2016 and has impressed enough that Arsenal are said to be looking at bringing him over to Europe.

Walter Kannemann celebrates for Gremio

The former Atlas defender has a £17million release clause in his contract but the club have now confirmed they are yet to receive any bids for him.

Gremio manager Renato Portaluppi said: "Until concrete proposals have been reached, there's no use in coming forward.

"If that happens, well, that's where we stand. If Grêmio loses one or another player, you can be sure that you will get a replacement too."

 

Kannemann, 28, would likely be seen as a replacement for one of the defenders that could leave Arsenal this summer.

With AC Milan apparently interested in signing Shkodran Mustafi that could leave his place in the side free to bring Kannemann in.

Thomas Partey

Mateo Kovacic competes for the ball with Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid in April 2018.

It's hardly a secret that Arsenal are going to be looking for a replacement for Aaron Ramsey this summer and the Mirror think they've found Unai Emery doing just that at a recent La Liga game.

The Arsenal boss was spotted at the Estadi Ciutat de València watching Levante host Atlético Madrid.

They report that he was there to watch Atlético's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey, who the Gunners apparently see as the replacement to Ramsey that the club will need this summer.

 

Atlético were 2-0 down at half time against the Valencia-based side, leading Diego Simeone to hook Thomas at half-time which means Emery will not have been able to see as much of the 25-year-old as he would have hoped.

Arsenal will likely need to win the Europa League if they are to go after Thomas as his agent has revealed that Thomas has a £43.5 million release clause in his contract.

Kostas Manolas

Roma's Greek centre-back is apparently another of Emery's targets to rebuild the defence at the Emirates.

Kostas Manolas celebrates his goal against Barcelona in the Champions League

According to Italian outlet Il Messaggero he has a release clause in his contract that stands at £31 million, which again seems high for an Arsenal side working on a budget to achieve.

However, they report that the Gunners are planning to trigger that clause this summer and bring the 27-year-old centre-back to north London.

His contract in the Italian capital runs until 2022, having been in Serie A since 2014.

 

Manolas has 39 caps for Greece to his name and Emery apparently sees him as an answer to the defensive frailties that have plagued Arsenal in recent seasons.

Alexis Claude-Maurice

This one is slightly less of a household name.

Nicolas Janvier vies with Alexis Claude-Maurice during a French League Cup tie

Claude-Maurice is currently plying his trade in the French second tier with Lorient but has been attracting some attention from other teams in Europe's top leagues.

The 20-year-old has been watched by the Gunners throughout this season and has impressed in Ligue 2.

Norwich have apparently also been watching him and, after their promotion, are reportedly ready to sanction a £9 million bid for the forward.

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Arsenal transfer news: Unai Emery to trigger Kostas Manolas clause in first summer deal

ARSENAL boss Unai Emery is set to trigger Kostas Manolas’ Roma release clause, according to reports.


Arsenal boss Emery is looking to sign a defender this transfer window after seeing the north London giants fall short in their efforts to secure a top four finish.


Current defenders at the Emirates are simply not up to scratch, with Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Laurent Koscielny and Rob Holding all leaving much to be desired.

Emery knows Arsenal need to be better defensively if they are to challenge the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title next season.

And now, reports in Italy have suggested the Gunners are prepared to activate Manolas’ release clause.

The Greece international is available for just £31million this summer.


He has previously been linked with a move to Manchester United, with the Red Devils set for a summer overhaul of their own.

Il Messaggero now claim that Arsenal will pay Roma want they need in order to give up their star asset.

Manolas is currently contracted with the Serie A giants until 2022.

Injuries have marred his campaign with the 27-year-old limited to just 35 appearances.

Arsenal conceded a huge 51 Premier League goals this season amid a difficult campaign.

Arsenal transfer news: Unai Emery is set to trigger Kostas Manolas' release clause (Image: GETTY)

Arsenal transfer news: Roma are expected to lose Kostas Manolas this summer (Image: GETTY)

They are set to rebuild this summer with several names in line to leave.


Question marks remain over the future of Mesut Ozil, who has blown hot and cold under Emery so far this term.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, too, could be shown the door with the Armenia international struggling for consistency.

Meanwhile, Emery has been told to sell Mustafi and Ozil to sign four DEFENDERS by Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas.

“We need a whole new backline,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“I am disappointed that Petr Cech is retiring. I would have encouraged them to give him another year.

Arsenal transfer news: Unai Emery is eyeing summer reinforcements (Image: GETTY)

“Bernd Leno has got mistakes in him and would have benefited from Cech giving him a helping hand.


“We are looking for four defenders, so on top of the crazy situation of letting Aaron Ramsey go for nothing, it is not great. They need two centre-backs and two full-backs.

“Hector Bellerin will come back and play right-back, as Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be pushed on potentially. Sokratis and Sead Kolasinac are good to have as squad players.

“Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny are getting on a bit now. Shkodran Mustafi must be released in my opinion.

“Konstantinos Mavropanos and Rob Holding are still to come back when they are fit.”

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Arsenal make £10.5m bid to sign 28-year-old defender – report

Arsenal have tabled a £10.5m bid to sign Gremio defender Walter Kannemann this summer, according to reports in the Italian media.

Italian outlet Calciomercato , as quoted by the Sun, is reporting that the Gunners are keen to bolster their back-line this summer and the 28-year-old is a potential target.

The same story says that Arsenal are keen to bring in the Argentina international from Gremio this summer as they look to strengthen their options at the back.

Arsenal have been criticised for their poor defending at times this season and it is no surprise to see them be linked with reinforcements this summer.

According to the same story, Arsenal are trying to beat Sampdoria to the signature of the defender by tabling a bid right now.

The same article says that the £10.5m fee could rise if Kannemann were to hit certain performance targets.

Arsenal are bound to be linked with a number of players this summer as they look to add to their squad ahead of next season.

Before that though, they will take on Chelsea FC in the Europa League final in Baku on 29 May as they bid to end the season on a high and book their place in the Champions League for next season

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