Arsenal target gets £40 Million asking price slapped on his head

Southampton are claimed to have slapped a £40 Million asking price on Kyle Walker-Peters amidst interest from Arsenal, Everton and Manchester United.

The Gunners have been rather active in the transfer market already this summer, bringing in Matt Turner, Marquinhos, Fabio Vieira and Gabriel Jesus, but after seemingly missing out on Raphinha and Lisandro Martinez, we now look set to move onto other targets.

Oleksandr Zinchenko seems to be next on our wishlist, with him potentially strengthening the left-back and central midfield areas of the team, and we are now being linked with a move for KWP, who could provide strong competition for Takehiro Tomiyasu for the right-back role.

The Japan international was absent for much of the previous campaign due to injury, leaving us to rely on Ben White or Cedric Soares to fill on the right, and it makes sense for us to be considering alternatives especially with a return to Europe bringing further fixtures to deal with in the upcoming campaign.

Walker-Peters has proved to be a consistent performer at RB for Southampton, and has surely made Tottenham rue their decision to allow him to leave without giving him a fair chance to stake a claim for regular football at the club, and we could well be set to make them regret that decision further by signing him for our squad this summer.

The Sun claims that Southampton have set a £40 Million asking price on his head however which will likely act as a repellent for most chasing clubs, although it should be no surprise to see the excessive price named for English players which is so regular an occurrence in today’s game.

While I like KWP somewhat, I’m not sure we can condone paying such a fee for what would likely be our back-up full-back, and when we already have sufficient cover within the squad.


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    1. Yeah, I agree. I think a lot of the countless Arsenal transfer rumours have been exactly that.

  1. Saliba played right side of a back 3 last night as far i seen. So i doubt with so many that can cover that spot , that we are looking for another.
    I think its a agent getting his players name out there for a chance of a payday this summer. And Arsenal is always a good team to link with your player as we dont comment on transfers.

  2. Wisely overpriced by Southampton in order to drive away suitors.

    Tomi was half that price, and I’ll take Tomi everyday over Walker-Peters. Until Bellerin and Cedric are sold we already have backup RB’s.

    We have a young exciting RB coming up, and a second year on loan will set him up nicely to step in next Summer as backup RB.

    We need a plan B striker now as first importance, then hopefully a true DM and we are looking good.

    Provided we sign Zinchenko also, mainly as CM, but emergency LB if Tierney has an extensive injury this year.

  3. I did not see the Everton match, but apparently Tavares did not impress?I really think we need a quality LB to back up KT.Zinchenko is basically a central midfielder who fills in at LB for Man City because Mendy is “not available”.While he has done a decent job for City in that position, he lacks the pace required to mark fast wingers and has been exposed on numerous occasions .Currently we have 3 experienced back ups for Tomi and two of them have to go.While I am not a great fan of his, I believe AMN is the best option to fill that role this season.

    1. I don’t think MA trusts AMN at all. Probably correctly as he always seems to be one brain-fart away from a clanger.

    2. Tavares was…Tavares, Grandad, and AMN was AMN. Both were frequently out of position and careless. For me they can’t concentrate for the full 90. Yes Zin is a very good CM and a weaker LB imo – cover in emergencies but not long term.

  4. Martinez and Raphina have something in common …They are both fairly aggressive players. I believe that bodes well for us moving forward, I’d like to see two or three more guys arriving and they also share in that trait.

    Not sure how I feel about Zinchenko though, I haven’t seen enough of him and I’m always wary of big club hand-me-downs as too with utility players, so am not sure how I feel about this guy

    1. @Bot
      I think we’re getting duped with the Zinchenko deal. Dude is a utility player. MC are dumping him on us to make room for Cucurella from Brighton, a real LB who’s streets ahead of Tierney…IJS

      1. I don’t know about duped. He is the captain of Ukraine who have qualified for the World Cup without losing a game (from 8) including 2 draws against France.
        I don’t think we’ve signed a dud by any stretch!

        1. @Admin Pat
          And yet, at MC, he’s still a utility player, when what we need is an out and out LB due to Tierneys fragile nature. If he were all that and a bag of chips, MC wouldn’t be so quick to depart with his services. Instead, they’re chasing Cucurella, who is a beast of a LB, streets ahead of Tierney and Zinchenko …I rest my case.

          1. Cucurella is most certainly not streets ahead of Tierney and anyone who thinks that is the case has little real knowledge of the game.If he were superior I would have thought he would have made numerous international appearances ,which he has not.

      2. He is used in different positions because he can play those positions and is acknowledged (by Man City players) to be one of the most technically gifted players at city, who are arguably in the top 3 club sides in the world. It seems that you are using the term “utility player” as a criticism, rather than credit him as being versatile. You will be in for a bumpy ride with Arteta, then, as he prefers players who can play several roles. Interested to know if you also consider Jesus to be a “utility player” who has been “dumped on us”, as there are many similarities between the two? Give the man a chance – I think you may be pleasantly surprised if he plays in LM.

  5. Southampton should wake up and realise we have Mikel as the boss, so their days of gifting us below average players and hoodwinking us with high transfer fees are gone for good along with sacked one. Although I like this lad and Max Aarons, Mikel knows his economics well so will not spend where not required, but like his ex boss Moyes, he will nurture the right talent.

  6. KWP is quality, no doubt, but the price is too high. Also, I doubt if Arsenal will go in for another RB unless Bellerin or Cedric are first sold.

  7. So K W-P is going to be walking around with a label bearing the price £40 mill stuck prominently on his head. And in this heatwave too, poor lad .
    Of course it is none of our business and our club will not be involved, as surely all know!

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