The four major Arsenal transfer rumours that are unlikely to happen…

It was a disappointing end to a season in which Arsenal failed to win the league, with Man City outperforming them in the last set of games. The Gunners will be hoping for another dominant season in order to continue what they started. They will need to improve, and in order to do so, they will need to buy quality players.

All the Arsenal rumours we’ve been talking about is who should join, yet among the players the Gooners hope to sign, there will undoubtedly be some who will not. I am very sure that these four major Arsenal targets will not join them this summer. I would include Mason Mount on the list too, but we discussed his situation earlier

Joao Cancelo

Why it is unlikely he joins is because the Gunners simply won’t pay above £50 million for a full back. It has also been claimed in the German press that Cancelo doesn’t want to play in England any time soon.

Serge Gnabry

About this former Gunner, I think it is unlikely the club will bring him back at the age he is now and his deal may be too expensive for the Gunners, with Bayern unlikely to let him go on the cheap.

James Maddison

The Leicester playmaker may be very talented, but his inexperience playing for a top club and playing in Europe could see Arteta not bother going for him, as where they are, they need players ready to be an instant hit.

For me It is unlikely Arsenal are ready to go into a transfer battle for his services and pay at least £50 million for a championship player.

Ruben Neves

Arsenal appear to admire him, but I think it is unlikely he’ll join, as the Portuguese sensation is unlikely to leave Wolves for another PL side. Barcelona or another Spanish club is his likely destination.

What other players do you think Arteta’s attempts to sign are a waste of time?

Daniel O

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  1. There are actually strong indications that City will accept far less than 50 million for Cancelo.

    And Maddison is class. He’s got almost like 50 PL goals to his name. Though can’t seem to stay fit, for a full season it seems.

    1. Cancelo does NOT want to move to Arsenal.

      Maddison is not very quick, he is skillful, but very slow by EPL standards.

      We already have Jorginho, whose nickname is must be molasses.

      We should be looking at young quick players!!!

  2. Anyone but Caicedo and the window is a bust!! Caicedo and not rice is the true prize. Letting go of Caicedo is Kante scenario all over again. When will arsenal ever learn?😫

  3. There is a very interesting take by pundit Tim Sherwood warning Arsenal about signing Caicedo.

    He claims that not all times players leave Brighton goes on to perform admirably elsewhere, he mention Bissouma and how he struggles against very average players to get into Spuds team.

    Now this one rings home as I was one of those wanted the gaffer to sign the Malian and couldn’t understand why he wouldn’t, but that’s food for thought by the pundit.

    1. Tim Sherwood, an ex Tottenham manager, would never admit that Spurs have mismanaged Bissouma would he?

  4. I just find Romano’s and Ornstein’s tweets more credible than the others. They have never mentioned the four players in the articles and stated that Arsenal’s main targets are:

    – Gundogan: I wouldn’t be surprised if Arsenal sign him, because of his experience and history with Arteta/ Jesus/ Zinchenko/ Jover

    – Mount: Ornstein said Mount’s preference is Man United. I bet Arsenal stopped chasing him after reading Ornstein’s tweet

    – Rice: I wouldn’t be surprised if Arsenal sign him for £80m + add-ons, because they would need a local leader who’s highly dependable in aerial duels

    – Caicedo: I believe Arsenal would prefer a homegrown player to succeed Xhaka. I think Arsenal made a bid for him in January to cover for Partey, but Xhaka is leaving now

    – Kudus: Ornstein said he’d likely be available for £40m up to £50m, so Arsenal could sign him

    1. I’d take Kudus out of that list. I see Rice going to Chelsea, it’s just got that look to it and Pochettino is probably a more appealing prospect than erratic Arteta. Rice and Partey in midfield just doesn’t sit right with me and it never has. It doesn’t feel like it would work, it’s got to be one or the other for me and Partey is a better distributor. I’d like Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio or Paqueta as Xhaka’s replacement or just play Zinchenko there.

      1. I also liked Kudus’ playing style and physicality, although I’m not sure about his work rate. As for Rice, Partey is obviously better in tight spaces, but maybe Rice can play as Stones did

        1. I’d concede that that is quite an appealing prospect. I think Partey needs help in there because he can get overrun on occasions and that’s no fault of his.

  5. Luke Ayling for right back.. keep KT. onboard
    Tapsoba for cb.
    secure Saliba if the back has recovered..
    try out Balogun
    buy Gundogan if available ??

    1. If Arteta took your advice he would be sacked wouldn’t even finish in top 6 luke Ayling suggestion is the biggest joke of all how much drink have you had!

    2. Taxi for Kjelli…

      Luke Ayling? Luke Ayling wasn’t even the best right back at Leeds! Keeping Kieran Tierney is about the only sensible thing you included in your comment.

    3. Sorry, I have to join the bandwagon.
      LUKE AYLING ????
      Wow, kjelli, where did that come from? I guess you are aware he was an Arsenal youth player.

    4. Gundogan perhaps, free and on a two-year deal with a bit of an increase on his reported £140K per week. He wouldn’t be a regular starter, but he isn’t at City, so would be used to bench-warming.

  6. Four UNLIKELY transfers only? I reckon, on our planet, there are close to eight billion!

    JA seem to have discussed many of them too, these past years.

    To be serious, who else , as I DO, SEES NO POINT IN DISCUSSING THINGS THAT WONT HAPPEN!!!?
    And before some smart Alec tries to point out that this post is discussing it, it IS NOT.

    What this post is doing is illustating the important difference between realists, who discuss things likely to happen, and fantasists , who concetrate on things that wont!
    Its WHY I have never liked sci fi films, as I am a realist!
    Though, oddly enough, in comedy routines, esp in stand up, I do love absurd humour and fantasy. But NOT about our club!

    1. Jon, in defense of the article writer, he is being a realist; we won’t sign any of the players he mentioned. And nor should we! I’m sure there’s some unproven talent our there waiting for Arteta and Edu to drop a cool £25M on so they can come in and be completely overwhelmed by the speed, intensity, and ferocity of the league a la Fabio Vieira.

  7. I find your comments about James Maddison very strange. To describe him as a ‘Championship player’ is a bit of a liberty. His team went down and were it not for him and Harvey Barnes they would’ve been gone weeks and weeks ago. He is one of the most talented English midfielders around and demonstrated some leadership in a relegation-threatened team, unlike Youri Tielemens who was actually wearing the armband but just going through the motions. As for your article, I don’t think Maddison will come to Arsenal and I don’t think he should. He’d get more game time and a pivotal role at Newcastle which is where I expect him to go.

    We have also been linked with Mohammed Kudus who despite playing at a World Cup is a far more risky acquisition than say James Maddison. We know Maddison can play in the Premier League. He is up to speed with the intensity of the league and won’t get overwhelmed like poor Fabio Vieira who just looks totally out of his depth. Kudus has been a star for Ajax but is the Eredivisie really a compatible league? Is any league going to prepare a player for the EPL? Serie A is too slow and La Liga is just a few good clubs and some whipping boys.

    1. You seem to underate la liga, but maybe they are actually the best league in Europe, their success in european competitions in the past 15 years is unmatched.

  8. Better add Rice to that list if reports from Germany are true that Bayern Munich have won the the race to sign him this transfer window could be a disaster with Xhaka prob leaving along with Saliba as can’t see him signing a contract extension so the squad will look very average!

  9. This window has many opportunities.
    1. Rice
    2. Caciedo
    3. Xavi Simon’s
    4. Zaha free
    5. Sacha boy/ Ivan
    6. Ivan Toney

  10. It would appear that we can add Moises Caicedo to the list as per Admin Martin (yesterday) who suggests Chelsea is more likely to get him. Money talks.

  11. I think Arteta got his wish list and I hope he can get his players. Newcastle and Chelsea will join PSG and Man clubs as market violators as usual.

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