Arsenal fans already knew that Arsene Wenger would have to break the club’s record transfer outlay in order to secure the signing of the manager’s top transfer target of the summer. And with all the hype around Kylian Mbappe together with the reports that the Monaco and France international star was wanted by the likes of Real Madrid the talk was that it would probably have to break the world transfer record set by Manchester United for the French midfielder Paul Pogba as well.
I believe that the football media, or some members of it at least, like nothing more than to wind up football fans and I also think that Arsenal fans get this treatment more than most. Any hint of something that will stress us out is instantly splashed all over the back pages and if there is nothing about someone will probably make a rumour up.
Having said that, it is easy to take the news reported by The Mirror and other outlets that our Spanish right back Hector Bellerin has bought a house on the Catalan coast near Barcelona as a sure sign that the Arsenal transfer rumours linking the right back with a summer transfer back to his boyhood club will prove to be spot on.
If the reports are true then the only thing stopping Arsenal from completing the big money transfer of the France international star Alexandre Lacazette from his current club Lyon is the say so of the striker himself.
The president of Lyon admitted earlier in the week that his club have received what he described as a nice offer from Arsenal and now The Mirror is reporting that he has also revealed that this has been passed on to the player and his people and that there are no rival bids.
You can understand sometimes when Arsenal are beaten to the punch in some transfer battles, with Premier League clubs like Man City and Chelsea packing more financial fire power, or the willingness to use it, than Arsene Wenger and our board, or when other clubs around Europe like Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich can offer much more hope of major trophy success to players.
When it comes to a transfer battle with one of the EPL clubs who have less money, though, and who regularly finish below Arsenal in the league table, you would expect Arsenal to seal the deal, so if the report about Wenger making a late transfer bid for M’Baye Niang, who was set to sign for Everton, it should be a foregone conclusion.
Arsenal fans already know that Arsene Wenger is a fan of the Leicester City and Algeria footballer Riyad Mahrez, because the Frenchman tried to sign him last summer after a stellar season full of goals and assists helped the Foxes to defy the odds and win the Premier League title.
Just in case any of you Gooners out there had forgotten this, the Frenchman spoke again recently about Mahrez and even said that an Arsenal bid for the player was a possibility. The rumour was that the 26-year old had made an arrangement with his current club that he would be allowed to leave after staying for one more season, so it was hardly surprising to learn of Wenger’s interest.
It is one thing for Arsenal to identify the perfect player to go and get in the transfer market this summer, but another thing entirely for the board and Arsene Wenger, assuming it is the Frenchman who is going to manage the Gunners again next season, to actually beat all the other interested clubs to complete the transfer.
Having said that, it is not always easy to identify the right player, so maybe the former arsenal and France international star Robert Pires has done Wenger a big favour this week, as he has claimed in an interview with BWIN that he has found the perfect player for the boss to sign at the end of the current season, and that player is another Frenchman Antoine Griezmann.
According to numerous reports in the English media, Arsenal have reached an agreement with the Schalke 04 left-back Sead Kolasinac to move to the Emirates for next season. While the North London side are yet to officially confirm the signing, it is more or less an open secret with various sources like the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Metro and the reliable Sky Sports all reporting that the deal has been done.
If there is one thing the world of football will be grateful to Wenger for, it is his rare talent of being able to discover raw talents and groom them to stardom! Many footballers today, who shone in the jerseys of Arsenal, started playing for Arsenal at a young age. Fabregas, Bellerin and some others, are just a few who will be grateful to Wenger all their lives!
However, for some reasons now, Wenger seems to have lost his magical act of discovering and nurturing young talents to stardom. Some will say but he discovered the likes of Walcott, Chamberlain and Iwobi! Yes, I agree but who amongst these players can we classify as world class today?
I am not having a go at Marco Reus here, not much anyway, but I will be properly peed off if it is the Borussia Dortmund and Germany star that Arsenal sign this summer as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, as various Arsenal transfer rumours like the one in the Daily Mail this week have suggested might happen.
If Arsenal go for the transfer of Reus just to boost the squad and attacking options then I would be more than pleased, but if our Chilean striker is going to leave at the end of this season it is a top class centre forward that the Gunners will need to sign, and Reus is not that.
This latest Arsenal transfer rumour has not been confirmed officially by anyone working at Arsenal Football Club, or for that matter anyone directly employed by the Italy Serie A champions Juventus, but the rumour going around is that the Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri has already decided to leave the Turin club at the end of the current season in order to take over from Arsene Wenger.