Transfer Rumors: Arsenal

The transfer window hasn’t officially opened yet but Gunners fans all over the world are already feeling frustrated.  Some things never change eh? 


The rumor mill continues to turn and the North London club has been linked with a whole host of players.  Here at I’m going to take a quick look at the rumors in today’s papers and try to make at least some sense of it all…


Starting with those already at the club, its being reported that Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have been offered a 20% pay rise to sign contract extensions at the Arsenal. 


Our two most talented players without doubt and whilst were all looking at potential arrivals i can’t help but think the priority should be preventing their departures. 


The club have made a point of saying that even if they fail to extend their contracts neither of them will be leaving the club this summer.  


We would all like to believe the powers that be at Arsenal would dig their heels in but in reality if a £50m bid for either man comes in from the likes of Bayern Munich with just 12 months remaining on the contract Stan Kroenke & co will make sure the deal is done. 


Chilean head coach Juan Antonio Pizzi says Alexis has not been distracted by the uncertainty surrounding his future. “We think he’s very happy, he’s giving his best like everyone else”. He also said that Alexis is already at one of the “best clubs in the world”. 


It’s hard to tell whether he believes that or if he’s trying to deflect the media frenzy elsewhere leading up to their Confederations Cup semi final vs Portugal. 


Another player linked with a move away, perhaps more surprisingly is Laurent Koscielny. Gazetto Dello Sport claim that cash rich AC Milan are interested in the Frenchman’s services. 


There doesn’t appear to be much headwind regarding this story so I wouldn’t panic just yet.


Do not fear, our over rated centre half will likely still be with us come the end of the transfer window.  Why would he leave a club where he’s exempt from any criticism or responsibilities?


AS Monaco attacker Thomas Lemar has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates in a deal believed to be worth around £30m.  A positive signing no doubt, but with Arsenals track record of concluding deals I’m sceptical until he’s wearing an Arsenal shirt on the official website!


Finally, the deal you’ve all been talking about! Conflicting reports have come to light today regarding the potential transfer of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette. 


David Ornstein of the BBC today claimed a deal worth around about £48m has been agreed and only minor details were holding up its completion. 


However, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas does not think the striker will be leaving the club this summer.  


We just don’t know who to believe these days! 


When pressed on Lyon’s potential interest in Olivier Giroud, Aulas said they were certainly interested but things haven’t progressed.


That deal is dead. 


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