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Top 5 Arsenal Transfer Rumours Analysed

 • by Thomas McIlroy
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Arsenal have well and truly shaken off the tag they used to hold as the thrifty club in the Premier League that was afraid of spending any money.

Their transfer record has already been broken this season with the signing of Alexandre Lacazette, and have reportedly had a big bid for Monaco forward Kylian Mbappé turned down.

You would have expected it to be harder than usual for the Gunners to attract players given their fifth-place finish last season left them without Champions League football.

But Arsène Wenger seems to have realised that means they have to spend big to return to the upper echelons of European football.

With Lacazette arriving, joined by Sead Kolašinac, it has been a good summer so far for fans at the Emirates, and they will hope for a few more names to make it a great one.

We’ve analysed the top five Arsenal whispers on our index at the moment.

Arsenal top five whispers

Thomas Lemar – 3.6 – Monaco

Thomas Lemar is undoubtedly a top Arsenal transfer target this summer.

The Gunners have reportedly already had two bids turned down for the Monaco midfielder – the first of £30million and the second of £40million.

They are expected to make a third bid in the coming days.

An issue may be the asking price from the Ligue 1 champions though, with Metro claiming they value the France international at £80million.

Undoubtedly Arsenal could afford that, but when they start the bidding at £30million, it’s clear they don’t rate him in the same way.


Thomas Lemar | AS Monaco | FWTV by FootballWhispers

But Wenger has confirmed they are definitely interested, saying: “He’s a player that we have looked at, but the rest is only speculation.”

He was a crucial part of Monaco’s success last season, finishing the campaign with 14 goals and 17 assists in all competitions and at 21, he will only get better.

The French international would be a very exciting signing indeed.

Riyad Mahrez – 3.4 – Leicester City

Another winger Arsenal appear to be looking at is Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez.

The Algerian failed to live up to expectations last season after his simply brilliant 2015/16 season, where he helped the Foxes to the Premier League title and won the PFA Player of the Year.

Mahrez has been a long-term linkee to Arsenal, and at the start of the summer, it looked like he was set to leave the club where remade his name after he handed in a transfer request.

But it seems like he is only a backup should they not sign Lemar.

Indeed, Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare says there have been no offers for the 26-year-old.

“We know where it stands but ultimately he’s contracted to this football club,” he told the Leicester Mercury.

“He has to be professional. We have to be professional with him but, more importantly, he has to be committed and I think he has to show supporters, staff and players that.

“We haven’t had any bids and if we don’t have one, we’ve got no decision to make.

“The decision making comes when we have a bid and we can assess that when it happens.”

Chris Smalling – 3.0 – Manchester United

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According to the Daily Star, Victor Lindelöf’s arrival this summer at Old Trafford could signify the end of Chris Smalling’s Manchester United career.

And that could open the door for a move to Arsenal, who could be looking for another defender after their switch to 3-4-3 towards the end of last season.

Football Whispers’ Ryan Baldi analysed a potential switch for the England international to the Emirates.

“Smalling, a technically flawed passer who himself is too prone to errors, could benefit similarly [to David Luiz] as part of Arsenal’s back three.

“The United man would be wholly unsuited to playing as the central sweeper, lacking the ability to consistently identify and execute vertical passing opportunities.

“But as a stopper, a role in which he’d be able to train his focus on what he is good at, the 27-year-old could be highly effective.”

Per Mertesacker clearly isn’t getting any younger and this will be his final season and Smalling would definitely offer more on the pitch than the German would be physically able to throughout the season.

William Carvalho – 3.0 – Sporting Lisbon

According to A Bola, William Carvalho is attracting interest from a variety of clubs in England.

Arsenal are said to be going head to head with Manchester City, Tottenham HotspurWest Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United.

Should the Gunners want midfield bite, the 25-year-old who is ready made for England could be their man.

And Sporting Lisbon‘s asking price of €30million (£26.4million) is relatively cheap in today’s market.

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha celebrates scoring in LaLiga

Rafinha – 2.6 – Barcelona 

With Barcelona keen on bringing in former Spurs midfielder Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande, as well as chasing Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti, Rafinha’s days at the Camp Nou could be numbered.

And he is thought to be on Wenger’s radar, and Marca last month suggested the 24-year-old would like to test himself in England.

A major stumbling block in any potential deal is the complication of Barcelona’s interest in Héctor Bellerín.

Indeed, the Barça man was linked as possibly being part of a deal that would see the right-back return to Catalonia.

Given that Arsenal do not want to sell Bellerín, you would assume Barcelona would then refuse to deal with the Gunners should they make an enquiry for their Brazilian midfielder.

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