This one makes more sense and has a ring of reality than some of the more exotic others including Camavinga, Sanches and Grealish.
Bernado Silva is versatile. Arteta knows what he can do and there is a previous working relationship. And he wants to leave Manchester City.
The downsides are that he has four years left on his contract, would miss European football and has been mooted as part-exchange in any Kane deal. Although valued at between £60m-£70m, he is more experienced would be easier to attain than James Maddison.
The Martin Odergaard transfer, which had a ring of credibility, has been kiboshed by injury to Toni Kroos; Locatelli, which was many Arsenal fans choice including mine, was never on with his preference for Juventus; Lyon’s Aouar who is in the £20-£30m bracket, is achievable, with a reported £100,000 salary set aside, but there are doubts over his ability to fit in the Premiership. Maddison at £60-£70m appears over-priced. Yves BIssouma – still a possibility but there is a feeling that he is too similar to Thomas Partey.
Another day and another striker link disappears
Money talks – especially petrodollar money and Inter Milan who have come to an agreement with Chelsea over Romelu Lukaku, which has halted any positive talk of fellow Inter Milan Lautaro Martinez coming to Arsenal. Reports saying other Inter Milan players are up for sale, besides Lukaku, are unlikely to include another key forward.
Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham is now interesting Atalanta and Southampton, both of whom have recent transfer cash, which would give them a nominal advantage over Arsenal who prefer a loan with a sale at the end, but with the west London club favouring a cash sale now. However, Arsenal offers the advantages of not moving from a home city, a club supported as a boy, and players he already knows well.
Talking of cash, Brighton want to make a move for Eddie Nketiah, to solve their lack of goals – a move which may make send for all parties.
Another day and another defender, linked
This time, Atletico Madrid, and ex-Tottenham right sided Kieran Trippier. This would indicate the Hector Bellerin exit is on the cards.
How to pay for all this?
The $64m question – given Arsenal accounts for the 20/21 season aren’t available until March next year, due to the de-listing.
In the year to May 2020 the club lost £104m before player sales and property and took out a Barclays loan to pay for the Bank of England £120m emergency loan, due back in May.
Seems like fees generated from the sales and / or loans of the likes of Nketiah, Nelson, Maitland Niles, Willock, Lacazette and Bellerin in the remaining days of the window will be needed for anywhere near a satisfactory squad refresh – even if Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares are in the bag and representing a good start.