Thomas Partey rumours will NOT die (still no money though)

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OUR SUMMER IS GOING TO BE THIS:

ARSENAL OFFER <LESS THAN ASKING PRICE> TO ATLETI

ATLETI SAY NO

ARSENAL OFFER <SLIGHTLY MORE THAN PREVIOUS FAILED BID> TO ATLETI

ATLETI SAY NO

ARSENAL OFFER <SLIGHTLY MORE THAN PREVIOUS FAILED BID> TO ATLETI

… and so on.

It seems that we’ve offered them the deal I suggested a few weeks ago… they get an u20 French midfielder + some money. That is not tickling Simeone.

Remember though, Atleti is in deep shit on the money front. They used one of those fancy lending firms that ‘ease cashflow in football’ to fund a bunch of their deals, now they are drowning in shit. They likely want the £50m because that’ll help ease their €500 million debt burden. They’ll also want to save face, a bit like Palace last season with Zaha (lol).

I have no idea if they’ll do a deal with us, but it might be easier for them than forking out a double-your-salary deal for the Ghanaian.

Talks seem to be gathering pace that Dani Ceballos has no chance under Zidane next season, and he’s believed to be keen to join Arsenal for another year, when it is hoped Arsenal might be able to muster the funds to buy him. That works for me, he’s been a revelation since he returned from the breaks. He’s an all-action player that needs to work on his final ball, but it certainly looks like he could be capable of growing into that role in the double pivot. He might looks quite good next to someone like Partey.

ESR is 20! Happy Birthday, let’s hope he lands some minutes next year, the hopes are VERY high for him.

The Coutinho and Willian rumours continue to stink out the internet, I really think you need to brace for impact there. I think at least one of the players will end up at Arsenal next season. No offence to the player, who I think is decent, but the deal will just double down on two things.

  1. Raul doesn’t learn from his mistakes
  2. Leadership at Arsenal is a touch bland
  3. Raul and Edu do not care one jot that the English press is scrutinising their super-agent best friend deals

Edu really is embarrassing, brought in to be a fine smelling, very handsome, Invincible™-so-he-must-love-us cover to allow Raul to do whatever he pleases. It’s all super disappointing, but I won’t lose too much sleep over it until it happens. THEN I WILL NOT SLEEP AND I WILL RAGE.

David Ornstein says we’ll hear offers for Reiss, Sokratis, Holding, Guen, Torreira, and Mustafi. To be honest, I think we’d listen to offers for most of our players. There aren’t many that are indispensable.

Man, I’m depressing myself out here. A short one today, listen to my LATEST podcast with an actual person this week. Then tomorrow, we start talking FA CUP FINAL WOOO YES HIT ME WITH THE JOY BATON! No, that sounds weird. Inject joy into my veins? No… just, you know, show up tomorrow and we’ll have lovely post for you.

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636 Responses to “Thomas Partey rumours will NOT die (still no money though)”

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  1. Chris

    Zola came in at 28/29 and he did rather well. Cantona? Both a long time ago, mind. Can’t think of too many others on the spot.

    However Coutinho has good PL experience, I don’t think it would take him long to readjust.

    I have mixed feelings about Coutinho. On one hand he would obviously improve us instantly, but there are questions about how much he would be costing overall. I would be just as happy to see us invest in the likes of a Szoboszlai or Grealish with a view that they could not only help us realise making it back into the CL but also going great on from there and being part of a title challenging side.

  2. Marko

    Bubble smubble it’s because of all the bad press surrounding those dirty cunts and it was dragging on and they likely wouldn’t have passed a means test anyway.

  3. MidwestGun

    No… just, you know, show up tomorrow and we’ll have lovely post for you.
    _______
    I’m here Pedro… where is my lovely post? Need my Le Grove word count.. no slacking, big final Saturday.

  4. Un na naai

    Chris
    Cantona joined united at 24 and retired at 29/30

    Zola and bergkamp joined late. Rare examples. Santi Cazorla was 26 Can’t think of many who came to a club in the premier league and pulled up trees at 28 or later

  5. TR7

    Buendia, Rubin Neves and Declan Rice – 3 good EPL midfielders who if signed can improve our midfield instantly, they won’t take much time to bed-in.

  6. Marko

    Can’t think of many who came to a club in the premier league and pulled up trees at 28 or later

    You come up with some really stupid stuff. He’s already pulled up trees.

  7. Valentin

    The Newcastle deal was never about making money or restoring the glory of Newcastle FC, it was a Trojan horse ploy by the Saudi to mess with Qatar influence.

    The Newcastle deal collapse may be more due to the premiership suddenly waking up to it and requesting some guarantee of non-interference by the Saudi with the Premiership deal with BeIn Sport.

    With COVID-19 and the impossibility to mess with Qatar too publicly, the certainty of losing money funding a second rate club may not have sounded so appetising.

  8. Un na naai

    Wasi

    Vvd was 26

    Cc
    If we take Coutinho then I’d rather it was permanent and for sensible dough and if we make it permanent then it would be nice to find someone younger than Partey behind him. To be honest we were all having similar discussions last year over all sorts of players and in the end all of the signings we made were from left field. Totally unexpected. I have a feeling neither partey and Coutinho will come to arsenal

  9. DivineSherlock

    Cant believe its been 2 days and people are still debating about Coutinho on here . We have an FA Cup Final on Saturday against the chavs . Just saw the Mertesacker video Arsenal posted . He played so brilliantly that day .

  10. Champagne Charlie

    Divine

    It’s less about Coutinho and more about this idea the club shouldn’t be bringing in players of quality because they’re 27/28.

    Weird aversion circulating that every transfer target should be under 23 for them “long term” gainz.

  11. Wasi

    Un

    Tbh , it feels like we might land both Partey and Coutinho if we make EL.
    Partey looks like Arteta’s first choice midfield signing.
    Coutinho is a little more uncertain. I feel like if we’ll get him on loan if we muster up the finances.
    Otherwise we’ll go for a younger option.
    I personally wouldn’t be against any of the 2 options.

    That’s because if we don’t strengthen the team now , the gap to the top 4 will only get bigger with City, Chelsea and ManU looking to spend big.
    Again , I think all depends on what Arteta and the club think we can achieve next season.

  12. Calypso

    Players mentioned as possible signings are not very exciting and are no better than stop gaps..

    Replacing your best player with an even better player is how you win tournaments not recruiting like for like.

  13. Wasi

    Cc

    ‘It’s less about Coutinho and more about this idea the club shouldn’t be bringing in players of quality because they’re 27/28.’

    Add to that he is a Kia client , and the fanbase goes wild.
    Whats the use of a friendly super agent if we cant get first option on his best players

  14. Marko

    Whats the use of a friendly super agent if we cant get first option on his best players

    Coutinho is one of his best clients though. But I think I know see where the trepidation comes with signing Coutinho it’s Kia. The fear mongering worked with some it seems. Shame that because you turn your nose up to working with super agents and you end up turning your nose up at some of the best talent going. Luckily though the club doesn’t feel that way

  15. DivineSherlock

    Champagne

    Exactly , I mean isnt it long term gain if he manages to bring us into CL spot next season ? Coutinho is expensive I get that but to dismiss the quality he possess is quite moronic.

  16. Marc

    Why do people think we’re going to sign Partey, Coutinho on loan and repeat Ceballos on loan?

    I’d love it if we do because it means the end of Xhaka but Arteta seems to rate him.

  17. Dream10

    Raul Jimenez to Man Utd rumors heating up. Portuguese outlet says deal is done.
    Good signing for them.

  18. Un na naai

    Champagne CharlieJuly 30, 2020 15:48:28
    Divine It’s less about Coutinho and more about this idea the club shouldn’t be bringing in players of quality because they’re 27/28. Weird aversion circulating that every transfer target should be under 23 for them “long term” gainz.

    Charlie
    It’s not under 23. And it’s due to the fact we have fuck all money and our squad is either very young or very old. I think we should be looking at a profile of players in that sweet spot between 22-26 really to step in and make a difference for 4-5 years. That could be a 28 year old. But we’ve already got a lot of players in that 27 and over category and we can’t seem to get rid of any of them for any sort of decent money.

    Every player we’ve brought in that 27 and over bracket in the last few years are now largely letting the club down or hasn’t represented good value bar Aubameyang really. Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Luiz, Sokratis, Lichtsteiner all wasting valuable club resources. Even Lacazette to a lesser extent

    Whereas the majority of our younger signings have been largely impressive bar Guendouzi and Mari who hasn’t had a real go yet.

  19. Un na naai

    MarcJuly 30, 2020 16:18:27
    Why do people think we’re going to sign Partey, Coutinho on loan and repeat Ceballos on loan?I’d love it if we do because it means the end of Xhaka but Arteta seems to rate him.

    Marc
    Don’t get your hopes up
    You say this every time we get a new cmf player
    We’ve had Suarez, Ceballos, Torreira, Guendouzi, AMN, Willock, Cazorla, Wilshere and Ramsey

    Xakha has seen them all off

  20. Marc

    Un

    That’s my point – we’re broke and not exactly a great proposition at the moment. Whether we play 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 if we sign all three of those players for next season one is sitting on the bench for a lot of time. If we play with a back 3 2 of them are going to get splinters.

    Can’t see it happening.

  21. Un na naai

    DivineSherlockJuly 30, 2020 16:09:24
    Champagne Exactly , I mean isnt it long term gain if he manages to bring us into CL spot next season ? Coutinho is expensive I get that but to dismiss the quality he possess is quite moronic.

    Divine
    Nobody is dismissing his quality. Just his age and value for money.
    And no, it’s not long term gain if we spend £20m on him for a season only for him to go back to Barca and we have to then look for a new amf player when he’s had a good season and the team functioned well around him. Better to have team continuity I say. Too much squad turnover, too quickly every season. There’s always a new round of “dross or deadwood” to get rid of. Then the shiny new toys that Marko and Hairline spunk their pants over become just as hated as the original dead wood and round and round we go

  22. Un na naai

    Marc

    Yeah we are broke
    Which is why Buendia and Szoboszlai for £40m plus wages on 4/5 year deals appeals to me more than £20m+ down the drain for Coutinho for one season
    Im not doubting that he’s the better player right now.

  23. Marc

    Un

    Mate our budget if we don’t win the Cup is £3.23 plus a bag of Jellybeans.

    That by the way is after selling all the players we can.

    We are so fucked.

  24. Calypso

    Something’s gone wrong with team recruitment because our league form has gotten worse not better.

    The board need to shoulder the blame for the length of time it took to dismiss Wenger.

  25. CG

    UN

    “””””Better to have team continuity I say. Too much squad turnover, too quickly every season.””””””

    Whats continuity these days ?

    That’s the last thing the Spivs that currently run Arsenal want.

    they want player turnovers, loans and sales.
    Ins and Outs.

    they need their commissions, remember.

    Raul – the Barry Fry of Arsenal.

  26. englandsbest

    Did Xhaka really say ‘EVEN better’? There is no end to his self-esteem. I hope Mikel was only saying nice things to make him SEEM better. With luck some Club will be foolish enough to buy him.

    The price for Pepe was far too high – BUT I think he’s gonna make good. Very good.

    Mesut is sweet, everybody loves him – but he was meant to be a ladies hairdresser, not a professional footballer. I bet he loves not having to a kick a ball around, he can play TV games all day long.

    For all his faults I’m not averse to Mustafi staying. He gives his all. Likewise Luiz.

    Guendozy is another guy who thinks too highly of himself. I’d be happy to see him go.

    If Mikel holds his nerve there will be bargains to pick up this summer, But first things first: get that exceptional creative midfielder. The rest will follow.

  27. Ishola70

    Arsenal never loan high end players on very big wages.

    If Coutinho joins well Kia really has influence as it will be bucking a trend.

    History suggests Coutinho will not be joining the club on loan.