Arsenal finally announced the Brazilian defender. They kept it fresh and teased the announcement with a group chat call between Luiz and Willian.
‘Who was Guest number 3 going to be on the call?’
I thought it was going to be Kia, but that was a June gag, I should have been wiser. It was Gabriel!
The player comes with a fine reputation as a clean-tackling, ball-winning, aggressive, tall, technically gifted, POWERHOUSE defender for the ages. Yes, I said clean-tackling.
In Gabriel and William Saliba, Arsenal have signed two of the ‘cleanest’ tacklers in Europe from last season. 🧼 pic.twitter.com/GD9oXeoz33
— Jake Entwistle (@JakeEntwistle) September 1, 2020
Gabriel is 6ft3, Saliba is 6ft4, and they are very unlikely to be racking up red cards like we’ve seen this season. These two signings will take a while to settle, but my word, could they be something special if they reach their full potential.
Things started to get even more exciting in the afternoon when David Ornstein let loose the rumour that PSG are chasing down Hector Bellerin for about £30m. The number seems low for a really decent right back. PSG of all clubs can’t claim poverty. I expect the full deal to be closer to £40m, not because I know anything, but because that’s the number that would allow me to emotionally accept losing a player I really, really like.
I understand that he’s not been at the races of late, but he still megged Mané at the weekend and we’ve just been through too much to let him go without a mini fight. That’d put a lot of weight on the shoulders of AMN, but hey, that’s top-flight football.
The additional story is that we’re also in talks for Aouar and Partey. That’s damp patch inducing amounts of talent right there. If we pull that off, it’s the best summer in 20 years. We’d be contending for the title 2021-22. It would be INCREDIBLE.
Anyway, there’s a small matter of being skint to deal with.
The way I’d imagine Arsenal see that panning out is hoping for the big swap deal gambit. Atleti are leaking to the press that they want the goals of Lacazette next season. We have heard plenty of rumblings that Lyon would love Matteo (remember, despite the CL heroics, they flatlined to 7th in Ligue 1). That would be a near cost-neutral wage swap-out.
IT WOULD ALSO BE AMAZING I THINK I’D DO A LITTLE DANCE IF IT HAPPENED.
I know we’re really losing our minds with speculation, but it’s clear we’d need a plan to replace the Lacazette goals if we lose the Frenchman.
Well, The Daily Record, a paper from Scotland, reckon we’re very interested in Odsonne Édouard. The 22-year-old goal machine is 6ft 2 and tantalizingly, he has a mere 2 years left on his deal. The rumour is we’re looking to ship £25m for him. I think he has huge potential and who better to learn your Premier League trade from than Auba?
I know a lot has to happen to make these moves real, but honestly, we haven’t had a summer of ‘links’ this good since that Twitter goat said we were in for Wayne Rooney.
Every link makes sense. There are no super-agents hanging around. There’s a lot of future in the deals.
I love it.
Wake me up when all the players are on the .com. Until then, I’ll see your wonderful faces in the comments section.
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