It all seems to have gone a little quiet at Arsenal – and usually this means some news will probably break today!
It is kind of the pre-World Cup lull.
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Anyone at the World Cup is currently under lock and key in final preparation training camps before flying out to Russia at some point this week.
It is important final preparation so unlikely that too many countries will allow their players to disappear for a day or so to compete a medical. It is at the stage where agents and hangers on will also be prohibited from contacting players to avoid their concentration being taken elsewhere.
As for players not at the World Cup, they are on a well earned break.
Whether it be relaxing in LA, returning to the country of their birth, on a beach in Barbados, a golf course in the Algarve, or just disappearing off the map, it is the time they can refresh themselves, turn their brains off, spend some time with their family.
On top of that, a lot of the club staff will also be away. A bit of time off before pre-season starts in 3 weeks.
So it will probably be a quiet week in terms of official announcements, but those not away within the club, agents and lawyers, will still be working hard to complete deals as soon as their representative is back.
Rumours are circulating that Aaron Ramsey has agreed his new deal in principle. A new 4 year deal at around £200,000 is what has been mooted.
The delay has always been surrounding his agent, David Baldwin, leaving Base Soccer to set up his own agency.
That now seems complete and last week Aaron Ramsey announced that the new agency was now up and running, with himself as its first client.
The deal to announce Ramsey will probably happen once he is back in the UK after his break.
Sokratis seems to have been plodding on for a while, struggling to get over the line.
Talk now is that it will be done on the 1st July. The reasoning for the delay is that Borussia Dortmund want the transfer to be in their 2018/19 accounts, not 2017/18.
Not sure how true it is, as the source is a writer for Goal.com, who made their name on click bait journalism.
Arsenal could easily announce him today, and the official transfer could not go through until the end of the month. A lot of deals happen like this, especially when a player is signed in April or May for the new season, even though the window is not yet open.
I very much doubt the delay is due to Dortmund holding it up.
It would not actually surprise me if Arsenal are being cheap. By not completing the transfer until June, the club will save themselves a months wages from when the medical was done – about half a million pound.
Arsenal will be in no rush, despite fans wanting to hear news, with the squad not due to report back for pre-season training until the week starting Monday, July 2.
The last name doing the round is Caglar Soyuncu.
The 22-year-old Turkish international, who plays his club football with Freiburg, is the latest name to be linked with a switch for a fee reported to be in the region of £35M.
The player’s agent, Mustafa Dogru, has told Turkish Football that talks are ongoing between club and player.
“(Sven) Mislintat has been keen on Caglar since he was at Borussia Dortmund. He first scouted him back in Germany. Sven is interested in Caglar, there are concrete talks, all that remains if for a fee to be agreed. We will see what happens next,” he said.
This feels more like the agent fabricating a story in the hope it generates interest in his client.
With Soyuncu’s Turkey not at the World Cup, I imagine he is on a beach in Kusdasi, near his home town of Izmir, whilst any sort of talks are happening in the background.
The last bit of news is Jack Wilshere’s contract.
In the recent released list submitted by the Premier League, Wilshere’s name was missing. Instead he was on the retained list with (offer) against his name; Signifying that there was a contract offer on the table.
Wilshere is unable to officially speak to any English clubs until the end of this month (or is it the beginning, I always forget). That means he is likely to see what other offers come in before he signs a new deal.
This hinders Arsenal’s transfer spending as we will not know whether we need to sign a replacement until he either stays or go’s.
It might feel frustratingly slow at times, but rest assured there is plenty going on and the flood gates of news will open.