Morning all (although it might be afternoon by the time I hit publish on this).
The pre-January transfer window speculation seems to be in full swing today.
Arsenal are linked with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Dejan Kulusevski, Domenico Berardi and Donny van de Beek.
Can’t really be bothered to go into them as chances are they are stories planted by their agents in an attempt to generate interest.
Another interesting piece of news is that Marseille are looking to make the William Saliba deal permanent.
What is most interesting is that this news seem to be breaking out of Turkey.
In the past we have seen Arsenal news and gossip break out of Turkey as Mesut Ozil used them to leak news.
I do wonder if Matteo Guendouzi and Ozil are still friendly (“the Arsenal outcasts”) and this leak has perhaps come from a discuss between Guendouzi and Ozil.
All speculation for now but it would not be too surprising as Ozil does have a track record of speaking to journalists.
Personally I can’t see a permanent deal happening to Marseille. They can not afford him.
Arsenal spent £27million on Saliba 2 and a half years ago. This summer he will have 2 years left on his deal but reports are Arsenal have an option to extend for a year.
That will mean Arsenal will be in no rush to sell the Frenchman, and any buying club will surely have to spend more than what Arsenal bought him for.
I still think Saliba still has a role to play for Arsenal next season and we will be in no rush to sell him.
Lastly, England face San Marino tonight. Hopefully we see Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Aaron Ramsdale all start.
Have a good Monday.