Arsenal Transfer Round Up: June 2016
Posted by John Smith | Published on July 1, 2016
With various international tournaments and other footballers earning a well-deserved break from the sport, the month of June has continued to be full of excitement in the footballing world. With football tournaments taking over this month, the overall transfer activity by certain clubs has not been as interesting in comparison to last month. Despite this, Arsenal has still been as focused as ever in the transfer market in order to bring new recruits to the Emirates stadium this summer. Let’s summarize the reported Arsenal transfer news this month:
- The biggest transfer-related news associated to Arsenal this month comes in the form of the increasing interest in Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy. Earlier in the month, speculation arose about Arsenal reportedly triggering the release clause of the Englishman, on a reported 4 year, £120,000 a week contract. The release clause fee was related to anywhere between £25-30 million. From an initial perspective, Arsenal appeared to be in a confident position to complete the transfer. However, after Vardy snubbed making a decision on his future prior to the EUROs, speculation increased that he would remain at his current club. Vardy made his final decision later in the month, as he signed a new and improved contract at current club Leicester City.
- One signing that appears to have been confirmed is the signing of Nigerian youngster Kelechi Nwakali. The 18-year-old attacking midfielder confirmed the move via his Facebook account, where he posted images of his new kit, with defender Laurent Koscielny and also current manager Arsene Wenger. There were reports earlier in the year that Arsenal had purchased the youngster, but nothing was originally confirmed by either the club or player at the time. This all changed earlier in the month as the youngster confirmed the signing.
- Yesterday, Arsenal waved goodbye to long-serving players: Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky, and Mathieu Flamini. The players have been at the club altogether for just over 20 years in total. The trio was forced to leave the club following the expiration of their contracts, each expiring on the 30th June. It was reported that Mikel Arteta has in fact retired from the game, and, hoping to focus on a managerial role in the sport. Rosicky and Flamini are now able to join any club of their choosing.
- Following the rejection of Jamie Vardy, Arsenal’s interest in signing a new striker has significantly increased. Strikers including: Takuma Asano, Romelu Lukaku, Gabriel Barbosa, Alexandre Lacazette and Alvaro Morata have all been linked with a move to the Emirates this summer. How much Arsenal are willing to pay for a new striker is unknown, with prices for the listed strikers going up to a massive £50 million.
- The final piece of major transfer news associated to Arsenal for the month of June comes in the form of Newcastle player Moussa Sissoko. Although no approach has been made by Arsenal, revealed by various media outlets and other sources, the Frenchman has declared his interest in joining Arsene Wenger’s side for the coming season. In an interview earlier in the month, Sissoko declared: ‘If Arsene Wenger calls, I’ll have a man-to-man discussion with him and then we’ll see. Arsenal has always been the club of my heart.’ If Arsenal are to sign Sissoko, it will most certainly be one of the most unusual transfers this summer.