What if nobody leaves? *

* I recognise the headline might be a touch hyperbolic, but it’s just to create the talking point.

So far, Arsenal are struggling to move players on this summer. I read this morning that Fiorentina have ended their pursuit of Lucas Torreira because we won’t lower the asking price of €30m despite the Italian side offering to pay €25m in two installments. Like every transfer story, you take it with a pinch of salt. There are so many outlets these days, so many clicks to be had and all the rest, so it’s more important than ever to apply some critical thinking to what’s being reported.

What seems to be true though is that Torreira wants to leave, but so far nobody has come up with the kind of offer that has been deemed acceptable (although I suspect if there really was €25m on offer we’d have taken it). There is still time, of course, as the window is open until October 6th – and beyond that there’s a supplementary window in which Premier League clubs can do deals with EFL clubs (and vice versa) until October 16th.

Mikel Arteta’s recent comments about Matteo Guendouzi being given another chance were seen as part of a strategy to repair his reputation. Nobody…