Transfer predictor: Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona gets an 8, Leonardo Bonucci to Man United a 3

David Cooper 17/05/2018
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The Premier League transfer window is now open and the market in the rest of Europe will spark into life soon.

With the transfer rumours growing in pace and volume during this ‘silly season’, it can be difficult and painstaking to separate the stories of some legitimacy from the rest of the noise.

Fortunately, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do it for you.

Below, you’ll find some of the latest transfer news churned out of the rumour mill broken down and analysed for your benefit along with our calculated predictions.

ANTOINE GRIEZMANN – From Atletico Madrid to Barcelona

Reports linking Antoine Griezmann to a Barcelona move in the summer continue to grow with the Catalans expected to trigger his £88 million release clause.

Why it will happen: Given his release clause, the fee is a bargain for one of the premier attacking talents in the world and Barca would be pleased to recruit a proven star not only to play alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez but to fill in for either of them when necessary.

Why it won’t happen: With the money invested in Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele, surely there are other areas that need addressing at Barcelona. A central midfielder and centre-back for starters.

Prediction: Barca are seemingly running uncontested for the Frenchman’s signature. It would take something dramatic for the move to fall through. Expect to see him in Blaugrana colours next season.

Rating – 8/10

LEONARDO BONUCCI – From AC Milan to Manchester United

Leonardo Bonucci is looking for an escape route after AC Milan failed to qualify for next season’s Champions LeagueManchester United are among the front-runners for his signature, according to reports.

Why it will happen: Chris Smalling is inconsistent, Phil Jones is injury prone and Eric Bailly has struggled with injury as well. Jose Mourinho would love to have a reliable and accomplished centre-back of Bonucci’s experience and calibre. Milan may be persuaded to sell due to Financial Fair Play regulations.

Why it won’t happen: United invested heavily in Victor Lindelof last summer and after growing in confidence over the course of his first season in English football, he may have a more prominent role next term. Bonucci isn’t the type to jump ship after one season and following his exploits with Juventus, he isn’t exactly desperate to move to a ‘bigger club’ for the chance to win silverware.

Prediction: It doesn’t make sense for Mourinho to swoop for a 31-year-old defender who will not come cheaply as he still has four years on his contract at Milan. The Italian will most likely stay put.

Rating – 3/10

CHRISTIAN PULISIC – From Borussia Dortmund to Tottenham

Reports suggest Tottenham are ready to meet the asking price for Borussia Dortmund’s American teenage sensation Christian Pulisic.

Why it will happen: An attacking midfielder who can operate across the forward line, Pulisic would fit well into Tottenham’s system and style of play. At 19, he would be an investment for the future and can be expected to develop at Spurs like others have under Mauricio Pochettino.

Why it won’t happen: The American needs to play as often as he can and that’s not guaranteed at Spurs with Lucas Moura added to the attacking ranks in January. Spurs need more established stars to win silverware, not another budding talent.

Prediction: Pulisic is settled and steadily progressing. Taking the next step in his career at this juncture would be detrimental to his career.

Rating – 3/10

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The summer transfer window is upon us! As of May 17, the market for the Premier League has been activated.

The window opens on June 9 for France, July 1 in Italy and Germany, and July 2 in Spain.

Across the world of football, there are plenty of stories that have fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen this summer.

Get in touch with your thoughts too via Twitter and Facebook.

CLEMENT LENGLET

Barcelona have reached an agreement with Clement Lenglet, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The 22-year-old will join the La Liga champions for the 2018-19 season on a five-year deal but the Catalans still have to agree a fee with Sevilla.

Lenglet did initially have reservations over the move as playing time was a concern but is prepared to fight for his place.

The transfer would also protect Barca in the event of Samuel Umtiti leaving this summer.

Clement Lenglet

Clement Lenglet

CHRISTIAN PULISIC

Tottenham are ready to meet the asking price for Christian Pulisic, Calcio Insider report.

The Borussia Dortmund winger has impressed in the Bundesliga since making his debut in 2016.

At 19, Pulisic is seen as further investment in a young Spurs side for Mauricio Pochettino as he aims to land a first trophy at the club.

Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic

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Barcelona are prepared to offload Ousmane Dembele to Liverpool

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Soon to be a Red? Ousmane Dembele

The summer transfer window is upon us! As of May 17, the market for the Premier League has been activated.

The window opens on June 9 for France, July 1 in Italy and Germany, and July 2 in Spain.

Across the world of football, there are plenty of stories that have fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen this summer.

Get in touch with your thoughts too via Twitter and Facebook.

OUSMANE DEMBELE

Barcelona are prepared to take a hit and sell Ousmane Dembele to Liverpool, according to Spanish radio station RAC1.

The La Liga champions signed the young Frenchman for £135m just last summer. However, even after returning to fitness, Dembele found first team opportunities hard to come by with former Red Philippe Coutinho being preferred on a regular basis.

Barca are closing in on the signing of Antoine Griezmann and would be open to a loan move for Dembele with a mandatory option to buy.

Ousmane Dembele

Ousmane Dembele

LEONARDO BONUCCI

Despite only joining AC Milan last summer, Leonardo Bonucci is looking for an escape route after the Serie A side failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Manchester United and Bayern Munich are understood to be the front-runners for his signature, according to The Sun.

Due to Financial Fair Play regulations, Milan could be forced to sell.

Leonardo Bonucci (r)

Leonardo Bonucci (r)

SOKRATIS PAPASTATHPOULOS

Sokratis Papastathopoulos is on Arsenal’s radar after deciding against Caglar Soyuncu who was proving to be too expensive, the Daily Mail claims.

The Gunners balked at Freiburg’s demand of £35 million for the Turkey international and have turned to the Borussia Dortmund defender instead.

Although the Greek international is eight years older than Soyuncu, he is valued at around £17.5m.

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