Transfer predictor: Clement Lenglet to Barcelona gets an 8, Alvaro Morata to Borussia Dortmund scores a 3

David Cooper 18/05/2018
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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.

CLEMENT LENGLET – From Sevilla to Barcelona

Reports suggest Barcelona are inching closer to a move for Sevilla’s French defender, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Why it will happen: The 22-year-old is viewed as a long-term replacement for Gerard Pique, and potentially, a more immediate one for Samuel Umtiti should he leave Camp Nou.

Why it won’t happen: His progress may be stalled if he joins the Catalan giants. It is claimed he would rather play regularly for a team of a smaller calibre than be restricted with a lack of minutes from the bench.

Prediction: With Barcelona set to match the buy-out clause in his contract, expect the Frenchman to put pen to paper on a long-term deal after the World Cup.

Rating – 8/10

ALVARO MORATA – From Chelsea to Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund are planning a summer move for Morata with the Bundesliga club seeking a top class striker after the loss of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal.

Why it will happen: The Blues are open to cashing in on Morata after a difficult first season at Chelsea following his £60million move from Real Madrid. Selling the Spaniard would help raise money to fund their summer transfer plans.

Why it won’t happen: For all the criticism about his first season at Stamford Bridge, he still scored 15 goals in all competitions and it was injuries that hampered his progress. With another four years to run on his contract, it is doubtful he would want to leave West London already.

Prediction: With the prospect of a consistent pre-season, Morata could be back to his best for his second season at the club – and potentially under a new manager who could get the best out of his sparkling abilities.

Rating – 3/10

ALEX SANDRO – From Juventus to Manchester United

Alex Sandro is looking for an escape route from Juventus after three trophy-laden seasons at the club. Manchester United and Chelsea are among the front-runners for his signature, according to reports.

Why it will happen: With Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian set to leave this summer, United are hopeful of securing the 28-year-old’s services for the 2018-19 season.

Why it won’t happen: The decision now for the Manchester hierarchy is whether they want to commit £53m on a left-back as they attempt to fight for the title next season. Jose Mourinho’s other option is to go for Tottenham’s Danny Rose.

Prediction: According to sources close to the Brazilian, he is seeking a fresh challenge and a switch to Old Trafford very much fits the bill with Chelsea no longer interested in signing him.

Rating – 8/10

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The summer transfer window is now less than one month away and the rumours of players and coaches potentially being on the move is gathering pace.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen when the market reopens in June.

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

ALVARO MORATA

The Chelsea hitman could be in line for a summer switch to Borussia Dortmund, according to the Sun.

The Blues are open to cashing in on the Spaniard after a difficult first season at Chelsea following his £60m (Dh308m) move from Real Madrid.

Having initially started like a house on fire at the Blues with 12 goals in three months, Morata’s form has faded while injuries have restricted his impact in 2018.

Chelsea are thought to be content with keeping the striker, but the 25-year-old may find a switch away from West London beneficial to his career.

KIERAN TIERNEY

Manchester United and Tottenham are ramping up plans to recruit a new left-back and the Celtic youngster is high on their wishlist, according to the Daily Mail.

With uncertainty over the future of Danny Rose at Wembley Stadium, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen on seeing whether the Scotland international can solve his problem position.

A lifelong Hoops fan, Tierney is reportedly happy at Celtic Park, but a Scottish record transfer fee of £30m (Dh 149m) could be enough to trigger the 20-year-old’s release clause.

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Flying down the left: Alex Sandro.

The summer transfer window is now less than one month away and the rumours of players and coaches potentially being on the move is gathering pace.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen when the market reopens in June.

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

ALEX SANDRO


Manchester United are set to complete a €50million (Dh216m) deal for the highly-rated Juventus left-back, La Stampa reports.

With Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian set to leave this summer, United are hopeful of securing the 28-year-old’s services.

Sandro has won the league and cup double for three seasons on the trot with the Old Lady, following his move from Porto back in 2015.

According to sources close to the Brazilian, he is seeking a fresh challenge and a switch to Old Trafford very much fits the bill.

TURIN, ITALY - MAY 05: Alex Sandro (L) of Juventus FC is challenged by Andrea Poli of Bologna FC during the serie A match between Juventus and Bologna FC at Allianz Stadium on May 5, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Ace performer: Alex Sandro.

RICARDO PEREIRA

Leicester are inching closer to signing the £25m (Dh124m)-rated right-back, according to the Leicester Mercury.

The Foxes are keen to bolster their squad following a disappointing end to the season while there is also speculation concerning the future of boss Claude Puel.

Nevertheless, the club’s scouting network have identified the Porto defender as a top transfer target and are also said to be prepared to battle it out with West Ham for the signature of Manchester City star Patrick Roberts.

As for Pereira, he is expected to arrive from the Portuguese champions once the full international transfer window opens on June 1.

Porto's Portuguese defender Ricardo Pereira (L) controls the ball beside Monaco's French forward Adama Diakhaby during their UEFA Champions League group G football match FC Porto vs Monaco at the Dragao stadium in Porto, on December 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)

Highly-rated: Ricardo Pereira.

CLEMENT LENGLET

The emerging Sevilla centre-back is on the verge of joining Barcelona next season, Mundo Deportivo reports.

At just 22, the French star is considered one of the most promising young defenders in Europe after his best campaign yet with the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium outfit.

Lenglet is expected to cost Barca up to £30m (Dh148m) but is viewed as a long-term replacement for Gerard Pique, and potentially, a more immediate one for Samuel Umtiti should he leave Camp Nou.

Andalusia-based star Lenglet is poised to sign a five-year deal with Blaugrana.

Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (L) fights for the ball with Sevilla's French defender Clement Lenglet during the Spanish League football match between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on March 31, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Cristina Quicler (Photo credit should read CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images)

Clement Lenglet keeps track of Luis Suarez in La Liga.

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