Transfer Predictor: Matthijs de Ligt to Man City gets a 7, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to Juventus is a 4

David Cooper 23/05/2018
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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.

MATTHIJS DE LIGT – From Ajax to Man City

Manchester City are lining up a £50m (Dh 248.5m) bid for the Ajax star, according to the Guardian.

Why it will happen: With Vincent Kompany entering the final year of his contract, de Ligt is being viewed as a long-term successor to the Belgian’s reign as the fulcrum of the City defence. And with the potential to win silverware at the Etihad Stadium, it looks like a difficult move to turn down for the young Dutchman.

Why it won’t happen: With Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Kompany as frontline centre-backs, the youngster may opt against a move due to a potential lack of minutes next season.

Prediction: Ajax will want to keep their star man for another season, but de Ligt may feel now is the right time to move on from the Johan Cruijff Arena in a bid to further his development.

Rating – 7/10

SERGEJ MILINKOVIC-SAVIC – From Lazio to Juventus

Juventus have entered the race to sign the £80m-rated (Dh 397.5m) Lazio hitman, Tuttosport claims.

Why it will happen: Sergej has been in stunning form for Lazio this term and is eager for a new challenge. Juventus are desperate to add a star man to their ranks as they look to compete strongly in the Champions League.

Why it won’t happen: If the Serb is on the move, Manchester United would be his preferred destination. It is highly unlikely the Serie A champions will fork out a mammoth fee for his services.

Prediction: It can’t be ruled out but it’s very unlikely that Sergej would choose to go to another Serie A outfit, especially with the Red Devils reportedly on the brink of signing the player.

Rating – 4/10

22-year-old Milinkovic-Savic is a hot property in Serie A.

23-year-old Milinkovic-Savic is a hot property in Serie A.

SLAVISA JOKANOVIC – Fulham to Chelsea

The Fulham boss has been linked with the Chelsea manager’s job should Antonio Conte leave this summer, according to the Evening Standard.

Why it will happen: The Chelsea hierarchy have been impressed with the manner in which the Serb has revived Fulham’s fortunes and they are now on the brink of sealing a place in next season’s Premier League.

Why it won’t happen: Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique and Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri are also on the short-list to take over if Conte leaves West London.

Prediction: If the high wage demands of Enrique and Sarri prove a problem then expect Jokanovic to be in the hot seat at Stamford Bridge for the start of next season.

Rating – 6/10

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The summer transfer window for international deals is now less than one month away and rumours of players and coaches potentially being on the move are coming at a frenzied pace.

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

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen very soon.

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

SERGEJ MILINKOVIC-SAVIC

Juventus have entered the race to sign the £80m-rated (Dh 397.5m) Lazio hitman, Tuttosport claims.

The Serbian international has drawn interest from all over Europe with his sparkling displays, as Manchester United have been strongly linked to securing his secures on a long-term deal.

Should the 23-year-old put pen to paper on a deal at the Juventus Stadium, he will add another exciting dimension to a creative Juve midfield after netting 14 goals for the Biancocelesti this term.

22-year-old Milinkovic-Savic is a hot property in Serie A.

22-year-old Milinkovic-Savic is a hot property in Serie A.

ALEX SANDRO

Manchester United will make a big push to sign the elusive Juventus left-back this summer, reports the Daily Mail.

With Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian set to leave this summer, United are hopeful of securing the 28-year-old’s services for €50million (Dh216m).

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.

Man United bound? Alex Sandro

Man United bound? Alex Sandro

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Man City consider making move for Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt

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The summer transfer window for international deals is now less than one month away and rumours of players and coaches potentially being on the move are coming at a frenzied pace.

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

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen very soon.

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

MATTHIJS DE LIGT

Manchester City are lining up a £50m (Dh 248.5m) bid for the Ajax star, according to the Guardian.

The 18-year-old is considered one of the best defensive prospects in world football – and has attracted interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

With Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Vincent Kompany as frontline centre-backs, the youngster may opt against a move due to a lack of minutes at the Etihad Stadium.

Barcelona are believed to be hot favourites to land his signature, but Arsenal and Manchester United have been all been linked with the towering Dutchman.

ANDRE GOMES

The Portuguese will reportedly leave Barcelona this summer after a disappointing two-year spell, Mundo Deportivo claims.

The 25-year-old has failed to impress at Camp Nou since moving from Valencia in the summer of 2016.

Gomes is in search of regular game time after making only six La Liga starts this season and a move to the Premier League looks like the best option.

West Ham have shown an interest in his ability and are ready to launch a bid to acquire his services.

SLAVISA JOKANOVIC

The Fulham boss has been linked with the Chelsea manager’s job should Antonio Conte depart this summer, the Evening Standard says.

Jokanovic, who appeared 39 times for the Stamford Bridge club between 2000 and 2002, has revived the Whites’ fortunes at Craven Cottage as they continue their push for Premier League promotion.

Their impressive form, which sees them take on Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final at Wembley this weekend, has only served to increase speculation that the 49-year-old Serb could make the short trip across the English capital to the Kings’ Road Side.

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