Transfer Predictor: Douglas Costa to Man United gets an 8 but Martial to Spurs unlikely

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Future Red Devil? Douglas Costa.

The transfer window is now open in the Premier League, with the rest of Europe set to follow soon.

The window is followed by the usual speculation, and with the airwaves full of transfer rumours, it can be difficult to figure out which ones are legitimate and which are just 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.

DOUGLAS COSTA – FROM BAYERN MUNICH to MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United are set to come up with an offer in the region of £79million (Dh387m) to bring the Brazilian to Old Trafford, according to The Sun.

Why it will happen: The Brazil international starred on loan at Juventus during their double-winning campaign and appears to be surplus to requirements at his parent club, Bayern Munich. The Turin giants have also not disclosed whether or not they are willing to turn that initial loan agreement into a permanent switch, opening the door for United to pounce – especially given the fact the Red Devils will have cash to spend this summer.

For United’s part, both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have failed to nail down a spot on the left and Costa could present a more reliable option.

Why it won’t happen: The 27-year-old enjoyed a successful 12 months in Serie A and will surely wait until the last minute to see if Juventus up the ante and sign him. Jose Mourinho has also stated that United are not in the market for attacking players – though that could change if the right deal came along.

Prediction: Whatever happens, Costa’s future is not likely to be in the Bundesliga. If he enjoys a strong World Cup for Brazil, that should pique United’s interest.

Rating – 8/10

Reportedly in-demand: Douglas Costa.

ANTHONY MARTIAL – MANCHESTER UNITED TO TOTTENHAM

Tottenham are set to offer the French forward the chance to reignite his Premier League career, the Daily Mail reports.

Why it will happen: The 22-year-old’s World Cup snub by Didier Deschamps would have hurt badly and he may feel he needs a new challenge having apparently fallen out with Jose Mourinho.

Why it won’t happen: Martial is on a big-money deal at Old Trafford and whilst Tottenham is an attractive option, at the same time, he isn’t guaranteed regular first-team football there given a certain Harry Kane leads their frontline, with Son Heung-min, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen completing a formidable attack.

Prediction: Expect the Monaco ace to end his three-season stay in Manchester but it may not be Spurs who sign him.

Rating – 4/10

Frustrating season: Anthony Martial.

XHERDAN SHAQIRI – STOKE TO EVERTON

Everton are set to step up their efforts to sign the Stoke playmaker, according to Calciomercato.

Why it will happen: After a miserable season, the Toffees are set to spend big in the summer transfer window again and are desperate for some creativity in midfield. Davy Klaassen looks set to move on so former Inter star Shaqiri is a viable option.

Why it won’t happen: Although new Director of Football Marcel Brands is the man in charge of recruitment, the 26-year-old’s face might not fit with the club’s incoming manager and his lack of work rate would not necessarily appease the Goodison Park faithful.

Prediction: There is no doubt the cultured midfielder will be leaving the Potters following their relegation from the top-flight, and as such, it may come down to which club offers the most cash.

Rating – 7/10

Xherdan Shaqiri scores arguably the goal of the tournament.

A proven talent on his day: Xherdan Shaqiri.

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The summer transfer window for Premier League clubs is open while international deals can be completed from early next month.

That has started a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.

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.

MARIO MANDZUKIC

The powerful Croatian is available for a move this summer after Juventus told the forward he can leave, according to the Daily Mail.

At 32, the frontman – who netted just five Serie A goals for the Old Lady in their title-winning season – could potentially have one last big move in him and has yet to ply his trade in the Premier League.

That has alerted Manchester United to his signature, given the World Cup-bound forward is capable of having a positive effect on the squad akin to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Red Devils are also in the running to sign West Ham star Marko Arnautovic, but could value the experience of the former Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid man more highly.

Juventus' Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic (L) vies for the ball with Sampdoria's Italian defender Jacopo Sala during the Italian Serie A football match between Juventus and Sampdoria on April 15, 2018 at Allianz Stadium in Turin. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO BERTORELLO (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

Experienced: Mandzukic has won three consecutive Serie A titles with Juventus.

BADOU NDIAYE

The Gunners are the latest Premier League club who are ready to raid relegated Stoke in the close season.

According to Senegalese news outlet Galsenfoot, the African star is attracting interest from Arsenal, Besiktas and West Ham.

With Championship football on the horizon, the Potters are resigned to losing many of their big-name performers and 27-year-old Ndiaye was one of the brightest lights in a gloomy campaign.

Unai Emery is likely to ring the changes in midfield, with Jack Wilshere set to depart and Granit Xhaka’s future looking uncertain.

Ndiaye will be a fixture in his national team’s line-up in Russia.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Badou Ndiaye of Stoke City and during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Burnley at Bet365 Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Central midfield star: Badou Ndiaye.

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The summer transfer window for Premier League clubs is open while international deals can be completed from early next month.

That has started a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.

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.

DOUGLAS COSTA

Manchester United are set to come up with an offer in the region of £79million (Dh387m) to bring the Brazilian to Old Trafford, according to The Sun.

The 27-year-old enjoyed a fruitful season on loan with Juventus, winning both Serie A and Coppa Italia titles, but is due to head back to his parent club, Bayern Munich, following the conclusion of the World Cup in Russia.

The Old Lady reportedly have a first option deal in place to land the winger, though Costa, nor Bayern, have yet to make a decision on his long-term future.

United meanwhile are desperate to strengthen this summer and view the Shakhtar Donetsk star as a man who could help them get closer to Manchester City in next season’s Premier League title race.

Uncertain future: Douglas Costa.

ANTHONY MARTIAL

Tottenham are set to offer the French forward the chance to reignite his Premier League career, the Daily Mail reports.

The 22-year-old endured an up and down season at Old Trafford and was subsequently left out of France’s World Cup squad by Didier Deschamps.

Although he netted 11 times in all competitions, displacing first-choice forward Romelu Lukaku or Marcus Rashford on the left proved to be problematic and he slipped down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho.

Spurs are thought to be keen to sign another striker and lessen the workload on Harry Kane next season as Mauricio Pochettino’s men strive to compete at the top of the league once more.

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Tough season at Old Trafford: Anthony Martial.

XHERDAN SHAQIRI

Everton are set to step up their efforts to sign the Stoke playmaker, according to Calciomercato.

The Merseysiders, who have yet to name a new manager following Sam Allardyce’s sacking earlier this month, have begun their transfer plans in earnest ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

New Director of Football Marcel Brands is in charge of incomings and outgoings, with Potters midfielder Shaqiri near the top of his summer wishlist.

The former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan star, 26, is reportedly desperate to leave Stoke following their relegation to the Championship and could be available for a fee in the region of £20m (Dh98m).

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - MAY 05: Xherdan Shaqiri of Stoke City celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Crystal Palace at Bet365 Stadium on May 5, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Shaqiri is desperate to continue playing in the Premier League.

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