Transfer predictor: Thomas Lemar to Barcelona earns a 7 and Toby Alderweireld to Man United a 6

Matt Jones 8/06/2018
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The Premier League transfer window is now open and the market in the rest of Europe sparks into life today (Friday).

With the transfer rumours growing in pace and volume during this ‘silly season’, it can be difficult and painstaking to separate the legitimate stories from the white 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.

 

THOMAS LEMAR – FROM MONACO TO BARCELONA

Lemar gestures

Sport reports that the Blaugrana have already begun talks with the Ligue 1 club for the France international.

Why it will happen: It is thought Lemar will cost in the region of £60-80 million, while Tottenham are likely to demand a higher fee for Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, who is also a Barca target.

Why it won’t happen: Lemar is in demand after failed attempts from Arsenal and Liverpool to land him last summer, while Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are also thought to be interested. He is hardly short of suitors and would likely have a harder task to force his way into the first team at the Camp Nou.

Prediction: Despite the competition, Barcelona have reportedly moved to the front of the queue for the Frenchman’s signature. And not many players turn down the Blaugrana.

Rating – 7/10

 

RODRYGO – SANTOS TO REAL MADRID

Rodrygo

Real Madrid have sealed a deal to sign the Santos wonderkid for €45m (£40m), reports Marca.

Why it will happen: La Liga giants Real and Barcelona have been chasing the 17-year-old who has taken Brazil by storm with stunning displays for Santos, with Real keen to close the gap domestically to their rivals after a dismal league campaign, as well as the futures of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo unclear. He would follow hot on the heels of another Brazilian talent in Vinicius Junior.

Why it won’t happen: Only a last-minute hiccup it seems will scupper the deal, although Real might also baulk at such an astronomical fee for a 17-year-old untried at the highest level.

Prediction: With Real president Florentino Perez’s willingness to accept the proposal laid out by the selling club being key to the deal, we think this should be wrapped up fairly soon.

Rating – 8/10

 

TOBY ALDERWEIRELD – FROM TOTTENHAM TO MAN UNITED

Alderweireld

The two sides have reached an impasse in talks over a deal for the defender, reports The Independent.

Why it will happen: United simply need a world-class centre-back moving forward to solidify their defence. Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly missed all or large chunks of the 2017/18 season with injury and Chris Smalling is not an elite defender.

Why it won’t happen: Injuries. For all his undoubted class the Belgian was sidelined for three months with a hamstring issue last season and when fit, found his path to the first team blocked by 21-year-old Colombian Davinson Sanchez.

Prediction: On his day Alderweireld is an elite centre-back United require, but the Red Devils may not be keen on parting with the £50m required to buy a 29-year-old coming off the back of a less than stellar season.

Rating – 6/10

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Negotiations over Toby Alderweireld's £55m move to Man United stall as Spurs want more

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The summer transfer window for Premier League clubs is open, while international deals can be completed from June 8.

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.

JUSTIN KLUIVERT

Ajax are ready to sell Justin Kluivert for €20m plus add-ons to Roma, according to multiple reports in Italy.

The reports suggest the deal is nearly done pending a medical, with the son of ex-Barcelona player Patrick Kluivert ready to sign a five-year contract with Roma that will pay him €1.4m per season.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal had all been chasing the 19-year-old, who had also expressed interest in a possible move to Barca, but now it seems he’ll ditch the Eredivisie for Serie A this summer.

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TOBY ALDERWEIRELD

Manchester United and Tottenham have reached an impasse in talks over a deal for defender Toby Alderweireld, reports The Independent.

United have offered £55m (€63m) for the Belgium defender, but Spurs are holding out for more.

With talks at a standstill, Tottenham’s interest in United winger Anthony Martial could help push a deal through.

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Barcelona begin talks with Monaco for Thomas Lemar as focus shifts from Christian Eriksen

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The summer transfer window for Premier League clubs is open, while international deals can be completed from June 8.

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.

THOMAS LEMAR

Barcelona have joined the queue of clubs circling for Thomas Lemar as Monaco prepare to lose another star player.

Sport reports that the Blaugrana have already begun talks with the Ligue 1 club for the France international, who is seen as the preferred candidate to upgrade their midfield over Christian Eriksen.

It is thought Lemar will cost in the region of £60-80 million, while Tottenham could demand a higher fee for the Denmark midfielder.

Chelsea and Atletico Madrid have also recently expressed an interest in the 22-year-old, while Arsenal failed to land Lemar last summer.

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RODRYGO

Real Madrid have sealed a deal to sign Santos wonderkid for €45m (£40m), reports Marca.

Barcelona were also in the mix for the 17-year-old winger, who has been compared to his compatriot Neymar.

Despite his age, Rodrygo has been one of the stars of the Brazilian league this season, scoring five goals in nine appearances.

Rodrygo

MEHDI BENATIA and DANIELE RUGANI

Arsenal have contacted Juventus about the availability of defenders Medhi Benatia and Daniele Rugani, according to Calciomercato.

Rugani, 23, is seen as a key part of Juve’s future, and could be tough to pry away from Turin.

Benatia, however, is more likely to move after reportedly falling out with Juventus manager Max Allegri.

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