Transfer Predictor: Raphael Varane to Manchester United is a 5, Mousa Dembele to Juventus gets an 8

David Cooper 12/06/2018
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The transfer window is well and truly open.

With the 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 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.

RAPHAEL VARANE – REAL MADRID TO MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United have expressed an interest in the Real Madrid star, the Daily Mail reports.

Why it will happen: United do need a steady central defensive partner for Eric Bailly. Tody Alderweireld is falling too expensive and Clement Lenglet looks like he’s set for a move to Barcelona.

Why it won’t happen: The Frenchman has four years to run on his contract and is reportedly happy at the Bernabeu.

Prediction: After winning his third successive Champions League title, it looks unlikely Varane will leave the Spanish capital, especially when he is a central part of a winning team.

Rating – 5/10

RAFINHA – BARCELONA TO TOTTENHAM

Tottenham have emerged as key contenders to sign the Barcelona wantaway, according to Sport.

Why it will happen: The Brazilian looks primed for an exit at Camp Nou. And with Tottenham set to strengthen their midfield ahead of next season, a player of Rafinha’s calibre would be a serious addition to Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Why it won’t happen: Only if something drastic happens. A late swoop from another team or if negotiations over personal terms collapse.

Prediction: The Sao Paulo man can reignite his club career with the North London side and start to get back on the right path.

Rating – 7/10

MOUSA DEMBELE – TOTTENHAM TO JUVENTUS

Juventus are interested in signing the Tottenham star, the Daily Mail reports.

Why it will happen: The Belgian international has shelved contract talks til after the World Cup and with Inter and Juventus closing in. It looks likely he will be playing his football in the Serie A next season.

Why it won’t happen: Tottenham. Daniel Levy may be reluctant to sell his star man who has proved a force over the recent seasons.

Prediction: It may rumble on for a bit, perhaps after the World Cup, but Juventus seem like a good fit for Dembele.

Rating – 8/10

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Barcelona target Antoine Griezmann to reveal future on Tuesday

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Antoine Griezmann is all set to announce his future in a press conference on Tuesday, scheduled for 14:30 (CEST).

The Atletico Madrid striker has been heavily linked to La Liga champions Barcelona in the past few months and this chapter could well come to a close when he does reveal the road ahead.

Meanwhile, Barca maestro Lionel Messi has heaped praise on the Frenchman in a couple of interviews lately, rating him among the world’s top players.

The Argentina international admitted that in order to get back to winning ways in the Champions League, Barcelona need to have the best players and Griezmann is one of them.

“I don’t know if he’s the priority. It depends on the technical secretary and coach. I’m just saying that to win the Champions League you need to have the best. And he is very good!”

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Raphael Varane headlines our Rumour Mill as Man United target Real Madrid star

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The summer transfer window for all international deals is open.

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.

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RAPHAEL VARANE

Manchester United have expressed an interest in the Real Madrid star, the Daily Mail reports. The French international has established himself as one of the world’s best centre-backs during his time at the Bernabeu. And the 25-year-old is on United’s transfer wishlist as they consider to bolster their options in defence ahead of next season. Jose Mourinho has convinced the club to sign Varane as he has first-hand experience of his talents having signed him from Lens during his time as Real Madrid manager in 2011.

MOUSA DEMBELE

Juventus are tracking the star midfielder as he approaches the final year of his contract at Tottenham, Calciomercato claims. The Belgian international turns 31 in July and has also been linked with Napoli and Roma. While the Nerazzurri made an initial offer for around €10m (Dh49.2m) recently, it is believed Juventus will go far closer to the €30m (Dh129.7m) asking price for the former Fulham man. Regardless of Dembele’s future, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are keen to strengthen their midfield ahead of next season.

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FRENKIE DE JONG

Barcelona have contacted Ajax over their highly-rated defender, according to AS. The 21-year-old started 25 times for the Eredivisie side last term, scoring one goal and providing one assist in the process. Ernesto Valverde is reportedly keen to sign De Jong as he looks to bolster his defence ahead of next season. The Dutch U21 star, who still has four years remaining on his contract, has also been monitored by Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea.

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