Transfer predictor: Anthony Martial to leave Man United gets an 8, Javier Pastore's switch to West Ham scores a 6

David Cooper 17/06/2018
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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.

ANTHONY MARTIAL

Manchester United have slapped a £75 million (Dh365m) valuation on the French forward, The Mirror reports.

Why it will happen: The French winger has been frustrated at a lack of minutes at Old Trafford and his representative Philippe Lamboley claims “the time has come” for the player to move on after failure to reach a new deal.

Why it won’t happen: Martial may feel a move away from Manchester is a step down in his career.

Prediction: The former Monaco star can reignite his career with another club and would get his confidence back with regular game time elsewhere.

Rating – 8/10

JAVIER PASTORE

West Ham are hoping to clinch a deal to sign the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, Sky Sports reports.

Why it will happen: Previously one of the French giants top performers, Pastore looks like he will bring his six year association with the club to an end this summer in an effort to get more game time after starting just 14 matches last term.

Why it won’t happen: His excessive wage demands may force the Hammers to pull out of a potential deal.

Prediction: He clearly wants out of Parc des Princes and if he does leave this summer, he will have no shortage of options with Juventus linked with the elusive midfielder.

Rating – 6/10

THOMAS STRAKOSHA

Liverpool are planning a raid for the Lazio goalkeeper, according to Italian TV channel Sportitalia.

Why it will happen: The Merseysiders are desperate to sign a new man between the sticks this summer following Lloris Karius’ Champions League howlers and Simon Mignolet’s poor form, so Strakosha fits the bill.

Why it won’t happen: Lazio finished fifth in Serie A last season and looked an improved side under Simone Inzaghi. The 23-year-old Albanian may feel another year at Stadio Olimpico will help further his development.

Prediction: It remains to be seen whether Lazio will be prepared to sell the shot-stopper, who played every minute for them in Serie A last term, but the lure of Liverpool may prove too much for the former Panionios man.

Rating – 7/10

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Petr Cech headlines our Rumour Mill as Napoli target veteran goalkeeper

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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.

Let us know your thoughts via Twitter and Facebook.

PETR CECH

Napoli are set to sign the veteran Arsenal goalkeeper, according to reports in Italy.

After a difficult campaign at the Emirates, new Gunners boss Unai Emery is likely to bring in a new shot-stopper as the club’s No.1.

At 36, Cech still has one more year remaining on his contract with the north London club but Napoli are interested in securing his services for a nominal fee this summer.

New Naples coach Carlo Ancelotti, who worked with the Czech star during his time with Chelsea, is keen to add his experience to the ranks of his Serie A side.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are still chasing Bayer Leverkusen star Bernd Leno.

Petr Cech looked a shadow of himself against Swansea.

Petr Cech made several high-profile errors this past season.

HAKIM ZIYECH

Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton are set to battle it out for the Moroccan’s signature, according to the Daily Express.

The Ajax midfielder, 25, is currently on duty with his national team at the World Cup but caught the eye after a series of glittering performances for the Eredivisie giants last term.

Calciomercatoweb claim both Borussia Dortmund and Roma are also in the mix for the playmaker, though the player himself is said to favour a move to the Premier League.

Under Jurgen Klopp, the Kop giants are set to open the chequebook further following the acquisition of Fabinho while the Toffees have plans of their own with new boss Marco Silva getting his feet under the table.

Morocco's midfielder Hakim Ziyech looks on prior to the friendly football match between Morocco and Ukraine at the Stade de Geneve stadium in Geneva on May 31, 2018. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Morocco’s midfielder Hakim Ziyech is a wanted man.

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Thomas Strakosha headlines our Rumour Mill as Liverpool bid to make Lazio star their No.1

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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.

Let us know your thoughts via Twitter and Facebook.

THOMAS STRAKOSHA

Liverpool are planning a raid for the Lazio goalkeeper, according to Italian TV channel Sportitalia.

The Merseysiders are desperate to sign a new man between the sticks this summer following Lloris Karius’ Champions League howlers and Simon Mignolet’s poor form.

And the 23-year-old Albanian star could well be the answer.

Valued at £35m (Dh107m), Strakosha has rose to prominence with the Serie A side in each of the past two seasons and firmly established himself as the Biancocelesti No.1.

It remains to be seen whether Lazio will be prepared to sell the shot-stopper but the lure of Liverpool may prove too much for the 6 ft 4 in star.

ROME, ITALY - APRIL 11: Thomas Strakosha of SS Lazio in action during the SS Lazio training session at Formello on April 11, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.

ANTHONY MARTIAL

Manchester United have slapped a £75 million (Dh365m) valuation on the French forward, The Mirror reports.

The French forward, who was left out of Didier Deschamps’ France squad after a frustrating season at Old Trafford, could now be priced out of a move.

Tottenham, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with the 22-year-old’s services.

Martial, himself, is said to be keen to move on this summer and is set for talks on his future once he returns from holiday.

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JAVIER PASTORE

West Ham are hoping to clinch a deal to sign the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, Sky Sports reports.

The Hammers are set for a summer of change under new boss Manuel Pellegrini and have identified the Argentine as one man they want to bring to the London Stadium.

The sticking point, however, over a deal is likely to be the 28-year-old’s extortionate wage demands.

Pastore is believed to seek around £190,000-a-week while PSG could command a transfer fee in the region of £17.5m.

The east London side are hoping to come to some kind of compromise in the coming weeks.

Javier Pastore (R)

Javier Pastore is wanted by West Ham.

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