Transfer predictor: Marco Asensio to sign for Chelsea gets a 3 while Miralem Pjanic's switch to Barcelona scores a 6

David Cooper 21/06/2018
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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.

MARCO ASENSIO – REAL MADRID TO CHELSEA

Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are set to battle it out for the highly-rated Real Madrid forward, according to the Daily Mail.

Why it will happen: The Spaniard has grown frustrated at playing second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo and is desperate for a regular place in the Los Blancos starting XI.

Why it won’t happen: He may feel moving away from the Bernaneu is a step down in his career, and may want to fight for more game time under new manager Julen Lopetegui.

Prediction: If Asensio is to leave, there will be more shortage of potential suitors, but the 22-year-old looks destined to stay for another season at least, especially under a new manager who will reward his hard-working, creative game style.

Rating – 3/10

MIRALEM PJANIC – JUVENTUS TO BARCELONA

Chelsea and Barclona are plotting a move for the elusive Juventus midfielder, according to Tuttosport.

Why it will happen: Barcelona are scouring the market for a replacement for Andres Iniesta and would be willing to pay the €80m (Dh339.6) fee required to sign the Bosnian international.

Why it won’t happen: The former Roma star is reportedly happy in Turin and has no desire to leave.

Prediction: Juventus will want to keep their star man, but Pjanic may feel now is the right time to move from Turin in a bid to further his development and win more silverware.

Rating – 6/10

JEROME BOATENG – BAYERN MUNICH TO MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United have been told to shell out £50m (Dh241.4m) if they want to sign the Bayern Munich defender this summer, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Why it will happen: United simply need a world-class centre-back moving forward to strengthen 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: Boateng has another three years to run on his deal at Allianz Arena and looks set to continue at the fulcrum of the Bayern defence.

Prediction: On his day Boateng 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 – 5/10

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Marco Asensio headlines our Rumour Mill as Man United, PSG and Chelsea battle for 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.

Let us know your thoughts via Twitter and Facebook.

Marco Asensio

Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are set to battle it out for the highly-rated Real Madrid forward, according to the Daily Mail.

The 22-year-old played second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo for much of last campaign and is desperate for a regular place in the Los Blancos starting XI.

The Spain international is keen to stay at the Bernabeu but wants assurances of more game time under new manager Julen Lopetegui.

If Asensio is to leave, there will be more shortage of potential suitors, with Chelsea among the frontrunners to secure his signature.

Jerome Boateng

Manchester United have been told to shell out £50m (Dh241.4m) if they want to sign the Bayern Munich defender this summer, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The English publication is reporting that the Red Devils are prepared to make an offer for the German international as they look to bolster their defence ahead of next season.

United have struggled to find a regular defensive partner to Eric Bailly and Boateng may well be the man to strengthen the back-line alongside the Ivorian.

The 29-year-old is contracted to the Allianz Arena until 2021 but could try and force a move after the World Cup, with there apparently being plenty of admirers from the Premier League.

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Miralem Pjanic headlines our Rumour Mill as Barcelona and Chelsea plot move for Juventus midfielder

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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.

Miralem Pjanic

Chelsea and Barclona are plotting a move for the elusive Juventus midfielder, according to Tuttosport.

But the Italian publication are reporting that the Serie A champions will demand at least €80m (Dh339.6) if either club make an approach to sign the Bosnian international.

Barcelona are scouring the market for a replacement for Andres Iniesta, while Chelsea are looking to bolster their midfield under imminent new boss Maurizio Sarri.

Both clubs will push hard to sign the 28-year-old, but Juve will be desperate to hold on to their prized asset.

Jack Grealish

Liverpool are circling Tottenham and Aston Villa as the clubs barter over Jack Grealish, the Sun says.

Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy is said to be keeping their offer at £20m (Dh96.5), despite Villa valuing the midfielder at £40m (Dh193.1m)

The Championship club are making hard financial decisions in the wake of their failed promotion bid and are said to be holding out to cash in on the promising playmaker.

The 22-year-old Birmingham native played for England Under-21s and is tipped for his senior call-up this year.

Rhian Brewster

Tottenham and Arsenal are keeping close watch of Liverpool’s England junior Rhian Brewster, the Sun reports.

The 18-year-old striker is said to be seeking assurances he will get the chance to play first team football next season.

With a place in Jurgen Klopp’s squad as yet unconfirmed, the striker has held off signing what will be his first professional contract, it is claimed.

Brewster has already rejected advances from Bundesliga big guns Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig, while Barcelona, Juventus and Monaco have all expressed interest in the teenager.

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