Transfer predictor: Aleksandr Golovin to Juventus gets an 8, while Thiago Alcantara to Real Madrid is just a 5

David Cooper 22/06/2018
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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.

ALEKSANDR GOLOVIN – CSKA MOSCOW TO JUVENTUS

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Serie A champions Juventus are continuing to push for Russia and CSKA Moscow playmaker Aleksandr Golovin and are close to sealing a €25 million (Dh107m) switch, according to Tuttosport.

Why it will happen: A move west from Moscow should appeal to Golovin as he looks to make the next step in his promising career and Juve had a long track record of developing prospects into superstars.

Why it won’t happen: Russian players have rarely moved abroad in recent years. Plus, Juve could get priced out of the fight if the likes of Barcelona and Chelsea strengthen their interest.

Prediction: If Golovin is serious about leaving Russia, then Juve is the perfect place for him. Head coach Massimiliano Allegri added a further attacking edge to the team last season and his skills would compliment this approach.

Rating – 8/10

KOSTAS MANOLAS – ROMA TO CHELSEA

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Incoming Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has big plans for his new posting and these include a €36 million (Dh154.1m) move for Roma centre-back Kostas Manolas, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Why it will happen: The affordable and set fee required to prise Manolas away from the Eternal City seems too good to be true. At 27 years old, the Greece international is coming into his prime.

Why it won’t happen: Manolas resists the attentions of Russia’s Zenit St Petersburg last season and could do the same again. Roma appear to be building momentum after last season’s run to the Champions League semi-finals and great uncertainty surrounds Chelsea at present.

Prediction: The presence of an affordable release clause means that if Chelsea are serious, there is nothing Roma can do to stop this move. Manolas is a quality player, who looks a natural replacement for the ageing Gary Cahill.

Rating – 7/10

THIAGO ALCANTARA – BAYERN MUNICH TO REAL MADRID

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Mateo Kovacic’s determination to leave Real Madrid and attain regular football could see the Champions League holders turn to Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara, according to Marca.

Why it will happen: Julen Lopetegui has handed starts to Alcantara at both youth and senior level for Spain. He’s clearly a huge fan of the midfielder – something that can’t be said for Bayern anymore as the Bundesliga champions have reportedly put him up for sale.

Why it won’t happen: The fee is pretty steep for what would likely be a substitute midfielder. Also, Madrid are rumoured to be keen to convince Kovacic that his long-term future lies at Santiago Bernabeu.

Prediction: There appears to be too many question marks around this move at present. Alcantara has ties to Barcelona, Madrid want Kovacic to stay and the price is big. But Alcantara is a classy performer and will tempt most teams in Europe. One to watch.

Rating – 5/10

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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.

ALEKSANDR GOLOVIN

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Serie A champion Juventus are continuing to push for Russia and CSKA Moscow playmaker Aleksandr Golovin and are close to sealing a €25 million (Dh107m) switch, according to Tuttosport.

Golovin, 22, has emerged as one of the bright stars of World Cup 2018 after leading hosts Russia into the knockouts. Allied with strong performances at club level, this has seen the Old Lady determined to beat Chelsea, Arsenal and Barcelona to his signature.

Juve have already seen an €18m (Dh77m) offer knocked back and they are now moving close to agreeing a package to bring him to Turin.

STANISLAV LOBOTKA

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Paris Saint-Germain’s hunt for midfield ballast has led them to Celta Vigo and Slovakia’s Stanislav Lobotka, according to El Desmarque.

Lobotka, 23, was a key performer in Galicia last season after his July 2017 arrival from Denmark’s FC Nordsjaelland. New PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is desperate to add a defensive midfielder to his squad and he is now eyeing the 11-times-capped international.

Napoli had made headway on a €40m (Dh171.3m) move and are favourites. But PSG could be prepared to activate a €50m (Dh214.1m) release clause in Lobotka’s contract.

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Chelsea looking to pay release clause of Roma defender Kostas Manolas headlines our Rumour Mill

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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.

KOSTAS MANOLAS

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Incoming Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has big plans for his new posting and these include a €36 million (Dh154.1m) move for Roma centre-back Kostas Manolas, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Manolas, 27, has grown into one of Serie A’s best defenders and his displays have not gone unnoticed by outgoing Napoli tactician Sarri.

Reports in Italy state that both player and club have been informed of the Blues’ intent to pay his release and wages of €5m (Dh21.4m) per year.

THIAGO ALCANTARA

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Mateo Kovacic’s determination to leave Real Madrid and attain regular football could see the Champions League holders turn to Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara, according to Marca.

Alcantara, 27, is a long-term ally of new Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui and was a key member of his Spain side. Los Blancos are reluctant to lose Kovacic, but the Croatia international is determined to gain more minutes.

Bayern have set a €70m (Dh299.4m) price for Alcantara and Madrid could pay this for the ex-Barcelona star.

ANTE REBIC

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Ante Rebic’s performances for Croatia and Eintracht Frankfurt have piqued the interest of Tottenham Hotspur, according to Bild.

Rebic, 24, went from villain to hero in Thursday’s famous victory against Argentina at World Cup 2018. The winger was lucky to escape red for a wild challenge, before later lashing home a perfect volley from goalkeeper Willy Caballero’s mistake.

Such displays, plus eight goals in 49 Bundesliga appearances for Eintracht, has seen Spurs register interest about a £26m (Dh126.9m) switch.

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