Jorginho headlines our Rumour Mill as Chelsea battle with Man City for Napoli star

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Chelsea-bound? Jorginho.

The summer transfer window is open and across the globe there is a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.

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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JORGINHO

Chelsea will apparently try and hijack Manchester City‘s pursuit of the Napoli midfielder, according to TV channel Sportitalia.

The Sky Blues looked to be in pole position to land the 26-year-old Italian, but the Stamford Bridge club have emerged as strong candidates for his signature.

Reportedly, Blues owner Roman Abramovich is ready to sanction a huge bid in the region of £53 million (Dh258m).

While a switch to Premier League holders City is very attractive, Jorginho may feel he is guaranteed more regular first-team football in west London.

Highly-rated: Jorginho.

XHERDAN SHAQIRI

Liverpool‘s quest to sign the Stoke talent has hit a snag, according to The Mirror.

Jurgen Klopp’s men want to clinch a £13m (Dh63.4m) deal for the Swiss World Cup star, however, the Potters want a Liverpool player on loan as part of any such deal.

It does though remain uncertain which Kop player could fit that criteria and is also deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield.

Shaqiri, though, is looking for a swift exit from Stoke and is all but ready to sign for the Merseysiders given he is unwilling to play Championship football next term.

Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates his winner against Serbia.

Xherdan Shaqiri made an impact for Switzerland at the World Cup in Russia.

BENJAMIN PAVARD

Manchester City are showing interest in the France World Cup and Stuttgart defender, according to Munich-based newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung.

Pavard, who can operate across the backline, has made the Les Bleus right-back berth his own during a glittering tournament in Russia – helping his team through to the semi-final stage.

That has not escaped the attention of City, who could bid for the 22-year-old’s signature this summer.

Reports suggest Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are also in the mix to land the talent.

France's defender Benjamin Pavard kicks the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Uruguay and France at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on July 6, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

France defender Benjamin Pavard could earn a big move this summer.

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Wolves make £16million bid for Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko

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Oleksandr Zinchenko has caught the interest of Wolves

Wolves have launched a club record £16million bid for Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko.

The wing-back has been made available by City and Wolves are closing in, Press Association Sport understands.

Zincehnko made 16 appearances for City last season, eight in the Premier League to allow him to claim a medal as Pep Guardiola’s side romped to the title.

He spent the 2016-17 season on loan at PSV Eindhoven but struggled to make an impact and last season was a breakthrough year at the Etihad.

But City appear willing to let him leave with Wolves ready to offer him more chances of first-team football.

Zinchenko’s playing time is already at risk with the imminent arrival of wideman Riyad Mahrez from Leicester for around £60m.

He has made 17 appearances for Ukraine and joined City from Russian side FC Ufa just two years ago,

He made his Manchester City debut against Wolves in the Carabao Cup last season.

Wolves have already signed Willy Boly, Rui Patricio, Leo Bonatini, Diogo Jota and Ruben Vinagre ahead of their return to the Premier League.

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Transfer Predictor: Paulo Dybala to Liverpool gets a 5 while Jack Grealish to Tottenham scores an 8

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Will he stay in Italy? Paulo Dybala

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.

PAULO DYBALA – JUVENTUS TO LIVERPOOL

The Argentine playmaker has emerged as a target for Liverpool, according to Tuttomercatoweb

Why it will happen: Cristiano Ronaldo’s impending move to the Serie A champions means Massimiliano Allegri will have to look at a way to accommodate the Portuguese star in his starting XI. His arrival could mean the exit of the Argentine playmaker with Juve knowing they can recoup much if not all of the Ronaldo money spent, considering Dybala is just 24 and his highly rated.

Why it won’t happen: Dybala has not publicly said that he wants to leave and is happy to stay in Turin. Given his strong campaign last season, his price tag might be the stumbling block that Liverpool will have to match in order to secure his services.

Prediction: Until Ronaldo puts pen to paper on a deal at Juventus, Dybala will remain with the Serie A champions for next season. But even if the Portuguese star signs, Juventus would be mad to let go one of their star players in what would be one if Europe’s fearsome attacks along with Gonzalo Higuain.

Rating – 5/10

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MATEO KOVACIC – REAL MADRID TO TOTTENHAM OR CHELSEA

London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea have enquired about signing the Real Madrid midfielder, according to Talksport

Why it will happen: The Croatian midfielder has already spoken of his desire to leave the European champions after being frustrated with the lack of starts.

Why it won’t happen: Kovacic often warmed the bench on most weeks under Zinedine Zidane but now that the Frenchman has gone, new coach Julen Lopetegui might be willing to give the Croatian opportunities to prove his talent.

Prediction: The former Inter Milan man will not be short of options should he decide to move on but given the array of talent at both Spurs and Chelsea, starting spots will be hard to come by. Don’t be surprised if Kovacic doesn’t land up at either of the two London clubs.

Rating – 3/10

Mateo Kovacic

JACK GREALISH – ASTON VILLA TO TOTTENHAM

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in bringing in the England Under-21 star to White Hart Lane, according to the Mail.

Why it will happen: The England Under-21 star impressed for Aston Villa in their Championship campaign but given that they missed out on promotion to the Premier League, it looks like it’s only a matter of time before he leaves Villa Park.

Why it won’t happen: While Spurs have emerged as the front-runners for the 22-year-old, they may need to improve their £15m offer with Villa wanting double that.

Prediction: Considering his standout campaign last season, Grealish is certain to leave the Midlands. Spurs feel that they can take advantage of Villa’s financial problems to push a deal through while Grealish will be keen to prove his talent in a team where many England stars are playing.

Rating – 8/10

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