Transfer Predictor: Higuain to Chelsea could happen, Rabiot to Barcelona is an 8

David Cooper 12/07/2018
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Could be set for a move? Gonzalo Higuain.

The summer transfer window for all international deals 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 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.

GONZALO HIGUAIN – FROM JUVENTUS TO CHELSEA

Could be set for a move? Gonzalo Higuain.

Could be set for a move? Gonzalo Higuain.

Juventus could offload the Argentine striker after clinching a club-record €99m deal for Real Madrid icon Cristiano Ronaldo.

Why it will happen: Ronaldo is set to steal all the limelight for the Turin giants and it could be the perfect time to cash in on the 30-year-old, who has long been a Chelsea target.

Why it won’t happen: There is still uncertainty surrounding the Blues’ transfer policy this summer and indeed Antonio Conte’s long-term future, two factors which could hold up any incomings into Stamford Bridge.

Prediction: It looks like Higuain will be on his way out of Juventus but where to is another question.

Rating: 6/10

ADRIEN RABIOT – FROM PSG TO BARCELONA

Adrien Rabiot is a target of Barcelona.

Rabiot is set to say goodbye to PSG.

Barcelona are edging closer to the capture of the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder after reportedly agreeing terms with the 23-year-old.

Why it will happen: The talent is surplus to requirements at the Parc des Princes and would bring a youthfulness to the Camp Nou side’s midfield.

Why it won’t happen: Barca have several other options up their sleeve and don’t just have to rely on the prospect of signing Rabiot.

Prediction: Blaugrana believe in the former Manchester City youth product’s potential and are poised to make the transfer happen sooner rather than later.

Rating: 8/10

CRISTIAN PAVON – BOCA JUNIORS TO ARSENAL

BRONNITSY, RUSSIA - JUNE 18: Cristian Pavon of Argentina looks on during a press conference at Stadium of Syroyezhkin sports school on June 18, 2018 in Bronnitsy, Russia. (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images)

Cristian Pavon could make a switch to the Premier League.

Arsenal have not given up hope of signing the Boca Juniors forward but could be priced out of a move.

Why it will happen: The Gunners’ busy summer of transfer activity has shown no signs of slowing down and Pavon is just their latest target.

Why it won’t happen: Boca’s bumping up of the 22-year-old’s release clause to £37.5m (Dh182m) has caused this deal to hit a serious snag, given the forward was thought to be available for around half of that.

Prediction: The Argentina international looks likely to be priced out of a move to the Premier League.

Rating: 5/10

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Fulham beat Chelsea to signing of Nice star Jean-Michael Seri

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Jean-Michel Seri is set to join the Cottagers.

Fulham have announced the signing of Ivory Coast midfielder Jean-Michael Seri from French side Nice.

The 26-year-old has agreed a four-year deal with the Cottagers, subject to international clearance and a work permit.

“It was great to get the move finalised,” Seri told Fulham’s official website.

“Now, I’m ready to get started and looking forward to meeting the squad and getting to know them, the head coach and his staff better.”

The midfielder’s contract runs until June 2022, with the Cottagers holding an option of a 12-month extension.

Fulham said they beat a “host of top European sides” to signing Seri, who was reportedly coveted by neighbours Chelsea, among others.

Seri added: “I’m delighted to be here, it’s a new adventure that starts for me and I’m hoping it will all go well.”

Seri began his career playing domestic football in the Ivory Coast, before a loan spell with Porto’s B team and a subsequent spell with Pacos de Ferreira in Portugal’s Primeira Liga.

Impressing in two seasons with Pacos de Ferreira, he then signed for Nice and enhanced his reputation.

One of his 12 goals for Nice was the back-heel which knocked out Ajax and took the Ligue 1 side to the Champions League.

Fulham, promoted through the Sky Bet Championship play-offs under Slavisa Jokanovic in May, swiftly announced a second signing from Nice.

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Adrien Rabiot headlines our Rumour Mill as Barcelona close in on PSG midfielder

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Adrien Rabiot is a target of Barcelona.

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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ADRIEN RABIOT

Barcelona are edging closer to the capture of the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder after reportedly agreeing terms with the 23-year-old.

According to Sport, the Blaugrana have thrashed out terms for Rabiot and he is set to finalise his switch in the coming days.

The former Manchester City graduate endured a difficult past season at the Parc des Princes, whereby a lack of game time ultimately cost him a place in Didier Deschamps’ France World Cup squad.

Barca are looking to add more youth and competition to their engine room next term, with Rabiot expected to be the latest incomer following Arthur’s arrival from Gremio.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06: Adrien Rabiot of PSG looks dejected in defeat after the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid at Parc des Princes on March 6, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Rabiot featured rarely last season.

CRISTIAN PAVON

Arsenal have not given up hope of signing the Boca Juniors forward but could be priced out of a move.

AS reports that the Argentine giants have increased the 22-year-old’s release clause to £37.5m (Dh182m) in a bid to ensure he does leave the club on the cheap.

Unai Emery wants the Argentina international to provide competition for first-choice striking duo Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang next term.

The Gunners have had a busy summer transfer window so far following the high-profile arrivals of Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

BRONNITSY, RUSSIA - JUNE 18: Cristian Pavon of Argentina looks on during a press conference at Stadium of Syroyezhkin sports school on June 18, 2018 in Bronnitsy, Russia. (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images)

Cristian Pavon is wanted by the north London club.

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