Transfer predictor: Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid scores a 9, Gonzalo Higuain's switch to Chelsea gets a 7

David Cooper 18/07/2018
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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.

THIBAUT COURTOIS – CHELSEA TO REAL MADRID

Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois has agreed to join Real Madrid in a deal worth €35m, RMC claims.

Why it will happen: The Belgian netminder has reportedly signed a four-year deal at the Bernabeu. Julen Lopetegui needs a new No.1 and the 26-year-old fits the bill.

Why it won’t happen: Only if something drastic happens. A late swoop from another team or if negotiations over personal terms collapse.

Prediction: The former Atletico Madrid man has long since been linked with a return to the Spanish capital and has made it known he wished to return to the Spanish capital given he has family living in the city.

Rating – 9/10

GONZALO HIGUAIN – JUVENTUS TO CHELSEA

Chelsea are plotting a £53million swoop for the Juventus striker, according to the Evening Standard.

Why it will happen: The Blues struggled in front of goal last season and the prospect of signing a proven attacker in Higuain, who has scored 55 goals in 105 appearances over the last two seasons at Juventus, is a solid option.

Why it won’t happen: The 30-year-old may be past his best and hasn’t looked physically fit over the past 12 months. And with Olivier Giroud already in their squad, Chelsea may opt for a younger, quicker option up front.

Prediction: The Argentine may be aging but should still deliver in the short term for Maurizio Sarri.

Rating – 7/10

MALCOM – FROM BORDEAUX TO EVERTON

Everton are in advanced talks to sign the Bordeaux striker, according to Sky Sports News.

Why it will happen: The former Corinthians man was one of the mainstays for Bordeaux in Ligue 1 last season and would be a great addition to Marco Silva’s side.

Why it won’t happen: The Premier League side are reported to have offered £30m to secure the Brazilian’s services. However, Bordeaux are believed to be looking for £40m for the 21-year-old wonderkid – a fee the Toffees may be unwilling to pay.

Prediction: It may rumble on for a bit, but Everton seem like a good fit for Malcom to further his development.

Rating – 7/10

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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.

Let us know your thoughts via Twitter and Facebook.

THIBAUT COURTOIS

Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois has agreed to join Real Madrid in a deal worth €35m, RMC claims.

The Belgian World Cup star, whose Blues contract was due to expire next summer, has reportedly penned a four-year deal with Los Blancos to become their new No.1.

The former Atletico Madrid man has long since been linked with a return to the Spanish capital and has made it known he wished to return to the Spanish capital given he has family living in the city.

MALCOM

Everton are in advanced talks to sign the Bordeaux striker, Sky Sports News reports.

The Merseysiders are reported to have offered £30m to secure the Brazilian’s services. However, Bordeaux are believed to be looking for £40m for the 21-year-old wonderkid – a fee the Toffees may be unwilling to pay.

The former Corinthians man was one of the mainstays for Bordeaux in Ligue 1 last season, scoring 12 goals and providing seven assists in all competitions.

As Everton boss Marco Silva looks to strengthen his squad, the ace marksman could inject more class in an already star-studded attack.

JACK GREALISH

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to sign the Aston Villa star before the club’s tour of the US later this month, The Mirror reports.

The Midlanders failed to secure promotion back to the Premier League under manager Steve Bruce, losing in the Championship Play-Off final to Fulham.

The 22-year-old apparently wants to take the next step in his career and ply his trade in the top division.

The former England Under-21s star scored three goals and ­provided six assists in 31 matches last season.

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Gonzalo Higuain headlines our Rumour Mill as Chelsea plot move for Juventus star

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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.

Let us know your thoughts via Twitter and Facebook.

GONZALO HIGUAIN 

Chelsea are plotting a £53million swoop for the Juventus striker, according to the Evening Standard.

New boss Maurizio Sarri is keeping tabs on Serie A, with sources in Italy suggesting officials will be meeting with Higuain’s representatives this week.

The Blues have previously been linked with the Bianconeri forward, who has enjoyed two prolific seasons at Turin Stadium following his switch from Napoli in the summer of 2016.

The paper adds that the West London club are closing in on another Juventus player, defender Daniele Rugani.

MATEO KOVACIC

Man City have pulled out of the race to sign the Real Madrid midfielder, reports Sky Sports News.

The Sky Blues are on the hunt for a central midfielder after their expected move for Jorginho fell through, with the Italy international signing fro Chelsea instead.

Kovacic – a key player for Croatia during their run to the World Cup final – is one player City have monitored but Los Blancos’ asking price of £80m (Dh385m) is considered too high.

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