The summer transfer window is in full swing especially with Premier League clubs racing to get deals over the line before their August 9 deadline.
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.
New manager Maurizio Sarri is said to have made the Poland international his top summer target, according to the Daily Star.
Why it will happen: Not since his final season at Borussia Dortmund has Lewandowski been so keen on a move away. With Gonzalo Higuain set to join AC Milan, Chelsea have stepped up their pursuit of the Pole.
Why it won’t happen: Bayern boss Niko Kovac has dismissed the possibility of the move. When a manager is as adamant as he is about the situation, it rarely goes the other way.
Prediction: Bayern don’t really have an alternative to Lewandowski, at least not someone anywhere near the same calibre. The striker is under contract until 2021 so the Bundesliga outfit are under no pressure to sell.
Why it will happen: Barcelona are looking for more cover in midfield after the departures of Paulinho and Andres Iniesta. Given Rabiot’s contract expires next season, PSG may be tempted to sell.
Why it won’t happen: While he would bolster their squad, the Catalans aren’t desperate to sign him and PSG have shown in the past with Marco Verratti that they won’t be forced into a sale. Meanwhile, Arthur has impressed in midfield during pre-season while Philippe Coutinho can play there as well.
Prediction: None of the involved parties are determined to make the deal go through. The player as well may be inclined to run down his contract and procure a better deal next summer.
Everton are working to acquire the services of Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo this summer.
The Toffees continue to bolster their squad under Marco Silva and a £30 million deal for the Argentina international could be their latest signing, the Daily Mail reports.
Why it will happen: Everton, like last summer, seem determined to throw money around and latest target Rojo is definitely in the shop window.
Why it won’t happen: The asking price may prove to be an issue, especially given the Argentine’s wages as well.
Prediction: Silva has worked with the defender previously and it looks like a reunion is on the cards.
The start of the season is just days away but Chelsea winger Willian has been absent from training, according to British newspaper The Times.
Willian, who was a start for Brazil at the World Cup earlier this summer, has been the subject of intense interest from Barcelona, Manchester United and most recently Real Madrid, who have reportedly tabled a £65 million bid. Chelsea are thought to be holding out for £70m.
Sources close to the player have reportedly insisted that it is only a passport issue preventing his return to London, but figures inside Stamford Bridge are worried that the situation could escalate much like Diego Costa’s absence 12 months ago. Costa refused to report to pre-season training last summer after digging his heels in over a transfer back to Atletico Madrid.
The Blues are due to travel to Dublin to play Arsenal in an International Champions Cup friendly on Wednesday before the official season-opener in the Community Shield against Manchester City on Sunday.
In other Stamford Bridge news, Chelsea are also considering making a £30m bid for Aaron Ramsey, according to the Daily Telegraph, but the Daily Mail reports the Blues have given up on signing the Welsh international and Maurizio Sarri has turned his attention to Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic.
Also said to be in Sarri’s sights is Bayern Munich and Poland international Robert Lewandowski, with the Daily Star reporting Real Madrid also want to sign the £80m-rated striker.
Marcos Rojo has been told he can leave Manchester United, but only if a club matches the Red Devils’ £30m valuation of the defender, reports the Daily Mirror.
The paper says Everton are leading the race to sign the Argentina international, with Wolves also reportedly interested in a deal.
Patrick Bamford, the highly-rated former Nottingham Forest and Chelsea player, could be heading from Middlesbrough to Leeds for a fee of around £7m, reports the Guardian.
Players to watch
N’Golo Kante: The World Cup winner may be on the move again, with Paris Saint-Germain interested in signing the Chelsea player, according to Talksport.
Islam Slimani: Leicester have resigned themselves to losing the Algeria forward, but his future may not be decided until the end of August, reports the Leicester Mercury.
Thibaut Courtois: Real Madrid have their sights set on the Chelsea and Belgium keeper, reports Marca.
Lucas Perez: Lazio will need to pay at least £7million to land the forward from Arsenal, Talksport says.