Transfer Predictor: Ante Rebic to Man United is a deal that could happen before deadline day

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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 rumours broken down and analysed for your benefit along with our calculated predictions.

ANTE REBIC – EINTRACHT FRANKFURT TO MANCHESTER UNITED

Rebic was a key performer for Croatia at the World Cup.

One of Croatia’s World Cup stars, Ante Rebic, has revealed he has received “concrete offers” to make a big transfer this summer.

Why it will happen: Having had a super World Cup, Rebic’s market value is high and he would represent a significant coup for the Red Devils, who have long been interested in his signature. He could definitely add dynamism from midfield in which Jose Mourinho’s team have been lacking.

Why it won’t happen: It is very much touch-and-go over whether a deal could be brokered before this week’s deadline though.

Prediction: At €50million (Dh212m), in today’s market, Rebic is a snip but this prospective transfer will boil down to how quickly United can thrash out terms.

Rating: 7/10

RODRIGO – VALENCIA TO REAL MADRID

Los Che's star turn: Rodrigo.

Los Che’s star turn: Rodrigo.

Real Madrid will have to fork out at least €120million (Dh509m) to re-sign former hitman Rodrigo, Goal reports.

Why it will happen: Los Blancos are on the hunt for striking reinforcements and the 27-year-old would provide valuable support to main man Marco Asensio, young Brazilian star Vincius Junior and add to Karim Benzema’s experience.

Why it won’t happen: The former Real youth team star is a key player at the Mestalla and has a steep €120million (Dh509m) release clause which the Spanish capital club are unwilling to match.

Prediction: Expect, for now, Rodrigo to stay put at Los Che.

Rating: 4/10

STANISLAV LOBOTKA – CELTA VIGO TO TOTTENHAM

Premier League-bound? Lobotka.

Premier League-bound? Lobotka.

Tottenham could end a quiet summer transfer window on a high with the acquisition of Celta Vigo midfielder Stanislav Lobotka.

Why it will happen: Spurs have yet to strengthen in the market but the 23-year-old Slovak could boost numbers nicely in the engine room, particularly with reports stalwart Mousa Dembele is set to leave.

Why it won’t happen: It is unclear what funds Mauricio Pochettino has available to him given the efforts that have gone into getting the north London side’s new stadium ready for this coming season.

Prediction: Tottenham are in need of some reinforcements and Lobotka would be a boost.

Rating: 6/10

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Willian aware of Barcelona interest but wants to stay at Chelsea

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Brazilian midfielder wants Stamford Bridge stay.

Willian has pledged his commitment to Chelsea as the futures of Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard remain in doubt.

Brazil playmaker Willian has been linked with summer moves to Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona, who, he says, made an official offer to sign him.

The 29-year-old says his five-year spell at Stamford Bridge is set to continue.

“I’m a Chelsea player,” Willian told ESPN Brasil.

“I always made it clear that what I wanted was to stay in the club.

“The only club I knew that really made an official offer for me was Barcelona.

“But I have my head here and I intend to continue in the club unless the club wants to sell me. But my head is here in the club.”

The futures of Courtois and Hazard are more uncertain.

Courtois has a year remaining on his contract and has been repeatedly linked with a move to Real Madrid. Chelsea risk losing him for a reduced fee in January or for free next summer.

Hazard, whose deal expires in 2020, has stalled over a new contract offer and has long been the subject of speculation over a move to Real.

Head coach Maurizio Sarri on Sunday, following the Community Shield loss to Manchester City at Wembley, said he would sanction Courtois’ departure if the goalkeeper expresses a desire to leave.

And Courtois reportedly stated his wish to the Italian on Monday.

The transfer window for incoming players to Premier League clubs closes this Thursday, so time is against Chelsea if they are to recruit any would-be replacements.

David Luiz has urged Courtois and Hazard to stay, while insisting the Blues have enough quality even if the pair leave.

“Chelsea wants for the best players to stay,” Luiz said.

“They know Chelsea a lot, so they know what they’ve had here, the fun they’ve had here. Everybody loves them and I hope they can stay.

“If they decide to leave, I think we will continue with fantastic players.”
Luiz knows what life is like away from Chelsea, having spent two seasons at Paris St Germain before returning to Stamford Bridge in August 2016.

He played a crucial role in Chelsea’s title triumph in Antonio Conte’s first season as head coach before injury and a rumoured fallout saw him sidelined.

He insists he never contemplated leaving Chelsea for a second time and is now keen to show he can be a key figure for Sarri’s Chelsea.

“I was just working and trying to do my best,” Luiz added.

“Everybody has the opportunity, you just have to show him character, physical quality, technical quality, so since the first day I’m trying to do that.”

Sarri has torn up Conte’s three-man defence, replacing it with a back four, in the three weeks since his appointment.

The 59-year-old Italian’s style has been likened to Pep Guardiola’s.

But while Manchester City afforded the Catalan time to adjust in his first season in England, there is precious little time for Sarri.

“I hope we can understand it quickly and can fight for all the titles,” Luiz added.

“When you play for a big club you have to be ready to try to fight for the titles, and we’re going to fight for that.”

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Yerry Mina trains with Barcelona on Monday after Blaugrana agree deal with Everton

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Yerry Mina is set to leave Barcelona after just six months.

Everton have reportedly reached an agreement with Barcelona for the transfer of centre-back Yerry Mina.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp over the last few weeks, and although Everton were among the initial suitors, it seemed Manchester United had jumped ahead of them in the queue for the Colombian.

Barcelona’s refusal to move from their valuation of £35million was also said to be a sticking point for the Toffees.

However, according to Goal, the two clubs have now agreed a deal for a £29million transfer, despite late interest from Lyon for a player who made just six appearances for Blaugrana last term, but starred at the World Cup for Colombia.

Mina returned to training with the Catalan side on Monday, though it seems he is now headed towards the exit door, just six months after arriving at the club.

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