Another day in football, another wave of transfer rumours to try and keep track of.
Take a look at the most recent names and gossip being floated around in the media.
Will any of the following deals happen?
The Borussia Dortmund youngster has emerged as Barcelona’s No. 1 target to replace Neymar, but Real Madrid will fight their bitter rivals for Dembele’s signature, according to RAC-1.
Dembele is reportedly keen on a move to Barcelona, but is also coveted by Madrid, who have previously enquired about the Frenchman. Los Blancos hope their relationship with Dortmund will help them land their man.
SPORT360 VERDICT: Dortmund have insisted that Dembele is not for sale, and reportedly it would take a bid of around £135m to make them budge. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona have the funds to sanction a big move, but will either actually go that far?
What is likely to happen is that one club makes its interest even more concrete, prompting the other to try to out-bid. The biggest winners here will be the Bundesliga side who either get at least one more season of an exciting, talented youngster, or a huge transfer fee.
Marca is reporting that the former Real Madrid winger is the third-choice target for Barcelona in their list of potential Neymar replacements. Philippe Coutinho and Dembele are the players above the Argentine on Barcelona’s wishlist, but Di Maria is also seriously being considered as a replacement.
SPORT360 VERDICT: Given that PSG are confident that their purchase of Neymar is in compliance with financial fair play rules, the club is under little pressure to sell one of its most talented players. And even if they must sell, there are other players they’d prefer offloading, given what Di Maria can offer.
Although the Real Madrid winger is coveted by Manchester United, the club is not willing to go above £90m to land the Welshman, Diario Gol claim. United’s stance may prove to be a sticking point in any transfer, as Bale cost Madrid £86m in 2013 and the club reportedly will only consider selling him for a large profit.
SPORT360 VERDICT: The chatter surrounding Bale this summer has been varied, with reports suggesting he is the most vulnerable of Madrid’s ‘BBC’ frontline, especially if the club buy another attacking player, to other reports claiming Madrid will absolutely not accept him being sold.
The fact remains, however, that for now Bale has been usurped by Isco and thus his place in Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI is not guaranteed. The 28-year-old is determined to prove his worth at Madrid.
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