Transfer predictor: Miralem Pjanic to Barcelona gets a 2, while Suso and Leonardo Bonucci to leave AC Milan get a 4

David Cooper - Writer 13:48 30/06/2018
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Miralem Pjanic can be had for a steep cost.

The summer transfer window for all international deals is open.

With the transfer 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.

MIRALEM PJANIC TO BARCELONA

The midfielder has been linked with the Catalan giants this summer, but Juventus are asking for at least €85 million, according to Tuttosport.

Why it will happen: Barcelona are in need of midfield reinforcements after Andres Iniesta left the club in the summer. Pjanic would pair well with Philippe Coutinho to strengthen their attack.

Why it won’t happen: The asking price is simply too rich, even for Barcelona’s blood. Focusing on Pjanic would force Barcelona out of the market on other players they have their eye on.

Prediction: Unless Juventus relent on the price and Barcelona can negotiate down, a move seems unlikely.

Rating: 2/10

Miralem Pjanic

SUSO TO REAL MADRID

The agent of the AC Milan midfielder met with Real Madrid and the cost could be around €40 million, according to Sport.

Why it will happen: There’s some history between the player and newly-appointed Julen Lopetegui, with Suso playing under him during his days with Spain’s youth sides. Milan may also be more inclined to let him leave considering they’re facing a two-year ban in the Europa League and a financial crisis.

Why it won’t happen: If Madrid want him, they should be able to land him. However, how much Suso could help the Champions League title holders and what his role would be is up in the air.

Prediction: The price shouldn’t be an issue, especially if Madrid can bring it down, while Lopetegui could utilise him as a useful cog.

Rating: 4/10

Suso

LEONARDO BONUCCI TO MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United have the AC Milan man in their sights, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Why it will happen: Jose Mourinho appears to be a fan of the 31-year-old, who proved during his time at Juventus that he can help bring major trophies to a club.

Why it won’t happen: United will have stiff competition for his services, including from rivals Manchester City and Chelsea. Milan may also want to retain a high calibre player with a reliable track record.

Prediction: If Milan do let Bonucci leave, United make sense as a landing spot, but it’s not fully in Mourinho’s control.

Rating: 4/10

leonardo-bonucci

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