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.
Manchester City and Napoli are close to completing a £43m (Dh208.4m) deal for the Napoli midfielder, reports the Guardian.
Why it will happen: Pep Guardiola is keen to strengthen his midfield this summer with the Italy international viewed as ideal competition for Fernandinho who turned 33 in May. And with the potential to win silverware, it looks a difficult move for the 26-year-old to turn down.
Why it won’t happen: He is still a key man for the Partenopei and they really can’t afford to lose him, especially after coming within a whisker of winning Serie A last season.
Prediction: Napoli will want to keep their star man for another season, but Jorginho may feel now is the right time to move on from Stadio San Paolo in a bid to further his development and win silverware.
Arsenal are set to step up their interest in signing the Barcelona midfielder, according to the Independent.
Why it will happen: With Philippe Coutinho‘s arrival and Gremio star Arthur incoming, Gomes’ first-team chances are limited. And with new Gunners boss Unai Emery looking to strength his squad ahead of the new season, the Portuguese has emerged as a key target for the North London side.
Why it won’t happen: His excessive wage demands may force Arsenal to pull out of a potential deal.
Prediction: The former Valencia man looks certain to leave Barcelona this summer but where his next destination could be is still not clear.
Arsenal and Tottenham face competition from Napoli for the highly-rated Frenchman, according to Corriere dello Sport.
Why it will happen: The 22-year-old has been a class act so far at the World Cup and may feel it is the right time to move away from the Bundesliga to further develop his career.
Why it won’t happen: Pavard played every minute of Stuttgart’s Bundesliga campaign last season and enjoys the pressure of being the main man in their defence.
Prediction: Although Stuttgart will want Pavard to stay, expect more interest to follow for his services as Didier Deschamps’ side progress to the latter stages of the World Cup.
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