Transfer predictor: Kalidou Koulibaly to Chelsea scores a 6, Aleksandr Golovin's switch to Monaco gets a 7

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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.

KALIDOU KOULIBALY – NAPOLI TO CHELSEA

Chelsea are still monitoring the Napoli defender and could pounce for their long-term target this month, according to the Mirror.

Why it will happen: The Blues view the 27-year-old powerhouse as a like-for-like replacement for the ageing Gary Cahill. And the Senegalese defender would be a serious addition to Maurizio Sarri’s side.

Why it won’t happen: Chelsea may feel the £80million price-tag is too much for a defender who is untested in the Premier League.

Prediction: Although Koulibaly has established himself as a world class defender, it remains to be seen whether Chelsea would be willing to fork out – including add-ons – close to £100m.

Rating – 6/10

ALEKSANDR GOLOVIN – CSKA MOSCOW TO MONACO

Monaco have made an offer to sign the CSKA Moscow star, according to the Express.

Why it will happen: A move south from Moscow should appeal to Golovin as he looks to make the next step in his promising career and Monaco have a long track record of developing prospects into superstars.

Why it won’t happen: Russian players have rarely moved abroad in recent years. Plus, Monaco could get priced out of the fight if the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea strengthen their interest.

Prediction: If Golovin is serious about leaving Russia, then the French Riviera is the perfect place for him to flourish. Head coach Leonardo Jardim added a further attacking edge to the team last season and his skills would compliment this approach.

Rating – 7/10

FRENKIE DE JONG – AJAX TO BARCELONA

Barcelona will meet with Ajax to discuss a potential deal for their highly-rated midfielder, according to Sport.

Why it will happen: De Jong is being viewed as a long-term target for the Catalan giants in the wake of Antoine Griezmann’s decision to stay at Atletico Madrid. And with the potential to win silverware at the Camp Nou, it looks like a difficult move to turn down for the young Dutchman.

Why it won’t happen: With many frontline players ahead of him, the youngster may opt against a move to Spain due to a potential lack of minutes next season.

Prediction: The 21-year-old is undoubtedly one of the most promising players in the world, but another year at Ajax may help further his development.

Rating – 4/10

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Usain Bolt in talks with Australia's A-League club Central Coast Mariners for a football trial

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Usain Bolt could be playing in Australia

Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt has entered into discussions to sign for Australian A-League side Central Coast Mariners on a trial, the club have confirmed.

The Mariners, who announced the appointment of Mike Phelan as sporting director on Monday, said the initial proposals were for a six-week period.

No contract is guaranteed for Bolt, who retired from the track after the 2017 World Championships and has previously expressed a desire to play professional football.

“The Central Coast Mariners remain committed to discussions with the world’s fastest man and his management team, regarding what role the Club may play in Bolt’s burning ambition to become a professional footballer”, a statement from the club said.

The 31-year-old eight-time Olympic champion has recently trained with Norwegian side Stromsgodset and Bundesliga’s Borussia Dortmund.

The Mariners are based in Gosford – about 50 miles north of Sydney – and finished bottom in the A-League last season, recording the longest winless run of 11 games.

Former Central Coast players include John Sutton, who had spells at Wycombe and Motherwell, former Swindon, Cardiff and Plymouth midfielder Wayne O’Sullivan and former Nottingham Forest and Northampton defender Chris Doig.

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Kalidou Koulibaly headlines our Rumour Mill as Chelsea eye move for Napoli defender

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The summer transfer window is open and across the globe there is a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.

There is plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen very soon.

Let us know your thoughts via Twitter and Facebook.

KALIDOU KOULIBALY

Chelsea are still monitoring the Napoli defender and could pounce for their long-term target this month.

According to the Mirror, the Blues view the 26-year-old powerhouse as a like-for-like replacement for the ageing Gary Cahill and have the funds available to meet his £80million (Dh404m) valuation.

With former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri appointed as successor to Antonio Conte over the weekend, the Senegal international could be set for a move to west London.

Koulibaly, who has grown into being one of the standout centre-backs in world football, is set to make a call on his future now that the World Cup is over.

ALEKSANDR GOLOVIN

Monaco have made an offer to sign the CSKA Moscow star, according to the Express.

The 22-year-old was one of the stars of Russia’s run to the quarter-finals of the World Cup this summer.

Golovin, who still has another four years to run on his contract in Moscow, is also a target for Chelsea, Arsenal and Juventus.

The French Riviera side though look to be in pole position to secure his services and believe the structure at their club can get the best out of his talents.

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