Transfer predictor: Willian to Barcelona gets a 4, Aaron Ramsey to Liverpool is a 2

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Stamford Bridge stay: Willian.

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.

WILLIAN

Barcelona have seen an offer of cash + the signing of unwanted winger Malcom for Willian rejected by Chelsea, according to The Telegraph.

Why it will happen: Barca came in for the Brazil winger in the summer and are back again now. If they can push their offer north of the rejected £50 million for a 30-year-old, Chelsea could be willing to deal.

Why it won’t happen: The Blues are locked in a battle for Champions League qualification and want to strengthen, rather than lose players. Callum Hudson-Odoi might be their only major sale.

Verdict: Barca are refusing to give up on Willian. With Malcom unable to convince in his early months at the club and Munir El Haddadi pressing for a switch to Sevilla, there is space available. But a summer exit for Willian seems far more likely.

Willian-Chelsea (1)

Rating 4/10

AARON RAMSEY

Wales and Arsenal midfielder would favour a switch to Liverpool if he rejects foreign interest from the likes of Juventus and Bayern Munich, according to BBC Sport.

Why it will happen: Ramsey is an experience and established performer in the Premier League, available on a free transfer. Why wouldn’t Liverpool be interested?

Why it won’t happen: Ramsey favours a switch abroad and Juve are the kings of sweeping up bargain buys. There is no better place for a new adventure.

Verdict: A deal is yet to be signed with Juve, leaving everything open. But all noises point to them being at the front of the queue. Liverpool’s centre-midfield options are also stacked. They’ll prioritise Naby Keita’s assimilation over bringing in Ramsey.

Rating 2/10

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Mesut Ozil

MICHY BATSHUAYI

Everton have joined a list of clubs interested in Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi after the striker ended his loan spell at Valencia, according to The Telegraph.

Why it will happen: Everton have been short of quality up top since fellow Belgium star Romelu Lukaku was sold. Batshuayi struggled in Spain but was superb for Borussia Dortmund, meaning the Toffees might take a chance on him.

Why it won’t happen: Everton downplayed any transfer movements this week, plus Valencia are yet to secure cancellation of his loan from Chelsea. A return of one goal in 15 La Liga matches also shows that the striker is not in the best of form.

Verdict: This is a complex one to pull off. With Kurt Zouma already on loan from the Blues, either Batshuayi or Zouma would need to be purchased. If Everton can negotiate a good deal on the former, either permanent or temporary, he looks like a good gamble to take.

Rating 6/10

Michy Batshuayi (R) celebrates with Belgium's forward Romelu Lukaku

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Arsenal cannot afford January signings, says Unai Emery

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Unai Emery.

Unai Emery admits Arsenal cannot afford to buy any players in the January transfer window and can only bring in loan signings.

The Gunners are keen to add a defender and a winger to their ranks but head coach Emery has confirmed there is no money available for permanent deals.

Arsenal are fifth in the Premier League and have an upcoming FA Cup fourth-round tie at home to Manchester United.

Emery’s side are also in the last 32 of the Europa League where they will face BATE Borisov over two legs next month.

The Gunners signed Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi in the summer at a cost of over £70million – but Emery conceded the winter window will be much more frugal from Arsenal.

“We cannot sign (players) permanently,” he said.

“We can only loan players. Only loan players. I can say to you that the club is working, the club is telling me the different situations in each moment. At the moment, we haven’t had any news today about that.”

Arsenal have been linked with Barcelona winger Denis Suarez, Yannick Carrasco of Dalian Yifang and Ever Banega from Emery’s former club Sevilla.

Asked specifically about a move for Suarez, Emery said: “I don’t know his situation now.

“We can only sign players later on. I know the club is working on possibilities of which players can help us with big performances like we need now.”

Emery also praised the attitude of Aaron Ramsey as the Wales international continues to be linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.

Juventus are reportedly close to agreeing a deal with Ramsey, who can leave for free in the summer when his contract expires or in January if a fee can be agreed, but Emery is pleased with the continued application of the 28-year-old.

“My idea and focus, I say to him every day, is that we need his performance for us,” he said.

“In the last match I was very happy with him. I asked in the last match at Blackpool (in the FA Cup) if he is okay to help us play and he said, ‘Yeah, coach, I want to play’ and he played with a very big commitment to us.

“After, his future belongs to him, his family and agent. Every day he’s here with us, he’s working very well. I want his behaviour and his focus to be on West Ham on Saturday.”

There was better news for Emery ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to face London rivals West Ham.

Arsenal struggled with injuries throughout the festive fixtures but can welcome back a host of players for the derby at the London Stadium.

Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny, Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal. Shkodran Mustafi and Konstantinos Mavropanos are all back in full training and under consideration for the weekend.

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Transfer predictor: Frenkie De Jong to Barcelona gets a 7, Christian Eriksen to Real Madrid is a 2

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Frenkie De Jong

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.

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN

Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen is reportedly top of the transfer list at Real Madrid, according to Daily Mail.

Why it will happen: The Dane’s profile is exactly what Los Blancos need, with Luka Modric losing his touch and set for a move to Inter at the end of the season.

Why it won’t happen: Eriksen stated earlier this season that he is closer to signing an extension with Spurs than switching to Madrid.

Verdict: The 26-year-old could do well at the Bernabeu but you can’t blame him for staying at a club where he has settled in extremely well rather than joining what looks like a sinking ship.

Rating 2/10

FRENKIE DE JONG

Frenkie De Jong

Frenkie de Jong’s move to Barcelona could be completed in the next 48 hours, according to Daily Mail and SPORT.

Why it will happen: The Ajax star would be a perfect fit at Barcelona and is viewed as a long-term replacement for Sergio Busquets.

Why it won’t happen: Unfortunately, for now, Barcelona can’t promise the one thing that Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain can – a regular starting role.

Verdict: De Jong must choose whether he wants a starting role at a big club immediately or a bright future at his dream side – Barcelona. Reports suggest the latter is more likely.

Rating 7/10

JAMES RODRIGUEZ

James Rodriguez

Juventus and Arsenal could make a swoop for Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez, according to Marca.

Why it will happen: With Mesut Ozil reportedly set to leave the club, the 27-year-old could be a perfect replacement for Unai Emery’s side.

Why it won’t happen: The Colombian will carry a hefty price-tag and Arsenal are not known for shelling out big money.

Verdict: If it comes down to finances, Juventus might hold the edge over the Gunners. But the former Monaco man could be tempted by a bigger role in the Premier League, where he could be the focal point in attack.

Rating: 4/10

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