Transfer predictor as Callum Hudson Odoi's move to Bayern Munich gets a 7

Sooraj Kamath - Writer 11:30 15/01/2019
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Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Halfway through January, the winter transfer window has remained unusually quiet, with there being more speculation than action at this point over various proposed moves.

The rumour mill remains in overdrive, however, with news of potential deals flying thick and fast.

We’re running the rule over four of the latest transfer rumours doing the rounds, with our analysis and predictions below.

MAXI GOMEZ – CELTA VIGO TO BARCELONA

Maxi Gomez has been sensational for Celta Vigo

Celta Vigo’s Uruguayan striker Maxi Gomez has been linked to Barcelona, according to Catalunya Radio.

Why it will happen: Gomez fits in Barcelona’s requirements, and with all due respect to Celta Vigo, the Uruguayan has the potential to make it big at a bigger club.

Why it won’t happen: Catalunya Radio also reported that the deal is unlikely to materialise in the winter and Barcelona will have to wait until summer. A lot can happen until then and the striker’s release clause of €50 million is not a huge sum for other clubs to join the race.

Verdict: Gomez would be a great addition to the Catalan giants. Should there be a requirement, Barcelona could also start the Uruguayan in a Champions League game. With a lot of quality strikes cup-tied in the said competition, Gomez could be a good choice.

Rating: 7/10

KRZYSZTOF PIATEK – GENOA TO REAL MADRID

Kzysztof Piatek

Real Madrid have been linked with a move for Genoa star Kzysztof Piatek, reports AS.

Why it will happen: Karim Benzema’s days at Madrid are numbered, should Los Blancos plan for long-term success and aim to get back to being a threat in Spain and Europe again. Piatek could be a great long-term replacement for the French striker. The young Polish striker boasts of qualities and numbers that can make him a success at Madrid.

Why it won’t happen: It’s likely that this transfer will happen. But Los Blancos must act fast as teams like Chelsea and Atletico Madrid – who are in need of a striker themselves – have reportedly entered the fray.

Verdict: Madrid’s attack is toothless and Benzema does not look like he will force a career-rejuvenating transformation. The European champions need to put together a package for the Polish striker’s signature.

Rating: 7/10

MOUSA DEMBELE – TOTTENHAM TO BEIJING GUOAN

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 24: Hirving Lozano of PSV Eindhoven is challenged by Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between PSV and Tottenham Hotspur at Philips Stadion on October 24, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele could be tempted to a move to the Chinese Super League, according to the Independent.

Why it will happen: The Belgian has been victim to a lot of injury-related issues of late and he really has struggled with the intensity of the Premier League. Spurs would love to cash in on the midfielder rather than losing him for free in the summer.

Why it won’t happen: This move will almost certainly materialise. Only an unlikely last moment swoop by another club could change anything.

Verdict: If reports are to be believed, the player already flew to Hong Kong to negotiate and complete the move. Dembele is a great player but injuries have kept him from reaching his potential. He could achieve a lot in the Chinese Super League.

Rating: 9/10

CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI – CHELSEA TO BAYERN MUNICH

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Chelsea youngster Hudson-Odoi is closer to moving to Bayern Munich than signing an extension at Stamford Bridge, according to Goal

Why it will happen: The 18-year-old can be tempted by a starting spot at Bayern with Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben reaching the twilight of their career. The Englishman’s contract runs until the summer of 2020 and he has not yet agreed to extend his stay, making his intentions clear.

Why it won’t happen: Maurizio Sarri has been giving the youngster playing time recently to ensure that he stays. It might be a case of too little too late, but with no other club in the picture, Chelsea tying down the player with a long-term deal is the only way Bayern can miss out on the winger.

Verdict: Chelsea will be missing out on an incredible prospect in Hudson-Odoi and Bayern might just have bolstered their squad with a quality signing. Eventually it all comes down to the teenager’s decision, but the latter is more probable, currently.

Rating: 7/10

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Transfer Predictor: Alvaro Morata to Atletico Madrid is an 8, but Man United must wait for defender

Aditya Devavrat 15:06 14/01/2019
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Morata has never settled in England.

Halfway through January, the winter transfer window has remained unusually quiet, with there being more speculation than action at this point over various proposed moves.

The rumour mill remains in overdrive, however, with news of potential deals flying thick and fast.

We’re running the rule over three of the latest transfer rumours doing the rounds, with our analysis and predictions below.

ALVARO MORATA – CHELSEA TO ATLETICO MADRID

Morata is being linked with a return to Spain.

Morata is being linked with a return to Spain.

Goal first reported last week that the Spanish giants Atletico Madrid are interested in taking Alvaro Morata, who has never found top form at Chelsea, on loan, and recent reports suggest talks have progressed further.

Why it will happen: Sevilla signing Munir El-Haddadi means they’re less likely to add another striker, clearing the path for Atletico, who desperately need someone to take the scoring burden off of Antoine Griezmann.

Why it won’t happen: Morata’s form since leaving Spain will hover over him, and given that Atletico need a proven goalscorer, the young Spanish striker may not fit the bill.

Prediction: A Chelsea exit seems increasingly likely this window and Atletico, who are fighting on three fronts this season, may be desperate to pull the trigger.

Rating – 8/10

IDRISSA GUEYE – EVERTON TO PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

Everton will be reluctant to let go of Idrissa Gueye.

Everton will be reluctant to let go of Idrissa Gueye.

According to L’Equipe, Ligue 1 giants PSG are trying to bring Idrissa Gueye back to France, though Everton are reluctant to sell one of their most important midfielders.

Why it will happen: If PSG want a player, they usually get him. Everton may be able to drive up the price but ultimately money will be no bar for the French champions.

Why it won’t happen: PSG don’t really need a ball-winning midfielder, and as good as Gueye can be, there are better options out there if they decide they absolutely must happen.

Prediction: Tanguy N’Dombele’s form for Lyon makes him the more eye-catching signing for PSG, who will also have Giovani Lo Celso returning from his loan spell at Real Betis at the end of the season. Signing Gueye seems unlikely.

Rating – 4/10

MILAN SKRINIAR – INTER MILAN TO MANCHESTER UNITED

Milan Skriniar continues to be linked with a move away.

Milan Skriniar continues to be linked with a move away.

Manchester United continue to be linked with a centre-back, but Inter Milan manager Luciano Spaletti said on Sunday that nobody could afford Milan Skriniar.

Why it will happen: Spaletti may like to believe that Inter would be able to price rivals out of a transfer, but United – and Skriniar’s other suitors – would likely stump up the astronomical fee required if they believe Skriniar is the solution to their defensive woes.

Why it won’t happen: Skriniar himself has hit out at speculation over a move, and talks between him and Inter over a new contract remain ongoing. He seems happy in Milan, and at 23 is in no rush to move.

Prediction: It’s not likely that Inter will sell one of their prized assets in the middle of the season – though they could command an even higher price than usual in the January window, known for its panic buys. But expect Skriniar to stay until at least the summer.

Rating – 3/10

MORGAN SCHNEIDERLIN – EVERTON TO ROMA

Schneiderlin has barely featured over the last few months.

Schneiderlin has barely featured over the last few months.

Corriere dello Sport claim Roma are ready to rescue Morgan Schneiderlin from Everton, where the French midfielder has played only 39 minutes across three appearances since mid-September.

Why it will happen: Roma have been looking to strengthen their midfield all season after allowing Radja Nainggolan to leave the club last summer. And Everton have clearly deemed Schneiderlin surplus to requirements.

Why it won’t happen: If other clubs get a whiff that Schneiderlin is on the move, they could swoop in. For example, Moussa Sissoko’s injury has left Tottenham light in midfield, and Mauricio Pochettino got the best out of Schneiderlin when they were at Southampton together. Roma will need to move quickly.

Prediction: Everton aren’t likely to play hardball over a fee for a player who’s hardly featured in the last four months, Roma will want to get a move done quickly, and Schneiderlin will go to any club that can guarantee him playing time. Expect this to go through.

Rating – 9/10

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Pep Guardiola says Man City will not pay £100m for Wolves star Ruben Neves

Press Association Sport 07:20 14/01/2019
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Pep Guardiola claims Ruben Neves is out of Manchester City’s price range.

City have been linked regularly with the Portuguese midfielder, who has been one of the stars of Wolves’ impressive first season back in the Premier League.

But while City boss Guardiola would like to strengthen his central midfield options, he says the figures being mentioned in relation to 21-year-old Neves are beyond the champions.

Guardiola said: “A month ago I started reading ‘Ruben Neves, £100million’. That is not going to happen. We are not going to pay £100million for a holding midfielder.

“We have a limit and cannot spend more so that’s why we need to be careful with the players and try next season to see what we can do to improve.”

In any case, Guardiola has intimated he is not sure if Neves, who City will face when Wolves visit the Etihad Stadium on Monday, would fit into his preferred system.

He said: “He’s an excellent player. It involves playing with two holding midfielders – not just one – but he’s an excellent player.”

Another player frequently linked with City is Ajax’s Frenkie De Jong, but Guardiola has refused to add credence to the speculation.

He said: “I’m not talking about the case of the Ajax player because he is an Ajax player. I don’t talk about players not here, never did and never will.”
A holding midfielder would be a priority for Guardiola because City currently have no natural replacement for Fernandinho.

The 33-year-old Brazilian was badly missed as City suffered costly back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester over Christmas.

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