Transfer predictor: Luka Jovic to Real Madrid gets a 6, Miguel Almiron to Newcastle is an 9

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The winter transfer window has started to heat up now there is less than a week left until it closes.

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

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

LUKA JOVIC – EINTRACHT FRANKFURT TO REAL MADRID

Los Blancos have settled on Jovic as the long-term solution to their lack of options up front, according to AS.

Why it will happen: The Serbia forward has smashed in 18 goals during 25 matches for Eintracht this term, exciting scouts across Europe. The German club could utilise their €6-12 million option to buy for the Benfica loanee, then sell for a huge profit.

Why it won’t happen: Jovic’s exploits have not gone unnoticed. Barcelona and Bayern Munich are hot on his trail, leading to a potential bidding war this summer. Eintracht may also decide to keep hold for another season and gamble on his valuation soaring.

Verdict: At 21-years old, Jovic is one of the hottest young striking prospects in world football. Madrid exert a huge pull and need cover for 31-year-old Karim Benzema. But after years of relative parsimony, will they be prepared to invest?

Ratings: 6/10

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MIGUEL ALMIRON – ATLANTA UNITED TO NEWCASTLE UNITED

Premier League strugglers Newcastle are about to shatter their 14-year transfer record and land the highly-rated Paraguay playmaker, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Why it will happen: Newcastle have coveted the Major League Soccer champion for a long time, with the player now travelling to Newcastle on Wednesday to finalise personal terms. A tally of 21 goals and 30 assists in 68 games shows his quality.

Why it won’t happen: The Magpies have been close to the finishing line before during this transfer window with Lazio’s Jordan Lukaku, then seen the deal disintegrate. They will also be wary of any last-minute bidders emerging for the 13-cap international.

Verdict: Controversial Newcastle owner Mike Ashley looks to have heeded manager Rafael Benitez’s words and decided to invest in the winter market. Almiron, 24, will know he will get regular game time at St. James’ Park.

Ratings: 9/10

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DOMAGOJ VIDA – BESIKTAS TO ROMA

The versatile Croatia defender has a new suitor in Roma after Fulham and Inter Milan expressed interest in a January move, according to Il Messaggero.

Why it will happen: Vida is valued at £10.8m, a fee that Fulham deemed too large but Roma are happy to pay. This could be because the Giallorossi’s 29 goals conceded is the highest in Serie A’s top six. With Juan Jesus also out injured, a reinforcement will be welcome.

Why it won’t happen: Roma usually prefer to operate at the younger end of the market, meaning Vida’s age might be a barrier. He was also intensely linked with a summer exit, yet it did not happen. Could the story repeat itself in the winter?

Verdict: We’ve been here before with Vida and nothing happened. This time, however, it could be different because of Roma’s pressing need to add quality in defence. With competition for his signature disappearing, the Eternal City beckons.

Ratings: 7/10

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ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN – CHELSEA TO JUVENTUS/BORUSSIA DORTMUND

The Serie A and Bundesliga leaders want to bolster their defences with a Denmark centre-back who has made just one Premier League appearances this term, according to The Sun.

Why it will happen: Christensen is simply not rated by new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri. His only top-flight start this term was a shock 2-1 defeat at Wolves. Yet, he remains highly rated and would offer quality to other sides.

Why it won’t happen: Chelsea batted aside previous interest from Barcelona, plus are demanding a £6m loan fee. It’s doubtful Christensen will want to swap one substitutes’ bench for another. Will he get more game time at Juve or BVB?

Verdict: Christensen’s face does not fit at Stamford Bridge under Sarri. This does not mean, however, he is guaranteed to jump at the chance to join this pair of suitors. The money Chelsea are demanding could also prove problematic.

Ratings: 4/10

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Man United midfielder Marouane Fellaini closing in on move to China

Press Association Sport 08:10 30/01/2019
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Marouane Fellaini

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is closing in on a move to China.

The 31-year-old has been with the Old Trafford giants since 2013, with the former Everton midfielder establishing himself as a key figure under Jose Mourinho.

Fellaini was rewarded over the summer with a new and improved deal until 2020, with the option of a further year, but a move to China is now on the cards.

Press Association Sport understands that Shandong Luneng are in negotiations with United about the permanent transfer of the divisive midfielder.

Another Chinese Super League side are believed to be monitoring the situation, with clubs there having until February 28 to complete signings.

Fellaini has only managed 31 minutes since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took caretaker charge last month, although a calf injury has ruled him out of recent matches.

Solskjaer said at the start of the week that he did not expect any United exits before Thursday’s English transfer deadline and was coy about the Belgium international’s future following Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Burnley.

Asked if there was anything he could say on Fellaini, the caretaker manager said: “To be honest, no.

“I’ve been busy all day and I don’t really know the latest update on that one. Just wait and see.”

Fellaini’s exit looms just a matter of weeks after Solskjaer bemoaned the absence of the injured midfielder and his “X factor”.

“He’ll probably be at least three or four weeks (out),” the United boss on January 18.

“He’s got a calf problem and that’s sad because there’s X-factors in different players and we all know Felli’s X factor.

“Then again, he’ll be working hard to get back in when all the big games are coming as well.”

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PSG sign midfielder Leandro Paredes from Zenit St Petersburg

Press Association Sport 14:30 29/01/2019
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Leandro Paredes

Paris St Germain have signed midfielder Leandro Paredes from Zenit St Petersburg on a four-and-a-half-year deal.

The 25-year-old Argentinian made 61 appearances for the Russian club, scoring 10 goals and providing 15 assists having joined the club from Roma in 2017.

Paredes told PSG’s website: “I’m very proud to be joining Paris St Germain.

“After my previous experiences in Italy and Russia, I now have this fantastic opportunity, not only to discover a new league, but above all to wear one of the most prestigious club jerseys in the world.

“I’d like to thank the chairman (Nasser Al-Khelaifi) and the coach (Thomas Tuchel) for the confidence they have shown in me by signing me.

“We all know the extraordinary sporting dimension of Paris St Germain, its players and staff.

“I share the same high ambitions and I will do everything I can to give my club what it expects of me as a midfielder.

“I also look forward to the passionate atmosphere of the Parc des Princes, as I grew up with football fever in Argentina.”

Al-Khelaifi added: “Leandro’s arrival will keep the momentum, both on the pitch and among our supporters, ahead of the major events coming up. Exciting times lie ahead.”

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