Transfer predictor: Harry Maguire and Callum Hudson-Odoi get 6s, Franck Ribery a 4

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Struggling to pick out the facts from the figures? Reality from the rubbish? Sense from the silly season?

We’ve got you sorted in our daily dose of the Transfer Predictor, where we round up the latest rumours with an analytical spin.

We sort through the most eye-catching transfer reports of the past 24 hours and give a balanced judgment on whether the move really will happen – and why.

Today’s edition features potential signings for Manchester United and Bayern Munich.

FRANCK RIBERY

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Bayern Munich -> Free -> Western Sydney Wanderers

Football Federation Australia are prepared to contribute towards Western Sydney Wanderers’ ambitious plan to snare free agent Ribery, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: Ribery, 36, is open to embracing a new experience after his trophy laden 12-year stint in Germany. The ex-France winger had already admitted that a link-up with ex-Bayern defender Markus Babbel appeals. Help from the FFA, as with Melbourne Victory’s successful pursuit of Japan star Keisuke Honda, can only help.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Lucrative offers have already been fielded from the Middle East and former club Galatasaray. If it comes down strictly to financials, WSW cannot compete.

Transfer predictor: 4/10

HARRY MAGUIRE

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Leicester City -> £80m -> Manchester United

Manchester United are ready to renew their interest in Leicester defender Maguire, sources have told ESPN.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: Maguire is a long-term target for a Red Devils outfit who’ve endured an abysmal 2018/19 – with a glaring weakness in defence key. If the 26-year-old is determined to push for a switch to an underperforming giant, United could be in business.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: A world-record £80m fee for a centre-back was demanded by the Foxes last term after Maguire’s fine World Cup 2018. They are unlikely to flinch in any future negotiations about a player who they have locked down until 2023.

Transfer predictor: 6/10

CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI

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Chelsea -> €50m -> Bayern Munich

Chelsea winger’s promising response to treatment on a ruptured Achilles tendon has boosted chances of a summer move to the Bundesliga, according to The Sun.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: With veterans Ribery and Arjen Robben headed out the exit door, Bayern desperately need promising wingers. Hudson-Odoi is yet to extend a contract that runs out next summer, plus is now looking set for a September return from injury.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Chelsea will be loath to loose Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and his in-house replacement. A run of games in the tail end of the campaign under Maurizio Sarri could yet convince the starlet to sign on. A £35m bid in January could not convince the intransigent Blues to sell.

Transfer predictor: 6/10

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Transfer predictor: Paulo Dybala to Man United rumour gets a 5

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We sort through the most eye-catching transfer reports of the past 24 hours and give a balanced judgment on whether the move really will happen – and why.

Today’s edition features potential signings for Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.

JULIAN BRANDT

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Bayer Leverkusen -> €25m -> Liverpool

Source: Goal

Bayer Leverkusen starlet Julian Brandt has been linked with a summer move to Liverpool and Juventus, Goal reports.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

Liverpool are clearly planning ahead by plotting a move for the 23-year-old versatile midfielder.

Brandt has played as a central midfielder, attacking midfielder through the left, right, centre and also as a winger this season.

The youngster can add more creativity to Jurgen Klopp’s side which is up there as one of the most complete squads in Europe.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Competition for places.

Although Liverpool have had a superb season, the German could opt to sign for Dortmund instead as he would be guaranteed first team action.

The possibility of Brandt choosing to stay at Leverkusen cannot be neglected either, now that they are inching closer to a Champions League spot.

Transfer predictor: 6/10

BRUNO FERNANDES 

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Sporting ->   €50m -> Manchester City

Source: Sky Sports

Manchester City are attempting to sign Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes, according to Sky Sports.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

City have done well to almost repeat their success from last season when they recorded 100 points in the Premier League. They are one win away from defending the title, despite Liverpool providing strong resistance. But the current squad – especially in midfield – looks nowhere as stable as it did last term.

It’s unlikely that Fernandinho will be at the club next season. Ilkay Gundogan has all but confirmed that he will be leaving and David Silva has been poor this campaign, showing that a decline could begin to set in.

Fernandes, who turns 25 in September, has been immense for Sporting this season, netting 19 goals and providing 13 assists in 31 league games.

Incredible statistics for a midfielder.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Heavy competition for a starting position, doubts over minutes and offers from other clubs are some of the factors that could prevent Fernandes from signing for the Sky Blues.

City’s rivals Manchester United are also interested in the Portuguese but at this point it’s unlikely that a rising star would choose the red side of Manchester.

However, if the Red Devils promise him a starting spot and City fail to do so, Fernandes could be forced into thinking twice.

Transfer predictor: 7/10

PAULO DYBALA

Dybala has been linked with a move away from Juventus.

Dybala has been linked with a move away from Juventus.

Juventus ->   €100m -> Manchester United

Source: Calciomercato

Manchester United and Bayern Munich are looking to add Paulo Dybala to their squad, according to Calciomercato.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN

With rumours Paul Pogba could leave United this summer, his former Juventus team-mate Dybala could fill the void in the attacking midfield position.

The Argentine will be looking to revive his career which has seen a significant decline since Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Juventus last summer.

At United, it could be a case of both parties eyeing a fresh attempt at rebuilding.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

The Red Devils will have to compete with Bayern to make this deal go through.

The Bundesliga giants have had a disappointing season by their own standards and are tipped to spend big in the summer.

James Rodriguez will not be converting his loan deal into a permanent move and Bayern will be tasked to replace the Colombian in attacking midfield.

Dybala could be a perfect like-for-like replacement and the bumper fee is still within their financial capacity.

Between United and Bayern, Dybala is more likely to opt for the latter.

Transfer predictor: 5/10

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Transfer predictor: Allan Saint-Maximin to AC Milan gets a 7, Kurt Zouma to Everton a 5

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We’ve got you sorted in our daily dose of the Transfer Predictorwhere we round up the latest rumours with an analytical spin.

We sort through the most eye-catching transfer reports of the past 24 hours and give a balanced judgment on whether the move really will happen – and why.

Today’s edition features potential signings for AC Milan, Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

ALLAN SAINT-MAXIMIN

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RUMOUR: Nice -> €35m -> AC Milan

Sporting director Leonardo remains confident that a renewed push for the Nice wide man will gain reward this summer, according to Calcio Mercato.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: The Rossoneri targeted a January deal, but couldn’t agree a price with Nice. France Under-21 winger Saint-Maxim has since glowingly spoken about the club to Gazzetta TV, adding “he’s ready to move up a level”.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Anything seemed possible for the summer when Milan looked poised for a Champions League return. This dream, however, has hit the rocks. Financial Fair Play restrictions will bite hard if they miss out sixth-successive campaign. Saint-Maximin’s return of three assists and six goals in 31 Ligue 1 appearances this term may also attract bigger fish.

TRANSFER PREDICTOR: 5/10

KURT ZOUMA

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RUMOUR: Chelsea -> £30m -> Everton

The Liverpool Echo has reported that Chelsea are planning to welcome the France defender back for pre-season training, delivering a blow to Everton who want to make an impressive loan move permanent.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: Zouma has grown into a Premier League force at Goodison Park, after a long recovery from 2016/17’s serious knee injury. The Toffees need defenders of Zouma’s quality, while Chelsea may still be tempted by banking a big fee.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: There is a void at centre-back for the Blues. Gary Cahill is going and David Luiz is yet to agree fresh terms. Andreas Christensen may also pursue greater first-team opportunities. This move really is in the balance.

TRANSFER PREDICTOR: 5/10

ANDRE SILVA

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RUMOUR: AC Milan -> €38m -> Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers have made the Sevilla loanee one of their main transfer targets for the summer as they aim to gatecrash the Premier League’s top six, according to the Daily Mirror.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: Strong connections to super-agent Jorge Mendes have seen a Portuguese enclave created in the West Midlands. Silva is unlikely to return to parent club AC Milan, who are looking to cash-in on a forward whose struck 11 times in 40 matches for Sevilla this season.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: The Rossoneri are determined to break even on the €38m fee paid to Porto in June 2017. But is Silva still worth such a fee? Especially with Mexico’s Raul Jimenez already tied up by Wolves.

TRANSFER PREDICTOR: 6/10

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