Transfer predictor: Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan gets a 5

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Alexis Sanchez may have an escape route from Manchester United.

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 updates on attacking stars Neymar and Alexis Sanchez, as well as a potential signing for Tottenham – which would be their first since January 2018.

ALEXIS SANCHEZ 

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RUMOUR: Man Utd > LOAN > Inter Milan

Manchester United‘s attempts to offload Alexis Sanchez could see the forward end up at Inter Milan, Gazzetta dello Sport are reporting.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: 

The nightmare needs to end. Sanchez is going to go down as one of the worst signings in United’s history, as he continues to eat up a significant portion of the club’s wage bill without providing any sort of return on that investment.

And with United in rebuild mode again, a 30-year-old, increasingly injury-prone player under contract until 2022, is an unnecessary luxury, especially considering Sanchez’s struggle for form.

Inter Milan is a good destination for the Chilean, who began his European career in Italy with Udinese. They can offer Champions League football and a league long known for prolonging careers of aging stars.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN:

Sanchez’s wages will prove to be a huge stumbling block. It’s already the reason United have opened up to the possibility of sending him out on loan, with an option to buy for whichever club takes him – a sign that the Red Devils are willing to pay a portion of his wages even as he plays for someone else.

That might make him slightly easier to get for Inter. The Italian club are said to prefer an outright purchase this summer, but that would require Sanchez taking a serious pay cut. Inter are already considering other options, with an understanding that bringing the former Barcelona and Arsenal star to the San Siro may not be feasible.

TRANSFER PREDICTOR: 5/10

JAMES RODRIGUEZ 

James Rodriguez

Rumour: Real Madrid > SWAP > PSG

Bild claim Real Madrid will offer James Rodriguez, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich but unlikely to extend his stay in Germany, to Paris Saint-Germain in their attempt to prise Neymar away from the Ligue 1 giants.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: 

Madrid want Neymar. They don’t want James. PSG wouldn’t want to lose Neymar, and in theory are under no pressure to sell, but if he agitates for a move, a player of James’ calibre wouldn’t be a bad replacement, even if he would be a definite downgrade compared to the Brazilian star – as most players would be.

In theory a swap – it would likely be a James plus cash deal – would be a workable solution for all sides, though there’s no doubt that Madrid would be getting the better end of the deal. But PSG would be getting a player with experience of playing in France – he became a rising star at Monaco – and one who could slot into Thomas Tuchel’s system instantly.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: 

Again – PSG don’t want to lose Neymar. The player himself might look at Kylian Mbappe’s rise and wonder if he’s destined to play second-fiddle to the Frenchman in the years to come, but from the club’s perspective, keeping both happy is the most desirable solution.

And with the 27-year-old’s contract running until 2022, PSG don’t have to worry about losing the world-record signing anytime soon.

TRANSFER PREDICTOR: 2/10

ROBIN KOCH

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RUMOUR: Freiburg > €14m > Tottenham

Tottenham are considering Freiburg defender Robin Koch as an insurance policy in case Toby Alderweireld leaves this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: 

This is the perfect Tottenham transfer. A young, highly-rated player available for a bargain fee, just the sort of signing Daniel Levy would covet during this phase of the club’s project, with Spurs’ new stadium likely to keep restricting their transfers.

It may not even matter if Alderweireld stays or leaves – signing a 22-year-old to join Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth, 22 and 21 respectively, is simply good business. Sanchez has regressed this season so Koch provides back-up in case Tottenham’s club-record signing never truly comes good.

If he does, Spurs would have three young defenders who can develop alongside each other, under the tutelage of at least one of Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, if not both.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: 

Given how restricted Tottenham’s transfer budget could be, the club may prioritise other areas of need. Fernando Llorente has been a serviceable back-up for Harry Kane, but a striker is nonetheless number one on the transfer list for the summer.

And that’s just one position that’s ahead of centre-back. Kieran Trippier’s struggles for form and Serge Aurier’s injury issues would make right-back a more pressing concern, while Ben Davies has been solid but not spectacular as cover at left-back to Danny Rose, who has injury issues of his own. Koch may be a smart signing, just not one Spurs need to make right now.

TRANSFER PREDICTOR: 6/10

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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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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 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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