Transfer predictor: Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan gets an 8, but Richarlison to Atletico only a 3

Matt Jones 12/05/2019
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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 a couple of potential Premier League departures, plus signings for Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.

ROMELU LUKAKU

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Manchester United -> £75m -> Inter Milan

A number of clubs are keen on the big Belgian striker, but Corriere dello Sport say expectant new Nerazzurri boss Antonio Conte has requested the club to sign Lukaku.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: If former Chelsea boss Conte does indeed come in and replace the under pressure Luciano Spalletti, he’ll want a marquee signing to accompany his arrival. And they don’t come much bigger than Lukaku, who would be an ideal replacement for the controversial Mauro Icardi.

He hasn’t had a great second season at Old Trafford and doesn’t really fit the free-flowing, fast style of play Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to implement. He hasn’t exactly been coy on his desire to play in Serie A either, saying recently: “Playing in Serie A is a dream, it would be really a dream.” Don’t forget, Conte wanted Lukaku back at Chelsea before having to settle for Alvaro Morata.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: French giants PSG are also interested and would surely be able to offer the frontman a more lucrative package. Lukaku would also relish the idea of possibly replacing either Edinson Cavani or Neymar, with both of their futures unclear.

There’s also the possibility of him remaining a Red Devil – his record hasn’t been disastrous this season (15 goals in 45 games) – with United having more pressing needs other than a striker.

Transfer predictor: 8/10

RICHARLISON

Richarlison

Everton -> £70m -> Atletico Madrid

The Mirror claims the Brazilian has caught the eye of the Spanish giants, as well as PSG, who see him as a perfect replacement for departing stars.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: Atleti are likely going to be in the market for a striker, despite the success of on loan Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata, and both they and PSG can offer the pacy striker Champions League football next season, in addition to a serious improvement on his current wages of a reported £125,000-a-week. Antoine Griezmann could also be leaving for Barcelona (where have we heard that before?).

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: The 22-year-old is settled on Merseyside and content to stick with the Toffees, whom he only joined last summer for £40m, from Watford.

He’s popular in the dressing room and with the Goodison Park outfit finally finding their feet under Marco Silva towards the end of the season, they will feel they can push on and challenge for the Champions League next term.

Transfer predictor: 3/10

TIM WEAH

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PSG -> £10m -> Crystal Palace

The Eagles, Rennes and a third unnamed club are reportedly ready to swoop to sign the son of the President of Liberia and former Ballon D’Or winner George Weah, according to RMC (via Get French Football News).

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: Despite carrying the name of greatness on his back, Weah has no future at PSG and is set to be sold this summer. There was a possibility of a second loan spell with Celtic, but on Friday the 19-year-old said goodbye to the Scottish club via Instagram as he gets set to link up with the United States’ U20 side to play in the World Cup in Poland starting at the end of the month.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Despite a moderately successful loan spell with the Hoops – Weah scored four goals in 17 appearances overall and helped the Scottish giants claim yet another league title – Weah is still a very raw prospect.

Palace, and Rennes, may not want to risk a fee – however modest it’s likely to be – on a promising player who remains something of a gamble.

Transfer predictor: 5/10

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Transfer predictor: Daniel James to Man United an 8, but Donny van de Beek to Barcelona gets 2

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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, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.

DANIEL JAMES

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Swansea City -> £15m -> Manchester United

The Red Devils are among a number of clubs in a fight to sign the Wales winger, according to ESPN.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: Lightning quick, youthful and British – James fits the purported profile of signing manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to make this summer. With just one year left on his deal, Swansea will have to sell this summer and United are likely to be the highest bidders.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Everton, Newcastle and promotion-hopefuls Leeds – who almost landed the 21-year-old in January – are all in the chase. James might feel he’ll get more chances there. Will a return of four goals and seven assists from 33 Championship matches be enough to entice United?

Transfer predictor: 8/10

EDIN DZEKO

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Roma -> €20m -> PSG

The Ligue 1 giants are interested in landing the veteran Bosnia centre forward if Edinson Cavani leaves, according to France Football.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: Dzeko only has a year left on his contract at Roma, leaving them in a vulnerable position. His cheap price is attractive to Financial Fair Play-conscious PSG, plus established record of goal scoring throughout several European competitions.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: The striker’s form has dropped off a cliff this term, netting just eight times in Serie A. At 33-years old, his best days should be behind him. Dzeko also rejected a January 2018 switch to Chelsea because he is so content in the Eternal City. And don’t forget, Cavani isn’t yet out of the door.

Transfer predictor: 5/10

DONNY VAN DE BEEK

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Ajax -> €60m -> Barcelona

Barca are now interested in making Van de Beek their third signing from Ajax this summer, according to Mundo Deportivo.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: After the horrors of a second-successive Champions League capitulation, Barca desire a revamp this summer. Frenkie de Jong is secured and Matthijs de Ligt seems inevitable, so why not Van de Beek? His 15 goals from 47 matches this term appeals.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Even if the likes of Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho are moved on this summer, competition for places will be intense. Suitors such as Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur can offer a clearly route to their XIs. Barca, also, haven’t signed three players from one club in one summer since 1988 with Real Sociedad – and surely Ajax wouldn’t allow it.

Transfer predictor: 2/10

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Swansea City winger Daniel James close to joining Man United

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Daniel James

Various reports have emerged suggesting that Swansea winger Daniel James is on the verge of signing for Manchester United.

With Liverpool and Tottenham making it to the Champions League finals, Chelsea and Arsenal setting up a derby clash in Europa League and Manchester City in control of the title race, the pressure on the Red Devils is truly immense.

United are concluding a poor season and are expected to be very active in the summer transfer window. They could complete their first deal as they look to acquire the signature of 21-year-old James.

The winger who has scored four goals and provided seven assists in the Championship could join United for a sum of £15 million, according to Sky Sports News.

Earlier this year, the 21-year-old scored his first international goal for Wales with United legend Ryan Giggs as manager. He was named Man of the Match in the same game as his solitary goal helped Wales edge Slovakia 1-0.

The two teams are close to agreeing a deal and James could be United’s first signing of the summer.

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