Transfer Predictor: Man United start negotiations for €120m Joao Felix, Arsenal prepare Wilfried Zaha bid

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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 the most sought-after centre-back in Europe, a proven Premier League forward and a potential superstar in the making.

MATTHIJS DE LIGT


Matthijs De Ligt

Ajax -> €70m -> Liverpool

Liverpool are definitely interested in Matthijs de Ligt and have “been talking to him”, football journalist Guillem Balague has been quoted saying on BBC Radio 5 Live’s podcast by Liverpool Echo.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: The Reds are one of the strongest forces in Europe at the moment and with a near-perfect squad already, certainly have the financial power to sign De Ligt. The Dutchman would be an asset to any side and is reportedly eager to develop alongside compatriot Virgil van Dijk.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: On the flip side, De Ligt may suffer from always being measured against the world’s best centre-back in Van Dijk. He may decide he’s better served to grow outside of the Liverpool defender’s shadow at a club where he would be the leader in defence.

With Joe Gomez returning to the fold next season, one of England’s brightest prospects, the Reds may decide spending €70m on another young, and potentially world class, centre-back wouldn’t be in their best interests.

Transfer predictor: 5/10

WILFRIED ZAHA

Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace -> €45m -> Arsenal

Arsenal are preparing a €45m bid for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, according to The Sun.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: Zaha has reportedly told the Eagles that he is determined to leave for a club competing in the Champions League. A move to the Emirates Stadium would see him remain in London while joining a pacey attack that includes Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could pay off for both club and player.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Palace are reluctant to sell and have set Zaha’s asking price at €91m. They could leave the decision until late in the summer to hold out for a better deal and Arsenal might move on to someone else by then. The Gunners are unlikely to even come close to the asking fee.

Transfer predictor: 6/10

JOAO FELIX

Joao Felix

Benfica -> €120m -> Manchester United

Manchester United have begun negotiations with Benfica for Joao Felix and are prepared to trigger the youngster’s €120m release clause, Portuguese outlet Record report.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it clear United will target young and hungry players this summer. In Felix, they could acquire a global superstar in the making, one that would also appeal to their marketing ambitions.

With the ability to play anywhere in the final third, the 19-year-old should be a superb option for United as they have struggled for creativity and goal threat this season.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: A major overhaul could be on Solskjaer’s hands this summer and spending €120m on a new talent is a big risk. From Felix’s point of view as well, Atletico Madrid – who are also in the race for his signature – would provide a more stable environment and he could take over from the departing Antoine Griezmann.

Transfer predictor: 7/10

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Man United target Jadon Sancho targets Bundesliga title win with Borussia Dortmund next season

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Jadon Sancho has become one of Europe's rising stars.

Jadon Sancho has seemingly ruled out a move away from Borussia Dortmund this summer after saying he’s targeting winning the Bundesliga next season following the Black and Yellows’ final-day heartbreak on Saturday.

Dortmund needed a win and a Bayern Munich loss to win the league for the first time since 2012, and though they beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 their rivals bettered the result with a 5-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, meaning Sancho’s side missed out by two points despite having a nine-point lead over Bayern at one stage this season.

The young Englishman nevertheless was one of the stars of the season, scoring 12 league goals and adding 14 assists – topping the Bundesliga charts – to mark himself out as one of Europe’s rising stars.

There has been speculation that he could return to his home country this summer, with Manchester United heavily linked with a move, but for now the 19-year-old seems set to stay put in Germany for at least one more season.

“I’m really happy with how I played this season,” Sancho told reporters after Saturday’s win, as reported by Goal. “I never knew it was going to be like this.

“From the start I wasn’t really playing often, but then I started playing often later in the season.

“It was all about hard work.

“The team helped me and the coach has faith me in me and I’m thankful.

“Next season we’ll be targeting the win, not to come second.”

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Transfer Predictor: Man United to swoop for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but Arsenal could miss Thomas Partey

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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 rising Italian stallion, a seasoned Premier League striker who no-one would begrudge a big move, as well as a possible Liverpool departure.

AARON WAN-BISSAKA

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Crystal Palace -> £60m -> Manchester United

Crystal Palace have placed a £60 million price tag on Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the Daily Mail reports.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: The Red Devils desperately need a right-back, Palace have one of the finest emerging players in that position in the world. And United are keen to attract hungry, young players who still view a move to Old Trafford as the chance of a lifetime.

Wan-Bissaka has had a breathtaking breakout season during which he was the top-tackling defender on average, making 3.7 tackles per game, and seventh highest average interceptions at 2.4 per game, making him one of the most coveted young players in Europe.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Palace are attempting to price United out of the market by demanding £60m for the young defender in a bid to keep him at Selhurst Park. The Eagles already fear losing Wilfried Zaha this summer and will be determined not to lose both of their star assets in the same window. United have been a long-time admirer of the 21-year-old but executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has vowed not to dramatically overspend on either transfer fees or salaries.

Transfer predictor: 7/10

TANGUY NDOMBELE

Tanguy Ndombele

Lyon -> £70m -> Tottenham

Tottenham are one of a number of clubs in the hunt for coveted combative Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: Clubs across Europe are going to be falling all over themselves to try and land the 22-year-old midfield dynamo this summer – especially as Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas seems to be trying to start a bidding war.

Spurs would appear to be at the back of the queue with Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, United and Juventus all keen, although in Spurs’ favour is the promise of guaranteed playing time, the Premier League, and who wouldn’t fancy joining the club were they to be crowned kings of Europe?

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Clubs like PSG and United can blow Spurs out of the water financially, while Liverpool have reportedly already agreed personal terms. Spurs thought they had him in the bag last summer only for Lyon and Ndombele’s agent to pull the plug. And, with a lot more eyes on him this summer, the chances of him landing at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would appear remote.

Transfer predictor: 4/10

THOMAS PARTEY

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Atletico Madrid -> €50m -> Arsenal

The Express says Unai Emery was in Spain watching on as Partey appeared for Atletico Madrid against Levante on Saturday.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: Arsenal are in the market for midfield reinforcements following the loss of long-serving Wales pivot Aaron Ramsey to Italian giants Juventus on a free transfer. Lucas Torreira and Mateo Guendouzi impressed for the Gunners this season but remain raw and Emery will want to strengthen in that area as much as defence.

Partey has been linked with a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano with agent Jose Daniel Jimenez Pozanco putting clubs on notice by announcing his release clause, which stands at £43.5million.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Any deal could hinge on Champions League football. Partey is highly unlikely to take up an invite to join a Europa League soiree, so much will depend on Arsenal beating London rivals Chelsea in the Europa League final and qualifying for the elite continental competition.

Even if the Europa League isn’t a hindrance for the Ghanaian, United are keen and Old Trafford might be a more favourable destination, despite the debacle that was their season.

Transfer predictor: 6/10

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