Transfer Predictor as David de Gea is latest candidate in PSG's hunt for a goalkeeper

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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 Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Barcelona.

DAVID DE GEA

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Manchester United -> undisclosed -> Paris Saint-Germain

ESPN have reported that United custodian David de Gea could be wearing a PSG shirt next season.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

PSG are in need of a quality addition to their goalkeeping department with Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon announcing that he will no longer continue at the club.

They can offer Champions League football and the likely prospect of domestic silverware to lure the Spaniard to Paris. The former Atletico Madrid man has one year left on his contract and should he refuse to sign a lucrative extension that has been offered, the French club could be at a vantage point during negotiations.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

In all probability, United will go big in the transfer window in an attempt to build a competent squad. A clear path for the future and an appeal at De Gea’s loyalty could work in United’s favour as they continue to try to extend the Spaniard’s contract.

Besides, the 28-year-old has never indicated that he’s unhappy at the Premier League club.

Transfer rating: 5/10

MOUSSA DEMBELE

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Lyon -> €40 million -> Manchester United

Several sources, including French newspaper L’Equipe, reported that United, Liverpool and Arsenal are after Lyon midfielder Moussa Dembele. The former has launched an initial bid of €40m, while the latter two have enquired the club about his availability.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

If rumours regarding how much United were prepared to offer Matthijs de Ligt are to be believed, a logical assumption can be made that they are ready to go overboard with the salaries of their transfer targets.

Dembele’s performances for Lyon last season are evidence that he is prepared for life in the Premier League. Among his suitors, it’s unlikely that anyone can offer the player as much as United can.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Dembele will be giving up Champions League football should he opt to swap Lyon for United. Among other potential destinations, newly-crowned kings of Europe Liverpool are a better option, given they have a clear roadmap for the future and a better shot at silverware.

Also, the Reds could do with a player of his profile. In what looks like a well-rounded squad, the midfield is the weak link in terms of quality and depth.

Transfer predictor: 4/10

JOSHUA KIMMICH

Looking for contract extension: Joshua Kimmich

Looking for a contract extension: Joshua Kimmich.

Bayern Munich -> undisclosed -> Barcelona

There are more than just murmurs that Bayern Munich’s Swiss army knife of a defender Joshua Kimmich could wear the Blaugrana colours next season. Calciomercato reported that Barcelona are interested in Kimmich, with Atletico Madrid closing in on a deal for right-back Nelson Semedo.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

A player of Kimmich’s quality would mean he’d become an undisputed starter at Barca. His pay-grade will be handed an upgrade and the prospect of a new challenge can play a huge part in the decision-making process of any top player, especially at a club that are even bigger than his current employers.

Besides, the Catalan club are able to use the classic “you get to play with Lionel Messi” card that is always likely to tempt top talents.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Bayern are in for a massive overhaul and it’s near impossible that they will let go of one of their best players and an integral aspect of their core line-up. On the off-chance they do, Kimmich won’t come cheap and Barcelona will find it hard to balance their books, especially with Antoine Griezmann likely to come aboard.

Transfer rating: 2/10

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Manchester United battle Juventus for Kalidou Koulibaly, Arsenal keen on Yannick Carrasco

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Kalidou Koulibaly

Lucas Digne may be on his way out of Everton, with Tottenham looking for a deal which could see Danny Rose go in the opposite direction, the Daily Mirror says. Mauricio Pochettino was interested in the French defender when he left Barcelona, the paper adds.

Chelsea and Real Madrid have agreed a £130million fee for Eden Hazard, the Daily Mail says.

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Manchester United are to enter a tug of war with Juventus for the signature of Kalidou Koulibaly, reports the Daily Mirror. The Napoli and Senegal centre-back is among the top targets of United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the paper adds.

United are also among a pack of three interested in bringing in Youri Tielemans for £40million, writes the Daily Mail. The midfielder spent last season on loan at Leicester from Monaco, with the Foxes and Tottenham also keen.

Nicolas Pepe

Lille winger Nicolas Pepe continues to be linked with a move to Champions League winners Liverpool, with Manchester United and Arsenal also keen on the £70m-rated man, according to the Daily Mirror.

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Yannick Carrasco: The Belgian midfielder is closer to leaving Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang, with Arsenal keen on the 25-year-old, the Daily Mirror says.

Matthijs De Ligt: The Dutch defender will move to either Paris St Germain or Barcelona, with Manchester United out of the running, according to Marca.

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Chelsea agree to Eden Hazard's Real Madrid switch with fee potentially rising to £130m

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Eden Hazard

Real Madrid are understood to have agreed what could rise to a club-record fee to sign Eden Hazard from Chelsea.

Madrid have agreed a package for Belgium star Hazard that could rise as high as £130million when all the bonus payments are included.

The Blues board will view the outcome of lengthy negotiations with Madrid as a success, as Real had been reluctant to pay more than £88million.

The basic fee for Hazard is expected to reach £100million, the sum for which Chelsea had been holding out despite the 28-year-old entering the final year of his Stamford Bridge contract.

Hazard will now leave Chelsea after seven years having won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup – and two Europa League crowns.

The wily forward spearheaded Chelsea’s 4-1 Europa League final win over Arsenal in Baku last month, then immediately admitted he expected his time at Stamford Bridge to come to an end.

“I think it’s a goodbye,” said Hazard in Baku.

“My dream was to play in the Premier League, I did it for seven years.

“Maybe it’s time for a new challenge.”

Hazard joined Chelsea from Lille in 2012, and in his final campaign at Stamford Bridge he became just the fourth man in Premier League history to score and assist at least 15 goals in a season.

Chelsea had long been resigned to Hazard leaving the club once he had rejected all offers of a contract extension.

But with one year left on his existing deal Chelsea will have concluded a fine piece of business with Real meeting their asking price.
Zinedine Zidane’s overhaul of the Madrid squad should also now continue at pace.

Real have already signed Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic for £62million, and have designs on luring Spurs’ Christian Eriksen to the Bernabeu.

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