Watch Chelsea legend Ruud Gullit have his say on Matthijs de Ligt move to Man United

David Cooper 17/06/2019
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Netherlands and Chelsea great Ruud Gullit has waded into the debate surrounding the future of Ajax prospect Matthijs de Ligt.

De Ligt, 19, is being hotly pursued by a number of the continent’s grandest club. Fallen Premier League giants Manchester United are among this number as they look to strengthen a chronically weak defence.

Gullit – who captained the victorious Dutch at Euro ’88 – has been quizzed about the report.

Watch his withering response above:

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Atletico Madrid set to break club record by paying Joao Felix's €120m release clause

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Atletico Madrid are set to break the club’s record transfer fee by paying Benfica star Joao Felix’s release clause.

In Antoine Griezmann, Lucas Hernandez, Diego Godin and potentially Rodri, Los Rojiblancos will see a huge chunk of the core of their team depart in the summer transfer window.

The rebuilding phase is imminent, with Felix leading the list of big names who could arrive at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Marca have reported that Atletico are willing to buy out the player’s contract at €120 million. By doing so, the Portuguese will become the most expensive signing in the club’s history.

It’s worth noting that Griezmann’s sale, which will amount to just about the same fee, will fund the transfer. The Frenchman will then become the most expensive sale in Atletico’s history.

The Madrid side face competition from Manchester United in their pursuit of the 19-year-old. But it’s believed that they have the edge over the Premier League club because the player and his agent have chosen them.

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Transfer predictor: Lucas Torreira's reunion with Marco Giampaolo at AC Milan 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 Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Lyon.

BRUNO FERNANDES

Bruno

Sporting -> €50 million (+ bonuses) -> Atletico Madrid

Calciomercato reported that Atletico Madrid are chasing the highly sought-after Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes. Portuguese outlet A Bola suggests the Spanish club have made a €50 million plus bonuses offer to Sporting.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN:

Atletico are in need of a squad revamp and, in Fernandes, they have found a player who is reportedly liked by manager Diego Simeone. The fact that the Madrid club are willing to go heavy on him is testament to their conviction in acquiring the player.

With the Argentine’s hunches on young players usually bearing fruit, it’s more than likely that the midfielder will flourish at Atletico.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN:

Atletico are offloading heavily and with a huge cash influx, the transfer fee is unlikely to cause any harm to this transfer.

But Fernandes is closely followed by other top clubs like Manchester United, Tottenham, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. The latter two could provide the youngster with a far superior financial offer. Atletico need to act quick.

Transfer rating: 6/10

FILIPE LUIS

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Atletico Madrid -> free transfer -> Lyon

French club Lyon could rope in Atletico Madrid veteran Filipe Luis as a quick fix after losing left-back Ferland Mendy to Real Madrid, according to L’Equipe.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN:

At 33, it’s unlikely the Brazilian will be the first choice left-back at a club like Atletico next season. Luis was previously linked to Barcelona to play second fiddle to Jordi Alba, but the prospect of more minutes at Lyon could sway the odds in the French side’s favour.

The absence of a transfer fee also removes half the complications surrounding the transfer.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN:

The defender admitted to Marca recently that he is still unsure of his future. Luis has not ruled out extending with Atletico, has admitted that the club is in his heart and he is currently happy at the club.

The veteran is unwilling to negotiate until the Copa America concludes and a lot can happen before that, including the arrival of new suitors. Lyon have just begun negotiations and there is a long way to go before this move is finalised.

Transfer predictor: 5/10

LUCAS TORREIRA

Lucas Torreira

Arsenal -> €50 million -> AC Milan

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is tipped to make a return to Serie A with AC Milan preparing a bid for the Uruguayan, according to Corriere dello Sport.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN:

The player admitted in an interview recently that the language barrier has prevented him from feeling at home in north London, hence hinting at a move away from Arsenal.

Torreira has already worked with incoming Milan manager Marco Giampaolo during the pair’s time together at Sampdoria. The midfielder could be tempted at the prospect of returning to familiar territory, should Milan make this a priority in the transfer window.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN:

The negotiations could be very complicated for this move. Reports suggest that Milan could approach Arsenal with an offer that also includes a swap involving Ivorian Franck Kessie. The midfielder is valued at about €30 million which means this could be a cash plus swap deal.

However, there are no suggestions that Arsenal are interested in Kessie or if they are looking to offload Torreira. The Uruguayan was one of their best players last season and the club could go to lengths in order to keep him.

Transfer rating: 5/10

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