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.
Chelsea -> €60m -> Juventus
The centre midfielder’s agent has refused to rule out a reunion with mentor Maurizio Sarri at Juve, according to Tuttomercatoweb.
WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: Sarri and Jorginho have been joined together since the former arrived at Napoli in June 2015. The Brazil-born, Italy international is critical to ‘Sarri-ball’ – which makes links to his new club, Juve, make perfect sense. Jorginho’s unique talents may mean he is surplus to requirement when Frank Lampard, as expected, takes over at Stamford Bridge.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Juve continue to be linked with an ambitious move to bring back Paul Pogba from Manchester United, plus interest has reportedly already been registered in Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Will they want Jorginho, if either of those ambitious targets are attained? Chelsea’s transfer ban, subject to appeal, may also make them reluctant to sell any more players after the high-profile exit of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid. Meanwhile, in Miralem Pjanic Sarri may already have the deep-lying playmaker he desires.
Transfer Predictor: 6/10
Atletico Madrid -> €70m -> Bayern Munich
Bayern are determined to compete with Manchester City and land the Spain international because of their determination to craft a Champions League-winning squad, according to AS.
WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: The defensive midfielder’s release clause and desire to depart Atleti, for a second time, mean an exit appears inevitable. Pep Guardiola’s philosophy was meant to appeal most to Rodri, but Bayern are pressing hard. They’ve already landed France defender Lucas Hernandez from Atleti this summer and want to make it a double. Bayern’s impressive rebuild is making them a team to fear, once again. Rodri would be central to this.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: The Spanish connection at City must, surely, hold significant influence. Also, would you rather work with Guardiola or Niko Kovac? If it comes down to financials, City are also able to pay more in wages.
Transfer Predictor: 4/10
Celtic -> £20m -> Arsenal
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has identified the emerging Scotland international as his top target for left-back, according to the Daily Mail.
WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: The Gunners are targeting excellent young players, who can drive them back into the Champions League. Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac did not overly impress last term, meaning an improvement in the position is sought. Tierney has wowed at Celtic and at 22-years old, offers significant resale value.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: A limited summer budget for Arsenal is estimated at £45m – Tierney would take up nearly half of this amount. Left-back, also, is not a priority position for the club. Tierney has stated in the past he sees himself as a potential one-club man.
Transfer Predictor: 6/10
Ferland Mendy believes France team-maters Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba could easily join him at Real Madrid though he insists they have not discussed such a prospect.
The left-back was unveiled at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday after his €50 million move from Lyon.
“What can I say, why not? They [Mbappe and Pogba] are both excellent, top quality players but really we have not spoken about Real Madrid,” Mendy said.
“The only person I have spoken to about Real Madrid in the French national team is Raphael Varane.”
Mendy joins Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao and Rodrygo in moving to Madrid as part of a €300-million summer spending spree ahead of the new season.
“Varane told me that it was the biggest club in the world,” Mendy added. “He said he’ll help me to integrate into the group and in the dressing room.
“I am very happy to play for the best team in the world and to be able to wear this shirt. I hope to win many titles here.”
Everton are closing in on a deal to sign Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes permanently.
The 25-year-old spent last season on loan at Goodison Park and was arguably their best player in the first half of the campaign, despite not making his debut until mid-October because of a hamstring problem.
Gomes always expressed a desire to return permanently and Press Association Sport understands he is now close to getting his wish with a fee in the region of £22million verbally agreed between the two clubs.
The Toffees are still working on the finer details of the transfer, which means an announcement is not imminent, but manager Marco Silva looks to have secured a man he feels is key to helping the club move forward.
Gomes, a Portugal international and member of the the Euro 2016-winning squad, moved to the Nou Camp from Valencia in the summer of 2016 for £30million and made 72 appearances, half of which were as a substitute.
A large proportion of his transfer fee will be offset by the sale of Nikola Vlasic to CSKA Moscow.
The 21-year-old, who scored eight goals in 31 matches on loan for the Russian club last season, is on the verge of a £14million move with the final paperwork just to be completed.
CSKA were quick to announce the Croatian had signed a five-year contract but Press Association Sport understands Everton cannot sign it off until a number of formalities are concluded.
Vlasic was the last signing of former manager Ronald Koeman in August 2017, joining in a £10million deal from Hajduk Split just a week after facing them in a Europa League qualifier.
Within two months Koeman had been sacked and, although he went on to make 19 appearances for the Toffees in his first season, Vlasic managed just five from January 1 with then manager Sam Allardyce clearly not impressed and he was farmed out on loan by Silva last August.
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