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.
Arsenal -> £50 million -> Atletico Madrid
Atleti want the right-back and are prepared to offer Spain winger Vitolo as part of a deal, according to The Telegraph.
Why it will happen: Bellerin has never played in his native La Liga and may desire a change of scenery. The Barcelona youth product’s searing pace will interest head coach Diego Simeone, especially with veteran Juanfran potentially departing. A sizeable bid may also entice Arsenal, who require funds to finance a squad rebuild. Their boss, Unai Emery, also worked with Vitolo at Sevilla.
Why it won’t happen: Bellerin is still to regain full fitness after a horrific knee injury, meaning a medical might be impossible. The 24-year-old also has four years left to run on his Gunners deal and appears content in north London. Juventus pushed for him last summer and were rebuffed.
Transfer rating: 4/10
Istanbul Basaksehir -> Free -> West Ham United
Former Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor is attracting widespread interest from the Premier League, according to The Sun.
Why it will happen: The 35-year-old’s enduring prowess in front of goal was exhibited in Turkey, where 23 goals were registered across 53 Super Lig appearances since January 2017. His status as a free agent will also especially appeal to the Hammers, who covet a cut-price replacement for Andy Carroll. Adebayor played for Arsenal and Crystal Palace previously, meaning a new London club will appeal.
Why it won’t happen: Adebayor’s age told in his second full season in Turkey, netting only three times in 19 matches across all competitions and not completing 90 minutes in 2019. He was also abject at Palace in 2015/16, scoring once in 15, forgettable games. These travails, also, have not put off a plethora of clubs. Watford, promoted Sheffield United and Scottish Premiership holders Celtic want him.
Transfer rating: 5/10
Dalian Yifang -> Part-exchange -> Roma
Roma are planning a surprise move to bring former Napoli captain Marek Hamsik, now at Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang, back to Serie A in exchange for Javier Pastore, according to La Repubblica.
Why it will happen: Hamsik has cut a frustrated figure in China since he joined in January. Only one goal has followed in 11 top-flight appearances, some comedown since his record-shattering 12-year stint at Napoli. Dalian may view this bid as an opportunity to add a greater attacking edge to their foreign contingent.
Why it won’t happen: A lucrative three-year contract was only signed by Hamsik six months ago. These wages would impinge any bid by Roma. There is also his enduring loyalty to Napoli to factor in. Plus, Pastore would have to agree to move in the opposite direction and this is anything but guaranteed.
Transfer rating: 2/10
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Italian powerhouses Juventus are on the hunt for star Dutch defender and Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt and are reportedly prepared to pay more than 70 million euros, according to De Telegraaf newspaper Saturday.
The teenage centre-back has previously been linked to a possible transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, but Juventus “are seducing the Ajax defender with a contract almost impossible to refuse, and star player Cristiano Ronaldo’s charms”, the paper reported.
It comes after television cameras picked up a short, but genial conversation between Ronaldo and De Ligt after the Netherlands lost 1-0 against Portugal in the Nations League final earlier this month.
Asked by the Dutch public broadcaster NOS at the time whether Ronaldo wanted to know if De Ligt, 19, would join him at the Turin-based Juventus, De Ligt said: “That could well be, yes.”
“I didn’t understand him at first. I was a little shocked, so I laughed. But I didn’t say anything,” De Ligt pointed out.
Should De Ligt decide to move to the Italian club he could rake in between €15 to 20 million euros annually, the NOS added, saying the contract would last five years.
It would not be the first time a well-known Ajax player made the move to the Italian club, with former Dutch international goalkeeper and current Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar playing 66 games for Juventus between 1999 and 2001, among others.
De Ligt’s manager and sometimes controversial football agent, the Dutch-Italian Mino Raiola, is also said to keep “warm ties” with Juventus, De Telegraaf said.
But the paper said a transfer to PSG wasn’t completely out of the picture: “It should never be written off.”
Spanish giants Real Madrid have reportedly cooled in Christian Eriksen and have made Paul Pogba their priority target.
Two weeks ago, the Dane was tipped to don the Los Blancos jersey after a flurry of rumours from various outlets and his admission to wanting a new challenge caused quite a few ripples.
But recent developments, revolving around Paul Pogba’s desire to leave Manchester United have brought around a twist in the tale.
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is a huge fan of his countryman and Goal report that he has been made the primary transfer target.
However, this deal might not be as straightforward as it seems. Madrid have spent more than €300 million in the transfer window already, having roped in Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Rodrygo, Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy.
Before they acquire Pogba’s signature, the Spanish capital club will have to oversee some departures and the list could begin with Welsh star Gareth Bale.
Los Blancos could have to compete with Juventus after the Italian club’s Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed they still admire 26-year-old.