Real Madrid youngster Vinicius Junior expressed his desire to play alongside Neymar and Kylian Mbappe while donning the Los Blancos.
The Paris Saint-Germain duo has been linked to a move to the Spanish capital and the Brazilian provided his thumbs up in an interview with Telefoot.
Vinicius claimed that Neymar and Mbappe arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu could fulfil the dreams of millions across the world.
The 19-year-old remained confident that the Frenchman will make a switch soon.
“Of course, he could be in Madrid or PSG I do not know, but it’d still better [if he were at] Madrid.
“I want to play with Neymar, for sure, and also with Kylian Mbappe, and all the Madrid fans dream of having him here, and I know it because I’m there.
It’s not only Madrid fans because the fans of all teams in the world would like to see Mbappe play under their colours.”
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 recent times and give a balanced judgment on whether the move really will happen – and why.
Today’s edition features a tantalising offer from Turin for one of the game’s brightest stars, a new destination for a Real Madrid target and a young Scottish left-back heading for the Big Smoke.
MATTHIJS DE LIGT
Ajax -> €70m -> Juventus
Juventus have reportedly moved ahead of Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona in negotiations for the 19-year-old, according to Sky in Italy.
WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: It’s been one of the most intriguing transfer stories of the summer so far. The hottest defensive property on the market appeared destined to follow compatriot Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona – but now Juve and PSG appear to have moved to the front of the queue.
The French giants offered the 19-year-old a five-year contract worth £340,000 a week earlier this month, and they are the preferred destination of his agent, Mino Raiola.
But the Bianconeri are also said to have tabled a lucrative deal, which is believed would make him the second-highest-paid player behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: The world is De Ligt’s oyster and while any move is going to make him a very rich man, as well as open up more opportunity for success in bigger leagues and at bigger clubs, he is right to feel his options would be more limited in Turin.
PSG’s Champions League capabilities are probably on par with Juve’s, while Premier League champions Manchester City are an attractive proposition.
Transfer predictor: 7/10
Tottenham -> £100m -> Man United
Real Madrid’s move for Eden Hazard has led the Denmark international to believe his dream move to the Bernabeu is over, and he is looking for other options, according to the Mirror.
WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: The player is destined for pastures new, having already spoken of seeking a new challenge, telling Spurs team-mates he is leaving and packing up his north London house before the Champions League final.
Eriksen had his heart set on Madrid, but Hazard’s arrival means Zinedine Zidane is likely to target other positions to strengthen. United or Juventus are the Dane’s most viable options, with his sale freeing up vital funds for Mauricio Pochettino, who is keen on Wilfried Zaha.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Despite their willingness to sell, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is renowned as one of the toughest negotiators in football, and it is unlikely Eriksen leaves for anything less than the full £100m asking price.
Turin might appear a more palatable move for a player who might not fancy the volatile Old Trafford environment.
Transfer predictor: 5/10
Celtic -> £25m -> Arsenal
The Gunners have already had a bid rejected, but the Glasgow Evening Times reports that manager Neil Lennon would be ‘surprised’ if the talented left-back doesn’t move away from Glasgow.
WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: Even at the tender age of 22, there is not much left for Tierney to achieve north of the border. He has won three trebles in his four seasons in the senior side as well as a slew of individual honours (he claimed the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award three successive years from 2016-18).
Arsenal’s £15m bid was rebuffed last week but they are expected to make an improved offer.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Tierney is a Hoops fan at heart, so it might be too much of a wrench to leave the club he loves.
There is also the fact the Scotland international only played sporadically in 2019 because of a hernia problem, and he is still recuperating from surgery.
Transfer predictor: 8/10
When a midfielder bags 32 goals in 53 appearances across all competitions, the big clubs are bound to come knocking.
Bruno Fernandes followed up an excellent 2017/18 campaign with a phenomenal one last season at Sporting CP. Playing largely in central midfield but often in a more advanced role as well, his creative influence and goal-scoring ability shone through in the Portuguese top flight.
Aged just 24, Fernandes has naturally been recognised as an exceptional talent and the fact that his exploits have come outside of the top-five European leagues hasn’t seemed to deter interested clubs.
He’s previously stated his desire to play in the Premier League and Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham have all been linked. Inter Milan on the other hand would present a return to Serie A while Atletico Madrid are reportedly keen on the Portugal international.
According to Portuguese tabloid Correio de Manha, Liverpool are the first among Fernandes’ many suitors to table a formal bid of €45m. The understanding is that bid comes nowhere near Sporting’s valuation and will most likely be tossed out.
From Liverpool’s perspective though, it’s the right starting point. They’ve officially thrown their hat in the ring and clearly appreciate what the player could offer them in terms of a change in dynamic and greater depth. However, they’re also aware that there aren’t any substantial voids within their squad so they aren’t under pressure to land the Portuguese.
Fernandes has already spoken of his admiration of Liverpool’s style, one he prefers over that of another interested party in City.
“I like Liverpool a lot more, it’s a more direct, more offensive, maybe less organised, but more intense football, when you do not have the ball possession you are more intense,” he wrote on his blog De Caseirinha, as quoted by Portuguese publication Record.
Fernandes has the attacking instincts and intensity to flourish under Jurgen Klopp and could be a potent goal threat from midfield or even fill in for one of the front three.
SUITABILITY = 7/10
PROBABILITY = 7/10
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer often shifted between a 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 formation since his appointment last December. Regardless of his preference going into the new campaign, the versatile Fernandes should slot in seamlessly.
United have been among the front-runners for his signature but despite possessing significant funds to meet Sporting’s asking price and a strong desperation to improve their roster, they are yet to make an offer.
The assumption is that the Red Devils have several irons in the fire and their decision to snap up the 24-year-old will depend on how other pursuits materialise. However, if that’s the case, they may be going about it the wrong way.
Securing the services of Fernandes would ease the pressure on them for the rest of the summer owing to his ability to feature in a number of positions. The Sporting playmaker has the pedigree to control play in central midfield or be more threatening in behind the striker while also capable of being effective on the right flank where United are woefully short of quality.
He’s the type of player who can improve those around him with his intelligent play and with Paul Pogba angling for a move away from Old Trafford, a creative force like Fernandes – averaging 3.2 key passes per game – is essential.
SUITABILITY = 8/10
PROBABILITY = 7/10
With Antonio Conte taking over from Luciano Spalletti, Inter Milan have set their sights on challenging Juventus’ monopoly over Serie A and a few signings to promote the new manager’s vision seem inevitable.
As such, the Nerazzurri have been strongly linked with Fernandes who has welcomed the reports along with the prospect of returning to Italy’s top flight.
Speaking to Sport Mediaset, the former Sampdoria player said: “I was very happy in Italy and still watch Serie A games regularly.
“I do not have the slightest idea if it’s true that Inter are interested in me. They have a great Coach now in Antonio Conte who did so well at Juventus and with Italy. Of course, seeing my name associated with Inter is important.”
For a player blessed with several attacking attributes, Fernandes’s defensive contributions are impressive as well, making him all the more appealing to Conte.
SUITABILITY = 6/10
PROBABILITY = 5/10
Diego Simeone is understood to be an admirer of Fernandes and the Portuguese certainly fits the mould at Atletico Madrid. Diego Costa’s woeful form last season couple with Antoine Griezmann’s impending departure to Barcelona means the La Liga outfit are in need of quality in the final third.
However, Marca reported on Monday that Los Rojiblancos are on the brink of signing another sought-after Portuguese talent in Joao Felix. The 19-year-old would be a straight replacement for Griezmann and if that move comes to fruition, Atletico won’t have much appetite to invest substantial funds in Fernandes as well.
The Spanish club have already lost Juanfran, Diego Godin and Lucas Hernandez already at the back while Felipe Luis’ future is also uncertain along with that of midfielders Rodri and Thomas Partey.
SUITABILITY = 7/10
PROBABILITY = 4/10
Tottenham haven’t made a signing since Lucas Moura on January 31 last year. The fact that they’ve still managed to finish third in the Premier League and as runners-up in the Champions League is remarkable.
With Christian Eriksen looking for a move away from the club this summer, Fernandes would seem like a decent recruit on paper. He has the quality on dead balls to replace the Dane as Spurs’ premier set-piece specialist while also looking to replicate his contribution to goals.
However, recent reports from the Daily Mail and Sky Sports suggest Spurs aren’t targeting Fernandes and you can understand why.
Mauricio Pochettino has options in terms of attacking midfielders and is focused on signing Giovani Lo Celso instead, someone who fills a more withdrawn role. The Argentine is also expected to come for a much lower fee.
SUITABILITY = 5/10
PROBABILITY = 2/10