Transfer Predictor: Ricardo Pereira to Juventus gets a 4 but Dan-Axel Zagadou to Arsenal is a 7

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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 Sevilla, Juventus and Arsenal.

LUUK DE JONG

Luuk De Jong

PSV Eindhoven -> €12 million -> Sevilla

Dutch publication De Telegraaf report that Luuk de Jong could be on his way to Seville after a successful season with the Dutch giants. The player could cost Sevilla around €12-13 million and will be joining Munas Dabbur upfront.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

Should Wissam Ben Yedder follow interests from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United out of Ramon Sanchez Pizuan, Sevilla will find themselves needing a striker who can get 15-20 goals a season.

Besides, the Seville club had a disappointing season and are likely to make some big-name signings. De Jong – who netted 32 goals for PSV last season – could be a great addition to the squad

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Reports suggest that the fee is unlikely to cause harm to this transfer. But if this deal is dependent on Ben Yedder leaving Sevilla, complications could arise. The Frenchman is a fan-favourite and an established player at the club.

TRANSFER RATING: 6/10

RICARDO PEREIRA

Ricardo Pereira

Leicester City -> Undisclosed -> Juventus

Juventus are expected to lose full-back Joao Cancelo to Manchester City and have hence targeted Leicester City’s Ricardo Pereira according to The Sun.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

Arguably Leicester’s best player of the 2018/19 season, Pereira has demonstrated enough quality to draw interest from a heavyweight.

If reports are to be believed, Cancelo could very well be on his way to Etihad. Pereira would then be an able replacement for the Portuguese who added a lot of width to their attack.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

It’s unlikely that Leicester will let two of their best players in Harry Maguire and Pereira leave in the same window.

Also, there is no mention of the transfer fee in the rumours and the deal hence seems far off from materialising.

TRANSFER RATING: 4/10

DAN-AXEL ZAGADOU

Dan-Axel Zagadou

Borussia Dortmund -> £26.8 million -> Arsenal

Bild report that the return of Mats Hummels to Borussia Dortmund could pave the way for Dan-Axel Zagadou out of Germany. Arsenal are said to be interested and an asking price of £26.8 million has been set by Dortmund.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

Zagadou reportedly confirmed that he is looking for a way out of Dortmund after the arrival of Hummels has threatened his playing time ahead of the new season.

Arsenal still have issues at the back and with Laurent Koscielny not getting any younger, they will need able reinforcements at the back. Zagadou had a great first half of the season with Dortmund and could do well in London.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

The reported transfer fee of £26.8 million is more than half of Arsenal’s transfer budget and the Gunners are reportedly also after a winger and a striker.

However, if the 20-year-old attempts to force a move out, Dortmund could be compelled to reduce the fee. The arrival of Hummels does render this transfer likely.

TRANSFER RATING: 7/10

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Barcelona are not in for Neymar – club vice president Jodi Cardoner

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Neymar

The manner of Neymar’s departure from Barcelona could hinder any possible decision to re-sign the forward, insists the club’s vice president.

The 27-year-old left the Nou Camp for Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 for a world-record transfer fee.

The move has not worked out with Neymar unable to lead the Ligue 1 side to the Champions League success they are targeting and now he is reportedly desperate to return.

There have been suggestions in recent days that the Brazil international, who was ruled out of Copa America after injuring his ankle in a warm-up game, is ready to go on strike to force through a move back to Barcelona.

But Jodi Cardoner, vice president of the Catalan club, revealed they have made no move for a player whose exit two years ago left a sour taste as a legal battle ensued following bonus payments to the player.

“The correct thing is to say that Neymar wants to return to Barcelona,” Cardoner told Marca.

“But I do not agree that Barcelona worry about signing Neymar, this is not on the table, there are many things about his departure that I did not like, many things.

“We have to change the scenarios, there are uncertain comments that we have signed Neymar, we have not signed anyone, we have not kept in touch with him, he and many players want to play in Barcelona.

“It does not surprise me that Neymar wants to come back… it has already happened other times, sometimes they have left and they have returned; Cesc (Fabregas), (Gerard) Pique.

“Neymar is a great player, but what surrounds the circumstances of how he left also have to be evaluated if one day these hypotheses are to be reality.”

One player who will be turning out for Barcelona next season is Neymar’s compatriot Neto.

Barcelona confirmed the signing of the 29-year-old goalkeeper on Thursday – Neto signing a four-year deal after a fee of 26million Euros – with another 9million Euros in add-ons – was agreed with Valencia.

Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillesen moved the other way earlier in the week and Neto will now provide cover for first-choice Marc-Andre ter Stegen, having been on the bench for Valencia’s Copa del Rey final win over Barcelona at the end of last season.

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Liverpool agree deal for 17-year-old Dutch defender Sepp Van Den Berg

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Liverpool have reached an agreement to sign Holland Under-19 defender Sepp Van Den Berg from PEC Zwolle.

The Champions League winners have announced the highly-rated 17-year-old will join them in July after finalising a deal – subject to international clearance – understood to be worth an initial £1.3million.

Van den Berg, who made 15 appearances for the Eredivisie side last season, has agreed a “long-term contract” at Anfield and will become Jurgen Klopp’s first signing of the summer.

Van Den Berg told the Premier League club’s website, www.liverpoolfc.com: “It’s just an amazing feeling. It is, for me, the biggest club in the world and it’s a dream come true. I am really excited.

“I’ve seen what kind of players from the academy grew into the first team here. It is unbelievable, especially when this kind of big club does that.

“Of course, the trainer (Klopp) is a great guy and one of the reasons they are successful – and also one of the reasons I came here. I think this is the best place for me to grow and hopefully play a lot of games here.”

Van Den Berg, who has four under-19 caps, will join the first-team squad but is expected to be eased into action with games in the academy side.

Liverpool have also announced that 18-year-old midfielder Abdi Sharif has signed his first professional contract with the club.

Sharif was born in Somalia but raised in Toxteth and has been training with the club since the age of six.

He was a member of the side that won the FA Youth Cup last season, scoring a penalty in the shoot-out and has also played in the Under-23s team.

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