Transfer predictor: Marco Asensio-Sadio Mane swap gets a 4 but Malcom to Spurs 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 Tottenham, Real Madrid and Liverpool.

MALCOM

Malcom

Barcelona -> £36 million -> Tottenham

Barcelona are reportedly working to bring back Neymar from Paris-Saint Germain and AS report that Malcom could be sacrificed in the process. The Catalan club will need to free up a non-EU spot and the Brazilian winger could hence be plying trades for Spurs next season.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

Barcelona’s interest in Neymar is concrete and the likelihood of the transfer materialising is growing by the day. Keeping in mind the restriction on non-EU spots and the huge transfer fee, it’s likely that Malcom – who barely played in his debut season – will be on his way out.

Spurs will look to seal their first transfer in three windows by acquiring the signature of the versatile winger who had a splendid career at Bordeaux before he arrived at Barcelona.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Borussia Dortmund are also interested in the youngster but Barcelona are reportedly interested in shipping him off to the Premier League. However, given how the Spanish giants are in need of funds, they could sell the player to the highest bidder.

Spurs could hence face stiff competition from the German club which is doing brilliantly in the transfer window.

TRANSFER RATING: 7/10

SADIO MANE

Marco-Asensio

Liverpool -> Swap deal (Marco Asensio)-> Real Madrid

Having already added enough fire-power in their attack, Spanish giants Real Madrid are reportedly plotting a move for Champions League winner Sadio Mane. The Daily Express claim that a deal with Marco Asensio going the other way is very much on the cards.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

Jurgen Klopp is reportedly in favour of having £85-million-rated Asensio aboard and Madrid could allow the Spaniard to leave, should they acquire the signature of Mane.

Asensio is just back from a sub-par season and is likely to have his minutes cut at the capital club. He could force a move to join the Champions League winners.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

To start with, it’s unlikely that Liverpool will want to tinker with the existing winning combination. The Senegalese winger was crucial to their European success and is an established core player in the squad.

Also, Mane will have to compete with Eden Hazard for the left-winger’s spot. Although both are versatile, can play on either wing and Mane can also play as a striker, the front-three could come off as incompatible.

TRANSFER RATING: 4/10

PHILIPPE COUTINHO

coutinho

Barcelona -> Undisclosed -> Liverpool

Le10Sport claim that Liverpool are interested in bringing back Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona. The Brazilian attacker recently admitted that he will never ply trades for Liverpool rivals Manchester United. This has prompted interest from the Reds who could provide Coutinho a way out of Camp Nou.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

Klopp is reportedly interested in bringing back Coutinho in an attempt to strengthen their chances of a European title defence.

The former Liverpool midfielder has been at the end of a lot of criticism after a disappointing season with the Catalans and is tipped to leave the La Liga champions in this transfer window.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Although Barcelona will be open to selling Coutinho, they will be setting a high fee to save face from what was a failed transfer.

Only time will tell whether the Reds consider him a priority on whom they can afford to spend big bucks.

TRANSFER RATING: 5/10

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Man United eye move for Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes

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Manchester United’s summer rebuild is well under way and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not finished yet.

The Express, citing a report in Italy, says the Red Devils are now targeting Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

According to a La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist, United have offered £31 million for the 24-year-old, but it is thought the player’s fee could hold up the deal.

Chelsea are close to naming former player Frank Lampard as their new manager, according to the Mail.

It says the current Derby boss will return to Stamford Bridge on a three-year, £4 million-a-year deal, which could be confirmed within the next couple of days, and reportedly includes a bonus for Champions League qualification.

And with Lampard’s deal looking all the more likely to be rubber-stamped sooner rather than later, the Rams are also said to be on the hunt for a new boss.

According to the Telegraph, Derby will hold talks with former Holland midfielder Phillip Cocu as a possible successor.

Meanwhile, The Star is also reporting on United’s possible third signing of the summer, saying Solskjaer is hoping to set up a quickfire deal for Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff.

The papers says the club is preparing to make a £15 million bid, with the United boss hoping the 21-year-old can be in place before the squad’s pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East in less than a week’s time.

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Demands made as Wilfried Zaha chases Arsenal switch from Crystal Palace

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Wilfried Zaha’s brother has urged Crystal Palace to let him leave after Arsenal reportedly made a £40 million bid for the Eagles forward.

Ivory Coast striker Zaha is said to be keen to quit Selhurst Park this summer with the Gunners strong admirers.

Palace have already sold Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United in a deal rising to £50m and it is unlikely they will want to lose Zaha.

Judicael Zaha told Sky Sports: “Given all that Wilfried has given to Crystal Palace to help them remain a Premier League club, I hope Palace will be able to see their way to agreeing a deal with Arsenal that allows Wilfried to realise his dream of playing European football for the club he’s supported since childhood.

“Wilfried will always hold Crystal Palace and their fans in the highest regard and all the support they have given means the world to him.

“It’s my brother’s dream though, to play for Arsenal.”

Zaha scored in the Ivory Coast’s 4-1 Africa Cup of Nations win over Namibia on Monday to help them reach the last 16.

He netted 10 goals for Palace last season and has made 285 appearances for them in two spells.

He joined Manchester United in 2013 but played just four times, also spending a spell on loan at Cardiff, before returning to the Eagles less than two years later.

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