Transfer predictor: Matthijs de Ligt to Man United scores a 4, Lucas Vazquez to Arsenal gets a 6

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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 West Ham, Manchester United and Arsenal.

MAXI GOMEZ

Maxi Gomez

Maxi Gomez

Celta Vigo -> £45 million -> West Ham

​West Ham have emerged as frontrunners to sign Celta Vigo hitman Maxi Gomez, according to Superdeporto.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

With West Ham frontman Marko Arnautovic closing in on a switch to China, the Hammers are in desperate need of reinforcements up front ahead of the new campaign. Lopez starred for Celta last season, scoring 13 goals and providing five assists, and would be an ideal addition to Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Valencia are believed to be interested in the 22-year-old, with Valencia forward Santi Mina set to move in the opposite direction as part of the deal. If Arnautovic opts to stay in London, then Lopez will not move to the England capital to be second-choice striker.

TRANSFER RATING: 5/10

MATTHIJS DE LIGT

Matthijs de Ligt

Ajax -> Undisclosed -> Manchester United

Man United have received a boost in their hopes of signing Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

The Premier League club is a contender only by elimination of more likely destinations like Juventus or Barcelona. That said, bewildering transfers are part of football and a bumper offer from the Red Devils could sway De Ligt’s decision making if an agreement from Ajax is confirmed.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

After signing Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey on free transfers, one can expect Juventus to prepare an improved offer to the Ajax camp. It appears that the latest developments are more of a roadblock than a dead end. Juventus are still favourites to land the Dutchman.

TRANSFER RATING: 4/10

Lucas Vazquez

Lucas Vasquez

Lucas Vazquez

Real Madrid -> 35 million -> Arsenal

Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez could be on his way to Arsenal, according to AS.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

The 28-year-old has failed to hold down a regular starting place in the Spanish capital, and with the arrivals of Luka Jovic and Rodrygo he is likely to find his playing time restricted next term. A move to Arsenal could be the best option for Vazquez as he seeks regular minutes and a new challenge.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

The Spaniard has proven to be a great utility player and may opt to stay to fight for his starting place at the Bernabeu.

TRANSFER RATING: 6/10

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Alvaro Morata secures permanent transfer to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata will join Atletico Madrid on a permanent deal at the end of the 2019-20 season, the Premier League club have announced.

The 26-year-old is currently on an 18-month loan with Atletico, which began in January, and he will remain in the Spanish capital upon its completion.

The Spain international scored 24 goals in 72 appearances for the Blues after joining from Real Madrid for a fee of around £60 million in 2017.

“We would like to thank Alvaro for his contribution and wish him the best of luck for the future,” Chelsea said in a statement on their official website.

Morata’s first-team chances at Stamford Bridge became increasingly limited under Maurizio Sarri and his loan move to Atletico earlier this year appeared to signal the end of his short-lived Premier League career.

However, with Chelsea currently serving a transfer ban which they are appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, it was not clear whether new boss Frank Lampard would be willing to let Morata leave the club.

But, a deal has now been struck with Atletico, for whom Morata scored six goals in 15 appearances during the second half of the 2018-19 campaign as the Rojiblancos finished second in La Liga.

Morata took to Twitter to declare himself “happy” to be remaining with Diego Simeone’s side.

He said: “Happy. It’s official. Now I will have time to return with work and goals all the effort of the club and the affection of the fans. Thank you!!!”

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Barcelona president denies Lionel Messi's involvement in transfer policy and addresses Neymar talk

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu refused to speculate on whether the Spanish giants will launch a bid to bring Brazil international Neymar back to the Nou Camp.

Neymar, who left Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain for a world record €222 million is reportedly unhappy, but Bartomeu chose not to further unsettle the Brazil international with transfer talk.

Instead, Bartomeu talked up Barcelona’s interest in another striker – Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann – and confirmed both clubs’ Chief Executive Officers met in Spain’s capital on Thursday to discuss the likelihood of a deal.

Bartomeu lent his support to the club’s previous two big-money signings – Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele – and said star player Lionel Messi does not hold influence over the club’s transfer policy.








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