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, Manchester United and PSG.
RUMOUR: Real Madrid -> loan -> Tottenham
Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos is close to signing for Tottenham on loan, according to Estadiodeportivo.
WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: Ceballos feels there is a future for him at Madrid but would be keen on a loan move to Spurs, where he has signalled his intention to Mauricio Pochettino of playing 40 games plus per season.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Champions League winners Liverpool are also jockeying for position and boss Jurgen Klopp rates Ceballos very highly. The Spaniard may opt for a move instead to Anfield as the Reds go in search of a first Premier League title since 1990.
RUMOUR: Sporting Lisbon -> €70m -> Manchester United
Bruno Fernandes is expecting to seal a transfer to Manchester United this summer, according to Correio da Manha.
WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has targeted the Sporting Lisbon ace to strengthen his midfield, especially with Paul Pogba looking increasingly intent on a move to Juventus. Fernandes is believed to have already agreed personal terms with the Red Devils, but Sporting are continuing to hold out for a fee closer to €70m before anything is confirmed.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Only something drastic breaking down at the last minute can see this deal not getting over the line.
RUMOUR: Barcelona -> £50m -> PSG
PSG are keen for Barcelona to include out-of-favour attacker Malcom in any deal involving Neymar, according to La Parisien.
WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: Barcelona’s interest in Neymar is growing by the day and a move could be confirmed by the end of the transfer window. Keeping in mind the restriction on non-EU spots and the mammoth transfer fee, it’s likely that Malcom will be on his way out. The Brazilian has had to play a bit part role in his first season at the Camp Nou and is unlikely to force his way into the starting XI if he chooses to stay.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Borussia Dortmund are also interested in the 22-year-old but Barcelona are reportedly interested in shipping him off to Ligue 1 as part of the potential Neymar deal. However, given how the Spanish giants are in need of funds, they could sell the player to the highest bidder.
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That’s according to a report in Marca, which claims that United have asked for time to search for a replacement to the midfielder who won the World Cup with France last year.
Recruiting his countryman has been Zinedine Zidane’s wish right from the outset of the summer transfer window, despite reports that the Madrid board would favour a move for Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen.
United, meanwhile, have been linked with moves for Sporting star Bruno Fernandes and Newcastle’s emerging talent Sean Longstaff, but with Ander Herrera having left on a free transfer to PSG and a Pogba exit seemingly imminent, more than two reinforcements may be required.
Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one possible replacement, though the club will likely balk over a price tag €120 million – especially as they are holding out for €150m for Pogba.
Pogba, who found some of his best form when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was initially appointed in December before badly tailing off at the end of the season, has flown to Australia to be part of United’s pre-season tour.
Newcastle have reportedly looked north in their search for Rafael Benitez’s successor, with the Daily Mirror reporting Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has been approached by Magpies owner Mike Ashley.
United have been looking for leadership since Benitez’s contract expired and the Spaniard signed with Chinese club Dalian Yifang.
But former Liverpool captain Gerrard has apparently rebuffed Ashley’s offer, after only managing the Glaswegian side for 12 months.
The Times reports Manchester United star Paul Pogba is being targeted by Juventus.
Calls have grown consistently louder that the Frenchman is unhappy at Old Trafford, with the Italian side seemingly a natural fit as the 26-year-old played for them previously.
The Serie A giants are said to be preparing a £120m bid to secure the World Cup-winning midfielder’s services.
Tottenham are reportedly on the cusp of signing Welsh international Ben Davies on a new long-term contract.
The 26-year-old came to Spurs from Swansea in 2014 and had two years remaining on his current deal, but the Telegraph says the club are moving to lock in the left-back for the long term.
Tyrone Mings has agreed to a £26.5m deal to leave Bournemouth for Aston Villa, the Daily Mail reports.
The 26-year-old centre-back spent last season on loan to Villa, helping them achieve promotion to the Premier League.
The defender’s fee will see the Birmingham side break their transfer record for the second time this summer, after they previously paid £22m for Brazil’s Wesley.
Dutch left-back Erik Pieters could be leaving Stoke for Burnley, according to the Daily Mail.
Pieters spent five Premier League seasons with the Potters before being loaned to Ligue 1’s Amiens for his most recent campaign.
It is hoped the 30-year-old will add some steel to Burnley’s defence, which leaked 68 goals last season.
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