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.
Juventus -> £31m -> Everton
The Toffees hope to finally fill the gap left by Romelu Lukaku and land the impressive Italy teenager on a buy-back deal, according to the Daily Mail.
WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: This arrangement makes perfect sense for all parties. Kean, 19, would get regular first-team football and build on a promising 2018/19 that contained seven goals in 17 Juve run-outs, plus two strikes in three senior internationals. Everton would embrace a striker of his promise and Juve’s £40.5m clause means that if his stellar progress continues, they’ll be able to bring him back.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Kean’s sights may be set much higher. Tastes of Serie A success and Champions League nights at Juve are alluring. Even with Cristiano Ronaldo present in Turin, he may feel greater first-team chances await under new head coach Maurizio Sarri.
TRANSFER PREDICTOR: 5/10
Southampton -> £18m -> Manchester United
The Red Devils have been given permission to open talks with the ex-Juve battler, according to The Times.
WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: A gap is present in the United midfield after Ander Herrera defected to Paris Saint-Germain and it appears that the Gabon international has emerged as a favoured option to fill it. The Saints are also happy to sell after a failure to gel with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. Lemina’s past with Paul Pogba at Juve – if the France superstar stays – is another bonus.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Arsenal and Leicester are also rumoured to have registered interest in the 25-year-old, meaning United have work to do. The Red Devils’s financial might means that other options will always exist. Furthermore, they’ve targeted young, British talent under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer throughout this transfer window.
TRANSFER PREDICTOR: 7/10
Real Madrid -> £18m -> Roma
The Serie A side and Diaz’s agents are poised to hold a second meeting to ascertain the feasibility of recruiting him, according to gianlucadimarzio.com.
WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: Roma must renovate their squad after last term’s disappointing sixth-placed finish, plus the hiring of a new sporting director and head coach in Gianluca Petrachi and Paulo Fonseca. Diaz, 25, is available for a reasonable price as Madrid look to build up funds. With fellow striker Edin Dzeko consistently linked to Inter Milan, change could be afoot.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: The real object of Roma’s desire is said to be fellow Madrid alumnus Gonzalo Higuain. They will prioritise this expensive operation ahead of Diaz. Not that there isn’t competition for the Dominican Republic international – Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur view him as a potential back-up to Harry Kane.
TRANSFER PREDICTOR: 6/10
For the first time in 62 days, the United manager faced the media at the WACA in Perth, where the press conference was dominated by the happiness of their record signing.
Pogba’s public declaration that he would be keen to leave for a “new challenge” has been compounded in recent days by the midfielder’s agent, with Mino Raiola saying he was “in the process” of arranging a move for the World Cup winner.
Asked about the France international, Solskjaer said: “There has been loads of talk and speculation, of course, about all our players or many of our players, both ins and outs.”
“For me, it’s business as usual. When you’re Man United, you expect all these things to pop up in the summer,” Solskjaer added.
“And of course I’ve been in touch with Paul, spoken to Paul. Spoken to Rom [Romelu Lukaku], spoken to Rashy [Marcus Rashford], Jesse (Lingard) – I’ve spoken to all the players, more or less, over the summer.
“As you do, you keep in touch with them.
“As far as I am aware and up to now, we don’t have any bids for any of our players. We are Man United – we don’t have to sell players.”
“Agents talk all the time. Paul is a top bloke, a great professional. He has never put himself out of the team. He has always wanted to play and he always gives his best.”
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Lemina, who has said he would be open to leaving Southampton, is said to be wanted by both United and Arsenal.
And United’s problems are said to be growing as Victor Lindelof’s agent hints the defender wants to join a “great European club”, according to The Telegraph.
Lindelof’s agent has suggested the Swede could be open to a move amid interest from Barcelona.
The Mirror says Bournemouth expect Callum Wilson to sign a new four-year deal next week to ward off interest from West Ham.
The England striker has been targeted as the Hammers look to be losing out to Valencia in the race for Celta Vigo marksman Maxi Gomez.
Bayern Munich remain determined to sign Leroy Sane this summer, according to the Mirror.
The Bundesliga champions have so far been scared off by Manchester City’s £90 million valuation but the 23-year-old Germany winger is still expected to be a high-profile casualty of manager Pep Guardiola’s off-season surgery on his title-winning squad.
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Paul Pogba: The 26-year-old will be asked by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to stay at Manchester United for one more year before quitting, The Sun says.
Christian Eriksen: The midfielder is due at Tottenham for training after his wish to leave brought no bids, according to the Guardian. The midfielder had reportedly said he wanted a new challenge.
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