Transfer Predictor: Paulo Dybala could tempt Tottenham into sending Christian Eriksen to Juventus

Matt Jones 30/07/2019
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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, or why not.

Today’s edition features Christian Eriksen and Paulo Dybala possibly doing the old switcheroo, a Manchester United flop wanted by Barcelona, and Everton raiding Chelsea for a player who was resplendent as a Ram last season.

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN

0401 Eriksen

Tottenham -> £70m -> Juventus

Maurizio Sarri is still looking to add quality to his stacked midfield and is targeting the wantaway Spurs star, according to Calcio Mercato.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: The Dynamic Dane wants out after several years of excellent service for the north Londoners and Maurizio Sarri is believed to be in the market for a marquee signing.

The Bianconeri are bursting with midfield talent following the acquisitions of Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey, but Blaise Matuidi or Sami Khedira may be on their way out. With a year left on his deal, Spurs may also feel like cashing in.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: See above. With such a stacked engine room, is Eriksen really a priority? Plus, as much as he’s keen to leave London, would he really be willing to sacrifice playing time to sit on the Allianz Stadium bench?

In addition, Eriksen’s hefty price and Daniel Levy’s notoriously tough negotiation style are big obstacles, though the Turin side could tempt Tottenham by including Paulo Dybala in the deal.

Transfer predictor: 6/10

MATTEO DARMIAN

Matteo Darmian

Manchester United -> £9m -> Barcelona

It might seem a bit far-fetched, but the Blaugrana are considering cheaper options if they can’t land first-choice Junior Firpo, say ESPN.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: The oddest transfer story of the summer? Quite possibly. Why would Spanish champions Barcelona want a player who’s proved to be a flop at Man United?

But while Barca would prefer either Firpo, Philipp Max or David Alaba as they look for cover at left-back, 29-year-old Darmian has emerged as a cheaper option. The Italy international can play at left or right-back, so adds depth and versatility.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Although he would be a cheaper option, Darmian would also appear to be more of a last resort. Darmian’s first season at United was solid but since then he’s looked very much out of his depth at the elite level, although he has featured more prominently on the left, where he really has not looked comfortable. So why would Barca want him again?

Transfer predictor: 2/10

FIKAYO TOMORI

Fikayo Tomori

Chelsea -> Loan -> Everton

The Chelsea academy product is highly-rated and after a number of successful Championship loan spells, Everton could be ready to give him his Premier League chance, says Sky Sports News.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: Tomori spent last season on loan at Derby and was a beast for the Rams – typified by the fact the 21-year-old won their player of the year award.

He has featured in every pre-season game so far for the Blues but remains stuck behind David Luiz, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Kurt Zouma. Ironically, Tomori might well replace the Frenchman at Goodison Park, where he was on loan last season.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Tomori spent last season under the watchful eye of Frank Lampard, who just so happens to be his new boss at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard is keen on giving youngsters their chance and might well have seen enough of the stocky centre-back last term to gauge whether he is ready for the step up to the Premier League.

Transfer predictor: 4/10

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Inter Milan will not be increasing offer for Man United striker Romelu Lukaku, says club chief

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Inter Milan chief executive Beppe Marotta has suggested the club will not be increasing their offer for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku has been left out of United’s travelling squad for Tuesday’s friendly against Kristiansund in Norway, having missed all four matches on their pre-season tour of Australia, Singapore and China due to knocks.

PA understands Lukaku has been the subject of a failed €60 million bid by Inter, with United giving the Serie A giants a deadline to agree a deal.

But Marotta believes their offer is one that fits the value of Lukaku.

“We made a strong offer, one that is valid and suited to the transfer value of the player and we were unable to conclude a deal,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“The club is strong, but we need to stay within certain parameters. The club has made big investments and we believe that we’re already at a good stage in the process.

“We are ready to pounce on opportunities, but prices are nowadays very high indeed. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and anything can happen on the market.”

On Sunday, a picture appeared on the 26-year-old’s social media accounts of him and his agent Federico Pastorello, accompanied by the message “soon to be continued”.

Lukaku’s name was then missing from the 26-player travelling party that United announced on their official website on Monday morning ahead of Tuesday’s match at Oslo’s Ullevaal Stadium.

The Belgian, after picking up an ankle injury, trained on his own on the eve of the final match of the tour, last week’s 2-1 win against Tottenham in Shanghai.

Defender Eric Bailly is not part of the group heading to Norway after he sustained a knee injury in the victory over Spurs.

Forward Alexis Sanchez is another not included after limping out of Chile’s Copa America third-place play-off match against Argentina earlier this month. Full-back Matteo Darmian is also absent.

Tuesday’s game, in boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s homeland, is United’s penultimate pre-season fixture as they face AC Milan in Cardiff on Saturday.

Squad: De Gea, Grant, Pereira, Romero; Dalot, Jones, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw, Smalling, Tuanzebe, Wan-Bissaka, Young; Fred, Gomes, James, Lingard, Mata, Matic, McTominay, Pereira, Pogba; Chong, Greenwood, Martial, Rashford.

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Everton deny submitting second bid for Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha

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Everton have categorically denied they have submitted a second player-plus-cash bid for Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.

The Toffees, who are about to lose Idrissa Gueye to Paris Saint-Germain as he edges closer his move to the Ligue 1 champions after travelling to the French capital for a medical, took the unusual step of going public regarding ongoing transfer speculation.

Zaha was a target for manager Marco Silva but having had an offer rejected over the weekend they have withdrawn their interest, although that has not stopped claims suggesting they had returned on Monday with an improved cash bid plus midfielder James McCarthy and striker Cenk Tosun.

“Everton Football Club categorically denies that a bid has been submitted to Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha that included an increased sum plus Cenk Tosun and James McCarthy,” a statement from the club read.

“Everton and Crystal Palace have a very good relationship. A bid was made over the weekend which was turned down. Both clubs agreed that was the end of the matter.”

Silva and his director of football Marcel Brands are still trying to add to the summer arrivals of Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph, back-up goalkeeper Jonas Lossl from Huddersfield and the permanent signing of last season’s loan star Andre Gomes.

However, they are resigned to losing Gueye having managed to stave off PSG’s interest in the 29-year-old in January.

After his involvement in Senegal’s run to the Africa Cup of Nations final Gueye was not scheduled to return to Finch Farm until next week.

However, PA understands he travelled to Paris for a medical and could complete a move in the next 24 hours.

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