Transfer Predictor: Donny van de Beek to Real Madrid gets 9 but Ivan Rakitic to Man United is just 5

Sooraj Kamath - Writer 16:28 03/08/2019
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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 a Manchester United target, a Real Madrid-bound youngster, and a potential swap deal.

IVAN RAKITIC

Rakitic (1)

Barcelona -> £45 million -> Manchester United

The Red Devils have reportedly identified Ivan Rakitic as an alternative to Bruno Fernandes after the arrival of Tottenham in the race to sign the youngster. The Daily Mirror suggests that United might have to spend around £45 million to land the Croatian.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

The signing of Frenkie de Jong has created a surplus in the midfield department for Barcelona and Rakitic is likely to pay the price.

It is believed that the Catalan side is willing to listen to offers for the treble winner to fund other arrivals.

The Croatian has enough experience under his belt to assist United in their rebuilding phase. His arrival could free Paul Pogba from his defensive burden and help the Frenchman exercise the creative aspect of his game.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Rakitic has reiterated several times that he is committed to a future with the Spanish giants. It would take an exceptional offer to sway the midfielder who has already settled comfortably in Spain.

Besides, this deal will automatically be called off if United manage to land Fernandes.

TRANSFER RATING: 5/10

DONNY VAN DE BEEK

Donny van de Beek

Ajax -> €60 million -> Real Madrid

Marca, Goal and other publications have claimed that Donny van de Beek’s transfer to Real Madrid is all but done and the announcement could happen soon. The two clubs are reportedly separated by €5 million in their evaluation of the player. The Dutchman confirmed to Fox Sports that the Spanish giants are pushing for his signature.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

Manchester United are reluctant to sell Madrid target Paul Pogba on the cheap and Los Blancos are slowly running out of time to add depth to their midfield – they need reinforcements with or without Pogba.

Currently, Madrid have just five midfielders in the squad and Van de Beek could add some strong depth and rotate with Modric in the line-up before the latter is phased out.

The 22-year-old has his mind set on plying his trade for Los Blancos and Ajax will be receiving a hefty fee. It appears that this transfer is likely to materialise very soon.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Persistence in the Pogba pursuit? Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is adamant on having the Frenchman at the Santiago Bernabeu next season and could force the club to go to lengths in securing the United midfielder.

This could mean that the Van de Beek deal will not be economically viable in this transfer window, but the noises are that his purchase would not affect an agreement for Pogba.

TRANSFER RATING: 9/10

JOAO CANCELO

Cancelo

Juventus -> Danilo plus €30 million -> Manchester City

Juventus full-back Joao Cancelo is set to join Premier League champions Manchester City with Danilo and €30 million going the other way, according to Tuttosport. The player has been linked with a move to City for two months but is now closer than ever to joining the Premier League side.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

Guardiola usually gets his man thanks to his tremendous pull-factor as a world class coach and City’s recent vast success. Cancelo will be a very good upgrade from Danilo and indeed Kyle Walker as he boasts qualities that the Catalan manager prefers in his attacking full-backs.

The Portuguese reportedly agreed personal terms two months ago and the two clubs now have a deal in place.

WHY IT CAN’T HAPPEN

A swap deal can always be complicated, as evidenced by the case of Romelu Lukaku and Paulo Dybala. While this deal looks close to completion, a margin of error should always be assumed to account for failed medicals or complications in other details.

There is no reliable source suggesting that Danilo has agreed terms with the Italian giants.

TRANSFER RATING 8/10

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