Transfer Predictor: Joao Cancelo's switch from Juventus to Man City appears imminent

Matt Jones 5/08/2019
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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 the future of an imminent swap deal involving Juventus and Manchester…City, an England international with over 60 caps joining Crystal Palace and Paris Saint-Germain saying goodbye to a goalkeeper.

JOAO CANCELO

Cancelo

Juventus -> €30m plus player -> Manchester City

A swap deal involving Juventus full-back Cancelo and City’s Danilo will be completed on Monday, according to Goal.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: The 25-year-old was said to have endures a fraught relationship with Max Allegri last season and that seems to have converted to Maurizio Sarri, with reports in Italy frequently claiming Cancelo is behind Mattia De Sciglio on the Juve depth chart.

It would be a coup for City who would be comfortable switching the forward-thinking Portuguese full-back on either flank. The move makes perfect sense for Danilo who has failed to convince since moving to Manchester from Real Madrid.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: At initial glance it seems odd that Cancelo would make such a move, with Kyle Walker firmly established at right-back, while City have a number of options at left-back.

But his temperament and one or two injury issues meant he was never fully trusted by Allegri last season, so perhaps the Portuguese feels he’s simply in need of a change of scenery. It seems only a matter of time before this deal is confirmed.

Transfer predictor: 9/10

GARY CAHILL

Gary Cahill

Chelsea -> Free -> Crystal Palace

Palace are closing in on a deal for ex-Chelsea defender Cahill, reports The Sun.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: The former Chelsea centre-back is a free agent so makes huge sense for Palace, who have been very quiet in the transfer market this summer. Cahill, 33, is keen to stay near his family base in London and the Eagles need to add quality to a defence shorn of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: There are believed to be a number of clubs interested in the services of the 61-times capped England international – including London rivals Arsenal, while Cahill is also on Burnley’s radar.

The Clarets may be set to lose James Tarkowski who Leicester see as a potential Harry Maguire replacement.

Transfer predictor: 7/10

KEVIN TRAPP

Kevin Trapp

Paris Saint-Germain -> €10m -> Eintracht Frankfurt

Trapp is back at PSG after spending last season on loan at the Bundesliga club, who are now hoping to land the German on a permanent basis, reports Le10Sport.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: Trapp, who made 43 appearances for Frankfurt last term, is already believed to have agreed personal terms with the side he spent three seasons with from 2012-15 over a five-year contract.

PSG have two options; sell this summer for a nominal fee or keep Trapp, although they would lose him for free at the end of his contract next summer.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: The main issue holding up any deal is Die Adler’s (the Eagles) refusal so far to meet the €10m asking price, although the two clubs are getting close.

PSG will want to hold out for something close to that, although the risk of losing Trapp for free next year may well prove to be in his former side’s favour.

Transfer predictor: 8/10

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Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte still confident of landing Romelu Lukaku

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Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is hopeful of finalising a deal for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku in the coming days.

The Italian club have been chasing Lukaku all summer and have reportedly returned with a fresh bid of around £65million as they try and get the deal over the line.

They have until September 1 to sign the Belgium striker, who has not played a single minute of United’s pre-season campaign, and Conte is hopeful of bringing the 26-year-old to the San Siro.

“We continue to work on it in the best possible way,” he said after his side drew 1-1 at Tottenham in a pre-season friendly.

“I understand there are some gaps that need to be filled but at the moment I am very hopeful that this will happen.

“At the same time I’m working with a great group of players that gives me lots of satisfaction.”

A complication to Inter’s chase of the former Everton striker is a reported swap deal between United and Juventus that could see Argentina attacker Paul Dybala move to Old Trafford in exchange for Lukaku.

“Honestly I can’t know, I don’t know,” the former Chelsea boss added. “I’m reading (about) this swap in the papers.

“For sure Lukaku, we are talking about a good player, a striker that in the past I tried to buy when I was Chelsea’s coach.

“We’re talking about two big clubs, Juventus and Inter Milan, but honestly I don’t know. Only my way is to work with this group of players, to try to improve this group and instil the right mentality.”

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Napoli favourites to land James Rodriguez after Atletico Madrid withdraw from race

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Napoli have been handed a boost in their chase of Real Madrid’s unwanted man James Rodriguez.

The Colombian midfielder has been left in limbo in the Spanish capital after Bayern Munich refused to convert last season’s loan deal to a permanent one.

Atletico Madrid and Napoli were thought to have been tussling for his signature, but it appears that the Spanish side have pulled out from the race after president Enrique Cerezo declared the squad is already ‘competitive’.

In an interview that Cerezo gave to Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli, he stressed that the signings of Portugal teenager Joao Felix and Spain forward Alvaro Morata has made up for losing Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona.

He said: “James? Our team is strong this way and we believe we are already as competitive as we are with all competitions. The rose is closed. In football you never know what will happen tomorrow. Today I can only say that we are strong this way and that the rose is already made.”

Napoli are now front-runners to land the player but are yet to agree terms with Madrid.

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