Transfer Predictor: Alexis Sanchez' loan move to Roma scores a 6

David Cooper 10/08/2019
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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.

Today’s edition features potential signings for Roma, Flamengo and Atalanta.

ALEXIS SANCHEZ

RUMOUR: Manchester United -> loan -> Roma

Roma have held talks with Manchester United over the prospect of taking outcast Sanchez on loan, the Telegraph reports.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: Roma is a solid destination for the Chilean, who began his European career in Italy with Udinese back in 2006. They can offer Champions League football and a league long known for prolonging careers of aging stars. It also gives the 30-year-old a chance to secure more game time as he is likely to spend the bulk of the season on the bench at United.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: It could be seen as a risk to let Sanchez go following the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan, leaving United a little short up front. If Sanchez is to leave Old Trafford, then he is more likely to exit in January or at the end of the season.

PREDICTION: 7/10

MARIO BALOTELLI

RUMOUR: Marseille -> free -> Flamengo

Flamengo have opened talks with Mario Balotelli over a move to Brazil, according to the Daily Mail.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: The Italian is a free agent after being released by Marseille, and is believed to be keen on the move to South America after spending his entire career in Europe.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Fiorentina, Parma and Genoa all retain an interest in the 28-year-old, and could be viable options if a deal with the Flamengo doesn’t go through. The only problem for any club remains Balotelli’s £3.6million-a-year wage demands, especially for any team operating on a low wage budget.

PREDICTION: 6/10

LUCA PELLEGRINI

RUMOUR: Juventus -> loan -> Atalanta or Cagliari

Atalanta and Cagliari are both interested in a loan move for Juventus defender Luca Pellegrini, Calciomercato reports.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: Pellegrini only joined Juventus from Roma earlier this summer, but appears unlikely to receive much game time with the Serie A champions this season. The 20-year-old would prefer to play with a club in the Champions League, with Atalanta the most likely to secure his services on a loan deal.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Maurizio Sarri may want the rising star to be around the first team squad and test him against other high-profile players. If an injury does occur, then the Italian has Pellegrini to call upon.

PREDICTION: 9/10

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PSG open to loaning Neymar to Real Madrid as Barcelona risk losing out

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The Neymar summer transfer saga has just taken another major twist after reports from Spain claim that the Brazilian has opened talks with Real Madrid.

Barcelona‘s pursuit of Neymar has been well documented, as the Catalans seek to bring the 27-year-old back to La Liga after having him swiped from under their noses by PSG two years ago.

However, with talks stalling between the two sides, PSG have apparently made the first move in a potential deal with the powers-that-be at the Bernabeu.

According to Marca, sources say that PSG could even be willing to let Neymar head to Real on a one-year loan deal – with a view to selling him on at a higher price next summer.

This option would not be available for Barcelona, as it is believed that the Paris club have been angered by perceived attempts between the Spanish side and Neymar to stir up unrest and force the Brazilian’s price tag to be lowered.

Madrid president Florentino Perez is understood to have a good relationship with the PSG board, while tensions have been simmering between the French club and Barcelona ever since Neymar’s release clause was activated two years ago.

Neymar would give Real Madrid a bonafide superstar in the same vein as Cristiano Ronaldo – who departed for Juventus a season ago – and would complete an enviable attacking line-up alongside Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr and summer signings Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic.

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Chelsea to launch £80million bid for Wilfried Zaha in January

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The transfer window may have closed but rumours about the future of Wilfried Zaha continue.

The Daily Telegraph reports the Ivorian remains adamant that he wants to leave Selhurst Park, despite a proposed transfer to Everton breaking down.

Meanwhile, the Sun reports that Chelsea will be looking to make a £80million move for Zaha in January if they can overturn their transfer ban.

Sporting Lisbon’s refusal to lower their asking price for Bruno Fernandes saw a potential move to Tottenham break down, reports the Daily Mirror.

Spurs were keen on the 24-year-old but were put off by an asking price of around £64million, the paper adds.

Saido Berahino is on his way out of English football, with the former Stoke striker heading to Belgian side Zulte Waregem, according to the Daily Mail.

Players to watch

Neymar: Real Madrid are to set their sights on signing the Paris St Germain forward after a potential move for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba broke down, reports Marca.

James Rodriguez: Napoli are still in the hunt for the Real Madrid man, according to Marca.

Danny Rose: Watford were interested in signing the Tottenham man during the transfer window but Spurs rejected the Hornets’ advances, Sky Sports says.

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