Transfer predictor: Neymar to Real Madrid scores a 5 but Rafinha to Valencia is a 9

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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 transfer within La Liga, a world record signing and an Argentine in a star-studded team.

RAFINHA

Rafinha Alcantara

Rafinha Alcantara

Barcelona -> €10 million plus bonuses -> Valencia

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha could be heading to Valencia once the Catalan side return from their pre-season tour of America, Sport reports.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN

Despite his talent, Rafinha will struggle for game-time in the current Barcelona midfield, with Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Arthur, Frenkie de Jong, Arturo Vidal and Carles Alena all higher up the pecking order. Rafinha is therefore better off plying his trade for a club where he can play every week.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

There are no reasons why this deal should be called off. However, Rafinha has struggled to maintain his fitness and the possibility of a failed medical could complicate things.

TRANSFER RATING: 9/10

NEYMAR

neymar

Paris Saint-Germain-> €120 million plus Luka Modric -> Real Madrid

The Neymar saga is set to take an interesting twist with Real Madrid attempting to sign the PSG superstar, according to Sport.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN

Madrid president Florentino Perez is a huge admirer of the Brazilian and is desperate to sign him after missing out six years ago. Neymar’s exit is all but certain with the destination still unclear. Should PSG hesitate to sell the player to Barcelona, then Madrid will be well-poised to swoop in and seal his signature.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Zinedine Zidane is not in favour of the transfer as he deems it unnecessary. Madrid can’t afford to lose Luka Modric as they will then be left with just four players in midfield. The left-wing is already well-populated with Eden Hazard, Vinicius Junior and the option of Rodrygo. Los Blancos are hence likely to prioritise reinforcing their midfield and central defence before adding more firepower to an already secure position on the pitch.

TRANSFER RATING: 5/10

PAULO DYBALA

Paulo Dybala

Juventus -> £79 million -> Paris Saint-Germain

After a deadline-day transfer to Premier League failed to materialise, Paulo Dybala could be heading to the French capital to replace the outgoing Neymar, according to the Daily Mail.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

Neymar’s potential departure from Paris will free up a slot in the PSG frontline. Sporting director Leonardo has reportedly convinced Dybala to replace the Brazilian while earning as much as £11.1 million per season. Neymar’s sale will provide PSG with the necessary budget to complete this move.

WHY IT CAN’T HAPPEN

Like most conditional transfers, this deal is heavily dependent on Neymar’s sale. Should a twist in the tale keep the former Barcelona man at PSG, Dybala could be forced to remain in Italy for the 2019-20 season.

TRANSFER RATING 6/10

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard eyes move for Ben Chilwell after transfer ban ends

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Frank Lampard has his sights set on Leicester defender Ben Chilwell when the club’s transfer ban elapses reports the Sun.

The Blues are unable to add to their squad until January 2020, when manager Lampard will reportedly make a move for the 22-year-old, who is valued at around £70million, as he looks to strengthen is back line.

Serge Aurier could be on his way out of Tottenham, with the Ivory Coast international having caught the eye of Paris St Germain and AC Milan, the Daily Mail says.

Mesut Ozil’s departure from Arsenal has moved a step closer, the Daily Express says.

The paper reports that representatives for the 30-year-old are due to fly to the United States to discuss a potential move to Major League Soccer’s DC United.

Inter Milan will attempt to sign Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic but the deal may hinge on whether the Serie A club can meet the £47million valuation, reports the Daily Mirror.

Franck Ribery could be heading to Fiorentina, the Daily Mirror says. The French winger, 36, left Bayern Munich over the summer.

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Transfer Predictor: Mauro Icardi to Napoli rumour scores a 7

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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 Chelsea, PSG and Napoli.

MAURO ICARDI

Inter Milan -> €75 million -> Napoli

Napoli are preparing a bid to sign Inter outcast Mauro Icardi, according to AS.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: Inter boss Antonio Conte confirmed last month that Icardi would not be part of his plans for the new season. And with Napoli set to table an offer, it gives the 26-year-old a much-needed escape route as well as a chance to secure regular first-team football again.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Icardi still hopes to earn a second chance at Inter but will have to accept he must leave if he wants to play. Roma and Juventus are both interested in taking the Argentine away from San Siro should a deal with Napoli not go through.

TRANSFER RATING: 7/10

BEN CHILWELL

Leicester -> £70 million -> Chelsea

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believes Leicester defender Ben Chilwell is the long-term solution at left-back at Stamford Bridge, according to the Sun.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: Lampard will have to wait until next summer to get Chilwell as the Blues are currently under a transfer ban, but the 23-year-old would be the ideal replacement to thrive at Stamford Bridge for years to come. With Marcos Alonso considering his future, it’s even more reason to sign the England international.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: The West London side could face competition from Manchester City, who have been keen to sign Chilwell to replace injury-prone Benjamin Mendy.

TRANSFER RATING: 6/10

SERGE AURIER

Tottenham -> £23 million -> PSG or AC Milan

PSG and AC Milan are interested in Tottenham full-back Serge Aurier, according to the Daily Mail.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN: The Ivory Coast international has made it clear to his Spurs team-mates that he would welcome a chance for a fresh start outside of England. A move back to Paris would be an easy transition having spent three years there from 2014-2017.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Spurs only bought Aurier from PSG in 2017 so it is unlikely the Ligue 1 champions would want to re-sign him. A switch to AC Milan could be an ideal option plus it’s a fresh challenge.

TRANSFER RATING: 5/10

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