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 Barcelona target, a Manchester United outcast and a transfer within La Liga,
Paris Saint-Germain -> €100 million plus Philippe Coutinho -> Barcelona
The two parties met on Tuesday to officially open negotiations, but there was no definitive outcome.
WHY IT CAN HAPPEN
Neymar’s departure from the French club is all but confirmed – the destination, however, remains undecided. El Clasico rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid are vying for the player’s signature and it appears that the Catalans are now in the driving seat.
Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal is respected at PSG and although the negotiations did not produce any immediate result, there is a promise of a potential deal by the end of the week.
Besides, the Brazilian prefers to move to his former club and reunite with Lionel Messi over moving to the capital.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN
As things stand, PSG want to sell the player to Madrid. While Barcelona are trying to add players to the deal to reduce the transfer fee, the French giants are insisting on cash-heavy payment.
However, PSG are willing to listen to an offer that includes Barcelona right-back Nelson Semedo and Philippe Coutinho. The Catalans don’t want to consider this option as the Portuguese has established himself as a starter.
Despite the commencement of formal negotiations, the two clubs are still wide apart in their demands,
TRANSFER RATING: 7/10
Valencia -> €60m -> Atletico Madrid
Valencia are reportedly looking for a replacement in the meantime, with Madrid forward Mariano Diaz emerging as an option.
WHY IT CAN HAPPEN
It seems that Diego Costa’s injury has reminded Los Rojiblancos that the Spain international is past his prime physically and will not be able to maintain a high level of fitness consistently.
Rodrigo should prove to be an able striking partner for Alvaro Morata, who is fitting in well at his new club. The Spaniard boasts La Liga experience and could blend into the team instantly.
Valencia will be happy to get a good sum out of the deal, as they search the market for a replacement.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN
Atletico could announce the signing anytime today. It seems unlikely that the deal will fall through, with most publications confirming that the agreement is done.
However, the remote possibility of Valencia doing a U-turn after failing to come up with a replacement can’t be ignored.
TRANSFER RATING: 9/10
Manchester United -> Free transfer -> Inter Milan
United’s out-of-favor full-back Matteo Darmian is set to join Inter Milan as a free agent at the end of the 2019/20 season after an agreement was reached between the player and the Nerazzuri.
Darmian failed to establish himself at the Premier League club, but Inter boss Antonio Conte sees him as a valuable addition to the team. Rai Sport claim that the 29-year-old will reunite with his former national team coach in 2020.
WHY IT WILL HAPPEN
United will have no say in the matter as Darmian will be shifting base at the end of his contract. This should go a long way in simplifying the transfer.
If reports suggesting that the concerned parties have agreed on terms are to be believed, very little can prevent it from coming through.
Conte is convinced of the Italian’s quality and his versatility could be crucial as Inter look to set up a 3-5-2 with Darmian playing out wide.
WHY IT CAN’T HAPPEN
The deal can’t materialise before Darmian’s contract with United expires. Although the agreements for the transfer are in place, a lot can happen over one year that could hinder this move.
TRANSFER RATING 8/10
Tottenham are worried about losing defender Toby Alderweireld on a free transfer next summer, with the club reportedly open to offers in the January transfer window according to the Daily Mirror.
The Belgian has caught the eye of Roma but the Serie A side failed to meet the £25million release clause the paper says.
Paris Saint-Germain have rejected Barcelona’s opening bid to sign Neymar, reports the Daily Mail.
The La Liga side offered £74million and Philippe Coutinho for the Brazilian, but the French side have reportedly said they want more money and more players.
Another on-off move over the summer has been Paul Pogba, with the Daily Telegraph reporting that Manchester United will not listen to any offers for the French midfielder during the current European transfer window.
A host of Italian sides are interested in bringing in former Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente, with Lazio keen to offer a deal and outmuscle Napoli, Roma and Fiorentina, according to the Daily Mail.
Tiemoue Bakayoko could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge, with Monaco looking to bring in the defensive midfielder on loan, the Daily Mail reports.
Bakayoko made 29 appearances for the Blues in his first season, but went out on loan to AC Milan in the last campaign.
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Real Madrid’s interest in Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will be brought to a close if they are successful in signing Neymar from Paris St Germain, reports the Sun. Neymar was absent for PSG’s first Ligue 1 game of the season amid speculation about his future.
Christian Eriksen‘s future at Tottenham has been called into doubt, with the club looking at doubling his wage to £200,000-a-week to seal the long-term future of the Dane, while Juventus are mulling an offer in 2020, according to the Daily Mail.
Gareth Bale‘s future at Real Madrid is still in question, with the Daily Mail reporting the Welshman will persevere at the Bernabeu until the Chinese Super League transfer window reopens. The 29-year-old man was linked with a move to China over the summer.
Daniel Sturridge has 13 contract offers and will make a decision on his future this week, reports the Daily Telegraph. The paper says Fenerbahce are among the interested clubs and have put an offer of £60,000-a-week on the table.
AC Milan and Roma are interested in prising Dejan Lovren away from Liverpool, who will accept £13.9million for the 30-year-old defender, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Social media round-up
Barcelona have started negotiating a cash deal with a player exchange to sign Neymar from PSG, sources have told ESPN FC. pic.twitter.com/VAfJ4eOOVL— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 13, 2019
Players to watch
Philippe Coutinho: Bayern Munich are looking to sign the Barcelona midfielder on a year-long loan with the option of a permanent transfer, reports AS.
Ivan Perisic: The Inter Milan man is also heading to Bayern on a season-long loan with a £18.6million option to buy, according to Bild.
Edinson Cavani: The Paris St Germain striker is in the sights of David Beckham’s new Major League Soccer franchise Inter Miami, who will sign him when his contract with the Ligue 1 side expires next summer summer, says Fox Deportes.
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