Barcelona still in hunt for Neymar despite taking Bayern-bound Philippe Coutinho off table

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Philippe Coutinho’s imminent departure to Bayern Munich does not mean Barcelona have given up the ghost when it comes to re-signing Neymar, according to reports from Spain on Sunday.

Coutinho is set to end an unhappy 18-month stay at Barcelona – at least temporarily – by signing for Bayern on loan, which takes him off the table as a bargaining chip in the Blaugrana’s negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain for Neymar.

Howver, Mundo Deportivo have claimed that Coutinho’s removal from the picture does not mean Neymar will be staying away from Camp Nou this season.

The report goes on to say that it only increases the possibility of the Catalonians signing the Brazilian on loan, before being locked into a purchase option when more cash becomes available in 2020/21.

Real Madrid are still in the hunt – but president Florentino Perez may risk the wrath of his boss, Zinedine Zidane, who is not overly keen on adding Neymar to his dressing room.

The 27-year-old has also made it clear that he only wants to leave Paris for Barcelona, which gives PSG less transfer leverage to play with.

Neymar is training with PSG but is set to miss his second Ligue 1 game in a row after Thomas Tuchel excluded him for the squad to play Rennes on Sunday evening.

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Transfer Predictor: Franck Ribery to Everton scores 5, Edinson Cavani to Inter Miami 7

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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 Uruguayan hitman, a Bayern Munich legend and a former Bundesliga star potentially returning to the league.

EDINSON CAVANI

0730 Cavani

Paris Saint-Germain -> Free transfer -> Inter Miami

Gazzetta dello Sport claim that David Beckham-owned MLS club Inter Miami and Paris-Saint Germain striker Edinson Cavani have an agreement in place ahead of the expiration of the Uruguayan’s contract in 2020.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN

It’s standard for players to shift to the MLS during the twilight of their careers. The hefty paycheck and the prospect of playing in a league of considerably inferior quality when compared to top European clubs offers great incentives.

The 32-year-old Cavani is likely to be phased out of the PSG team this season. Pablo Sarabia was roped in from Sevilla to bolster the frontline and a marquee signing can be expected next summer.

Cavani still possesses a rare striker’s instinct that should enable him to take the MLS by storm – much like Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

South Americans usually have a soft spot for the club at which they started their journey. Although Cavani has not particularly been vocal about his desire to return to his home-town club Danubio, this option can’t be completely ruled out despite the report suggesting he has already agreed on terms with Miami. He may also believe he has a fair bit left in the tank in Europe at 33 next season.

TRANSFER RATING: 7/10

FRANCK RIBERY

0501 Frank Ribery

Bayern Munich -> Free transfer -> Everton

Everton have been offered the chance to sign Bayern Munich legend Franck Ribery on a free transfer according to 90min.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN

Ribery’s contract with the German giants expired this summer but the Frenchman is yet to decide is on his next move. It is believed that the winger has offers from America, the Middle East and Serie A side Fiorentina but has offered himself to Everton.

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri is a fan of bringing big-name players to the club and Ribery could prove to an exciting but experienced option to a front line already boasting Richarlison, Bernard and Moise Kean, given he will be available on a free.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Manager Marco Silva has not yet decided if signing the 36-year-old on a short-term contract would be worth it. The Toffees have enjoyed a good start to their season, picking up four points in two games. The squad seems balanced and the addition of a superstar past his prime might not be the best option.

TRANSFER RATING: 5/10

BAS DOST

Dost

Sporting Lisbon -> €17 million -> Eintracht Frankfurt

Eintracht Frankfurt have confirmed that they are close to signing former Wolfsburg forward Bas Dost from Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

The departure of Luka Jovic has left a void in Frankfurt’s attack that can only be filled by a forward who makes scoring goals look easy.

Dost netted 36 goals in 85 games for Wolfsburg in the league between 2012 and 2017 and could garner bigger numbers at a superior club. The player also boasts bundles of Bundesliga experience and should be able to get the numbers ticking in no time.

WHY IT CAN’T HAPPEN

Only a medical stands between Dost donning Frankfurt’s colours, given the club officially announced they are close to signing him.

TRANSFER RATING 9/10

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Transfer Predictor: Daniel Sturridge to Monaco scores a 7, Wilfried Zaha to Napoli is just a 4

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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 surplus, a free-agent and a highly coveted winger.

MARCOS ROJO

Unlikely to stay: Marcos Rojo.

Unlikely to stay: Marcos Rojo.

Manchester United -> €12 million -> Roma

Roma have reportedly turned to Marcos Rojo after the Italian club pulled the plug on Dejan Lovren’s proposed move, according to Calciomercato.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN

Roma are in desperate need of a central defender after Kostas Manolas signed for Napoli. With Daniele Rugani and Lovren out of the picture, Rojo seems to be the next best option if Roma want to reinforce their defence with an experienced centre-back who won’t cost too much either.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

With the Lovren deal falling through at the eleventh hour, Roma will be cautious in their chase of the Argentine international, who only signed a new contract last March.

TRANSFER RATING: 5/10

DANIEL STURRIDGE

Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool -> Free transfer -> Monaco

Monaco have joined the race to sign Daniel Sturridge as the former England international weighs up his next move, according to L’Equipe.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN

Having spent heavily on the likes of Gelson Martins, Henry Onyekuru, and Wissam Ben Yedder this summer, Monaco will be pushing for a free transfer to bolster their front-line without creating a financial burden. Sturridge would be an ideal option if Radamel Falcao is to join Galatasaray.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Turkish side Fenerbahce are also interested in signing the former Liverpool man and ultimately it could all come down to which club manages to produce a superior financial offer. Will Sturridge replace Falcao at Monaco or will he rival the Colombian in the Super Lig? Only time will tell.

TRANSFER RATING: 7/10

WILFRIED ZAHA

Wilfred Zaha is ready to make the step up from Crystal Palace.

Wilfred Zaha is ready to make the step up from Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace -> £80m -> Napoli

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha’s future is still up in the air with Napoli and Borussia Dortmund vying for his signature, according to The Sun.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

After missing out in the race for Nicolas Pepe, Napoli are set to target Zaha before the European transfer window closes on September 2. If a deal is on the table, the lure of playing Champions League football under Carlo Ancelotti could be too tempting to turn down for the Ivorian.

WHY IT CAN’T HAPPEN

Crystal Palace’s hefty asking price for the 26-year-old could put Napoli off trying to secure his services. Despite Zaha’s quality, £80m for a player who is yet to reach anywhere close to the top tier of players in that position could be too much.

TRANSFER RATING 4/10

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