Transfer Predictor: Neymar's loan move to Barcelona gets a 7, Alexis Sanchez to Inter an 8

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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 activity involving Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan and AS Monaco.

NEYMAR

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Neymar

Paris Saint-Germain -> Loan -> Barcelona

Goal report that PSG are willing to loan Neymar as long as the deal includes an “obligation to buy” with Barcelona the front runners.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

It’s no secret that Neymar is determined to leave PSG and favours a move to Barcelona. The financials though are proving to be a massive stumbling block with the Parisians refusing to accept anything less than the €220m they spent to sign him two seasons ago.

A loan deal certainly makes a reported €220-250m asking price more manageable. With the deadline approaching, such an offer even brings Real Madrid and Juventus to the table but given the player’s preference, Barca have the inside track. Following their disappointing opening day defeat to Athletic Bilbao during which Luis Suarez joined Lionel Messi on the sidelines, the Catalans’ motivation to complete the move may have risen.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Madrid could see this as an opportunity to get one over Barca in the transfer market. They could out-bid their rivals by agreeing a higher eventual fee but in Gareth Bale they also hold a valuable bargaining chip with PSG boss Thomas Tuchel insisting Neymar will not leave without a replacement. Juventus are in a similar position as they would presumably offer up Paulo Dybala as a makeweight.

TRANSFER RATING: 7/10

MAURO ICARDI

mauro icardi

Inter Milan -> €65m -> Monaco

Monaco have entered the race to sign Mauro Icardi, according to RAI.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

The Serie A outfit will most likely pounce on the opportunity to offload the trouble-making star for €65m. With Romelu Lukaku replacing the Inter outcast as the leading man in attack, Icardi’s time at the club appears to be up. Monaco may be keen to respond to back-to-back 3-0 defeats with a big signing. The French side have already shown their ability to lure big names. They have reportedly matched Napoli’s bid and may even offer better personal terms.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Icardi may be inclined to remain in Italy even if Inter prefer not to sell him to a competitor. Napoli could certainly use more firepower in attack while Monaco aren’t actually lacking in that department. Having added Wissam Ben Yeddar to forward options that already boast the likes of Radamel Falcao, Stevan Jovetic, Keita Balde and Gelson Martins, they may not pull out all the stops to sign Icardi.

TRANSFER RATING: 4/10

ALEXIS SANCHEZ

alexis sanchez

Manchester United -> Loan -> Inter Milan

Inter Milan and Manchester United are in talks over a loan move for Alexis Sanchez, the Guardian report.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

Sanchez is not the explosive player he once was and is no longer suited to United’s style of play under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The player has reportedly asked for a return to Serie A where he previously plied his trade for Udinese.

Sanchez is a top earner and costs United nearly half a million pounds a week while being on the fringes of the first team. Sending him on loan with an option to buy for €15m in 2020 could be the best case scenario for the Red Devils. Icardi’s inevitable departure should help finance Inter’s move.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Even if United pay half his wages over the next couple of years, Inter would still be stretched. Given Sanchez’s recent form, how keen will they be to make such a large dent on their wage budget? Solskjaer may decide to keep the experienced Chilean and use him sparingly in an otherwise extremely young attack.

TRANSFER RATING 8/10

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PSG and Juventus to hold talks over deal for Paulo Dybala

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Paulo Dybala could be heading for pastures new with Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus meeting over the coming days to discuss a £73million deal, the Daily Mail says.

Dybala, 25, has scored 57 goals for Juve since arriving in 2015.

Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho is heading for the Bundesliga, with his representatives in Germany to discuss a season-long loan to Bayern Munich, reports the Sun.

Edinson Cavani will be the first marquee signing for David Beckham’s new Major League Soccer franchise Inter Miami and will sign a three-year deal when his time at Paris Saint-Germain comes to a close in the summer, according to the Daily Mail.

Meanwhile, one potential new face at the Parc des Princes could be Tiemoue Bakayoko with the Ligue 1 champions set to battle it out for the Chelsea man with his former club Monaco, says the Daily Express.

Celtic are looking to offload Olivier Ntcham with Bordeaux potentially interested in the former Manchester City man, the Daily Record says.

Players to watch

Neymar: Barcelona remain keen to bring the Brazilian back to La Liga from PSG on a loan deal initially, reports Sport.

Fernando Llorente: The former Tottenham striker – currently without a club – is on the brink of moving to Lazio, with Inter Milan, Fiorentina and Napoli keen on landing the 34-year-old, Corriere Dello Sport says.

Alexis Sanchez: Inter Milan are looking to bring in the Manchester United forward on loan, Gazzetta dello Sport reports.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Paul Pogba will remain at Man United

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains confident that Paul Pogba will stay at Manchester United.

The 26-year-old has been the subject of intense speculation over the summer, with his openness about a desire for a new challenge elsewhere compounded by comments from his agent Mino Raiola.

But unlike fellow wantaway star Romelu Lukaku, Pogba knuckled down during pre-season and provided two assists in the 4-0 win over Chelsea in United’s Premier League opener.

The midfielder was naturally upbeat after that victory but talk swirled once more when he also admitted “there’s always that question mark” about his future.

“You always put question marks around Paul,” United boss Solskjaer said when those comments were put to him ahead of Monday’s trip to Wolves.

“I don’t think it’s odd saying enjoy playing, I have fun with my team-mates, I enjoy what I’m doing, I love my job and enjoy the game.

“Of course, that sentence with the question mark about him, there’s always question marks about Paul.

“There’s not one press conference that I’ve not answered a question about Paul Pogba. Eighty per cent of what he said was that he enjoyed that game and his time here.”

Asked about the other 20 per cent, Solskjaer said: “That’s the question mark. Is he questioning you or are you putting question marks on him? I’ve got absolutely no concerns on Paul.”

Links to Real Madrid persist and Mathias Pogba this week claimed his brother wants to leave.

Pushed on whether Pogba will definitely be a United player when the European transfer window shuts on September 2, Solskjaer said: “Unless some… for me, yeah, he’s going to stay.”

Provided by Press Association Sport 

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