Transfer Predictor: Paulo Dybala plus €100m for Neymar gets a 4, Arsenal offloading Shkodran Mustafi 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, or why not.

Today’s edition features activity involving Paris Saint-GermainJuventus and Arsenal.

NEYMAR

Neymar

Neymar

Paris Saint-Germain -> €100m + Dybala -> Juventus

Spanish paper AS claim in their online edition that Juve are offering Paulo Dybala plus €100m.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

Negotiations with Barcelona and Real Madrid for Neymar have been difficult with both clubs already spending big in the summer before the Brazilian became available. Juventus may have a chance of swooping in with Dybala as a makeweight in a player plus cash deal. Thomas Tuchel made it clear that PSG will not let Neymar leave without a replacement and the Argentine forward would be a fine one.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Dybala is reluctant to leave Juventus and will make huge demands regarding wages and image rights as he did with Manchester United. PSG are unlikely to indulge him. Even then, €100m may not be enough as Dybala is only valued between €80 and €100m, making the offer at least €20m short. To raise the funds, Juve reportedly have to act quickly to sell Mario Mandzukic, Blaise Matuidi and Daniele Rugani. There are too many moving parts here.

TRANSFER RATING: 4/10

FRANCK RIBERY

Franck Ribery

Franck Ribery

Unattached -> Free -> Fiorentina

Das Bild [H/T Football Italia] claim Franck Ribery had turned down Al Nasr and opted to join Fiorentina instead.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

Going by his final appearance for Bayern Munich when he scored a sublime individual goal, Ribery still has plenty to offer in Europe. Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade and coach Vincenzo Montella have both welcomed the possibility of landing the Frenchman. Ribery would bring some much needed experience and quality to the forward line as La Viola look to improve following a season during which they flirted with relegation.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Reports suggest that Ribery has been fielding several offers and a better one may well come along.

TRANSFER RATING: 7/10

SHKODRAN MUSTAFI

Mustafi

Arsenal -> Loan -> Roma

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is set to leave the club on loan to Serie A side Roma, according to Gazzetta dello Sport contributor Forza Roma.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

Following the arrival of David Luiz, Unai Emery must be keen to offload the error-prone centre-back. Mustafi is unlikely to be afforded much playing time at the Emirates this season with the likes of Callum Chambers and Rob Holding expected to deputise for the first-choice pairing of Luiz and Sokratis. Roma could do with more cover for Juan and Federico Fazio.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Wages may be an issue for the Italian outfit and if Arsenal are having to pay a significant part of it, they may decide to keep him in north London. Roma seem agreeable to the deal but aren’t wholly enthusiastic.

TRANSFER RATING 7/10

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PSG demand Raphael Varane and Vinicius Jr from Real Madrid in Neymar swap

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Paris Saint Germain are after Real Madrid duo Raphael Varane and Vinicius Jr in a swap for Neymar.

The Sun, citing Telefoot, reports that La Liga rivals Real and Barcelona are battling to sign the Brazil forward.

But it is claimed the Bernabeu club are not willing to lose either Varane or Vinicius, increasing Barcelona’s chances of securing the 27-year-old.

Teenage sensation Eduardo Camavinga is reportedly being courted by Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City.

The Premier League clubs all had scouts at Roazhon Park on Sunday night when the 16-year-old helped Rennes to a 2-1 victory over Ligue 1 champions PSG, according to the Daily Mail.

However, Real and Barcelona have also been linked with the Angolan midfielder, who has been compared to France’s Paul Pogba.

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo was blocked from moving to Everton because the Toffees are an outside bet to finish above the Red Devils in the Premier League, according to the Daily Express.

The Argentina international is upset at United blocking his talks with Everton, The Times reports.

Bayern Munich are very interested in signing striker Timo Werner but RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann has said he is determined to keep his man.

“Of course we want to keep him, he is an important, good player and in my head he is my player,” the coach said in comments carried by the Daily Mirror.

The 23-year-old had been rumoured as a Liverpool target prior to the close of the English transfer window.

Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will quit Manchester City at the end of the season on a free transfer, The Sun reports.

The 36-year-old’s contract ends next summer and despite missing the last campaign with a ruptured Achilles, he had impressed in the pre-season.

However, Ederson is first choice and Bravo will likely only feature in EFL and FA Cup games.

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Alexis Sanchez could leave Man United, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted Alexis Sanchez could leave Manchester United in the coming weeks, with Inter Milan among the clubs showing interest in the forward.

Having failed to get anywhere near his best since joining from Arsenal in January 2018, the United manager appeared to end any talk of the Chilean leaving during Friday’s press conference.

Solskjaer spoke about his belief that Sanchez would come good at United – but three days on the Norwegian opened the door to the Premier League’s highest-paid player making an exit.

PA understands Inter are interested in bringing the forward to San Siro, having already completed a move for United striker Romelu Lukaku earlier in the summer.

Asked about Sanchez’s future after Monday’s 1-1 draw at Wolves, Solskjaer said: “Well, there’s still a couple of weeks left of the transfer window and there is a chance… some clubs have shown interest in Alexis, so we’ll see what happens.

“Can’t update you more than that.”

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