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 judgement on whether the move really will happen – and why, or why not.
Today’s edition features a new destination for one of the summer’s most talked about players, A switch to France for a Premier League misfit and pastures new for a Liverpool youngster.
Sporting Lisbon -> €70m -> Real Madrid
AS reports that the Portuguese club are looking to offload the 24-year-old while his value is high.
WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: Fernandes scored 32 goals in 53 games last season and was the top-scoring midfielder in any of the major European leagues. Was linked incessantly with Manchester United and Tottenham throughout the summer but, after rejecting a Spurs bid of €60 million, he has now been offered to Madrid through super agent Jorge Mendes.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: Los Blancos have other priorities, namely Neymar and Paul Pogba. So his arrival at the Bernabeu will depend on what happens in negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain and United over the two megastars.
Transfer predictor: 5/10
Southampton -> Loan to buy -> Monaco
Monaco are close to completing a loan move for Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina, according to RMC via Get French Football News.
WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: The French giants are said to be in advanced negotiations to sign the Gabonese international midfielder on loan with an obligation to buy from Southampton. The player is already believed to have spoken with boss Leonardo Jardim and agreed personal terms with the Principality side, and is actively pushing for the deal to go through.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: This deal makes sense for both parties. Lemina wants to move on and he doesn’t appear to be in Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl’s plans. However, while the player has agreed terms with his prospective new employers, Southampton and Monaco are yet to come to terms.
Transfer predictor: 8/10
Liverpool -> £7m -> Rangers
Rangers are still hopeful of competing a deal with Liverpool to sign winger Ryan Kent, reports the Daily Record.
WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: The winger is out of the reckoning at Anfield after a season-long loan deal in Scotland in which he was crowned SPFA young player of the year. Kent wants to help the Light Blues in their quest for a long-awaited top flight title and feels he has unfinished business in Scotland under Gers boss Steven Gerrard.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: With three years left on his contract and Liverpool asking for £7million it looked like Rangers were out of the reckoning earlier this summer. The Ibrox side can’t match Liverpool’s asking price this summer but remain confident of engineering a deal.
Transfer predictor: 7/10
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