What the papers say
Huge offers from Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid to lure Brazil forward Neymar from Paris St Germain have fallen on deaf ears. Barca’s first bid for a loan move with a 150million euros (£137million) option to buy the 27-year-old has been rejected, with PSG wanting 250m euros (£229m), according to Marca. And L’Equipe reports PSG have turned down a big offer from Real of 100m euros (£91.4m) plus three players – Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
Marca also reports that Navas has handed in a transfer request. Meanwhile, Juventus are poised to try to poach striker Luis Suarez from Barca should the Catalan club land Neymar, The Sun reports.
Chelsea are set to stave off Bayern Munich’s advances towards Callum Hudson-Odoi by tying down the exciting young winger with a five-year deal worth £200,000 a week, according to The Sun. Bayern have had transfer bids of up to £35million for the England star turned down, with Chelsea poised to sign him to a contract worth £52million through to 2024.
Manchester United are keen to sign Borussia Dortmund’s England international winger Jadon Sancho in the January transfer window. The Sun reports United are preparing a £100m bid for the 19-year-old.
United face a whopping payout of £36million if Alexis Sanchez completes a permanent move to Inter Milan, the Mirror reports. Sanchez’s current deal with United – running till 2022 – brings the Chile international £500,000 a week. With Inter willing to pay him only £150,000 a week, making up the shortfall will cost the Old Trafford club the £36million figure to be rid of the 30-year-old.
Social media round-up
Man Utd star Tahith Chong snubbed PSV and Feyenoord transfers to fight for first-team place under Solskjaer https://t.co/t1DBMGQRp5— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) August 21, 2019
Players to watch
Kai Havertz: Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are some of the major European clubs interested in signing the 20-year-old, who is valued at £91m, from Bayer Leverkusen, according to German TV station Sport1.
Thiago Almada: The 18-year-old midfielder from Argentina’s Velez Sarsfield is yet to re-sign with his club, and Manchester United are eyeing him off, according to Portuguese website A Bola, via the Manchester Evening News.
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
Real Madrid‘s summer signing Luka Jovic has laughed off reports suggesting he could be heading out of the club in the very same window.
The former Eintracht Frankfurt striker was sidelined for 10 days due to a knock during Madrid’s pre-season involvements. It is believed that coach Zinedine Zidane is not in favour of starting the Bundesliga star in every game.
Some reports even claimed that he could be sent away on loan after failing to impress his new manager. Jovic dismissed these claims on the premise that he enjoys the manager’s support.
“[Zidane] believes in me and his story has not changed during this time as we work together,” he told Novosti.
“I am learning from him day by day, which I am very pleased with, because he, as a player and as a coach, is at the very top of world football.
“I laughed at some of the stories.
“The media will always come up with such stories.
“I have been used to all kinds of comments since the beginning of my career, I have come to terms with the fact that they will always be there.
“Time will tell what is true.
“I try not to read newspaper articles [or] reply to messages of this type, and to concentrate only on my game.
“That was the best thing, and that is why this period has gone through quite successfully, without much tension.”