Transfer Predictor: Alexis Sanchez's loan move to Inter Milan is an 8, Wilfried Zaha to PSG a 6

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Alexis Sanchez may have an escape route from Manchester United.

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 looks at a Manchester united outcast, a Real Madrid target and a promising youngster on the verge of a move to Ligue 1.

ALEXIS SANCHEZ

alexis sanchez

Manchester United -> Loan -> Inter Milan

Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez could join Inter Milan on loan in the next three days, according to the Daily Mirror.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN

Sanchez has endured a rough stint at United, much like Romelu Lukaku who already made the switch to the Serie A side. The Premier League giants have seemingly decided to end this failed marriage by shipping the player to Inter on loan with an option to buy for £15 million at the end of one year.

Inter lost Ivan Perisic and will be eager to get their hands on a replacement winger. Should the loan stint prove fruitful, Inter could highly benefit from the South American who reached great heights while at Arsenal.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Considering United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently admitted that the door is open for player exits and no other club is linked to Sanchez, it would come as a surprise if this deal fails to materialise. However, Inter don’t have much money, especially after already taking Lukaku off United’s hands, and issues over how much of a share of the Chilean’s wages the Nerazzurri will have to pay could prove a stumbling block.

Transfer rating: 8/10

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN

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Tottenham -> £30m -> Real Madrid

The Daily Star claim that Tottenham could lose midfielder Christian Eriksen to Real Madrid for as little as £30m to avoid letting him walk away for free next summer.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN

Eriksen publicly announced earlier this summer that he has his eyes set on his next challenge, hinting at a move to the Spanish capital. Madrid could land the Denmark international after failed attempts at capturing Neymar, Paul Pogba and Ajax starlet Donny van de Beek.

Eriksen is still not Real’s first choice, but the possibility of Los Blancos having to settle for the worst-case scenario is growing by the day.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Atletico Madrid are also reported to have entered the tussle for the 27-year-old. Eriksen prefers Madrid but if they do get their hands on Pogba or Neymar, he could be forced to the other side of the capital, or choose to stay in north London.

Transfer rating: 6/10

WILFRIED ZAHA

Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace -> £100m > Paris Saint-Germain

The French champions could replace Neymar with £100m Premier League sensation Wilfried Zaha according to the Daily Mirror.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN

With Neymar set to leave the club and Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani injured in Sunday’s win over Toulouse, PSG will be pushing for a quality addition to their front line. Roy Hodgson claimed that Zaha could still leave and it’s unlikely that the club or player will be able to resist a favourable offer from the French giants who are likely to spend heavily following the sale of the Brazilian.

As things stand, PSG have no worthy competitors to this deal and could proceed with it as soon as the Brazilian makes his way out of the Parc de Princes.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

In theory, this should be a straightforward deal but there is currently no agreement or ongoing talks. The European transfer window closes this weekend and PSG need to act fast if they want to bring in the promising winger.

Transfer rating: 7/10

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Christian Eriksen could leave Tottenham for as little as £30million ahead of the European transfer window closing, the Daily Star reports.

Eriksen, 27, has played 206 times for Spurs since joining from Ajax in 2013 and scored 49 goals, but the Dane’s contract expires in the summer and Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are interested in his signature.

Another potential departure from Tottenham is Victor Wanyama who is close to agreeing a £13.6million deal with Club Brugge, according to the Daily Mail.

Newly-promoted Norwich are looking to bolster their defensive options with the signing of Stoke and England goalkeeper Jack Butland, reports the Sun. The Canaries could be willing to pay £15million but it is understood the Potters are after around £25m.

Danny Simpson, who was released by Leicester at the end of last season, is in talks with Ligue 1 side Amiens, reports the Sun.

Inter Milan are pursuing their interest in signing Alexis Sanchez and want to complete a loan deal for the Manchester United forward, according to the Daily Mirror.

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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 Manchester United launching another Fox hunt, a French giant who might be forced to part with a prize asset and a Spain homecoming for a veteran defender.

JAMES MADDISON

James Maddison

Leicester City -> £80m -> Manchester United

Manchester United are planning to make a bid for another Leicester player, targeting playmaker James Maddison, reports the Mirror

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: United possess a fast, fluid and hard-working attack under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but they also lack creativity in the final third, an issue that was laid bare in their 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

While Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Daniel James offer incision and end product, Jesse Lingard has failed to produce so far this season and the Red Devils require a lot more from a player operating in the creator in chief No10 position. Maddison, at 22, fits perfectly the mould of player Solskjaer is after – young, hungry with bags of energy and creativity.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: The fee before the transfer window in Britain closed was said to be £50m for a player who sparkled in 2018/19 after arriving from Norwich 12 months ago.

Now it could be as high as £80m. Even if United are willing to pay that much, Leicester would be loathe to send another of their stars to Old Trafford after parting with Harry Maguire just weeks ago.

Transfer predictor: 6/10

LUIZ GUSTAVO

Luis Gustavo

Marseille -> €5.5m -> Fenerbahce

Turkish giants Fenerbahce want Marseille’s midfield lynchpin Luiz Gustavo, according to La Provence.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: The French giants do not want to sell their rambunctious veteran midfielder, but coach Andre Villas-Boas’ hand might be forced due to financial fair play. Gustavo, 32, is one of the club’s highest earners so the top brass might well sanction the sale.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: The Brazilian veteran is still under contract for two more years at the Velodrome so is unlikely to move for a cut price fee. And the club want to keep him, with Villas-Boas’ assistant Ricardo Carvalho claiming: “We want everyone to stay, and Gustavo too, he’s a very important player.”

Transfer predictor: 5/10

NACHO MONREAL

Nacho Monreal

Arsenal -> Nominal fee -> Real Sociedad

Unai Emery has confirmed that Nacho Monreal could leave Arsenal before the closure of the European transfer window, with Marca claiming the deal is as good as done.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN: Sociedad boss Imanol Alguacil wants experience in his back line, Monreal is in the final year of his Arsenal deal and the Gunners have just bought a new left-back in rising Scottish talent Kieran Tierney. All avenues point to a return to his homeland for Monreal, 33.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN: A deal seems imminent so there appears little that can scupper it. The only stalling point will be whether Unai Emery will be loathe to let go of an experienced option at the back – especially with Shkodran Mustafi also thought to be near an exit.

Transfer predictor: 9/10

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