Transfer Predictor: Keylor Navas to Paris Saint-Germain scores a 9, Nacho Monreal to Real Sociedad 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 a player-swap and two defenders switching to different leagues.

KEYLOR NAVAS

Navas

Real Madrid -> Player swap -> Paris Saint-Germian

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas is on the verge of completing a move to Paris Saint-Germain with Alphonse Areola going the other way, according to Marca.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN

Zinedine Zidane has admitted that Thibaut Courtois will be Madrid’s first-choice keeper this season with Navas being resigned to the bench. The Costa Rican, who turns 33 in December, still has the quality to start for a top European club, as proven by his solid displays in pre-season matches.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Only a failed medical or complications arising due to the shortage of time to complete the move stands in the way of Navas becoming a PSG player.

TRANSFER RATING: 9/10

DEJAN LOVREN

Dejan Lovren 1

Liverpool -> Loan -> Roma

Roma are set to rope in Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren on a loan deal with an option to purchase, according to Metro.

WHY IT CAN HAPPEN

Joel Matip and Joe Gomez have established themselves above Lovren in the pecking order at Anfield. And should he opt to stay then he will suffer from a lack of game time. The 30-year-old could instead opt for a move to Italy and become a maintstay in the Roma defence, given star man Kostas Manolas joined Napoli over the summer.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Roma have not been efficient in the centre-back department during the summer transfer window. The Italian side spent too much time trying to lure Juventus defender Daniele Rugani to Stadio Olimpico unsuccessfully and, as a result, could miss out on Lovren due to poor timing.

TRANSFER RATING: 7/10

NACHO MONREAL

nacho monreal

Arsenal -> £3 million -> Real Sociedad

Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal is set to move to Real Sociedad, according to The Sun.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

The arrival of Kieran Tierney has all but confirmed that Monreal will not have a key role at the Emirates Stadium this season. The call of home could persuade the Spaniard to switch to the Basque outfit to see off the rest of his career. Sociedad’s home ground is less than an hour from where Monreal grew up in Pamplona.

WHY IT CAN’T HAPPEN

Although there are reports of Sociedad’s interest in the player, there is no conclusive evidence that the Basque side have any form of agreement with the player or Arsenal. The La Liga side must act quick and complete the move before Monday’s deadline.

TRANSFER RATING 8/10

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Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic reportedly rejects Paris Saint-Germain move

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Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic has reportedly turned down a move to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, according to Goal.

The Croatian star emerged as a prime candidate to join the French champions after injuries to Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani triggered them to search for a back-up attacker, but the 33-year-old will not be moving to France as he will wait until the January window to decide his future.

Mandzukic was not named to Juventus’s Champions League squad, with the Italian side opting to use Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, and Cristiano Ronaldo in the attack.

Though the eight-time defending Scudetto champions were willing to offload Mandzukic this summer, the player has opted to stay to ponder his future until the middle of the season.

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Man United stepping up pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will look to bolster his Manchester United strike force next summer with Jadon Sancho top of the wishlist, reports the Evening Standard.

Sancho, 19, was on the books at Manchester City as a youth player but currently plays for Borussia Dortmund where he has scored 15 goals in 48 appearances.

The prolonged saga over the future of Neymar continues, with the Daily Mirror reporting that Paris St Germain and Barcelona are closing in on a deal.

The paper says PSG want Ousmane Dembele to form part of the package, but the Daily Mail reports the France forward does not want to leave the Nou Camp.

Liverpool target Timo Werner has suggested he is open to joining the Reds despite signing a new deal at RB Leipzig, reports the Daily Mirror.

Asmir Begovic is looking for a way out of the Vitality Stadium after losing his first-team place to Aaron Ramsdale, with the Sun reporting there has been interest from France, Italy, Spain and the United States for the 32-year-old.

Sam Greenwood has piqued the interest of AC Milan and Juventus who had their attention drawn to the 17-year-old Arsenal striker when he appeared at the Under-17 European Championships this summer, reports the Sun.

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