Rumour Rater: Harry Maguire to Manchester United? Paul Pogba to Barcelona?
The English Premier League's transfer window closes on Thursday, and the others will close soon after. Which players are likeliest to move before then? David Amoyal rates the top rumours from around world football.
Harry Maguire to Manchester United: 35 percent
The Red Devils are determined to land a starting-caliber centre-back before the window closes. If they complete a deal with Dinamo Zagreb for Filip Benkovic, Leicester could be more willing to part ways with Maguire, but he's not the only option on Ed Woodward's radar- Toby Alderweireld is a strong possibility as well, with Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng a less likely alternative because of the substantial cost, injury concerns and competition from Paris Saint-Germain.
Paul Pogba to Barcelona: 15 percent
After landing Arturo Vidal, could the Blaugrana reunite the Chile international with his former Juventus teammate? While it's certainly true Pogba is less than thrilled with his role at Manchester United, this appears to be far-fetched for two reasons: one, Manchester United have been determined to keep him all summer, and two, Barcelona's offer of Andre Gomes, Yerri Mina and €50 million was deemed too low.
Luka Modric to Inter: 30 percent
Could another key Real Madrid player head to Serie A after Cristiano Ronaldo's shocking transfer to Juventus? Inter are following the same blueprint: they are confident their proposal to the Croatia international will be enough to satisfy his demand, and they are now waiting to see if Real Madrid will let him leave. Modric is scheduled to meet with Florentino Perez this week, and should he be given the green light to depart, Inter wouldn't have to face competition from Premier League clubs since their transfer window closes on Thursday. (Serie A's closes next week.) But it remains to be seen if Modric's agent is using Inter's offer as leverage to get a new contract or if Real Madrid will let him leave.
Mateo Kovacic to Premier League: 60 percent
The former Inter midfielder is pushing for more playing time or a move to a club that can guarantee him just that, but his future is tied to Modric's since Real Madrid isn't expected to part ways with both. One of the two likely will leave in the coming weeks, but timing is a big factor. Kovacic's two main suitors, Chelsea and Manchester City, have only until Thursday to complete a deal. Should Real Madrid decide to loan him for a year, the Blues would be the clear favorites, while a departure or a permanent sale would put City in the driver's seat.
Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid: 90 percent
The Belgian keeper's desire to return to Spain is one of the worst-kept secrets in football, and with just one year left on his deal he has a lot of leverage. After Courtois refused to report to training in an effort to push a move to Real Madrid, Chelsea are now ready to break the transfer record for a keeper to sign Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Geoffrey Kondogbia to Tottenham: 25 percent
Just when his career seemed to have taken a turn for the worst, Kondogbia managed to pull off an unexpected U-turn during his season at Valencia. His exceptional performances at the Mestalla didn't go unnoticed by Spurs, who made an enquiry with the Spanish side for the former Inter player. Mauricio Pochettino's side, however, doesn't seem willing to make Kondogbia their first signing of the transfer window due to the steep asking price set by Valencia at €70 million.
Ousmane Dembele to Arsenal: 25 percent
Roma might not be the only ones unhappy about Barcelona's signing of Malcom. Dembele is reportedly not keen to have another competitor for a spot on the wing at the Camp Nou, and his discontent has fueled the interest of many clubs, especially Arsenal. While the fierce competition could in fact reduce the Frenchman's playing time, it seems extremely unlikely that Barcelona would let him go -- even on loan -- after spending €115 million last summer to buy him from Dortmund.
Ricardo Rodriguez to Paris Saint-Germain: 15 percent
The Ligue 1 champions are on the market for a left-back and the former Wolfsburg defender is at the top of the list. While his agent had previously said Rodriguez would consider a move to a top club, the player is now determined to stay at Milan after the recent appointment of Leonardo and Paolo Maldini to run the front office. As an alternative, PSG are considering Bayer Leverkusen's Wendell as well as Raphael Guerrero.
Hatem Ben Arfa to Rayo Vallecano: 60 percent
After spending a season without a single minute played, Ben Arfa could soon try to revitalize his career in the Spanish league. The attacking midfielder, who left PSG at the end of his contract, is in talks with newly promoted side Rayo Vallecano. The Madrid-based club and the player's agents are discussing a one-year-deal which could leave the door open to a move to a bigger club should the ex-Newcastle man blossom after the disappointing stint with the French giants.
Ruben Dias to Lyon: 45 percent
One of the most promising defenders of his generation, Dias has drawn the interest of the French club, keen on adding a centre-back to their squad. Lyon have already submitted a €30 million bid to Benfica, which in response made clear that they won't accept anything less than the €45 million release clause in the 21-year-old's contract. However, the deal could not be off the table yet, as Lyon are pondering the addition of some bonuses, in order to close the gap between their offer and Benfica's asking price.