Rumour Rater: Fernandes to Man United? Lukaku, Dybala to swap clubs?
The summer transfer window is in full swing, but which players are likeliest to move? David Amoyal evaluates the latest gossip and speculation.
Bruno Fernandes to Man United: 90 percent
After coming close to joining Manchester City at the beginning of the summer, the Portuguese midfielder is set to play next season at Old Trafford. As of Tuesday afternoon, Man United were in the final stages of negotiation with Sporting CP for a fee of around €70 million. Bruno Fernandes' former club Sampdoria are expected to receive about 10 percent of the sale price.
Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici pursued Lukaku in the past and considers the 26-year-old an ideal fit next to Cristiano Ronaldo, who is expected to play mainly out wide under Maurizio Sarri. Meanwhile, Dybala could go in the opposite direction. The Argentina international prefers to stay in Turin, but his role under Sarri is unknown and his agent has met with United officials to discuss personal terms.
Edinson Cavani to Inter: 20 percent
If Inter fail to sign Lukaku, the Uruguayan striker is an option. Cavani has one year left on his deal with PSG and is one of Antonio Conte's favourite strikers, but he wants a three-year contract with an annual salary of €10 million after tax from his next team. While PSG's request of €50 million is lower than Man United's asking price for Lukaku, Cavani is asking for substantially more in wages.
Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich: 55 percent
The German champions' pursuit of Sane goes on and it is no secret the winger is top of their shopping list after Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery left Bavaria. However, while Bayern coach Niko Kovac publicly expressed confidence about a deal, an agreement is not imminent. The Premier League transfer window closes on Aug. 8, so Bayern must act quickly to give Man City time to sign a replacement.
Sami Khedira to Arsenal: 35 percent
The German international attended Arsenal's Emirates Cup game against Lyon on Sunday, fueling speculation he will join Unai Emery's squad. Juventus would almost certainly let Khedira leave on a free transfer to shed his substantial salary, but Arsenal do not appear willing to meet his annual after-tax wages of €6 million. Khedira has also been linked to Fenerbahce, Wolves and Fiorentina.
Malcom to Zenit St Petersburg: 65 percent
After one season in La Liga, during which he scored once in 15 games, the winger could take his talents to Russia following Barcelona's addition of Antoine Griezmann. Zenit sporting director Javier Ribalta travelled to Spain on Tuesday to try to close the deal -- a fact confirmed by the club's president Metvedev in interviews -- but it remains to be seen if Zenit can meet the asking price.
The Turkish giants are favourites to sign Falcao because they have offered him a multiyear deal with a higher salary than he earns at Monaco and are willing to let him leave after two years, should he receive an offer from Colombian club Millionarios. Nainggolan will be more difficult to sign, since he appears determined to stay in Italy should he depart Inter.
Mariano Diaz to Monaco: 45 percent
A lack of playing time in preseason is a signal from manager Zinedine Zidane that Diaz is not part of his plans. Monaco would welcome the 26-year-old back to Ligue 1, where he previously played for Lyon, as successor to the departing Falcao. Andre Silva is also of some interest.
Luca Waldschmidt to Benfica: 45 percent
The Portuguese champions want to reinvest part of the proceeds from the sale of Joao Felix and have turned their attention to Waldschmidt, who was valued at €12 million by Freiburg before the recent UEFA Under-21 championship, in which he scored seven times. Benfica could loosen the purse strings, but Freiburg's leverage has been improved by the exposure and form of Waldschmidt on the international stage.