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Trending Transfers: Romelu Lukaku, David Neres, Donny van de Beek

 • by Tom Bodell
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Time is almost up. There’s less than a week of the Premier League transfer window remaining while in Serie A clubs have until August 18 to conclude their business.

In Spain, Germany and France the summer trading period ends on August 31. So, ahead of Thursday’s 5pm cut-off in England, we’ve got the latest batch of Trending Transfers.

Football Whispers’ unique algorithm assigns every Whisper a score out of five based on its likelihood, taking into account a number of factors. The more likely the transfer is to happen, the higher the score.

Throughout the summer we’ll be keeping you abreast of the Trending Transfers. We’ve taken a closer look at ten of the most exciting current rumours to assess their validity and keep you informed.

Danilo to Juventus – 4.3

Manchester City player Danilo in action during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton

Part of Pep Guardiola’s full-back splurge at Manchester City two summers ago, there’s something poetic about the fact the Brazilian will now make way for an upgrade in his position.

The Premier League holders have been pursuing Juventus’ João Cancelo all summer without luck. Now they look to have made the breakthrough with Danilo moving to Turin in part-exchange.

According to BBC Sport, the deal would see Danilo and cash head to Italy with Cancelo moving to City. The former Real Madrid defender has made 60 appearances for the Citizens but only 22 starts. 

João Cancelo to Manchester City – 4.3

João Cancelo to Manchester City is one of our Trending Transfers

The Portuguese full-back only moved to Juventus last summer but thanks to the Bianconeri’s unquenchable thirst for European glory Cancelo finds himself surplus to requirements.

Ordinarily, the Old Lady would not part with the 25-year-old but with Matthijs De Ligt, Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey all joining – as well as potential deals for Romelu Lukaku and Mauro Icardi in the pipeline – something, or someone, has to give.

Cancelo will be that player and the former Valencia defender represents an upgrade on Danilo for Manchester City. What his arrival means for England No.2 Kyle Walker, however, remains to be seen.

Romelu Lukaku to Juventus – 4.3

Romelu Lukaku's 2018/19 Premier League stats for Manchester United

A week ago this one looked to be done. Lukaku was behind Marcus Rashford in the Manchester United pecking order and the Red Devils would helpfully take Paulo Dybala off Juventus’ hands.

However, with Dybala less than convinced by the prospect of playing for United, Old Gunnar Solskkær and co. have pulled the plug – per BBC Sport

Where that leaves Lukaku is anyone’s guess. The 26-year-old Belgian powerhouse is also wanted by Internazionale and while the Nerazzuri have steadfastly refused to meet United’s £75million asking price so far, they might soon be the only game in town. 

David Neres to Manchester United – 4.2

David Neres to Manchester United is one of our Trending Transfers

Amid all the excitement over De Ligt’s next destination, the future of his former Ajax team-mate Neres has gone under the radar.

Earlier in the summer claimed Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars told Algemeen Dagblad the 22-year-old wideman had an offer from Atlético Madrid. But with Los Colchoneros going big on João Félix, among others, that seems unlikely now.

Now, according to Yahoo Esportes, United have launched a £46million offer for the Brazilian international. A right-sided attacker is reported to be on Solskjær’s Old Trafford wish-list this summer. 

Abdoulaye Doucouré to Everton – 4.1

Watford, Abdoulaye Doucoure

Relations between Watford and Everton are not great. The Toffees unsettled then Hornets coach Marco Silva in 2017/18 to the point the Portuguese was relieved of his role in January last year. They followed that up by paying a reported £40million for Brazilian attacker Richarlison after a single season in England.

Silva eventually pitched up at Goodison Park and now he looks set to return to Vicarage Road for midfield lynchpin Doucouré who has previously drawn admiring glances from Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United. 

BBC Sport report the Toffees have seen a £32million bid for the Frenchman turned down and, given his importance to the Hertfordshire side, it will take a considerably larger offer to tempt them. 

Donny van de Beek to Real Madrid – 4.0

Donny van de Beek to Real Madrid is one of our Trending Transfers

Another player whose future had taken something of a back-seat as the de Ligt saga rumbled on, Van de Beek could follow midfield counterpart Frenkie de Jong to LaLiga if the latest reports are to be believed.

The 22-year-old has been identified by Real Madrid as the ideal replacement for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba. Of course, by ideal, we mean ‘cheaper’ – though the Netherlands international will still cost a princely £55million according to the Marca via the Daily Mail.

The Spanish daily claims Real’s pursuit of Pogba is an ‘impossible mission’ and, as such, they will pursue Van de Beek having seen midfielders Dani Ceballos and Marcos Llorente depart this summer.

Laurent Koscielny to Bordeaux – 4.0

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny could be replaced by Daniele Rugani

The Arsenal skipper has made his mind up. He has been unequivocal in his desire to leave the North Londoners since the start of pre-season and wishes to return to France.

Gunners boss Unai Emery is equally stubborn. He does not want the 33-year-old, whose contract is up next summer, to leave. Koscielny feels Arsenal have reneged on promises and, according to David Ornstein of BBC Sport, mismanaged him following his return from an Achilles injury.

The French international had hoped after nine years of service, 353 appearances and two FA Cup wins he would be allowed to return to his homeland on a free. But Arsenal are demanding a fee for their captain. Now L’Equipe claim representatives of the two clubs have met, prompting speculation of a breakthrough.

Gary Cahill to Crystal Palace – 4.0

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill

The former Chelsea skipper’s Stamford Bridge exit was rather inglorious for a man who enjoyed so much success at the club, clocking up 290 appearances while winning eight major honours with the West Londoners.

Reportedly offered the chance to join Juventus in January, Cahill remained with the Blues to help their push for the Europa League but was afforded just eight appearances by Maurizio Sarri – with whom he did not see eye-to-eye – in his final season at Chelsea.

Burnley, Bournemouth and Galatasaray have all been mooted as potential landing spots for the 33-year-old defender but it’s Palace, according to The Sun, who lead the chase for the former England international.

Alan Nixon claims former Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson will entice Cahill with a two-year deal.

Ismaïla Sarr to Watford – 3.5

Ismalia Sarr stats 2018/19

Having missed out on Newcastle United new-boy Allan Saint-Maximin, a wide player remains top of Javi Gracia’s wish-list in the final week of the window and attention turns to Rennes star Sarr.

According to the Watford Observer, the Hornets are expected to complete a deal with the 21-year-old wideman in the coming days. Sarr was not involved in his side’s Trophée des Champions defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday but that is because of his African Cup of Nations involvement with Senegal this summer.

Reports in France claim a fee in excess of €30million has been struck between the two sides which would make the jet-heeled Sarr Watford’s record signing.

Rennes manager Julien Stéphan admitted at the end of last month that he expected his prize asset to leave.

Daniele Rugani to Arsenal – 3.1

Juventus defender Daniele Rugani compared statistically to team-mate Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci

A centre-back would have topped most Gunners’ supporters wish-lists this summer but Unai Emery clearly didn’t feel the same way. Although St. Étienne prospect William Saliba ticks that box, the Frenchman is only 18 and was allowed to stay with les Verts on loan.

Rugani, though, is a proper, ready-made central defender. Having waited patiently for his chance at Juventus, the 25-year-old Italian international has seen De Ligt and Merih Demiral arrive in Turin this summer, once again ruining his chances of more action following Andrea Barzagli’s retirement.

Arsenal have had to squeeze every penny out of their infamous £45million transfer budget and that means a loan offer for Rugani.

Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici is in England to negotiate the Danilo-Cancelo swap deal with Manchester City and the Gunners, according to Alfredo Pedulla via the Daily Mirror will seek talks about a move for Rugani.

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