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Trending Transfers: Nicolas Pépé, Romelu Lukaku and Paulo Dybala

 • by Tom Bodell
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With August almost upon us, time is running out for clubs across Europe to complete transfers which have dragged on all summer.

The Premier League transfer windows shuts on Thursday, August 8 ahead of the season’s curtain-raiser which sees Liverpool tackle new-boys Norwich City on Friday, August 9.

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.

Nicolas Pépé to Arsenal – 4.7

Everyone knows Arsenal only have £45million to spend this summer. Yet the Gunners have already signed William Saliba from St. Étienne for a reported £27million – the money coming from next year’s pot – while Dani Ceballos has joined on loan from Real Madrid.

Now the North Londoners finally look set to land the wide attacker they’ve been after all summer. A deal for Wilfried Zaha looks to be over after BBC Sport’s Arsenal guru David Ornstein announced an agreement worth £72million had been struck with Lille for Pépé.

Assuming all goes to plan, the Ivorian flyer will arrive at the Emirates off the back of a season in which he scored 23 and assisted 12 in all competitions to make him one of the most sought-after attackers in Europe.

Napoli had met the asking price for the 24-year-old but Pépé rejected their approach.

Idrissa Gueye to Paris Saint-Germain – 4.5

Idrissa Gueye, Everton midfielder

The Everton midfielder has been linked with a move to the French capital since January. PSG’s need for a holding midfielder has been even longer standing as the cost of buying the world’s most expensive strikeforce finally came home to roost last season with centre-back Marquinhos forced to fill in.

Even the January addition of Zenit St. Petersburg’s Leandro Paredes failed to satisfy Thomas Tuchel’s need for a central midfielder. Ander Herrera has joined from Manchester United already this summer but further reinforcements are needed if PSG are to finally make a dent in the Champions League.

Gueye will cost the Parisians a reported £28million and the deal is expected to be a formality as the 29-year-old was keen on a move to the Parc des Princes after his January move fell through. According to The GuardianGueye will undergo a medical today.

Patrick Cutrone to Wolves – 4.5

Milan striker Patrick Cutrone compared statistically to Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Raúl Jiménez

It’s been a slow window for the Premier League’s surprise package who have only completed one deal so far, taking Jesús Vallejo on loan from Real Madrid for the season. But further transfers are expected to follow, starting with Milan forward Cutrone.

Despite impressing in 2017/18 the Italian international found himself behind new loan signing Gonzalo Higuaín in the first half of the season at San Siro before Krzysztof Piątek arrived in January to complicate matters further. Often shunted out wide to make room for his higher-profile team-mates, the 21-year-old will be the main man at Molineux.

Reports initially claimed Cutrone was sceptical about Wolves’ interest but after a £16.2million fee – rising to £20million – was struck the Como native is closing in on a move to the Premier League with a medical set for later in the week according to The Guardian

Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United – 4.2

United supporters have been crying out for a new midfielder all summer. It was the same last summer. And the summer before that, probably. But, at long last, their prayers look to have been answered with reports the Red Devils have agreed on a fee for Fernandes with Sporting, per Corriere dello Sport

The Portuguese international scored 32 times and assisted a further 18 goals for Sporting last season and it has been inevitable for some time the 24-year-old would become the next big thing set to leave Portugal.

Fernandes was in tears as he was substituted against Valencia in Sunday’s friendly and looks set to complete a move to England in the coming days. A fee of £62million has been mooted.

Paulo Dybala to Tottenham Hotspur – 3.5

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala's Serie A stats for 2017/18 vs. 2018/19

The Argentine genius, nicknamed ‘La Joya’ (The Jewel), deserves to sparkle somewhere but his chances at Juventus look slim with Cristiano Ronaldo the Old Lady’s main man. Manchester United and Internazionale have been linked but both rumours have gone cold with Juve unwilling to sell to their rivals and Inter keen on Romelu Lukaku and Edin Džeko to boot.

Tottenham, then, offer a surprising third option for the 25-year-old who endured his worst season in Turin in 2018/19 netting just ten times in all competitions with only five of those strikes coming in Serie A.

Emboldened by their new £320million shirt sponsorship agreement with AIA and impending stadium naming rights for their new home, Spurs finally have the means to make a splash. Whether or not Dybala wants to move to North London is the big question.

Romelu Lukaku to Juventus – 2.7

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

If it wasn’t already clear the Belgian’s future lay somewhere other than Old Trafford, he’s been left behind for their pre-season fixture against Kristiansund in Norway on Tuesday.

Lukaku’s move away from the Premier League is shaping up to be one of the most drawn-out transfers of the summer and now Juventus are involved. Wanted by Antonio Conte at Inter, United appear to have grown frustrated at the Nerazzurri’s failure to meet their asking price, opening the door for the Bianconeri with Tuttosport reporting a potential deal involving Dybala.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær made Marcus Rashford his main man after succeeding José Mourinho in December and while Lukaku weighed in with some important goals – most notably a brace in Paris in the Champions League – he won’t get regular starts.

Juventus, if they can meet United’s £80million asking price, will offer him more.

Sergej Milinković-Savić to Manchester United – 2.5

Sergej Milinković-Savić, Paul Pogba

The midfield wrecking ball nicknamed ‘SMS’ was the talk of Europe at the end of the 2017/18 campaign after bagging 12 goals from midfield for Lazio. Juventus were reportedly keen, as were Manchester United.

However, a disappointing 2018 World Cup with Serbia, followed by a difficult 2018/19 saw interest in the 24-year-old drop. Now United could benefit.

According to Corriere dello Sport, the Premier League side have already come to a verbal agreement with Milinković-Savić and all that remains is to settle on a price with Lazio.

Two summers ago the rangy midfielder was reportedly available for anything up to £150million. That is no longer the case but with Fernandes seemingly bound for Old Trafford, Milinković-Savić’s arrival could hinge on the Red Devils being able to move on Paul Pogba.

Moise Kean to Everton – 2.3

Juventus forward Moise Kean's shot map for the 2018/19 Serie A season

The 2018/19 campaign was a big one for Kean at Juventus. But it could also be his last in Turin. The 19-year-old forward was the talk of Europe for a few weeks with a run of six goals in as many games for club and country through March and April.

However, with Juventus hell-bent on signing at least one of Mauro Icardi, Lukaku or Federico Chiesa to supplement their already potent attack, the teenager could make way.

Ajax were linked with the bustling forward earlier in the summer but even after their Champions League exploits a deal is beyond them financially.

Everton are desperate to improve their striking options and, according to GoalKean has already agreed to move to Merseyside in a £36.13m deal. Juve’s insistence on a buyback clause is delaying matters.

Stanley Nsoki to Newcastle United – 1.3

Paris Saint-Germain defender Stanley Nsoki

The Magpies suddenly appear to be flushed with cash. After signing Joelinton for a club-record £40million last week – a deal we detailed in last Monday’s edition of Trending Transfers – they’re now after a number of other new faces including Vasco de Gama’s Marrony and now Paris Saint-Germain full-back Nsoki.

Nominally a left-back though capable of playing at centre-half or in midfield, the 20-year-old could become the latest in a long line of Ligue 1 imports at St. James’ Park – a list which is headlined by Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko.

According to the Evening Chronicle, N’Soki is keen on a move to Tyneside after the two clubs have settled on a price of £9.94m. If Nsoki moves to Newcastle he would provide competition for Paul Dummett at left-back.

Leroy Sané to Bayern Munich – 1.0

Manchester City attacker Leroy Sané

Big-name transfers are rarely simple and this has been anything but. Sané had looked set to remain at Manchester City this summer with Pep Guardiola adamant he did not want to sell the German winger.

However, Bayern coach Niko Kovač spoke about the 23-year-old over the weekend and claims the Bavarian giants remain in for the City forward. “Our leadership is very engaged in the situation there. I’m confident and assume that we will get him,” Kovač told ZDF Sport.

While Bayern and City have not held back in saying their piece, Sané has remained quiet on the subject. A return to the Bundesliga to sign for the country’s biggest and most successful side, replacing the iconic Franck Ribéry, could prove appealing to the former Schalke starlet.

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