Welcome to the first edition of the Rumour Rater, a weekly post in which I round up the latest transfer news from around Europe and offer my opinion.
That’s pretty much all I have for an introduction, so let’s get into it!
Rating: 6.5/10. A move would make sense for either club, as Fernandinho for City and Nemanja Matic for United are both on the wrong side of 30. 50 million, however, seems a large fee to pay for a player that is yet to test himself outside of the Netherlands.
Rating: 6/10. The scorer of the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final has struggled recently at Borussia Dortmund, and going to Klopp, the manager who gave Gotze’s career its kickstart, would make sense. However, with one of the world’s best attacking trios in Mane, Salah, and Firmino, it’s hard to see where Gotze would fit in a Liverpool side.
Rating: 7/10: Should City get Rabiot, most likely they won’t go after de Jong as they play in primarily the same position. However, given that he has experience with Europe’s elite, he might be a better replacement for Fernandinho than de Jong.
Rating: 7/10, but only in the next few years. Apparently, the Turin based side wants to sign a “young Ronaldo.” That’s despite them having only signed Ronaldo himself this season. Given that he’s 33, though still arguably the best in the world, it’s understandable to be looking for the future. However, Ronaldo isn’t in a sharp decline just yet and Juve will probably need to wait a while to splash the cash on Sane thanks to FPP.
Rating: 7/10 Navas initially feels a good fit for Juventus, as with Gianluigi Buffon’s departure they may need a new world-class man between the sticks, and with the arrival of Thibaut Courtois in Madrid, Navas’ place as the undisputed first-choice goalie for Real is under threat. However, buying Navas may be hard to justify for Juve, as Wojciech Szczesny taking over Buffon’s place as Juve’s main goalie, not to mention their signing of Mattia Perin. Still, neither of those two are quite on the same level as Navas, so this may happen.
Rating: 5/10. Lozano would be a very solid addition to just about any side in the world right now, but a player of his quality needs regular first team football and I can’t see him getting it at Barcelona. With Coutinho, Malcom, Messi, Munir, Suarez, and Dembele all battling it out for a place in Barcelona’s front line, I can’t see Lozano really changing that.