1. Fabinho to PSG
Danhai: With Gregorsz Krychowiak’s transfer from Sevilla flopping terribly and Thiago Motta not getting any younger, Fabinho is the perfect candidate for PSG’s engine room. The Brazilian is the right age and profile to complement the likes of Pastore and Verratti, allowing them security to focus on picking apart defences.
After missing out on the Ligue 1 title for the first time in five seasons, PSG will desperately want to reclaim their throne. The only problem is the current Ligue 1 champions will be mindful of the stars they’ve already lost and won’t lose another cheaply, especially to a direct rival. The capital club may have already beaten off competition and agreed terms with Fabinho but if Monaco continues to stand firm, this one could drag on for longer than it needs to.
Llemar: This one has quite a few dynamics to it. Both Manchester United and PSG are said to be interested. Both are able to afford anything and Monaco know this. PSG are a rival and with Marco Verratti wanting out to Barcelona and Blaise Matuidi linked to Man United himself as one of possibly four options, it makes sense to reinforce with a versatile player such as the Brazilian. The reported figures have been about £40m, but it is rumoured that Monaco has rejected a second bid from the dethroned French Champions. Given the two teams expressing interest, who can blame them?
They do have Champions league football and the rest of Europe is just lining up at their door like hungry wolves for their best talent. United could be more interested in Nemanja Matic and Eric Dier (Tottenham aren’t selling either, come on) in that order to be Michael Carrick successor. Fabinho will not be a Man United player and for him to trade rich French cities, PSG will need to pay over the odds. It’s just a matter of persistence for now to get the best deal. Overpay by as little as possible, I say.
2. Alex Sandro to Chelsea
Llemar: The ongoing transfer battle for Romelu Lukaku must be clawing at the nerves of Antonio Conte, one of the hottest heads in world football. A spate of departures haven’t been met with the same level of arrivals and with preseason beckoning in two weeks there will be added urgency placed on getting priority deals done.
Alex Sandro would be a quintessential Conte signing, a chance creation machine providing width and support to the talisman on the left, Eden Hazard. The whole world must know that the Juventus left back has created 91 chances in the last two seasons, 21 more than any other full back, right?
Alex Sandro has created 91 chances in Serie A since the start of 2015/16; more than any other defender.
Flying full-back. 🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/liNxRQCsWM
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 3, 2017
It appears that the dizzying fee for the left/wing back is between £50m and £60m. PSG are reportedly prepared to meet this valuation, but if Alex Sandro is as smart a person as we assume him to be he will prefer a move to London. There have even been insinuations that the snag is that the player has not unequivocally expressed a desire to leave. If so, he must make up his mind either way. This one is 50/50, but it’s one that makes Chelsea that much better, if not even more predictably left side heavy (than with one of last year’s standouts Marcos Alonso) and right side solid.
Danhai: Chelsea will want to strengthen their squad ahead of a return the Champions League and Alex Sandro would instantly improve an already stable position. In Marcos Alonso, Chelsea already have a solid wing back who won his fair share of praise for his performances last season. He’s still not Alex Sandro however.
Juventus know they have one of the best wing backs in the game and Chelsea won’t be able to pay anything less than top dollar to get him. To make matters worse, attempts to bring back Leonardo Spinazzola from loan early to replace Sandro have been scuppered, making Chelsea’s job of convincing Juve into a sale that much harder. Pay up, Roman – they know you’re good for it.