Rumour Mill: How many of them actually do make sense?

Usually there are loads of transfer rumours floating around the internet during the summer break. And there are multiple websites listing the likelihood of these transfers happening. However, we here at SportsJoint have tried to analyse the rumours and judge them if they make sense tactically for the respective teams taking into consideration their current roster of players.

  • Mbappe To Arsenal for €100m: (Source(s): Metro, The Sun, Standard)

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As it has been previously reported by our blog, it seems like Arsenal have stepped up their interest in the young Frenchman despite reportedly having their €87m bid rejected. Would it make sense for Arsenal? Yes. Ignoring the transfer fee itself, it seems like Mbappe is the ideal player that Arsene would want to develop at the club. Young, skilful on and off the ball with having a technical capability to play as a second striker as well as the spearhead. That being said, a fee of €100m is would mean too much pressure being put on an 18-year-old who’s already being touted to be the ‘Next Thierry Henry’.  Only time will tell us if he would succeed under such circumstances if the transfer ends up materialising.

Verdict: Justified. 

 

  • Alvaro Morata to Manchester United for €68m: (Source: Daily Telegraph) alvaro-morata-real-madrid_3v95qlvifu891iwx0ikfe559c.jpg

 

With United releasing Ibrahimovic whilst Griezmann seems to be a very remote possibility and with Lukaku having almost sealed a move to Chelsea. It seems like a match made in heaven for the wantaway Madrid striker as well as United who are in desperate need of a proven goalscorer. With Morata having scored the most goals for Los Blancos this season after Cristiano Ronaldo,  it seems like a no-brainer especially considering the fact that United as a club has the capacity to mobilise such huge sums and have consistently shown their economic prowess over the years.

Verdict: Justified. 

  • Manchester City enter the bidding war for Alexandre Lacazette: Source:Mirrornintchdbpict0003081351562

Lacazette may find many potential suitors this summer in Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool and both the Manchester clubs now entering the fray. However, it seems to make no sense for the Pep’s side to approach the Lyon Striker having ample depth in Aguero, Jesus and Iheanacho for the lone striker position. The latter of whom is touted to leave the club due to lack of game time. Hence, it makes little to no sense to sign Lacazette and ask any of the aforementioned strikers to play second-fiddle. However, let’s not forget this is Manchester City we are talking about. A club which housed 4 top strikers in Aguero, Tevez, Dzeko and Balotelli simultaneously.

Verdict: Not Justified. 

  • Hector Bellerin to Barcelona for  €40m:(Source: The Sun) 

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With Barcelona never truly having replaced Dani Alves, the catalan giants could yet again go with their tried and tested method to buy back their academy graduates. The Barcelona born Right Back could be the ideal counterpart to Jordi Alaba in the opposite flank and could help Barcelona in their exploits as they look to come out of an off season by their high standards. With Bellerin often criticized to be ‘too attacking’ and for getting caught off guard during Counter-Attacks, all these problems could vanish with a Barcelona team who like to dominate possession and usually are famous for their overlapping fullback play which requires full-backs to be aggressive.

Verdict: Justified. 

 

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