Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels is edging closer to a £20m switch to Manchester United, with the German giants ready to agree to the deal if Liverpool let them loan their highly-rated young Portuguese defender Tiago Ilori as his replacement.
Our view: After comprehensively outshining them last season, Liverpool won’t want to help out United in any way, and so they are likely to block any move that helps out their rivals in any way.
Hummels is 3.00 to be a United player by the end of the transfer window
Tabloid Speculation I
One man leaving United could be Japanese international Shinji Kagawa, who is a £14m target for Spanish champions Atletico Madrid following an underwhelming spell in Manchester.
Our view: Kagawa seems as though he needs a change of scenery after disappointing at United, and this move to Spain could be just what he needs.
Atletico Madrid are 15.00 to repeat last season’s La Liga success and win the league
Tabloid Speculation II
Liverpool’s move for Wilfried Bony could be back on following the collapse of Loic Remy’s transfer from QPR. The Ivorian is available for £19m due to a clause in his contract.
Our view: After closing in on a couple of their defensive targets, the Reds clearly now need to strengthen upfront following the loss of Luis Suarez, and Bony’s 25 goals last season indicate just why they want him.
Bony is 21.00 to win the Premier League Golden Boot this season
Morgan Amalfitano, who occasionally impressed on loan at West Brom last season, is set to join QPR on another loan deal after holding talks with Harry Redknapp.
Our view: The Frenchman did bring an odd splash of glamour to what was a disappointing season for the Baggies last term, and he’d represent a good addition as Rangers return to the Premier League.
QPR are 3.00 to be relegated in 2014/15
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
After signing Romelu Lukaku, Everton have returned to Chelsea to strike a season-long loan deal for winger Christian Atsu, who played for Ghana at the World Cup.
Our view: Roberto Martinez used the loan system to his advantage last season, although Atsu is likely to be much more of a squad player at Goodison Park than the likes of Lukaku, Gerard Deulofeu and Gareth Barry were last season.
Everton are 8.00 to finish in the top four this season
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