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TRIBAL TRENDS - TRANSFERS: Bale after Real Madrid captaincy? Willian to Man Utd? Barcelona want Deulofeu?

With the amount of rumours swirling around at this time of year, even after the winter transfer window, it is sometimes difficult to decipher the truth.

These are matters of importance.

With all the transfer talk now directed at the all-important summer market, there are enormous amounts of speculation swirling around Europe and the UK.

Not to worry however, because here at Tribalfootball, we have broken down the week's hottest transfer rumours, and inform you whether you should believe the paper talk or not.

Here are our top five trending transfer stories for the past week:


Gerard Deulofeu - Everton, *on loan at AC Milan
Clubs interested: Barcelona

El Mundo Deportivo says that Luis Enrique wants Deulofeu back at Camp Nou.

But that's only if the Catalan club keep the 46-year-old at the helm beyond this season and after Tuesday's capitulation at PSG , it is suggested that there could be a changing of the guard.

Belgian winger Deulofeu left Barça to join Everton in 2015 but he hasn't got on as well as hoped at Goodison Park, which subsequently sees him on loan at AC Milan.

I can see the attraction with Deulofeu because on his day, the 22-year-old can be sublime. But his 'on' days are few and far between at present.

And do Barcelona, arguably Spain's best team, really want a player who started just four Premier League games in the first half of the season with England's seventh best side?

Likelihood: Probably not


Willian - Chelsea
Clubs interested: Manchester United

Jose Mourinho reportedly wants to reunite with Willian at Old Trafford.

That much has already been reported on a number of occasions but what only came to light recently is the Chelsea manager's take on the situation.

Antonio Conte says he 'doesn't know' about United's interest and whatever interest there is from the Red Devils is 'not important'.

That is a clear indication that Conte is focusing on winning the Premier League title but the fact he did not state the Brazilian would be staying put, as he did with Diego Costa, tells me that the 28-year-old is not a vital cog in the Blues machine.

12 league starts also shows that I suppose.

Likelihood: With Willian's importance declining at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho could quite possibly get his man.


Antoine Griezmann - Atletico Madrid
Clubs interested: Manchester United

Yep! This rumour features again.

There is no denying that this one has some legs and is bound to go on and on and on and on…

But this week's take on the Griezmann 'saga', if you will, is that there are conditions regarding the prospective shift to Old Trafford at season's end.

The Sunday Mirror is of the opine that the Frenchman will still move to United even on the proviso that Mourinho's men fail to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League - and subsequent Champions League football.

However, for a player who has unfinished business in that particular competition, I certainly have my doubts.

Likelihood: The Man Utd move could still occur, but I'd imagine Griez would want UCL!


Gareth Bale - Real Madrid
Clubs interested: Chelsea, Manchester United, PSG

G.Bale - Real Madrid captain.

Has a nice ring to it, no?

That's what Ok Diario says is the Welshman's main ambition at the Santiago Bernabéu.

But a humble boy like Gareth surely wouldn't base his entire career at a club simply on a mere description… Would he?

Bale simply does not strike me as the type of person or player who would demand such a thing, especially something as trivial as captaincy is in the modern game, where the armband is passed around willy-nilly (but not at Real).

Sergio Ramos is the current skipper and there is no indication that any changes will be made while he remains in Madrid.

Likelihood: Bale will stay at Real, captaincy or not.


Tiemoue Bakayoko - AS Monaco
Clubs interested: Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City

Jose wants Bakayoko at the Theatre of Dreams this summer according to The Times.

But he ain't the only one.

Chelsea and Manchester City are also keen.

This indicates that there perhaps could ensue some sort of three-way transfer battle for the powerful defensive midfielder this summer.

But Mourinho has Bakayoko 'high' on his list which suggests to us that United, considering they need a quality player in this position, may push a bit harder for former Rennes man.

The 22-year-old has helped shield the Ligue 1 leader's defence and long may that continue if Monaco happen to beat PSG to the French title.

Likelihood: A lot could depend on what happens in the Principality come May…

Andrew Slevison
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