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TRIBAL TRENDS - TRANSFERS: Chelsea to pay €100m for Belotti?; Wenger out at Arsenal?; Liverpool to buy 6!??

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:

- Bet365

Arsene Wenger
Clubs interested (in getting rid): Arsenal

He knows it, the fans know it and now, the players know that Arsene Wenger is on his way out at Arsenal.

BeIN Sports has reported that the Frenchman has recently informed his players of his decision to quit the North London club after 20 years. 

The report follows Arsenal's embarrassing 10-2 aggregate defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League Round of 16 this week.

Wenger has mightily underachieved with Arsenal.

The last time they won the Premier League was in the 2003-04 season – an incredibly long drought considering the club's domination of the early 2000's. Despite the ever-growing cries for change, Wenger has clutched on - seemingly because of his consistent qualification for the Champions League, having qualified ever year since the turn of the century.

Arsenal's defeat to Bayern during the week was horrible, but it is not the reason Wenger may be ousted.

In the Premier League, Arsenal sit 5th, two points behind Liverpool, albeit with a game in hand. If Arsenal fall outside that top four spot for the first time in two decades years, then Wenger's long-standing reign will be over.

Likelihood: This is the final straw

Jurgen Klopp - Liverpool
Players interested in: Alexandre Lacazette (Olympique Lyon), Naby Keita (RB Leipzig) + 3 or 4 more

Jurgen Klopp wants reinforcements.

According to the Daily Mirror, if the Reds qualify for the Champions League, the Liverpool manager will be handed the ultimate purse to upgrade his squad in the summer.

At the top of the German's wish list are Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette and RB Leipzig's Naby Keita.

Lacazette, an Arsenal target for some time, has had an incredible season for Lyon so far. The 25-year old has netted 27 goals in all competitions, including 22 in Ligue 1.

With Daniel Sturridge expected to move on at the end of the season, Lacazette would slot in perfectly.

An even more intriguing prospect is Keita, who at 22 years of age still has plenty of football left in front of him.

In the middle of a breakout season with RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, the Guinean is exactly what Liverpool needs – a driving, hard working central midfielder who can control the game. Keita also shares an agent with fellow African Sadio Mane, which could certainly bolster Liverpool's chances.

However, with perennial Bundesliga poachers Bayern Munich also lurking, Liverpool must work hard, and fast.

Likelihood: A lot of work to be done

 at Anfield to land these 2 at least

David De Gea – Manchester United
Clubs interested: Real Madrid

Yes, here is another 'David De Gea to Real Madrid' report. 

This time, it comes from the mouth of Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda. The OK Diario reporter believes that the 26-year-old has his heart set on returning to his home city in the summer.

“Real Madrid are still thinking about one goalkeeper, who is De Gea, but (Jose) Mourinho is determined for him not to leave United," Inda tells El Chiringuito.

“The player wants to play in Madrid anyway. What happened was that the agent of Keylor Navas delayed his move to United and there was no way to close the operation in 2014.

"De Gea believes that Manchester is hell because every day is black. The player has privately said that he wants to play for Real Madrid. Last summer he could not come for the dirty campaign against him and against Iker Muniain. It was unfair, disgusting."

The connection is there for De Gea to return to Madrid given his ties to the city. But it would take a miracle – or an extremely large sum of money, one or the other.

De Gea is under contract at United until 2019, he is one of – if not the most – integral part of Mourinho's squad and he has formed into one of the leaders of a side that still has a chance to qualify for the Champions League.

Likelihood: Not this time – miracle notwithstanding

Manchester United
Players interested in: Joao Cancelo (Valencia) and Fabinho (AS Monaco)

Jose Mourinho has Valencia full-back Joao Cancelo in his sights.

United have been searching far and wide to solve their full-back woes, and Plaza Deportivo reports that Mourinho may have found his man.

Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes represents the Portuguese and has offered him to United, along with Monaco's defensive midfielder Fabinho, who Mourinho spent time with at Real Madrid.

With United's midfield stocks stacked, it seems more likely that Cancelo will be the one who makes his way to Old Trafford. 

The 22-year-old right-back, who has been compared to Arsenal's Hector Bellerin, has appeared 25 times for Los Che this season and would take the first-choice position away from Antonio Valencia, who has done brilliantly as a makeshift full-back for the past few seasons.

Likelihood: High for Cancelo. Jury out on Fabinho 

Andrea BelottiTorino

Clubs interested: Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants to sign Torino's Andrea Belotti in the summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The 23-year-old is the most sought-after young striker in the world - having scored 22 goals in 24 Serie A appearances - with the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid vying for his talents.

It will take a €100million to trigger Belotti's release clause, but Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly committed to spending the money, just to keep his manager happy.

That is if Diego Costa happens to leave, which is unlikely.

It is an enormous amount of money, but with record-breaking deals done for young players such as Paul Pogba and Gareth Bale over recent years; it isn't out of the realms of possibility.

Likelihood: If Roman can pull the trigger, he may do so, but not if Costa is still around

Andrew Maclean
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