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TRIBAL TRENDS - TRANSFERS: Isco elects Chelsea?; Man Utd handed Kroos ultimatum?; Liverpool, Roma fight for Ceballos?;

With the amount of rumours swirling around, it can sometimes be difficult to decipher the truth.

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



Dani CeballosReal Madrid

Clubs interested: Liverpool, Roma

Prepare yourselves for a flurry of Madrid rumours this summer.

Dani Ceballos is one of a few who could find himself at a new club come summer. Not the first time he has been on the outer at Madrid, he was denied a move to Liverpool in January and finds himself struggling for game time. Madrid president Florentino Perez is set to wheel and deal by any means necessary, which means Ceballos could easily be part of a mass exodus.

At 21 years old, he shouldn't find himself in any sort of dire straits. The Spain U21 international has plenty of time on his side, and still has Liverpool lurking for a possible deal.

However, as his January move was blocked, this has Roma also interested in acquiring his services. An ideal scenario for any wantaway footballer, two top tier contenders vying for his signature.

Will he, or won't he? Pretty sure professional footballers don't like warming expensive benches.

Likelihood:He's either getting English or Italian lessons




Isco Real Madrid

Clubs interested: Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Juventus

Another star on the outer, the highly rated Isco is reportedly in disagreement with Zinedine Zidane over playing time and wants a transfer. Standard stuff right?

Here's the thing, Isco literally has his pick of the riches. Both Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Juventus will be clamouring for the playmaker next transfer window. It's the sort of thing you'd expect on a game of FIFA or Football Manager, am I right gamers?

In any case, Don Balon says that the Spanish international has made it known he wishes to move to Chelsea. Abramovic loves the way Isco plays, and the prospect of playing with his former teammate Alvaro Morata is the cherry on the rich club cake. How's that for a housewarming gift?

This deal has cash comfort written all over it. Let's hope he makes a worthwhile move that produces some silverware for him and his club. At 25, he's still got some time on his side to make some big moves in world football.

Likelihood: He'll be roommates with Morata for sure




Toni KroosReal Madrid

Clubs interested: Manchester United

It's no secret that United's midfield is going to need a serious boost if they want to win a title again, and it seems that old mate Jose Mourinho has set his eyes on a serious target. World Cup winner Toni Kroos is hot on United's radar, his consistency in performances a massive attraction for any rich club.

However, it'll take some heavy handed negotiating if the Red Devils are to sign the 28 year old. Madrid have wanted Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea, and Florentino Perez could use this situation as leverage if United are serious about Kroos.

A hard obstacle to overcome, it'll either involve a trade, or a truck ton of cash, or nothing at all. A game of chess awaits Mourinho and co for this one, whether they'll play Perez' game is a different story.

Likelihood: Is signing Kroos worth losing De Gea?




Peter Gulacsi – RB Leipzig

Clubs interested: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid

It's always fantastic to see a bench player turn into a success story, and that's exactly what Peter Gulacsi has done with himself.

The former Liverpool keeper spent all of his time on loan while signed to the Merseyside club, and since moving he has made quite the remarkable turnaround. From no appearances for Liverpool, to almost 150 top flight appearances across Switzerland and Germany, he's caught the eye of some even bigger clubs.

ESPN tells us that he's seen as a replacement for both Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea, or Jan Oblak at Atletico. It seems as though he'll need to serve some time as a back-up, but being touted as a long term option for both clubs is a credit to his work ethic.
Chelsea have a slight advantage in his deal, as his previous stint with Liverpool makes him a home-grown player by Premier League standards.

Whether he'll be happy to warm the bench is a different story, but if a top contender comes knocking it's usually hard to say no.

Likelihood: This one is up to him




Manchester United

Possible outs: Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling

Possible ins: Gareth Bale, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose, Willian, Fred

Manchester United have come under some serious scrutiny this season, as their star-studded squad has faltered in the Premier League, and bowed out of the Champions League in unflattering fashion. Everyone from Mourinho to the fans know that this is simply not good enough, and United are going to invest even more in their squad to try and boost their title hopes next season.

Real Madrid aren't the only ones looking to make wholesale changes, as United are going to give them a run for their money next transfer window. Both clubs are in similar positions, league positions are lacklustre by their club standards, yet still have high hopes in other competitions.

The only time they'll cross pass is a potential deal involving Kroos and De Gea, but other than that both clubs are set to pursue their own players. Who's got a bigger war chest of funds I wonder?

Watch and see what these clubs do. After managing to sign Paul Pogba again in unfathomable circumstances last year, you can bet that United will spare no expense chasing their ideal players.

Likelihood: One or two is bound to stick

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Chris Sermeno

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