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TRIBAL TRENDS - TRANSFERS: Will Fellaini leave Man Utd?; Arsenal after Juve defender Rugani?; Real Madrid for Alexis?;

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

These are matters of importance.

With all the transfer talk now directed at the January winter market, there are still 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.



Mauroane Fellaini - Manchester United

Clubs Interested: Galatasaray

Talks between Marouane Fellaini and his club Manchester United have hit a roadblock, according to the Daily Mail.

The situation is likely to raise some eyebrows, especially in Turkey. In the past Galatasaray have publicly claimed their interest in the player, which was promptly shot down by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Mourinho said "It's easier for Galatasaray to get me than Marouane. He is too important to me. No chance."

Fellaini's raw brute power and physicality provides a strong benefit to United in a midfield that sometimes suffers in that area with the comparatively small Herrera and Mata struggling to make a strong physical presence. He also started for United's last game in the absence of Paul Pogba, and has always been rated highly at the club since Mourinho's arrival.

With regular football still on the table in a team expected to find nothing but success for the next few seasons, it's hard to see Fellaini moving on quite so soon.

He'll be looking to wrap up negotiations and secure his future before the World Cup next year, and both sides should come to a deal.

Likelihood: Not for another couple of seasons



Alexis Sanchez -Arsenal

Clubs Interested: Manchester United, Manchester City

The future of Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez remains in doubt, as rumours from The Sun indicate that Manchester United may attempt to sign the Chilean international on a free transfer.

The forward, who moved to Arsenal from Barcelona, was one of the biggest talking points from the most recent transfer window, as a move to Manchester City looked almost certain.

A move never eventuated, but rumours of a potential move have not died down, as manager Arsenal Wenger has chosen to play him from the bench on a number of occasions so far in a troubled campaign.

A move to Manchester still looks likely for Sanchez, but with United bringing in Lukaku and carefully monitoring the situation with Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann, it is extremely unlikely they will turn to the Gunners to find an alternative source of goals.

Likelihood: Super Sanchez is a City Certainty



Angel Gomes -Manchester United

Clubs Interested: Real Madrid, Barcelona

According to Don Balon, Real Madrid are among the clubs watching the increasingly cloudy future of Manchester United wonderkid Angel Gomes with great interest.

The young United star, who is godfathered by former Red Devils winger Nani, would likely be extremely eager to sign a professional contract with his current side. If it doesn't happen soon, United may find themselves in trouble.

The young star is said to idolise Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, and if Madrid come knocking and capitalise on United's lack of action, he may very well be on the move.

Gomes' talent was highlighted by a brace playing for the U18s against Arsenal's youth side this week.

In regards to this situation, Manchester United best be careful. If they don't get things right, Gomes will have no shortage of very interested suitors ready to pounce, and pounce they will. The ball is in United's court.

Likelihood: Could be getting cold feet



Daniele Rugani - Juventus

Clubs Interested: Arsenal

Last year Arsenal were strongly linked to Juventus central defender Daniele Rugani through Di Marzio, and have had rumours persist ever since.

Arsenal's defensive woes this season have been well documented, and according to Italian source Sportmediaset, Arsenal made an offer for the young defender in the latest transfer period.

Since those initial reports last season, situations have drastically changed for both sides. Leonardo Bonucci now plies his trade at AC Milan, and Chiellini and Barzagli are both another year further along the wrong side of thirty. Juventus would be a little short sighted to offload a quality young central defender.

This transfer depends on how badly Arsenal want him and are willing to pay for him. Juventus could be tempted if Arsenal finally reach back into the infamous warchest, but I fear that if they were really keen for him they may have missed their window of opportunity.

Likelihood: Could be too little too late



Antoine Griezmann -Atletico Madrid

Clubs Interested: Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich

The future of Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann continues to cause discussion, with Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda reporting that Real Madrid are the latest side to show an interest in landing the French international.

In response to his decision to stay with Atletico in the summer, his most likely destination Manchester United signed Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, but may be tempted to make another play at Griezmann to replace Marcus Rashford in their starting XI.

The French star may have to adapt to playing slightly wider than usual, but it's hard not to see his inclusion in the side being anything other than a massive success for both parties.

It's very difficult to see him making a move to Real Madrid given his obvious loyalty to Atletico, which saw him stay at the club after their transfer ban debacle. For him to turn around and switch allegiances to their fierce cross town rivals would seem out of character.

From Real's standpoint, the Gareth Bale transfer situation must first play out before they make a play for another forward,

Chelsea's Diego Costa will come in to Atletico in the next transfer window, which has some fans shouting January as a potential time for Griezmann to make his move. However, he would be Cup tied, and will take time for new man Costa to find fitness and form after such a long period out with Chelsea.

It seems likely Griezmann will stay to help his newest goalscoring partner find his feet, for the time being.

Likelihood: Probably booked a flight to Manchester, but not until next summer.

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Brodie Cowburn

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