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​TRIBAL TRENDS - TRANSFERS: Arsenal trigger Asensio clause?; Messi blocks Barca move for Thiago?; Man Utd move for disgruntled Draxler?; Coutinho...?;

With the amount of rumours swirling around at this time of year, it is sometimes difficult to decipher the truth.These are matters of importance.

This is the last week of the summer transfer window; the decisions your club makes over the following days could win you the title or relegate you to the rest of the pack.

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:

Marco Asensio - Real Madrid

Clubs Interested: Arsenal (& everyone else)

According to Don Balon, Arsenal have approached Real Madrid about Marco Asensio.

We may only be in the first few weeks of the 2017/18 season, but the 21-year old has set the world on fire, particularly with his performance against Barcelona in the Supercopa de Espana final.

The former Malaga winger scored a fantastic goal in the first leg at the Camp Nou, only to top the feat in the second leg with an even greater goal.

With the amount of superstars in Real's team, it is hard to be noticed, but the Spaniard has become instantly recognisable.

Given his exploits, it's easy to understand why Arsenal, or any other club in the world, would want to add Asensio to their club.

But it's not going to happen.

The report suggests that Arsenal are prepared to meet Asensio's €80m release clause. Well duh?! Who wouldn't?

The reason why this transfer will not happen is because of Asensio and his desire to remain at the Bernabeu.

Why would he leave? To become a star on his own? To copy Neymar and 'stop living in the shadows on his teammates'?

He doesn't need too. His already there. Los Blancos' superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is 32 and although he is still dominant, he will start to wane in the next few years.

Asensio has proclaimed his lifelong support for his current club. His a Madridista and proud. And he could one day become one of their greatest players.

Likelihood: He won't allow it

Philippe Coutinho - Liverpool

Clubs Interested: Barcelona

Here we are again. Last week, Barcelona had reportedly been told they would have to pay £145m for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.

Now Daily Record andSunday Timesjournalist Duncan Castles has claimed that Liverpool have raised their asking price to £150m.

Castles states that Liverpool, despite their public insistence that the Brazilian is not for sale, are in reality negotiating with Barcelona, but they are desperate to secure the fee that they want.

Once again, I just can't see Liverpool selling Coutinho, even it was for £170m. He is just that important to their season.

There's so many factors of why that is true, not only on the pitch, but the domino effect that could transpire off the pitch.

Forget winning the league if Coutinho is sold. If the 25-year old moves to Catalonia, then Liverpool, if they aren't already, are in a serious threat of missing out a Champions League spot.

There goes there ability to attract top players to the club, which Jurgen Klopp stated this week was a popular question that prospective players mention in negotiations; there goes the millions of dollars brought in from television money, gate receipts and exposure in a competition whose final attracts three times the amount of viewers than the American Football Super Bowl final.

Fear not Liverpool fans. The Reds hierarchy know it, they understand it and that's why that had the gumption to reject a bid of £119m. They want to be a big club and they will continue to have a chance if they hold onto their best players.

NOTE: If Coutinho does, as reported by Sky Sports' Dharmesh Sheth, go public with his desire to leave Anfield, they may have no choice in selling him.

Likelihood: Not this summer

Shkodran Mustafi - Arsenal

Clubs Interested: Inter Milan, Juventus

A surprise story emerged this week detailing the unhappiness of Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi.

According to the Daily Star, Mustafi, who frequently partnered Laurent Koscielny in the heart of the Arsenal defence last season, has struggled to bond with any of his teammates and wants to leave the club, with Inter Milan listed as a possible destination.

The 25-year old was left on the bench for the Gunners opening win against Leicester, having returned late to pre-season following his Confederations Cup involvement with Germany. He did however, start in Arsenal's, frankly, shocking loss to Stoke on Saturday

I just can't buy this at all. Mustafi has a strong connection with Granit Xhaka, with whom he shares Albanian heritage. He also has German teammates such as Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker.

It seems like a weak and illegitimate excuse for a professional like Mustafi. Maybe there are other concerns? Disagreements with Wenger perhaps?

Who knows. But given Arsenal's lack of defensive players, Mustafi will stay, even if he sulks alone on the bench.

Likelihood: Wenger can't afford too

Thiago Alcantara- Bayern Munich

Clubs Interested: Barcelona

According to Don Balon, Lionel Messi has vetoed Barcelona's move for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

The pair enjoyed several good years together at Camp Nou before the latter moved to Germany for more game time.

Thiago spent eight years at Barca, as both a junior and first-team player, and his connection with the club's superstar was understood to be friendly.

However, the report claims that Messi became angered at his former teammate when he, upon his departure from Barca, told the press he wouldn't have a problem signing with Real Madrid in the future.

Messi has been with the Catalan giants all his life, so it's not hard to imagine why he would view this as an act of betrayal.

But enough reason not have him back at the club?

Yeh right, like the Argentine wouldn't take somebody with Thiago's talent at this point in time?

If Barca are keen on taking on Angel di Maria, then they would welcome Thiago back with welcome arms. He has shaken off his early injury concerns and blossomed in the past two seasons at the Allianz.

The Spain international became an instrumental figure in the Bayern midfield last term, making 27 Bundesliga appearances whilst also scoring 6 goals and providing 4 assists.

Now at 26 years of age, entering the prime of his career, it is the perfect time for Barcelona to go after their former pupil, who could become their much needed replacement for Xavi.

You've got the money Bartomeu, what are you scared of?

Likelihood: It SHOULD happen but that doesn't mean it will

Julian Draxler - PSG

Clubs Interested: Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea

The Daily Express claims that Manchester United have approached PSG about a price for Julian Draxler.

United are one of four Premier League clubs that are interested in the German international, who has become a surprising outcast since the arrival of Neymar.

The 23-year old has been a long-term target for Arsenal, who came close to signing him before he decided to join PSG in January.

It was deemed a coup at the time, but the highly-rated winger could be on the move again.

United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea are all listed by the Express as the clubs interested in taking on Draxler, but that is no surprise.

You would think that PSG need to offload some weight to be in compliance with Financial Fair Play after their astronomical Neymar fee, but there has been no word of any pressure coming their way. Do these laws even exist?

If that isn't a probelm, then I can't see any desire from PSG to sell Draxler given their aim of going deep into the Champions League knock-out rounds this season. They'll need a squad to do that and Draxler could provide some magic off the bench if needed.

But will Draxler want that role? I doubt it. It will be his choice and his alone that could get a deal over the line.

In terms of the Premier League clubs interested, any of them would and should take on Draxler.

Likelihood: Could definitely happen

Andrew Maclean
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