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TRIBAL TRENDS - TRANSFERS: Juve hijack Barcelona's pursuit of Coutinho?; Hazard wants Real Madrid move, but...?; Shaw to leave Man Utd?;

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.



Philippe Coutinho - Liverpool

Clubs Interested: Barcelona, Juventus, PSG, Real Madrid

Juventus are determined to pry Philippe Coutinho away from the grasp of Barcelona.

Let's not forget that Coutinho is still a Liverpool player, but let's also be realistic and admit that he most certainly won't be at Anfield after next summer.

The Catalan giants went hard after the Brazilian in August. Liverpool remained resolute, going so far as to allow Coutinho to stay away from the club with a 'back injury' for the start of the Premier League season.

But according to Don Balon, Juventus are preparing to swoop in and sign Coutinho with an astonishing €175 MILLION bid.

Although it might seem outlandish, there is some merit to this rumour…

The Old Lady's lack of pace in midfield was embarrassingly exposed in last season's Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid. Modric and Kroos simply tore Allegri's men to shreds.

If Allegri is wanting to fix the problem, which he should considering Juve's slow start to the season, then Coutinho is the perfect player for him.

His quick movement, precise passing and penchant for scoring stunning goals will be worth every penny for Juve. Watch out Barca.

Likelihood: Makes a whole lot of sense




Luke Shaw - Manchester United

Clubs Interested: Tottenham

Luke Shaw will be allowed to leave Manchester United in January - but only on loan.

That is according to the Sun, who quotes a 'source' as saying: "It looks like Luke will be allowed to leave in January on loan if the right offer comes in."

Regardless of its validity, it's pretty evident that the once prodigious young talent is on the outer at Old Trafford.

If you factor in the public criticisms of Shaw's work ethic from Jose Mourinho, and the fact that the 22-year-old has yet to be included in the first-team fold despite making his return from injury last month and well… things aren't looking good for the former Southampton man.

Fortunately for him, there will be no shortage of clubs looking to take the left-back on loan, even if it is for only six months.

Tottenham has been one club mentioned, and given Danny Rose's injury troubles in recent times, it would hardly be a surprise if Shaw's old Southampton boss, Mauricio Pochettino, wants to try and get more cover ahead of what will be an eventful second half of the season.

Likelihood: Maybe



Eden Hazard - Chelsea

Clubs Interested: Real Madrid

Once again, Don Balon has fitted us out with one of the most popular rumours of the week.

This time it comes from London, where Eden Hazard has reportedly told Real Madrid he wants to sign for them, but only if Zinedine Zidane guarantees him playing time.

Zidane wants Hazard. The Belgian is his top priority for the summer. And if you look at Real's history, you can understand why.

Florentino Perez has an insatiable lust for superstardom, and given Cristiano Ronaldo is nearing the back end of thirty, he knows he must plan for the future.

Granted, Real have adjusted their policies somewhat, with the likes of youngsters Marco Asensio and Lucas Vasquez been given opportunities, but Hazard presents a ready made option that can fill the wants of the ruthless Madridista.

At 26, Hazard has won two Premier League titles and the Europa League, and scored over 75 goals in 262 appearances for Chelsea.

From Hazard's perspective, he has given everything for Chelsea and the fans shouldn't blame him for wanting to find a new challenge.

Likelihood: Maybe it's time to let him go…



Real Madrid

Players Interested In: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata (Manchester United), Emre Can (Liverpool)

According to Diario Gol, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wants to sign the five aforementioned Premier League players - IN JANUARY.

Although it is rather outlandish to suggest that this would even be possible, we can break them down into each specific target.

Firstly, lets rule out Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He hasn't played football since April and isn't expected to return to the United first-team until December, if he's lucky.

Ibra's United teammates, Herrera and Mata, are unlikely to be let go by Mourinho. With United expected to be competing on four fronts come January, it's hard to envisage the Portuguese wanting to part ways with two players in his midfield stocks.

Alexis and Emre Can pose a different question as they are both out of contract at the end of the season.

Sanchez definitely wants to leave Arsenal and if an opportunity arises to sell in January, especially to a foreign team, then the club should jump at it.

Can is Jurgen Klopp's lovechild and the Liverpool manager will be pleading with the board to give the German international whatever he wants in his new contract.

Likelihood: One out of five



Ante Coric - Dinamo Zagreb

Clubs Interested: Real Madrid, Manchester United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen on signing Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Ante Coric.

Mourinho's interest has rung alarm bells for Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.

Don Balon claims that Modric told Real directors about Coric over a year ago and he now fears the club will miss out on the 20-year-old if they don't act fast.

Following down the same career path as Modric, the baby-faced starlet made his debut for Dinamo at just the age of 17.

He has since made 126 appearances for Dinamo and has earned two caps for the Croatia national team.

With his shaggy hair, diminutive size and slick passing, it's hard not to be reminded of Modric.

Watch some of his highlights below courtesy of wearefootball.

Likelihood: He won't be eating homemade chevapi for much longer


Andrew Maclean
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