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Tribal Trends - Transfers: Maguire undergoes Man Utd medical; Arsenal go for Bakayoko; Neymar impacts Coutinho

The summer transfer window is now in full swing. There are stories and speculation swirling around everywhere. Sometimes it feels overwhelming.

But please don't stress, because here at Tribalfootballwe will summarise the biggest stories throughout football each week and let you know whether you should believe the paper talk or not…


Harry Maguire - Leicester City

Clubs Involved:Manchester United

Manchester United appear to have finally gotten their man as Leicester City have reportedly accepted an £80m bid from the Red Devils for England international Harry Maguire.

Maguire's stock rose tremendously after his impressive displays for England back in the 2018 World Cup. The 26-year-old was also a consistent performer for Leicester City last season thus prompting United's heavy interest in his services.

At this point of the Maguire transfer saga, all that's left for the Red Devils to officially secure his services is a medical which is set to hold any day from now.

Manchester City were also interested in signing Maguire but have now turned their attention towards other players.

Likelihood: It won't be long before United unveil Maguire




Philippe Coutinho - Barcelona

Clubs Involved: Liverpool

Liverpool have had a fairly quiet transfer window so far, which is strange considering their ambitions going into the new Premier League season.

They're heavily linked with a few world-class players, though, including Philippe Coutinho whose future is currently up in the air at Barcelona.

Coutinho is reportedly interested in returning to Anfield, but according to Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona would much rather use him as a makeweight to re-sign Neymar and quite possibly form the most dangerous attacking lineup in Europe.

Neymar himself is reportedly keen on a move back to Barcelona – while his time at PSG has been productive, he's failed to reach the heights he once reached at Barcelona.

Liverpool would only be interested in Coutinho's services for significantly less than the £145m Barca paid for his services around 18 months ago.

This move is more dependent on PSG and Barcelona's agreement over a move for Neymar than it is on Liverpool's desire to re-sign Coutinho.

Likelihood: 50/50




Lucas Vazquez - Real Madrid

Clubs Involved:Arsenal

The Gunners have endured a difficult transfer window thus far, having been unable to sign most of their transfer targets due to budget restrictions and inflation in the transfer market.

Real Madrid's Lucas Vazquez has been on their radar for several weeks, whilst Mariano Diaz has only just recently been offered to Arsenal.

Spanish news outlet El Desmarque claim Arsenal are willing to pay £60m for the pair –£40m for Vazquez and £20m for Mariano.

After spending over £300m over the course of the summer transfer window so far, Real Madrid are looking to somewhat balance the books at the club hence their desire to offload the so-called fringe players in the club.

Real Madrid will most likely accept any reasonable bid for Vazquez and Diaz but it remains to be seen if Arsenal can actually part with £60m for the pair

Likelihood: Cough it up Kroenke!




Tiemoue Bakayoko- Chelsea

Clubs Interested:Arsenal, PSG

After a torrid first season at Stamford Bridge, Tiemoue Bakayoko spent the entirety of last season out on loan at AC Milan, where he managed to regain his form and move past his disastrous season at Chelsea.

Following the end of his loan spell, Arsenal are considering signing the Frenchman from their London rivals as Unai Emery looks to bolster his midfield going into the new Premier League season.

Bakayoko is unlikely to be part of Frank Lampard's preferred starting XI, next season hence he'd be open to a move away from Stamford Bridge – Chelsea on the other hand need depth and can't afford to lose players before the transfer window ends due to their transfer ban.

In an ideal transfer window, Chelsea would be very open to talks with Arsenal over a move for Bakayoko, but considering Chelsea's current transfer ban, they need all the players they can get going into the 2019/2020 Premier League season.

Likelihood: Don't count on it Gooners




Fred - Manchester United

Clubs Interested:Galatasaray

Turkish giants Galatasaray are reportedly keen on signing Manchester United's Fred on loan.

The Super Lig outfit view Fred as a potential 'statement signing' and have offered a£2m loan fee to the Red Devils.

Fred had a disappointing first season for Manchester United as he failed to live up to the club's expectations after costing them a whooping £50m.

Manchester United will probably be open to loaning Fred out as it'll guarantee him regular playing time – something he'll surely struggle to get once the new season commences.

Despite his bad first season, he could still turn out to be an influential player for United in the future.

Likelihood: Could happen

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