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TRIBAL TRENDS - TRANSFERS: Man Utd swoop for Bakayoko? Liverpool in for Correa? Chelsea launch Belotti bid?

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

These are matters of importance.

As the transfer talk is now directed at the all-important summer market, there are 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.

Here are our top five trending transfer stories for the past week:

Tiemoue Bakayoko - Monaco

Clubs Interested: Chelsea, Manchester United

An interesting story developed over the week detailing how Manchester United were set to hijack Chelsea's purchase of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.

According to the Daily Star, the Red Devils were close to completing the bold coup after their bid for Bakayoko was accepted by the principality club.

There has been vague and shady details emerging from this transfer all week.

First their was United waiting on Chelsea to buy the 22-year old so they could then get Nemanja Matic. Then Bakayoko's shoddy knee becomes an issue. And now United bid for him?

It seems United's 'bid' for Bakayoko has been a simple ploy to accelerate their pursuit of Nemanja Matic, the missing puzzle for Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese rates the holding midfielder more than Bakayoko, and given Chelsea's insecurities over their lack of transfer activity this summer, Mourinho thought he would play a little game on them.

It has worked, with Bakayoko showing himself on the train to England on Instagram.

So well played United - but hey, everybody wins in the end.

Likelihood: Done deal

Angel Correa - Atletico Madrid

Clubs Interested: Liverpool

Like a lot of transfers this summer, they are all dependent on other transfers going through.

This sentiment is none truer than with Atletico Madrid striker Angel Correa.

According to Foot Mercato, Liverpool have tabled a £2.8m-a-year contract offer to the Argentine.

Correa is keen to join the Reds, but he wants £4.5m-a-year.

These details are all semantics though. This disagreement won't stop the deal from getting done.

Diego Costa's arrival will.

The Rojiblancos are in the most precarious situation a club could possibly find themselves in at this time of year. It's transfer season and they can't buy any players.

If Diego Simeone and the Atleti hierarchy figure out some ridiculous three-way team/loan/magic deal for the Chelsea forward, then Correa will be allowed to leave.

If not, the striker, who has been likened to Carlos Tevez, will be kept to provide backup for Antoine Griezmann.

Likelihood: It all depends on Costa

Ivan Perisic - Inter

Clubs Interested: Manchester United

This saga feels like it's gone on forever.

The Sunreports that Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic has 'hinted' he wants to join Manchester United because he 'liked' a video that new United forward Romelu Lukaku was in with Paul Pogba.

But tell us something we don't know?

Of course Perisic wants to join the Red Devils.

But can the clubs agree on a fee?

Some reports say the deal is over, some say that talks are continuing.

Regardless, what is known is that their is a difference in their evaluation of the player. Inter are staying firm on their £48m asking price after United's first bid of 39m was rejected.

Perisic needs to throw his weight around if he truly wants the move to go through. Don't go to training, rant in the press, make your dissatisfaction public.

Or else Inter will remain stubborn behind Spalletti.

Likelihood: We'll see

Andrea Belotti - Torino

Clubs Interested: Chelsea

Chelsea are lining up a bid for Andrea Belotti.

The Mirror reports that the Blues will lodge an offer of £90m.

We know that Antonio Conte is frustrated with the way his club have operated this summer. We're looking at you Michael Emenalo.

Lukaku was pulled right out from underneath them, but they can make it up if they sign the prolific Italian.

Conte has become rather void of options, even though there wasn't many to begin with. Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata looks as if he is staying at the Bernabeu after he joined his teammates on their pre-season tour.

If Diego Costa is definitely out the door, then Chelsea should throw everything at Belotti.

Likelihood: There's a big chance

Anthony Martial- Manchester United

Clubs Interested: Roma

News that Roma were preparing to launch a bid for Anthony Martial came as a shock.

The Mirror reported that the Serie A club had enquired about Martial's availability to join the club on loan.

Roma recently sold their main winger, Mohamad Salah, and are attempting to sign reinforcements for next season.

And it seems Monchi has identified the Frenchman as a potential target that may be available.

He's not completely far off on his evaluation. Martial is certainly one of Mourinho's favourite players, with some pundits suggesting he doesn't rate the 23-year old at all.

I still think with Champions League football this season, combined with the fee that United paid for him only two seasons ago and his relatively young age, Martial will remain at Old Trafford for at least one more season.

But we'll see…

Likelihood: Unlikely

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