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.
Clubs interested: Barcelona
But there was one condition – he would leave next summer.
As we know, Barcelona didn’t go through with the deal. But does that mean Coutinho won’t be there next summer? Will he have forgotten about the last month where he hoped and prayed that a deal would get done?
Baring serious injury or a form slump, Coutinho will arrive at Camp Nou next summer.
The good news for Liverpool fans is that they are likely to witness an incredibly productive campaign from the diminutive Brazilian – a la Luis Suarez in 2013-14.
In eerily similar circumstances, Sanchez feuded with the club over the summer of 2013 as the Reds refused to sell him to Barcelona.
Knowing that the World Cup was on at the end of the year, Suarez bit the bullet and had a fantastic season, bagging 31 league goals, claiming the Premier League Player of the Year award and narrowly missing out on hoisting the title.
Liverpool said thank you, collected their £65m and Suarez was in Catalonia.
With his eyes firmly focused on cementing his place in the extremely talented Brazil team for Russia, there is not a chance Coutinho won’t have a stellar season for the Reds. Maybe he could go one better than Suarez and lead them to the title.
It doesn’t matter though, because at the end of the season, Liverpool will say thank you, collect their money and Coutinho will be in Catalonia.
Gareth Bale – Real Madrid
Clubs interested: Manchester United
Manchester United were reportedly the team that lodged the offer, which was worth £92m.
Interestingly, it was Bale who refused the move, claiming that United represented too much of a project in it’s current state.
It had seemed that Bale’s transfer to United was not a question of if, but when.
The Welshman left the Premier League for then a world-record fee, with Spurs deciding to sell to Real Madrid, instead of their league rival.
Since he left Britain, Bale has been apart of one of the greatest teams in modern times. Three Champions League out of his four seasons at the Bernabeu, accompanied with one La Liga title and a Copa del Rey trophy.
But even he would admit that his last season was maybe a sign for change. Injuries kept him out for the majority of the season, limiting him to just 18 league appearances. The catalyst, however, might have been when Zinedine Zidane named Isco in front of Bale for June’s Champions League final triumph over Juventus.
If Bale returns to United, he won’t find himself in the shadows. He’ll be thrust as a senior star to lead the younger United standouts like Pogba, Lukaku and Rashford.
If United go well this year, and maybe even win the title, it’ll be enough to convince Bale that the United of old are back, which means he could return to the Premier League next summer.
Likelihood: Not out of the realms of possibility
The lad is a star, and at 21, he’s only going to get better.
You know what that means – his price is going to skyrocket.
Lemar also might have preferred to join Liverpool, having declared an interest in learning from the enigmatic Jurgen Klopp.
Regardless, Lemar will prove to be ‘the one that got away’ for both clubs next summer. Because in 10 months time, they’ll have to compete with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona for Lemar. And who’s going to win that battle when the wallets are opened?
Likelihood: Too little, too late
Riyad Mahrez – Leicester
Poor Riyad Mahrez. The Leicester winger informed the club that he wanted to leave right at the beginning of the transfer window.
All the way through the summer, it was just one of those things that you accepted as inevitable, without taking into account the actual probability of it becoming a reality.
It seems Mahrez felt similarly, as he left the Algeria national team camp on deadline day to be in Paris in case a deal had to be signed.
It didn’t. And he remains at the King Power for now. But for how long?
Surely, surely, not longer than January.
Mahrez was a victim of his own failures this summer. His poor performance last season convinced the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea that his Player of the Year 2015-16 campaign was an anomaly.
He has to play his backside off for the next four months. If he does that, he’ll book his ticket to London.
Likelihood: If he wants it enough
Clubs interested: Barcelona
Compared to the astronomical fees passed over this summer, the Gunners wanted just €60m for the German.
Barca clearly showed that they weren’t desperate on deadline day as they refused the deal.
Can you see Ozil playing for the Blaugrana?
Me either. It just seems weird doesn’t it.
Anyway, the 28-year-old is out-of-contract at the end of the summer and by then he’ll be free to choose where he signs.
Given the lack of speculation surrounding him this summer, I doubt the big clubs, like Barcelona, will be interested.
Likelihood: Not going to happen