With European football’s silly season in full swing, it can be a challenge to discern between an accurate report and fraudulent speculation. Here’s a glance at the week in transfer talk, covering marquee moves both possible and phony.
Deulofeu ditches Camp Nou for Sarri safari
If Gerard Deulofeu was useless at Barcelona before the holidays, Philippe Coutinho‘s transfer paired with Ousmane Dembele‘s return to fitness have sealed the former Everton man’s fate in the infantile stages of 2018. In steps Napoli, whose pursuit of attacking help has linked the Partenopei with both Deulofeu and Bologna‘s Simone Verdi, and with Barcelona looking to dump some wages as whispers of FFP concerns become muffled groans, the Spaniard would be wise to dart to Italy for the tutelage of Maurizio Sarri.
Odds this move happens: As likely as Sarri is to reach for a Marlboro Red when Deulofeu sends a cross into Row Z. Probable.