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Balls Bullshit-O-Meter: Celtic Midfielder Linked To Ligue 1, North London Move For Lazio Stopper And The Day's Other Transfer Rumours

Balls Bullshit-O-Meter: Celtic Midfielder Linked To Ligue 1, North London Move For Lazio Stopper And The Day's Other Transfer Rumours

With a slight swap deal involved in today's transfer rumours, I suppose you could dub today Freaky Friday. Unfortunately, Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan are not on the move. However, there are a few Premier League defenders who might be.

The Bullshit-O-Meter has been ramped up, and is ready to guide you through the day's rumours and give its unimpeachable verdict. As always, a one on the scale is a done deal, a 10 and your club is more likely to sign Rodney Marsh.

 

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal to Borussia Dortmund)

Having lost Greek centre-half Sokratis to Arsenal last summer for around £18 million, Borussia Dortmund are aiming to take something back from the North London club. According to BILD,  Dortmund want Koscielny to add some experience to their defence.

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Arsenal desperately need to free up some transfer funds, and Koscielny is apparently one to make way. However, Dortmund would only pursue the former French international if he's available for a cut-price fee.

Bullshit-o-meter: 6/10

 

Thomas Strakosha (Lazio to Arsenal)

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The chase for the Premier League's best second-choice goalkeeper has begun. Lazio's Thomas Strakosha is being eyed up by North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham, with the Albanian international priced at £25 million. With Petr Cech retiring, Arsenal seem to be in pole position to sign the stopper. The rumours were found in Corriere Dello Sport.

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However, £25 million for a second-choice keeper may be too steep for Arsenal this summer. Unai Emery may not be willing to part with a significant chunk of his transfer kitty on a substitute.

Bullshit-o-meter: 9/10

 

Olivier Ntcham (Celtic to Lyon)

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Another Celtic player that could swap Celtic Park for Lyon is Olivier Ntcham. According to the Scottish Sun, Lyon have joined the chase for the French midfielder with Marseille and Porto. Celtic value the midfielder at £12 million, which could represent a steal.

It wouldn't be the first Celtic-Lyon deal, with The Hoops selling Moussa Dembele to Lyon last summer for nearly £20 million. The deal may be due to the future of Tanguy Ndombele, who is a target for Tottenham, amongst others.

Bullshit-o-meter: 4/10

 

Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United to Lazio)

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Once again, Newcastle are involved in a transfer rumour, and unsurprisingly, it's a departure from St James's Park. Club captain Jamaal Lascelles is on the radar of Lazio. Il Messaggero reporting that the Italian club are interested in the Newcastle defender, as well as Arsenal defender Callum Chambers.

Lascelles would reportedly cost Lazio around £30 million. Yet, it remains to be seen if all the background turmoil at Newcastle might scupper the move.

Bullshit-o-meter: 7/10

 

Joe Hart (Burnley to Stoke City)

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Joe Hart - Championship goalkeeper. Having started for Burnley at the start of last season due to the misfortune of Tom Heaton and Nick Pope, Hart soon found himself out of the team. With Jack Butland itching for a Premier League move, Stoke are desperate for a replacement. Per The Sun, The Potters have their eye on Hart.

Hart represents international experience, and will apparently be a fraction of the £3.5 million Burnley paid Manchester City last summer.

Bullshit-o-meter: 3/10

 

SEE ALSO: Celtic Close In On Deal For Promising Young Irish Midfielder Luca Connell

 

Sean Meehan

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