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Balls Bullshit-O-Meter: Wonderkid To Sign For Atleti, Liverpool Youngster Set To Leave

Balls Bullshit-O-Meter: Wonderkid To Sign For Atleti, Liverpool Youngster Set To Leave

Youth is a valuable commodity. A young player can give hope where there was once none, potential dizzying fans' expectations. Today's transfer rumours are all about young blood.

(A reminder that, as always, the Balls Bullshit-O-Meter measures the validity of a transfer rumour with its scientifically approved formula of measuring the smell of the bullshit emanating from the morning reports. '1' is a fresh meadow, '10' setting off nuclear toxicity alarms throughout the land.)

Joao Felix (Benfica to Atletico Madrid) 

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The heir-apparent to Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese youngster seems destined to wind up at Atleti.

According to AS, the 19-year-old could complete the transfer as soon as today. The transfer fee is set to be a staggering €120m, bankrolled by Antoine Griezmann's move away from the Wanda Metropolitano.

A target for both Manchester clubs, Felix and his agent Jorge Mendes may head for Diego Simeone's charges instead.

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Bullshit-o-meter: 2/10

Matt Targett (Southampton to Liverpool)

After we told you that Liverpool planned to raid Southampton once more, with Alex McCarthy a target for the Reds, it seems as though there's another potential move on the horizon.

Southampton left-back Matt Targett is reportedly a 'target' for Liverpool. Teamtalk are reporting that Arsenal are also interested in the former England U21 international.

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Targett would represent decent value as a deputy for Andrew Robertson. However, England's coaches have encouraged him to seek regular first-team football.

Bullshit-o-meter: 6/10

Rafael Camacho (Liverpool to Sporting CP Lisbon)

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In a potential departure from Anfield, youngster Rafael Camacho could return to Portugal. Outlet A Bola has reported that Sporting CP are frontrunners for the 19-year-old's signature.

The winger has only one year left on his contract. Despite this, he is refusing to sign a long-term deal over broken promises regarding first-team opportunities.

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Liverpool are holding out for €10m. Nevertheless, Sporting seem confident they can drive down the price due to Camacho's contract situation.

Bullshit-o-meter: 4/10

Angeliño (PSV to Manchester City)

One of the scariest elements of Manchester City's squad is their sheer strength-in-depth. Despite this, left-back is still a problem position for the Premier League champions. First-choice Benjamin Mendy bothers physios more than wingers, and beyond him, the other options are midfielders Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabian Delph.

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The Manchester Evening News has reported that City could exercise the buy-back clause for Angeliño. The Spanish U21 international moved to PSV in a £5m deal last summer, but City could pay as little as £5.35m for his return. PSG planned to swoop for the 22-year-old, but it appears that City have first-option on whether to bring him back to the Etihad.

Bullshit-o-meter: 4/10

Terence Kongolo (Huddersfield Town to Aston Villa)

Despite relegation with Huddersfield last season, Terence Kongolo could find himself back in the Premier League. A Football Insider exclusive revealed that Aston Villa have targeted the Dutch international. Kongolo can play in a variety of defensive positions and would be a replacement for Tyrone Mings.

Huddersfield signed Kongolo for an undisclosed club record fee, believed to be around £17m. However, following their relegation, the Terriers may only want to recoup a fraction of the fee.

Bullshit-o-meter: 5/10

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Sean Meehan

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