Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper.
Here are today’s top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.
Patrick Roberts to Leicester City
The 21-year-old has been on loan at Celtic since signing for Manchester City in 2015 and could now be used as part of a deal which would see Riyad Mahrez move to the Etihad, according to reports in the Telegraph. Roberts is also a target for West Ham United, with new boss Manuel Pellegrini aware of the winger’s talent from his time in charge of City. Leicester hold the advantage in a potential deal, though, with Mahrez being the key factor. Roberts played 19 games for Celtic in all competitions last season, with one goal coming in the Champions League.
Marouane Fellaini to Arsenal
Fellaini, linked recently to AC Milan, is available on a free transfer and has been offered a fresh one-year deal by Manchester United, but the 30-year-old is keeping his options open. According to the Mirror, however, it’s Arsenal who are leading the race to sign the Belgium international. The midfield powerhouse has been offered a deal and Unai Emery is keen to add him to his new look side next season.
Xherdan Shaqiri to Southampton
The 26-year-old looks set to return to the Premier League this summer after being relegated with Stoke. The Mirror claim that Southampton are favourites to sign him, with boss Mark Hughes keen to reunite with the attacking midfielder as he looks to add reinforcements to a squad which finished just three points off the relegation zone last season. Shaqiri, who was involved in 15 goals last season, is also a Tottenham Hotspur transfer target.
Joao Cancelo to Wolverhampton Wanderers
The Portuguese, who can play at right-back and on the right wing, would be Wolverhampton Wanderers’ most expensive signing in their history, with a fee of £35 million being mooted for the man who was on loan at Inter Milan from Valencia last season. Cancelo, linked with both Manchester United and Manchester City, is reported to be heading to the newly promoted Premier League side according to Sky Sports Italy.
Lucas Digne to Bayern Munich
The Frenchman has been with Barcelona for two seasons and still has another three years left on his contract, but Bayern Munich are looking to bolster their defensive options and could sign the 24-year-old this summer to replace Juan Bernat if reports in Mundo Deportivo are to be believed. A fee in the region of £15m has been mooted.