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.
Gelson Martins to Everton
The Sporting Lisbon winger is set to spark a scramble for his signature this summer, having requested to cancel his contract at the club. Martins, 23, is part of Portugal’s World Cup squad in Russia. According to The Telegraph, Everton have listed the player as a priority target this summer. However, Martins, who is hoping to free himself from his contract at Sporting Lisbon, has also been linked with Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Aleksandr Golovin to Chelsea
The Russian playmaker announced himself on the world stage last week in his country’s opening World Cup game with Saudi Arabia with one goal and two assists. Golovin is a transfer target for Juventus this summer, but the Evening Standard say Chelsea have now entered the race. The Blues are looking to tie up a deal to bring in new manager Maurizio Sarri, who has been a long-term admirer of Golovin.
Eden Hazard to Real Madrid
According to The Sun, Hazard has opened the door for a move to the Spanish capital, depending on Chelsea’s managerial and player recruitment this summer.
The Belgian, 27, has been quoted as saying: “I would love to know what will happen at the club next season. I will wait and see whether the manager stays or goes. As everybody knows, Real Madrid could interest me. But if tomorrow they don’t want me, I won’t talk about them anymore. If they want to buy me they know what they have to do.”
Moussa Dembele to Borussia Dortmund
The Celtic forward has emerged as a target for Borussia Dortmund this summer, after the German side identified the 21-year-old as a replacement for loan striker Michy Batshuayi, who will return to Chelsea. They have not made an official approach, though. The Daily Record report that Dembele, who has two more years left on his contract in Scotland, is also interesting Chelsea. However, they aren’t the only ones keen, with Marseille, Juventus and Crystal Palace interested.
Adama Traore to Paris St Germain
The Middlesbrough winger has emerged as a shock target for Paris Saint-Germain, a source close to the player has told Arab News. Traore, formerly of Barcelona, arrived in England with Aston Villa initially, and PSG need to bring their finances into compliance with UEFA financial fair play (FFP) rules, so they see Traore as a low-cost buy and replacement for the likes of Julian Draxler and Angel Di Maria — players they are attempting to offload if reports are to be believed. Traore has an £18 million release clause at Championship side Middlesbrough.