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.
Christian Pulisic to Arsenal
Arsenal have joined the race for Borussia Dortmund playmaker Pulisic, who is attracting interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs. The 19-year-old has been in impressive form this season, helping Dortmund to the top of the Bundesliga after six games, scoring two goals and notching one assist. The Gunners would likely face competition from Liverpool and Real Madrid, who are both thought to have expressed an interest in the USA international.
Raul Jimenez to Everton
Benfica striker Jimenez is the latest player to be linked with Everton as Ronald Koeman’s search for Romelu Lukaku’s replacement continues. The 26-year-old Mexican has impressed for the Portuguese club and although they are said to be willing to listen to offers, he would likely cost in the region of £44 million. According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton missed out on Jimenez in the summer. He is yet to score in the league this season in seven appearances, but scored 11 in 32 games during the last campaign.
Andre Ayew to Inter Milan
Inter are plotting a move for West Ham forward Ayew, according to reports in Italy. Inter boss Luciano Spalletti is thought to be an admirer of the Ghana international, having tried to sign him while in charge of Roma. Ayew signed for the club from Swansea City in 2016 for a then club record fee of £20.5m, but has only managed eight goals in 34 appearances and has found starts hard to come by following the arrival of Marko Arnautovic.
Radja Nainggolan to Manchester United
Jose Mourinho has reportedly sent scouts to watch Roma midfielder Nainggolan as he looks to sign a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick. According to The Sun, Mourinho is a fan of the Belgium international and admires his box-to-box abilities. Mourinho is also said to have been interested in a scouting report on Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez, but Roma’s tenacious 29-year-old is the key focus. Nainggolan scored 11 goals and assisted five last season for Roma.
Joao Mario to Arsenal
Inter Milan winger Mario is a target for Arsenal but will not be allowed to join in a swap deal for Barcelona target Mesut Ozil, according to Calciomercatoweb. The Portugal international, who was part of their triumphant Euro 2016 campaign, joined Inter in 2016 from Sporting Lisbon and would be a solid addition to Arsene Wenger’s ranks at the Emirates, offering speed and creativity from a wide position. However, according to the report, Inter have blocked a potential swap deal as they are not keen on Ozil, whose contract at Arsenal expires next summer.