Transfer Rater: Hector Bellerin to Barcelona, Jorginho to Manchester City
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.
Hector Bellerin to Barcelona
The Arsenal right-back could be set for a return to the Catalan club this summer, claim Italian publication Tuttosport who revealed Juventus have pulled out of the running to sign the 22-year-old. The report goes on to suggest Bellerin's representatives have made it clear he wants to leave Arsenal to play Champions League football but the Serie A giants weren't able to meet his wage demands, leaving Barcelona a free run at him.
Bernd Leno to Arsenal
After a poor showing against Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday, Arsenal are now ready to call time on Petr Cech's career with the club. They have identified Bayer Leverkusen's Leno as a potential replacement and wouldn't have to break the bank to sign him. The 26-year-old has a £22 million release clause in his contract according to reports in Bild. Napoli are also believed to be interested in the German keeper but it's unlikely the Serie A leaders can match Arsenal when it comes to the salary on offer.
Fabian Ruiz to Stoke City
Lazio are ready to battle it out with Stoke for the signature of Real Betis midfielder Ruiz. The 21-year-old has impressed in La Liga this season with his performances in the middle third and the Serie A side view him as a potential replacement for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who looks set to leave the club in the summer. According to a report in Mundo Deportivo, Ruiz has a release clause rumoured to be around the £25m mark and Real Betis have been unable to convince the midfielder to sign a new deal which could see that figure swell.
Jorginho to Manchester City
The Daily Mail claim Manchester City have joined the race to sign Jorginho. The Napoli playmaker looks set to be sacrificed this summer with the Serie A leaders interested in bringing Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira to the club. Recent reports in the Times had suggested Liverpool fancied their chances of landing the 26-year-old, but it's unlikely Jurgen Klopp's side can compete financially with the Premier League champions-elect. However, a deal for the adopted Italian may hinge on whether City can secure the signing of Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk.
Andre Silva to Monaco
The 2016-17 Ligue 1 winners are plotting to raid Serie A once again. They signed Keita Balde from Lazio in the summer and followed that up with a deal for Italian wonderkid Pietro Pellegri in the January window. Now they have their sights on Silva. Once touted as the next big thing in Portuguese football, the 22-year-old has struggled to adapt to life at the San Siro and was even linked with a shock move to Championship leaders Wolves in January. Calciomercato claim Monaco view him as replacement for Falcao.