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 LIVE for all the deadline day gossip.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic to LA Galaxy
French outlet L’Equipe claim the legendary Swedish striker has agreed to join MLS side LA Galaxy and could miss the final few months of Manchester United’s season. Ibrahimovic only re-signed at Old Trafford in the summer but has been injured for much of his second season at the club. His contract with United expires in June and Jose Mourinho may release the former PSG star early so as to accommodate his move to America.
Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City
Pep Guardiola has suggested he will return for Manchester City transfer target Mahrez in the summer after failing to land him in the last two transfer windows. Leicester City reportedly rejected a £65 million offer for their playmaker on deadline day and the Premier League leaders weren’t prepared to go any higher. However, after the 3-0 victory over West Brom on Wednesday evening, Guardiola revealed the club will “see what happens in the summer.”
Quincy Promes to Southampton
Southampton weren’t able to get the deal done to bring Promes to the Premier League this month due to the fact Spartak Moscow weren’t able to find a replacement in time, despite having agreed a £25m fee. But, according to the Daily Mail, the Southampton transfer target could still arrive in the summer. They believe the Netherlands international is the right player and will go all out to land him when the window reopens.
David Alaba to Barcelona
The La Liga leaders are plotting a summer move for versatile Bayern Munich left-back Alaba. Reports in AS suggest club president Josep Bartomeu has been asked to find the funds to sign the 25-year-old and that plans have already been made to move on Lucas Digne and Thomas Vermaelen to make room for his arrival. Bayern seen Alaba as an essential part of their team but Barcelona believe a world record fee for a defender, currently the £75m Liverpool paid to sign Virgil van Dijk, could see them do business.
Neymar to Manchester United
Ever since his move to the French capital, the world’s most expensive player has reportedly been looking for a way out. The Brazilian superstar has been subject of Real Madrid transfer rumours but they may have competition for his signature in the form of Manchester United. The Premier League side reportedly see the value he could add to their brand in Europe and Asia and want to add him to their ranks. However, it’s also been suggested that the forward isn’t keen on their style of play and prefers a return to Spain.