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.
Rafinha to Roma
The out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder looks set to leave the club in January with Roma leading the queue of potential suitors. Rafinha, who has struggled to nail down a starting spot under Ernesto Valverde, impressed on loan at Inter last season — and the Nerazzurri are also said to be interested. The Brazil international, who saw a transfer deadline day move to Real Betis fall through in the summer, is keen to leave the Camp Nou for better first-team opportunities elsewhere, with his father and agent telling Corriere dello Sport that the goal is to “play continuously.”
Mohamed Elneny to Leicester City
Elneny is attracting interest from Leicester after featuring only sporadically under Unai Emery at Arsenal. The Egyptian could be offloaded in January to raise funds for the Gunners’ pursuit of Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals and could be available for £15m. Elneny joined Arsenal from Basel in 2016 and was strongly linked with a move to Marseille in the summer. However, according to The Sun, Claude Puel is keen to bolster his midfield ranks with the 26-year-old, which would benefit Arsenal’s plans to lure Fornals from Villarreal.
Christian Eriksen to Real Madrid
The Spanish giants, keen to recruit after a difficult season so far, are targeting a big-money swoop for Eriksen, according to The Sun. The Danish playmaker has long been linked with a move to either Real or Barca during his time at Spurs and, at 26, may feel the time is right for a new challenge. Tottenham are keen to tie Eriksen down to a new deal having secured the long-term futures of Dele Alli and Harry Kane but Real — who are also interested in Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford — are hoping they can attract him to the Bernabeu on the indication that he will be the long-term successor to Luka Modric.
Vicente Iborra to Sevilla
Sevilla are keen to re-sign Iborra from Leicester City, Spanish radio station Cadena COPE reports. Iborra has failed to impress following his move to the King Power Stadium in 2017 and has made just one Premier League start under Puel this season. Sevilla, however, are hoping to secure the 30-year-old’s signature following news that Maxime Gonalons will be out until March. Sevilla are also targeting Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno.
Brahim Diaz to Real Madrid
Real are hoping to lure Manchester City midfielder Diaz away from the Etihad before the Premier League champions offer him an improved contract, according to AS. Diaz snubbed Madrid for a move to City when he left Malaga in 2013. Although he broke into the first-team last season, Diaz is yet to feature for Pep Guardiola’s side in the league this term but did score twice in a Carabao Cup victory over Fulham. While he would not be assured of more first-team football at Real, the Champions League winners are confident of securing a deal.