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 for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.
Francis Coquelin to Valencia
Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin is a summer transfer target for Valencia. According to Spanish outlet AS, the La Liga club are interested in adding the Frenchman to their squad on loan. The 26-year-old has lost his place in the first-team to Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey, meaning he may have to look elsewhere for guaranteed minutes.
Ruben Semedo to Southampton
According to reports in the Sun, Southampton are to battle with former manager Ronald Koeman and Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle United for the signature of Ruben Semedo. The Sporting Lisbon defender has impressed in Portugal this season, even attracting interest from Manchester United earlier on in the campaign. However, a sticking point may be the €45 million release clause the 23-year-old has in his current deal.
Joel Veltman to Tottenham Hotspur
The Daily Telegraph claim Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing up a double raid on Europa League finalists Ajax. Mauricio Pochettino is keen on defender Joel Veltman and versatile midfielder Davy Klaassen. Spurs have a history when it comes to defenders who have turned out for the Amsterdam club. Both Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen played for the Dutch club before eventually ending up and excelling at the North London club. Veltman’s deal expires in 12 months time and with uncertainty surrounding the future of Alderweireld the Dutchman could replace the Belgian.
Kurt Zouma to Inter Milan
Reports in Italy suggest Inter Milan have been deterred by Roma’s asking price for centre-back Antonio Rudiger and are looking at alternatives. Tuttosport report that one possibility for the Nerazzurri is Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma. The 22-year-old has played a bit-part role for Antonio Conte’s side this year after injury and made just the three starts as the Italian guided the club to the title in his debut season.
Kelechi Iheanacho to West Ham
Kelechi Iheanacho has joined Michy Batshuayi and Jermain Defoe on the list of potential West Ham summer transfer targets. According to the Evening Standard, Slaven Bilic is on alert after finding out the Manchester City forward is available for £20m, with Pep Guardiola backing Gabriel Jesus to push Sergio Aguero for a starting role. West Ham have been in the market for a new striker for close to 12 months now, having missed out on a number of targets over two transfer windows. With guaranteed playing minutes on offer, it could be a deal that suits all parties.