Transfer Rater: Riyad Mahrez to Tottenham, Arturo Vidal to Chelsea
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 the latest gossip.
Martin Caceres to Southampton
Premier League side Southampton are still in pole position to sign former Juventus defender Caceres on a free transfer, despite reported interest from Barcelona.
Saints had hoped to complete the deal this week, but that has been delayed following the death of Caceres' brother at the weekend.
Claude Puel's men don't play again until they face Manchester United in the EFL Cup final on Feb. 26 and are heading to Spain for some warm weather training. Puel will assess the Uruguayan's fitness on that trip before deciding on whether the 29-year-old will play at Wembley -- assuming the deal goes through as expected.
Riyad Mahrez to Tottenham
Mahrez may well be performing well below expectations this season following his starring role in Leicester City's title-winning campaign, but that hasn't stopped Tottenham taking an interest in the 2016 African Player of the Year.
Spurs made an enquiry into Mahrez's availability in January but were told he was not for sale at any price, according to reports.
The reigning PFA Player of the Year signed a new contract in August, keeping him at the club until 2020, snubbing overtures from Arsenal in the process. But following the Foxes' disastrous title defence, both club and player may part ways this summer.
Arturo Vidal to Chelsea
Bayern Munich's Chilean midfielder Vidal has spoken out following reports linking him with a move to Chelsea.
The 29-year-old forward played under Blues boss Antonio Conte for four years at Juventus, and has claimed that the link between the pair is the only reason these rumours have persisted in recent months.
"There is no reason for me to leave Bayern. I wear this jersey with pride. I feel happy, my wife feels happy, and the children are happy. And I still have big goals in Munich," he said.
However, should the German champions seek to cash in on the player -- who turns 30 in May -- Stamford Bridge could be the most likely destination.
Jeison Murillo to Manchester City
Despite Pep Guardiola's wealth of attacking options at Manchester City, the back four has been a source of consistent problems, particularly in the defeats away at Leicester City (4-2) and Everton (4-0).
Stories have emerged that City made an unsuccessful loan move for Inter Milan's Colombian defender Murillo in the January window, but they could revisit the deal in the summer.
The 24-year-old has made 19 league appearances for the Nerazzurri so far this term.
Claudio Marchisio to Chelsea
Juventus midfielder Marchisio has emerged as a summer target for Premier League leaders Chelsea. Just like Vidal, another Chelsea target, Marchisio played under Conte at Juventus.
The 31-year-old's contract runs until 2020, but he has struggled with injury this season, making just 14 appearances in all competitions. Chelsea will need to bolster their squad ahead of a return to the Champions League next season and Conte is keen on linking back up with his former player.