Transfer Rater: Isco to Manchester City, Mario Mandzukic to West Ham
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.
Mario Mandzukic to West Ham United
Juventus' Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic is set to be the subject of a summer bid from West Ham, talkSPORT reports. The Hammers were interested in the 30-year-old in January, but manager Slaven Bilic apparently wants to reignite the deal when the transfer window opens. In 37 appearances, Mandzukic has has scored seven goals for the Italian champions this season.
Faouzi Ghoulam to Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs are in the hunt for Napoli's Algerian left-back Faouzi Ghoulam, along with a host of other clubs, according to multiple reports. The 26-year-old's current deal runs out at the end of next season, but negotiations over a new contract are at a standstill after Ghoulam split from his agent Alessandro Moggi. Arsenal, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are all also reported to be keeping tabs on the defender's situation.
Isco to Manchester City
Pep Guardiola reportedly believes he is leading the chase to sign Real Madrid playmaker Isco in the summer. The Spaniard has made just 16 starts in all competitions for Los Blancos this season and is ready to seek a move away from the Bernabeu to earn more playing time. Despite a lack of minutes, the 24-year-old has scored six and assisted five in the league so far this term. The City boss may consider Isco an ideal long-term replacement for David Silva, who turned 31 in January, and could be available for around £30 million.
Ben Brereton to Liverpool
Liverpool are reportedly interested in bringing Nottingham Forest's young starlet Ben Brereton to Anfield after the 17-year-old impressed the club's scouts. Brereton's emergence has been one of the few highlights of a difficult season for Forest -- the club currently lie 19th in the table, just two points above the relegation zone. But Jurgen Klopp is a big believer in developing youth, and the German thinks he can transform the youngster into a Premier League striker for a bid in the region of £10m.
Steven N'Zonzi to Chelsea
Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi looks to have earned himself a move to one of the Premier League's biggest clubs, with Chelsea reportedly keen on triggering the Frenchman's £25m release clause. N'Zonzi has impressed for Sevilla since signing from Stoke in 2015, but the 28-year-old has rejected a new deal with the La Liga club and is eyeing a move away in the summer. However, Chelsea will have competition for the player's signature, with Manchester City and Juventus also thought to be tracking the player.