Transfer Rater: Aaron Ramsey to Liverpool, Serge Aurier to Man City
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.
Ryan Shawcross to Newcastle United
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has made Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross one of his top targets for this summer, according to the Independent. The Magpies are currently second in the Championship and 10 points clear of third placed Huddersfield Town. However, they have slipped two points behind Brighton following their 2-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, and Benitez is looking to overhaul his squad should they clinch promotion back to the Premier League. Shawcross continues to be a regular starter for Mark Hughes, and he has made 32 appearances for Stoke so far this term. However, with his contract entering its final 12 months at the end of this season, the club may be willing to cash in.
Fabio Borini to Celtic
Brendan Rodgers is reportedly interested in linking back up with former charge Fabio Borini at Celtic, and the 26-year-old will be available at a reduced price should Sunderland get relegated this season. Rodgers worked with the Italian at Chelsea, Swansea and Liverpool, and he could be allowed to leave for £4 million -- half of what Sunderland paid for him. The Celtic boss is looking for a striker and wide player, with Borini capable of carrying out both roles.
Serge Aurier to Manchester City
Manchester City are the latest club to be linked with a move for Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Barcelona also tracking the Ivorian's situation. The 24-year-old's current contract with PSG runs until 2019 and the club are keen to extend that for a further three years, but the player has yet to put pen-to-paper on the new deal, alerting the likes of Pep Guardiola. City are reportedly leading the chase for the full-back's signature with the club looking to bolster their options in that position.
Jordi Alba to Chelsea
Barcelona's 28-year-old wing-back Jordi Alba has been talking to former teammates Cesc Fabregas and Pedro about what life at Chelsea is like, according to Spanish newspaper AS. Alba was a regular in the Catalan side's first XI over the previous two seasons, but has made just 16 starts so far this term, having been a victim of Luis Enrique's 3-4-3 system. Enrique's departure at the end of this season could allow for a way back into favour at the Camp Nou, but the Spain international is considering his options, with Manchester United also thought to be interested in acquiring his services.
Aaron Ramsey to Liverpool
Liverpool have been made the favourites to sign Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal this summer by bookmakers Skybet. The Welshman has been disappointing for the Gunners this season, with injury and inconsistency contributing to the midfielder failing to score and providing just one assist in 15 league appearances. The 26-year-old will be entering the final year of his contract at the Emirates next season, and the club may be persuaded to sell rather than lose him for nothing in 12 months.