Transfer Rater: Mendy to Man City, Matic to Arsenal, Fabinho to Atleti
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.
Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City
With Kyle Walker on his way to Manchester City, it looks like Pep Guardiola has sorted out his man for the right side of his defence. Finding someone for the left-back position will also be done and dusted too soon, according to the Manchester Evening News. They report the Catalan manager is closing in on Monaco's Mendy, who will cost around £50 million. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss identified Walker and Mendy as his top targets at the start of the summer, but difficult negotiations prolonged the deals, with neither Tottenham nor Monaco wanting to sell on the cheap.
Darren Randolph to Newcastle United
Rafa Benitez's quest to sign a goalkeeper following Newcastle United's promotion to the Premier League is well-known. Both Pepe Reina and Alphonse Areola were subject of Newcastle interest, while the latest name to be linked with a move to the North East is West Ham United's Randolph. With Slaven Bilic's side close to signing Joe Hart on loan, the Irish international will lose his spot as first-choice keeper at the London Stadium and the Newcastle Chronicle believe Randolph will be offered to Benitez.
Fabinho to Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid may have a transfer ban that stops them registering players until January 2018, but that doesn't mean they're not trying to make moves in the market. Fabinho is a wanted man and was a Paris Saint-Germain target. But Monaco don't want to sell to another Ligue 1 club, so the door has opened for Diego Simeone's side. They have already brought in Vitolo, and sent him out on loan to Las Palmas until January, and the Independent believe Atleti are close to sealing a deal for Fabinho.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Liverpool
Aubameyang is a Liverpool transfer target but is also attracting interest from Chelsea. That's according to The Sun who claim the two Premier League clubs have made contract with the Borussia Dortmund striker's representatives over a proposed £65m move. The newspaper claim Liverpool are in pole position as Jurgen Klopp has been chasing the forward since April, but owners Fenway Sports Group are reluctant to meet the German club's valuation or the player's £180,000-a-week wage demands, which could let Chelsea in.
Nemanja Matic to Arsenal
Matic's Chelsea career looks to be over. He was a Manchester United target but after Jose Mourinho hijacked his old club's move for Romelu Lukaku, it looks like Chelsea won't deal with United. Matic is reportedly still keen on leaving and Arsenal have entered the race for the 28-year-old midfielder, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio. He claims the Gunners have proposed a swap deal which would see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain head to Stamford Bridge with the Serbian midfielder moving to the Emirates.