Transfer Rater: Jorginho to Man United, Mario Lemina to Liverpool
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. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.
Mario Lemina to Liverpool
The path between Southampton and Liverpool has been well trodden in recent years with Virgil van Dijk the last player to move between St Mary's and Anfield in January. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp looks set to return to the south coast this summer to make a move for Lemina. According to French sports daily L'Equipe, the club are keen to bring the Gabon star to Anfield this summer after he impressed for Southampton following a £15 million switch from Juventus last August. The 24-year-old would join Naby Keita who has already agreed to move from RB Leipzig.
Marco Reus to Tottenham Hotspur
A few years ago, Borussia Dortmund winger Reus had the world at his feet. But serious injuries in 2016 and 2017 have robbed the Germany international of regular football in the last few years, ruling him out of action for more than a year in total. Now 28, Reus is out of contract at the Westfalenstadion next summer and is stalling on signing a new deal with the Bundesliga side. That, according to the Daily Mirror, has opened the door for Tottenham who are readying a bid for the winger.
Harry Arter to West Ham United
Bournemouth midfielder Arter was a West Ham transfer target in the January window but a deal failed to materialise. West Ham had two bids, the second worth up to £8m, rejected by Bournemouth who signed Arter from Woking for just £8,000 in 2010. However, according to the Daily Express, West Ham boss David Moyes will return with a fresh offer for the Republic of Ireland international this summer. Midfield remains an area which needs strengthening in Moyes' view, even after the loan addition of Joao Mario in January.
Jorginho to Manchester United
Napoli are top of Serie A and have focused all their energies this season on ending Juventus' dominance by denying them a seventh straight Scudetto. Central to that has been the form of Brazil-born Italy international Jorginho. Reported as a Liverpool transfer target earlier in the week, the deep-lying playmaker is now reportedly on Jose Mourinho's summer wishlist. United, according to the Daily Star, are prepared to fork out more than £50m to bag Jorginho. Mourinho needs midfield reinforcements with Michael Carrick set to retire and Marouane Fellaini expected to leave on a free transfer this summer.
Alessandro Florenzi to Chelsea
Chelsea have made a habit of raiding Serie A side Roma recently with Emerson Palmieri moving from the Eternal City in January, while a move for Edin Dzeko collapsed late on. The Blues, regardless of whether head coach Antonio Conte remains at the club or not, will reportedly return to Rome this summer with an offer for the versatile Florenzi - according to Corriere dello Sport. The winger/full-back is out of contract next summer and is said to be reluctant to sign an extension to remain at the Stadio Olimpico. Manchester United have also shown an interest in the 26-year-old.