Transfer Rater: Mario Balotelli to West Ham, Alex Sandro to Manchester United
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 Balotelli to West Ham
West Ham are considering a January move for Nice striker Mario Balotelli, according to French outlet L'Equipe. Numerous clubs remain interested in the Italian, including Marseille, Napoli, and Torino, but should a move on the continent fail to materialise before the end of the month, Manuel Pellegrini's side could approach Nice in January.
Ragnar Klavan to Cagliari
Liverpool defender Klavan is on his way to Italy to agree a contract and undergo a medical with Serie A side Cagliari. The Estonian is backup to Virgil van Dijk at Anfield, and at the age of 32 is seeking regular first team football. A deal of around £2 million is expected to be completed soon according to ESPN's Glenn Price.
Adrien Rabiot to Liverpool
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder's contract expires next summer, and Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are hoping to sign the player on a pre-contract agreement once they are able to in January, according to the Liverpool Echo. Juventus have reportedly been interested in the 23-year-old, but should they fail to do a deal this month, the player will likely move on a free transfer next year with Liverpool his preferred destination.
Alex Sandro to Manchester United
Manchester United could return for the Brazilian left-back in the winter according to Tuttosport. They were linked with the Juventus player throughout the summer, but failed to sign a new left-back by the time the transfer window shut last week. Luke Shaw impressed in the opening game of the season, but this will not prevent the club going back into the market when the transfer window reopens.
Moussa Dembele to Marseille
Marseille are considering making a move for the Frenchman after failing with two bids for Mario Balotelli. The 22-year-old Celtic striker would cost the Ligue 1 club £13.5m according to L'Equipe. The forward, who has 50 goals in 91 appearances for the Hoops, has just returned to action following a hamstring injury, as he saw his side exit the Champions League after defeat to AEK Athens.