LONDON -- There were seven minutes left of Chelsea's Champions League round-of-16 first leg against Barcelona when Alvaro Morata trotted onto the pitch as a late replacement for Pedro.
Chelsea's £58 million club record signing did not do much of note during his brief cameo, but he was on the pitch at least, even if his fleeting appearances are becoming a theme for Antonio Conte's team.
Morata has had his injury problems in recent weeks, and he has also had to overcome the personal tragedy...
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.
Lorenzo Insigne to Arsenal
Top of Serie A again after beating SPAL 1-0, Napoli are attracting plenty of interest as they attempt to deny Juventus their seventh...
Luis Enrique liked to rotate during his three years at Barcelona but he knew his best XI when it was mattered. In fact, it was so nailed on that the Catalan press ended up using the term "Gala XI" when he sporadically rolled it out, usually on the big Champions League nights or in Clasicos against Real Madrid.
Ernesto Valverde doesn't like rotating as much and prefers working with a much smaller squad, but it's not clear if he knows his best XI just yet. Not that he has many doubts. There's an increasingly...
BARCELONA -- Albert "Chapi" Ferrer could consider himself a trendsetter. He became the first Spaniard to ever play for Chelsea in 1998, having been part of Johan Cruyff's Dream Team at Barcelona, and was just the second player to turn out for both the Blues and Barca (after Mark Hughes.)
Since Ferrer, another 11 Spanish players have gone on to play for the Premier League champions and the total number of players to have played for both Chelsea and Barca is now up to 13.