When it comes to preseason friendlies, the actual scoreline is rather irrelevant. Sure, victory is always the most preferable outcome and being able to perpetuate that winning habit is a valuable quality. Nevertheless, no matter how much television commentators and event promoters want to hype the occasion, these matches are essentially glorified training exercises that happen to take place in exotic locations in front of tens of thousands of local spectators.
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.
Aymen Abdennour to Watford
Watford are interested in signing Valencia centre-back Abdennour, according to Sky Sports. The 27-year-old impressed with Monaco...
You only get one chance to make a first impression, so the pressure is already on Alvaro Morata to make an impressive start as a Chelsea player when he faces Bayern Munich in Singapore on Tuesday. But with the mounting attacking problems facing manager Antonio Conte, the onus on Morata to banish Chelsea's blues with a stand-out display against the German champions cannot be over-stated.
Chelsea enjoyed a serene cruise to the Premier League title under Conte last season, with Eden Hazard and Diego...
Clubs across Europe are desperate to add to their squads ahead of the new season -- and that includes Chelsea, who have seemingly found their replacement for Diego Costa in Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata.
ESPN FC's club correspondents and bloggers rate their club's business so far and discuss what else needs to be done in the final days of the window.
To read ESPN FC Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey's evaluation of the summer transfer window, as well as how other clubs have performed, click here.