When Manchester City opened their new academy complex at the Etihad Campus in December 2014, it came with what chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak called a "vision for youth development and sustainability."
Two-and-a-half years on, there seems to be a blockage between the academy and Pep Guardiola's squad. There have been talented hopefuls -- such as Aleix Garcia, Angelino, Pablo Maffeo or Tosin Adarabioyo -- but none have yet made the step up to be considered a serious option in the Premier League...
Multiple reports suggested on Thursday that the principality club had rejected an initial £44.5 million offer from Manchester City, but the Independent says that Monaco are holding out for a cool £50m.
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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.
Danilo to Manchester City
The full-back positions were seen as areas of weakness within Manchester City's squad last season and they seem intent on rectifying...
The ins and outs at this summer's busiest Top Six club continue apace, with the departure of Joe Hart on loan to West Ham and the imminent arrival of Real Madrid's ex-Porto flier Danilo.
Having secured a high-quality right-back in Kyle Walker, City are about to announce the signing of another to secure in one fell swoop the two places vacated by Pablo Zabaleta (who is also bedding in at West Ham) and the free agent Bacary Sagna. With Dani Alves' last minute "betrayal" of a spoken promise apparently...