Transfer Rater: Harry Kane to Real Madrid, Mesut Ozil to Man 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.
Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool
The Southampton defender has revived talk of a transfer to Merseyside after an interview with Fox Sports in the Netherlands suggested he would be looking to move in January. The Dutchman was a top Liverpool transfer target over the summer months but the south coast side stubbornly hung onto their star centre-back. “Of course, I wanted to go one step up, but eventually Southampton did not want to let me go,” said Van Dijk. “Halfway through the season, maybe we can see what’s possible.”
Harry Kane to Real Madrid
Florentino Perez, the president of the Spanish and European Champions, is reportedly not put off by the huge price tag being placed on Kane’s head after his blistering start to the season saw his value rise even further. The striker is likely to captain England during this international break, and his ever increasing profile means Tottenham will want something close to the record transfer fee of £196 million which Paris Saint-Germain paid for Neymar this summer. A price which Real are reportedly willing to pay.
Mesut Ozil to Manchester United
It’s the old reunion story again as Jose Mourinho is reported to be eyeing up a move for Arsenal’s playmaker, with a view to signing him on a free transfer this summer. The Independent say that the Portuguese manager wants to bring Ozil to Old Trafford having admired the player during their time together at Real Madrid. United could make their move in January in an attempt to ward off other clubs who will also be interested in the 28-year-old.
Andre Gomes to Inter Milan
While Tottenham will be encouraged that Barcelona’s midfielder is available, the concrete interest comes from Inter Milan. The resurgent Serie A club will look to build on a good start to the season by bolstering their squad further in coming transfer windows. Diario Gol report that the 24-year-old will move to Milan initially on a loan with a view to a permanent move, which will come as a blow to Mauricio Pochettino. The Tottenham manager is reported to have placed Gomes at the top of his Christmas wish list.
Alexis Sanchez to Chelsea
The West London club are eyeing a number of players ahead of the January transfer window with a view to appeasing unsettled manager Antonio Conte. The Italian was reported to be unhappy with the club’s summer dealings, and Sanchez has been singled out as one of the players who could persuade him to sign a contract extension. The Arsenal star is available on a free transfer this summer and Chelsea could look to steal a march on other clubs by offering a fee for the player in January, according to the Daily Mirror.