Transfer Rater: Isco to Manchester City, Timo Werner to Liverpool
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.
Michael Carrick to West Bromwich Albion
The Manchester United midfielder has seen game time hard to come by this season due to a combination of injuries and competition for places. But Tony Pulis' side are reportedly one of a number of clubs keeping an eye on his situation, and will make a move in January according to The Mirror. Now 36, Carrick will want regular first-team football in order to stay match fit and continue his career at the top level. He is unlikely to get it at Old Trafford with Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, and possibly even Scott McTominay ahead of him in the pecking order.
Julian Brandt to Barcelona
The Bayer Leverkusen wunderkind has been a regular in the Bundesliga this season and continues to attract interest from the continent's biggest clubs. Barcelona have reportedly been scouting the midfielder for some time, and recent transfer rumours led the player to speak to Omnisport about the interest in him. "This is an honour in any case, I will not deny that now," Brandt said. "Of course, this is always a sign that your achievements were not for nothing. And like I said, of course it reflects your performance on the pitch."
Isco to Manchester City
The Real Madrid playmaker continues to attract glances from across Europe, despite having signed a new contract last month, and Pep Guardiola reportedly believes he can entice the Spaniard to the Premier League. The 25-year-old, who has become an important player for the European champions under Zinedine Zidane, could make a move next summer, and he's a player much admired by the City manager.
Timo Werner to Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp's side are reportedly keen to add another striker to their ranks while Divock Origi is on loan at Wolfsburg and Danny Ings remains out of favour. They have already signed one player from RB Leipzig in the shape of midfield sensation Naby Keita -- who will arrive next summer -- but could return for striker Werner. The Germany forward has been linked with a transfer to Bayern Munich, but club president Oliver Mintzlaff said the German champions are no longer interested. "We had a pleasant lunch and dinner with FC Bayern, with Mr Rummenigge and Mr Hoeness. We talked about everything," Mintzlaff said on German TV station, Sport 1. "But we did not talk about Timo Werner. Therefore there is no enquiry or offer."
Thomas Meunier to Manchester United
The Belgian right-back has been in and out of the Paris Saint-German side since the arrival of Dani Alves, and could move to United for first-team football in January, according to The Express. The 26-year-old is a self-confessed United fan, and the club could look to sign him as a replacement for 32-year-old winger-turned-full-back Antonio Valencia. "I've never hidden that I'm a big fan of Manchester United, which remains, in my eyes, the real reference in the world of football," said Meunier.