It may only be October, but the rumour mill is already cranking into full gear ahead of the transfer market re-opening in January.
Some of Europe’s top clubs are making moves ahead of what could be a busy mid-season window. Here are the top five Whispers to keep your eye on…
Before they re-signed David Luiz this summer, Chelsea had big-money bids rejected for Serie A defenders Kalidou Koulibaly and Alessio Romagnoli.
And it seems that Antonio Conte is ready to attempt another raid on Italy, with The Sun suggesting the Blues are readying a staggering £60 million offer for Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. The Chelsea boss worked with the 29-year-old when in charge of the Old Lady and the Italian national team.
Isco to Tottenham Hotspur
Spanish international midfielder Isco has found first-team game time hard to come by at Real Madrid this season, and recently admitted that he may have to leave the Bernabéu if he is unable to crack Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI.
Tottenham Hotspur would love to sign the 24-year-old former Malaga man and may test the waters with a January bid.
Gelson Martins to Real Madrid
Real Madrid are tracking 21-year-old Sporting Clube de Portugal winger Gelson Martins, and, according to Correio da Manha, the European Champions will be scouting the youngster in Champions League action this week.
Martins has been a revelation at the Estádio José Alvalade since making his Primeira Liga debut last season. Madrid may be hoping he will turn into the next Cristiano Ronaldo; will his €60 million release clause put them off?
Rubén Neves to Chelsea
According to The Mirror, Chelsea are interested in Porto’s £35 million-rated teenage midfielder Rubén Neves. Despite his tender years, the 19-year-old has already played 79 times for the Dragões and is also being tracked by Liverpool and Juventus.
Chelsea are thought to be willing to pay £24 million plus future incentives for the two-cap Portugal international in January.
Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United
Manchester United smashed the world transfer record to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus in August and, according to The Mirror, they have already put the wheels in motion for another superstar signing next summer.
This time the target of the Red Devils’ affection is Pogba’s international team-mate Antoine Griezmann. The Atlético Madrid striker is regarded as one of the best players in the world and has a release clause of €100 million in his contract with the Spanish club.