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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Transfer Rater: Thomas Lemar to Liverpool, Julian Draxler to Arsenal

The latest transfer rumours from around the world.

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.

Thomas Lemar to Liverpool

After qualifying for the Champions League last week, Liverpool flexed their financial muscle by launching two bids for Monaco winger Lemar on Monday with the second worth £64.8 million. Although nominally a winger, the 21-year-old can play as No.8, a similar role to that which Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho plays for Jurgen Klopp's side. Lemar bagged 12 goals and 14 assists in all competitions last season and unsurprisingly, the Ligue 1 champions have made it clear they have no intention of selling.

Mamadou Sakho to Crystal Palace

Sakho was loaned to Sam Allardyce's Crystal Palace in January and the effect the Frenchman had on the Eagles in just eight top flight starts was immediate. He helped pull the South Londoners away from the relegation zone and restored a reputation which had been severely damaged by his final months at Anfield.

There is still no place for the 27-year-old on Merseyside with Sakho's most recent first team outing for the Reds coming against Everton in April 2016. Palace have made a £25m offer, according to the Daily Mail, and all that remains is to convince the French international to return to the club.

Eliaquim Mangala to West Brom

Surprisingly included in the matchday squad for Manchester City's first three Premier League fixtures, Mangala appeared surplus to requirements after being packed off to Valancia on loan last season. But with Pep Guardiola switching to a back three at the start of this season and losing Aleksandar Kolarov -- often his fourth-choice centre-back last term -- the need for defensive cover is clear and the Catalan coach will hope West Brom's Jonny Evans can solve that issue.

If City do sign the Northern Ireland international, Albion could move for Mangala, who is unlikely to break into Guardiola's starting XI ahead of Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi or John Stones. According to The Sun, West Brom would demand Mangala on loan as part of any deal for Evans.

Renato Sanches to Swansea City

Portuguese prodigy Sanches has failed to get regular minutes at Bayern Munich after moving from Benfica last summer. In the Bundesliga, the teenager was limited to just six league starts and 11 appearances from the bench.

Serie A champions Juventus are thought to be keen and Sanches, who was part of Portugal's 2016 European Championship-winning squad, was left out of Bayern's squad for Saturday's 2-0 win at Werder Bremen, indicating a move could be on the cards.

Ambitious Swansea coach Paul Clement has made a loan offer for the 19-year-old, according to Wales Online.

Julian Draxler to Arsenal

Draxler has been linked with a move to the Premier League since breaking on to the scene with Schalke. But subsequent moves to Wolfsburg and Paris Saint-Germain have not worked out.

The German international only moved to the French capital in January and despite scoring 10 times in 25 appearances in all competitions, he is vulnerable following PSG's world-record £222m signing of Neymar from Barcelona. With the arrival of Monaco's Kylian Mbappe imminent, Draxler is one of those deemed expendable and will be allowed to leave. Arsenal, according to multiple reports, are keen.

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