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Transfer Rater: Jordan Pickford to Manchester United, Kerem Demirbay 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.

Frenkie De Jong to Manchester City

The Premier League champions appear to have won the race for Ajax midfielder De Jong, with City close to agreeing a £61m deal for...

Raheem Sterling has blossomed into a truly world-class player for Manchester City, England

Raheem Sterling describes how grateful he is to sign a new contract with Man City and his outlook for the remainder of the 2018/19 campaign.

Manchester City were searching for a third goal at Cardiff back in September and, as Leroy Sane advanced towards the area, there was no room for Raheem Sterling to make one of his blistering runs in behind. Sane offloaded the ball to Ilkay Gundogan and Sterling, occupying a harmless space between five home defenders with his back to goal, barely moved. When he did, it was to take two small steps forward into the "D" before he and City sprang to life.

A quick gesture to Gundogan, a sharp ball into...

Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba chat at Salt Bae's restaurant in Dubai

You know the situation: You're having a nice holiday and a meal out with your family when suddenly you spot someone from work in the same restaurant ... awkward!

Not so for Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba, as the pair looked to be getting on famously at Salt Bae's Turkish steakhouse in Dubai.

Both France and Argentina were in action on Friday, but neither star player was involved, choosing instead to have a lovely meal cooked for them.

Of course they also found time to have a deep conversation...

How Victor Lindelof became Man United's first choice centre-back and Sweden's best

Craig Burley says nothing will change at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho, and a different manager would produce better results.

MANCHESTER -- Before breaking into the Vasteras team as a teenager, Victor Lindelof had his head shaved. It was the idea of Robin Blomme -- the injured right-back Lindelof was set to replace -- because he thought it would make the 16-year-old look tougher.

Blomme did the honours in the dressing room after training one day. No one was sure whether Lindelof was ready for senior football in Sweden's Division One North (the third tier of the league pyramid) but at least he would look the part.


Liverpool defender Andy Robertson reveals brilliant text convo with Jurgen Klopp over Scotland captaincy

When Andy Robertson revealed to Jurgen Klopp that he'd been made Scotland captain, the Liverpool manager's response was... well, pretty much exactly what you'd imagine.

At the age of just 24, Robertson was handed the armband back in September in the wake of Scott Brown's (second) international retirement a few months previous.

Of course, brimming with pride, the left-back text Klopp to let him know before the Scottish FA made the news public.

Talking to Open Goal, Robertson described the precise...

Man United's Paul Pogba mentoring Man City youngster Taylor Richards towards first-team

Paul Pogba has been under fire at Man United but remains one of the top central midfielders in the world.
Paul Pogba has been under fire at Man United but remains one of the top central midfielders in the world.

Taylor Richards could be the next Manchester City youngster to break into Pep Guardiola's first team -- thanks to a little help from Paul Pogba.

Insiders have told ESPN FC that there is plenty of excitement around the 17-year-old midfielder, who has already been the subject of a bid from Ligue 1 side Monaco, according to reports in France.

The Londoner is a powerful goalscoring midfielder with quick feet and great vision, which has already seen him make the step up to train with the first team...