Every day Football Whispers pore over Europe’s major news outlets in search of the latest transfer reports relating to your club.

Then, using our unique index,  assess the reliability of the rumours, determine the likelihood of the moves and analyse where the potential signings would fit in.

Today we bring you the latest on the pursuit of Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappé, Marseille’s chase for Arsenal star Olivier Giroud and the Gunners’ latest Thomas Lemar bid.


AS in Spain believe Manchester City are now leading the chase for Mbappé after reportedly making a bid of €160million.

The Ligue 1 champions aren’t going to rush into a decision, however, given the number of clubs interested in the teenager.

Across the country, Sport report the 18-year-old will become a Barcelona transfer target if they sell Brazilian superstar Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.

Executives from the Catalan club have allegedly met with the French striker’s inner-circle to make their interest known and discuss the possibility of a move to the Camp Nou.

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If the Brazilian departs, Barca believe they can offer Mbappé more first-team opportunities than Real Madrid, which the club believes gives them the upper-hand in securing his signing.

There would be a place on the left of the Barcelona attack if Neymar moved on, but spending every penny of the money received for the 25-year-old on one player makes little sense.

Barca could, however, bid for both Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and PSG’s Marco Verratti and improve the areas that need immediate reinforcements.

Monaco are holding firm that Mbappé is not for sale, however, and hope to sign him up on a new contract.


Olivier Giroud of Arsenal celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Arsenal

L’Equipe report Marseille are still interested in signing Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud this summer.

Bafetimbi Gomis was on loan at the club last season but after leaving Swansea permanently, he opted to join Turkish side Galatasaray. As a result, OM are without a eye-catching No.9 to spearhead their attack for the forthcoming campaign.

Previously linked with a move for West Ham transfer target and Celtic superstar Moussa Dembélé, the French club have around €20million to spend on a forward.

Everton were quoted £20million for the former Montpellier man, and Marseille could manage that to bring him back to Ligue 1 this summer if the contract offer was right.

In their opening game of the season, Valère Germain scored a hat-trick as OM beat Belgian side Oostende 4-2 at the Stade Velodrome. However, there’s no way Rudi Garcia’s team could go through the whole year without a true centre-forward.

At 30 years old, signing Giroud would be a risk for the French side, but it would be a symbolic statement and one that could usher in their new era under the ownership of American businessman Frank McCourt.


Manchester United are interested in Thomas Lemar.

Arsène Wenger has yet to give up hope of signing Thomas Lemar from Monaco this summer.

The Gunners have now made a bid of €50million and L’Equipe suggest that it’s the first bid the Monegasque club have taken seriously. As such they will properly consider Arsenal’s offer.

What’s interesting is that vice-president Vadim Vasilyev spoke to the media during the week and addressed the rumours surrounding the 21-year-old.

“I have also seen speculation about the case of Lemar,” Vasilyev added. “But he stays with us, we talked together, he has a tremendous talent, he is also a must for our team.

“We have kept all of the key players that we intended to keep. Fabinho stays, he is an essential player in the midfield.”

His original interview was printed in L’Equipe, so it seems odd, just days later, that Monaco would change their stance.

This doesn’t mean there is not a deal to be done, however. Monaco could hold off a few more weeks while trying to get closer to their €80million valuation.


Clubs linked with Renato Sanches

Portuguese youngster Renato Sanches has already admitted he wants to leave Bayern Munich this summer in search for more first-team minutes ahead of next summer’s World Cup. 

That could be on loan with AC Milan keen to add him to their revolution. But reports have emerged in Italy that Chelsea have thrown their hat into the mix.

“There are at least ten teams after Sanches,” Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Conte asked for some information about him after Tuesday’s match because he knows he can make the difference on the pitch. [Carlo] Ancelotti was pleased with his performance against Chelsea so we can make some reasoning on him later.”

He added: “Almost certainly we’ll let him leave just on loan, we still count on him.”

One of the most promising midfield talents in Europe, Sanches was once a Manchester United transfer target and could be a great addition to the Chelsea squad.

However, for the 19-year-old there could be better options out there. The Blues already have Cesc Fabregas, N’Golo Kante and new summer signing Tiemoué Bakayoko as central midfield.

Nemanja Matic is also still at Stamford Bridge, although he is expected to complete a move to Manchester United before the season gets underway.

So there is no guarantee Sanches would gain as many minutes as he is hoping for at Chelsea.


Jakub Jankto is a wanted man this summer. A known Arsenal transfer target, his agent Beppe Riso has told Sportitalia that the Udinese midfielder is also attracting attention from Juventus and Inter.

The 21-year-old is apparently a Gunners fan, which you would think would put them in pole position, but so was Loic Remy and the French striker ended up playing for three other London clubs.

This smacks of an agent trying to create a move for his client, but with a reported €6million release clause, it doesn’t seem like much of a bidding war is needed.

The Czech Republic international is a central midfielder and played  29 times in Serie A last season in which he scored five goals and registered four assists.

In addition he attempted 2.3 tackles and made 1.2 interceptions per 90 minutes. If Wenger is to let Jack Wilshere and Mohamed Elneny leave the Emirates, Jankto could be a cheap alternative with a bright future.

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