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Transfer Rater: Kroos to Man United


Transfer Rater: Toni Kroos to Man United, Mario Gotze to Liverpool

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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 the latest gossip.

Mario Gotze to Liverpool

Borussia Dortmund's World Cup-winning attacker Mario Gotze has emerged as a target for his former manager Jurgen Klopp, according...

Gareth Bale back with a bang for Real Madrid; Barcelona stumble to victory

Zinedine Zidane is pleased to have Gareth Bale back and scoring after the Welshman was sidelined for three months.

Five thoughts from the weekend's action in La Liga as the top four all win -- but under very different circumstances for leaders Real Madrid and second-place Barcelona.

1. Bale back with a bang

Eighty-eight days after he injured an ankle against Sporting Lisbon in late November, Gareth Bale returned midway through the second half of Saturday's home clash with Espanyol. Just 12 minutes later, he sprinted onto Isco's through ball, easily outpacing the entire opposition defence before calmly and confidently...

Lionel Messi rescues tired Barcelona with both goals in win vs. Leganes

The FC crew break down Barcelona's dismal showing against Leganes, and discuss their fans booing the team and Luis Enrique.

Lionel Messi's 90th-minute penalty kick kept Barcelona's La Liga title hopes alive as they beat Leganes 2-1 at the Camp Nou on Sunday. Messi had given manager Luis Enrique's side an early lead, but Unai Lopez's second-half strike looked to have secured a point for the visitors. With the clock ticking down, Neymar earned a spot kick and Messi fired home from 12 yards.

Barca are still one point behind league leaders Real Madrid and have played a game more, but it was almost so much worse.

Positives ...

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Cristiano Ronaldo lined up to star alongside Angelina Jolie in TV drama

Zidane says he's not worried by the number of goals Cristiano Ronaldo scores, as long as he contributes to the team.

Having conquered the world of football, Cristiano Ronaldo now appears to be turning his attention to acting.

According to reports, the Real Madrid superstar has signed up to appear in a new TV drama about Syrian refugees called "Hayat Koprusu" alongside Oscar winner Angelina Jolie.

Ronaldo has made no secret of his ambition to get into acting in the past and is set to start filming the series -- which focuses on a Syrian family fleeing the civil war for Turkey -- in April.

 By Rob Train

Isco shines, Bale returns in Real's comfortable win over Espanyol

Gareth Bale returned from injury and scored in his first appearance since November to help Real Madrid beat Espanyol.
Shaka Hislop breaks down Gareth Bale's impact for Real Madrid in his return to the lineup against Espanyol.
A goal in each half from Alvaro Morata and the returned Gareth Bale secured a comfortable 2-0 win over Espanyol.

Real Madrid saw off the challenge of a well-organised Espanyol side at the Santiago Bernabeu with goals from Alvaro Morata and Gareth Bale to extend their lead at the top of the table to four points ahead of Barcelona's game against Leganes on Sunday.

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Zinedine Zidane made seven changes from the side that beat Napoli in midweek. Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Keylor Navas were all handed a rest and Sergio Ramos was absent with injury but his side were rarely troubled by Espanyol despite...

Bale scores in return as Real Madrid ease past Espanyol

Shaka Hislop breaks down Gareth Bale's impact for Real Madrid in his return to the lineup against Espanyol.
A goal in each half from Alvaro Morata and the returned Gareth Bale secured a comfortable 2-0 win over Espanyol.

MADRID -- Three quick thoughts from Real Madrid's  2-0 win in La Liga over Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu.

1. Much-changed Real stay in control of title race

La Liga leaders Real Madrid maintained their control of the title race as Alvaro Morata and Gareth Bale got the goals in Saturday afternoon's straightforward 2-0 win over Espanyol at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.               

Backup centre-forward Morata headed...