Lionel Messi may have elected to stay at Barcelona this season, but rumours around his longer-term future have already begun. Talks on Messi’s future at Barcelona are not likely to take place until after a new president is elected in March, leaving City, or other clubs, a small window to agree terms on a contract starting in July 2021. The imminent exit of Emerson Palmieri from Chelsea is reportedly all-but-certain.

The Daily Express, citing a report in AreaNapoli, says the 26-year-old defender will be free to leave the club in the January transfer window. The Italy international has made just three appearances for Chelsea this season and Ben Chilwell’s return to fitness is only set to make his chances of regular first-team football even slimmer. I think there’s still a period where lower league clubs can sign players on loan.

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Hence, the opportunity to contemplate new player signings has obvious attractions and potential benefits. Whenever there is movement in the football transfers markets, you can be sure that Football Whispers will have this covered.

Some commentators, believe that rumours should be viewed as two-way economic transactions. That is, there is utility or benefit to be derived by one party communicating a rumour and another receiving it. For instance, in the case of a fan, the summer months are a lean period – no football, no games, no scores, no match reports.

During the summer transfer window of , arrived the club’s record signing which still stands to this day – Salomon Rondon. The Venezuelan international striker joined the Baggies for a massive £15m fee from Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg after proving to be a fantastic talisman. During the Baggies most recent spell competing in the Premier League they spent millions of pounds to attract high profile players from all around the world, as well as from rival Premier League clubs. Up until the summer of 2014, West Brom’s previous record signing still stood from when English centre-forward Lee Hughes joined from Coventry for just over £8m.

Other people would counter, claiming that the camaraderie generated by workplace gossip and anticipation delivers tangible benefits for teamwork and an organisation’s culture. Being a football fan involves talking incessantly during the summer months about players one’s club might sign. It is part of the architecture of fandom, a ritual and a routine that intensifies during the transfer windows. Either explicitly or implicitly, rumours enable fans to engage with football and “their” club, as a means of expressing an affiliation or their loyalty.

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Football fans are also routinely affected by what psychologists refer to as BIRG (Bask-In-Reflected-Glory) and CORF (Cut-Off-Reflected-Failure). Hence, when it is rumoured that a club is about to sign the league’s top scorer or the best young player of his generation, fans will often view the rumour as validation of both “their” club and themselves – they BIRG.

Incredibly, Hughes’ high money fee still stands as the Baggies eighth record signing almost 20 years later. Premier League clubs look set to reverse their 2017 decision to shut the summer transfer window at the start of new season and fall in line with rest of Europe once more. The Daily Mirror reports Barcelona have emerged as front-runners to sign Manchester City defender Eric Garcia. The 19-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, and the Spanish giants are believed to have prepared a £7million offer to secure his services in the January window. However Garcia is highly rated by City boss Pep Guardiola, with the club reportedly eager to have him sign a new contract to stay at Etihad.

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