There are column inches to fill, dontcha know.
And so even if there is no bid from Real Madrid for David De Gea and nothing new of note to add whatsoever, that won’t stop journalists going for the cheap copy to bluff their way through another day. We would prefer something like, I don’t know, a proper feature or campaign on United not having a women’s team, that might be topical.
So David De Gea wants to leave but wants to be number one at Real Madrid. We would hazard a guess that this isn’t what’s holding up the deal, it’s the lack of an actual bid, or, United’s refusal to play ball at this stage. But what do we know?
The Daily Star have ruled out talk that Mario Mandzukic will leave Atletico Madrid for United. That’s talk that they were partly responsible for generating in the first place.
Mark van Bommel has talked about what Louis van Gaal is like as a boss. Not easy to work with, apparently.
We can only presume that the ‘super duper Premier League fixtures release day’ is what’s holding up all this transfer gossip. Incidentally, due to building work at City, it’s expected that United will kick off the season at home. That doesn’t mean that it’s guaranteed we’ll finish away from home even though that’s generally been the case in the last few years.
We look forward to that game being on Monday evening and the inevitable Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea away games that follow Champions League weekends.
Anyway, here are today’s names. Although the Gaitan link is a bit daft and senseless, so are most others, so on request we’ve added that in. You will notice now that many of the same names are being regurgitated.
Players linked to United : Dani Alves, Hugo Lloris, Mats Hummels, Nathaniel Clyne, Gareth Bale, Morgan Schneiderlin, Nicolas Otamendi, Felipe Anderson, Petr Cech, Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Gaitan, Ilkay Gundogan, Lorenzo Gonzalez, Bastian Schweinstiger, Harry Kane, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Fernando Muslera, Asmir Begovic, David Alaba, Carlos Bacca, Arturo Vidal, Joseph Colley, Gonzalo Higuain, Radja Nainggolan, Gregory van der Wiel, Mario Mandzukic, Christian Eriksen ’89, Roberto Dourado, Roberto Firmino, Memphis Depay, Jasper Cillessen, John Stones, Paul Pogba, Thomas Muller, Axel Witsel, Freddy Guarin, Seamus Coleman