Ok we know these things tend to be broken by more reputable journalists (sorry Steve Bates, we like you really) and we know that Sunday is transfer fun day but we can’t help but get a little excited for the return of the rumours linking United to Bastian Schweinstiger.
So what is there of substance?
Manchester United are nearing a £7.5million deal for Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger, writes Steve Bates in the Sunday People.
Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal is confident he can lure his former player away from the Allianz Arena and transfer negotiator Ed Woodward has been tasked with making it happen.
Midfielder Schweinsteiger – who will be 31 in August – only has a year left on his deal with German champions Bayern.
And it is believed the Germany star is tempted to link-up with Van Gaal, who managed him when he was in charge at Bayern from 2009-2011, at the Old Trafford giants.
Also on the Bayern-United Trans-Bavarian Express was Jerome Boateng, but they’ve got off at Rumour Mill Central after it was discovered that Boateng’s girlfriend (or mother) doesn’t like Manchester.
The De Gea rumours died down, ominously lurking in the waters probably ready to launch in official fashion, though surfacing in the Daily Mail this morning are suggestions he has ‘told his team-mates he wants to leave’. We would imagine that such conversations, if they have happened, weren’t done by group Whatsapp.
In fact we’re not sure of why this is newsworthy, but maybe the Daily Mail just enjoys breaking our hearts.
Some rumours from France suggested we’re interested in the Valenciennes defender Dayot Upamecano and are negotiating a transfer fee. It’s one of those that seems nonsensical but is obscure enough that it might actually happen. Unless it’s an agent using one of the biggest clubs in the world to elevate the status of a previously unknown player, which we’re sure never happens.
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, Fabinho, Romelu Lukaku, Raphael Varane, Stefan De Vrij, Jerome Boateng, Dayot Upamecano