For one whole day, the transfer window has been opened and we can hardly keep a lid on the rumours any longer.
So let’s just jump right in.
Ronald Koeman’s public lambasting of Sadio Mané has only fuelled rumours that the Southampton attacker is on his way to Manchester United. But, get this: If United want him this January, they’re apparently going to have to fork out £62.5m. It’s not that Louis van Gaal would have a problem spending that sort of money, it’s just that he can buy anyone in the world with it. (The Sun)
Do you want the bad news or the worse news? A Brazilian, an Anderson, coming to Old Trafford… it’s enough to make your testicles recoil. Fear not, this might actually be a decent investment.
Manchester United are also on the hunt for Felipe Anderson. The Lazio attacker who made his debut for Brazil last summer is beginning to blossom at 22 and more figures have been picked from more arses – it will cost United over £30m to get him. Plus add-ons. (Daily Star Sunday)
It gets better. Paris Saint-Germain are all over the radar of Fantasy Football dramboat Marko Arnautovic who has been absolutely tearing it up for Stoke. (Sunday People)
PSG’s advances for the 26-year-old are presumably to groom the new king because rumour has it that Zlatan Ibrahimovic won’t be sticking around much longer. “I would like to see him in the Premier League,” his agent, Mino Raiola, said. “I think it’s a game that is made for him with his strength. his ability, his technique, the stadiums with fantastic atmosphere and how football is lived.” And who better to link him with than Manchester United. (Independent on Sunday)
It won’t just be United having all the fun though. No-one probably will – let’s face it, this is the January window. But reports suggest that Manchester City are doing a bit of window shopping in Madrid and they like the look of Isco – who is only twenty-bloody-three! With Sterling, De Bruyne and David Silva already at the Etihad, the club are preparing for the arrival of Pep Guardiola to give him a front seven of technicians. (Mail on Sunay)
Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, has had good fortune with his plus-£40m signings, just ask Mesut Ozil. So he’s ready to suck it up and spend again as Arsenal prepare to launch a bid for the king of the FIFA gaming world, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Speed kills. (Sun on Sunday)
Finally, Norwich are said to be competing with Swanseaand Aston Villa for the signature of out-of-favour Chelsea player (insert one of 40 names here) Loic Remy. So, really, they’re competing with just Swansea. And, with Wes Hoolahan living in east England already, what is there really to think about?