Whether resources are piled high or almost non-existent, a good gossip peddler knows the drip, drip, drip of transfer talk must never cease, which explains why Derek Riordan’s return to professional football with East Fife has graced your back pages this morning.
Underwhelming scraps of this standard are unlikely to sate the masses’ appetite for a juicy rumour, but there are a few succulent cuts of chit chat to be gorged upon, namely an inter-Manchester duel for one of Spain’s brightest prospects.
Koke – Atletico Madrid to Manchester City
Los Colchoneros’ locksmith has been linked with numerous Premier League clubs in recent months, with Manchester United and Chelsea the most commonly mentioned.
Man City are hoping to gazump this prestigious pair with a £44m bid for the 23-year-old as Manuel Pellegrini aims to improve creativity in the centre of his midfield.
With a host of suitors in pursuit, the 2/1 about Koke playing Premier League football next season, for the Citizens or anyone else, is worth a flutter.
Stefan Savic – Fiorentina to Man Utd
In a line that’s sure to delight the legions of Red Devils fans, La Viola stopper Savic is thought to feature prominently on Louis van Gaal’s summer shopping list.
Better known for an unsuccessful stint with neighbours Man City, the Montenegrin centre-back has improved during his three-year stay in the Tuscan capital.
Vincenzo Montella’s men haven’t kept a Serie A clean sheet without him in the side, which forms the reasoning behind their £14.6m valuation of the player.
Morgan Schneiderlin – Southampton to Barcelona
The French orchestrator was widely tipped to leave St Mary’s last summer and has frequently been linked with Arsenal throughout the campaign.
An Emirates move may now seem unappealing to the Saints star with the bright lights of Barcelona allegedly an option.
The Catalan club – 11/10 to beat Man City in the Champions League last 16 this evening – are ready to stump up the £25m Southampton are demanding for their star midfielder, according to the Daily Express.