It’s the time of year when the seasonal hunt for silverware intensifies and football fans turn their attention from transfer talk to their team’s pursuit of glory.
This spells bad news for the rumourologists, who face an increasingly difficult battle to set tongues a-wagging.
As desperation sets in, the need for plausibility behind their storylines wanes and opens the door for tales such as this, which decorated the back pages of the morning’s Daily Star, to make the grade on a national scale:
“Man Utd given the GREEN LIGHT to RE-SIGN Nemanja Vidic”
An interesting development, sure, but the extent to which the Red Devils have been cleared for takeoff in this transfer endeavour is debateable in the extreme.
The Star base their story on two angles.
Firstly, there’s the fact Vidic is struggling to maintain a regular spot at the heart of the Inter defence, which has ‘prompted a host of Europe’s top clubs to look at the former Red Star Belgrade ace.’
Second, there are these quotes from Silvano Martina, the player’s agent, spouted on the Milan club’s website:
“Inter are a great club, and any player would be happy to wear the Nerazzurri shirt.
“Will he be at Inter next season? I’m not a magician, I can’t see the future.”
In addition to his misguided understanding as to what it is a magician actually does, readers will observe Martina at no point mentions Man Utd, another European club, or that Vidic even wants a San Siro exit.
The Serb’s purported Old Trafford return isn’t the only spurious news holding down prime back page real estate today.
It’s claimed in Metro that Arsenal have been given fresh hope in the multi-club pursuit of Real Madrid contract rebel Sami Khedira.
The catalyst that’s spiked the Gunners’ spirits, you ask? An admission from the World Cup winner himself, stating he is ‘open to many teams,’ not just Schalke.
There you have it Gooners, your holding-midfield worries are over.
Our final rumour to face the firing squad is from the Sun, who say Jose Mourinho is ready to give promising teen Ruben Loftus-Cheek a run in the first team and, subsequently, will reject all loan overtures for the youngster.
With the chances of the Special One selecting an academy product ahead of one of his expensively-acquired regulars ranking alongside that of an English club winning the Champions League this season, expect to the see double-barrelled prodigy turning out in the Championship before the season’s end.