While you’ve been busy savouring the final sunny weekends of summer, the gossip gurus have been hard at work peddling the transfer chitchat that’s got everybody talking this morning.
The Manchester United centre-half search is hogging the bulk of the column inches, though there’s plenty of room reserved to discuss the re-housing options of the Red Devils that want out too.
Mats Hummels – 6/4 to be a Man Utd player on 02/09/14
Few marshals of the rearguard are in greater demand than Borussia Dortmund’s World Cup-winner.
Rumours abound this morning that Louis van Gaal has instructed the Old Trafford money men to withdraw £30m, put it in a briefcase and waft it under the noses of their Westfalenstadion counterparts in the hope that this will convince them to part with Hummels.
Should this move fail – and the German’s 1/5 odds to stay put this window suggests it will – Ajax’s Daley Blind is their £17m plan B.
Juan Cuadrado – 1/2 to be a Man Utd player on 02/09/14
The Times speaks of Red Devil encouragement in relation to their pursuit of the Colombian World Cup illuminator, with a representative from current club Fiorentina stating that they would find it difficult to rebuff offers of £25m for their top talent.
As a result, he’s now even money to remain on La Viola’s payroll come September, with Man Utd moving into a commanding, odds-on lead in the race for his scrawl; Barcelona are next best in the betting at 4/1.
Javier Hernandez – 5/1 to be a Southampton player on 02/09/14
Chicharito is one United man set to be on the move if you take the regular ramblings of rumour mill employees as fact.
The bookies seem to be convinced too, creeping into an odds-agianst 6/5 that he stays with his current club until the winter at least.
Saints supremo Ronald Koeman has stated his intent to sign a centre-back and a striker before August is out and hopes he can convince the Mexican poacher to pledge allegiance to the south coast club.
Atletico Madrid are also known admires and can be backed at 5/1 to sign him too, but Juventus are the franchise deemed most likely at evens.