Every now and then there’s the kind of quiet day in rumourville that necessitates the dissemination of inauthentic, bogus and sham speculation – today is just such a day.
Top of the bill in this respect is the Daily Mirror’s suggestion that William Carvalho is on Liverpool’s radar after the Reds suffered a setback in their pursuit of Roma’s Miralem Pjanic.
Carvalho is 9/4 to be an Anfield man by September 1 next year, yet the idea that the he might be a viable alternative to the Bosnian target is farcical.
Pjanic plays as the most attacking midfielder in the Giallorossi’s 4-3-3 under Rudi Garcia, alongside box-to-box man Radja Nainggolan and the deep-lying Daniele de Rossi.
It is the latter whose playing style Sporting Lisbon star Carvalho most closely resembles, meaning he couldn’t possibly be considered a viable alternative to signing the Roma man.
Meanwhile, Tottenham’s interest in Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca has been doing the rounds since their new head of recruitment Paul Mitchell went to watch the Spanish club against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Europa League last week.
It had always been difficult to see a side as mindful of sell-on value as the Lilywhites consider a circa £20m splurge on a 29-year-old forward and Mauricio Pochettino has moved to quell speculation, telling Talksport:
“I hear about this player in the media but I know him as I follow the Spanish League. [There is] no interest.”
Elsewhere Manchester United’s apparently dire need for defensive reinforcements shows little sign of abating despite the fact that they have the Premier League’s third-best defence.
The Red Devils’ perennial column-inch buddy Mats Hummels is once again the subject of newslines coming out of Italy, while Porto’s Danilo, a Johnny-come-lately to the United rearguarding debate, is also subject of confusing reports.
Borussia Dortmund may now be willing to part company with the German international, if they can sign Fiorentina’s Stefan Savic as a replacement – because raiding Serie A for Ciro Immobile worked put so well for them last summer!
As for United’s latter target, the Metro’s Jamie Sanderson had this to say yesterday:
“Manchester United are set to pay Danilo’s £36.3million release clause to finally sign the Porto full-back.”
However, before any fans of the Old Trafford club get too excited, the Mirror have suggested the Brazilian will instead ‘snub’ them to join Real Madrid.
What’s more, the most reflective red top in your local newsagent also note that he will do so for a far more modest £27m.