As the transfer window draws to a close, ever wilder whispers are desperately circulated in order to drum up waning interest while nothing’s going on.
Judging by the noise, anyone would think Manchester City were on the verge of signing Juventus’ Paul Pogba for £70m, when the grain of a rumour is buried in a Daily Star report about the Premier League champions’ summer travel plans:
“An intriguing thought is whether City’s tour party in the summer will include former [Manchester] United trainee Paul Pogba…with City’s Elite Development coach Patrick Vieira certain to urge the club to chase his fellow Frenchman.”
Probably a bit early to get Pogba shirts yet City fans.
The next wholly-unbelievable Citizens link comes from the Sun and the Independent, who insist Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is the latest subject of Abu Dhabi United Group’s affections. The Indy keep it short, clearly embarrassed:
“Manchester City are plotting a world-record busting bid for Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo next summer.
“The Premier League champions have had to be more prudent in recent months after falling foul to financial restrictions – but now appear ready to splash the cash once more.
“City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain has also revealed he is in regular touch with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes.”
City are also thought to be in for Los Blancos defender Pepe, while neighbours United ‘are set to leave £120million to one side – so they can spend it on Gareth Bale in the summer.’ (the Star via the Mirror).
Presumably European Champions Real have given up on football, or maybe all this is phooey.
In another bout of craziness, Sam Allardyce has been quoted suggesting Andy Carroll could be worth £70m himself some day:
“What did Barca play for Suarez? £80million? At the time, people think that was over-priced, but when you are giving them a five or six-year contract and, if two or three years down the line, they are developing as good as you expect, then everyone talks about it as a bargain – ‘£35million for Andy Carroll, what a bargain and we would pay £60million or £70million for him now’. That is football at the top level.”
This is nonsense of a high calibre.