Buckle up football fans – the Premier League campaign has been over just about long enough for the silly season to kick off in earnest.
First up is a rumour that has been cooking for about four years now, ever since Sergio Aguero left Atletico Madrid for Manchester City.
Many believed the Argentine was merely stopping off at the Etihad en route to the Bernabeu, but a spate of injuries, particularly last season, put that theory to bed.
However, after Aguero managed a 40-game season for the deposed English champions during 2014/15, the word on the street (well, Spanish paper AS) is that Los Blancos will offer more than £60m for the newly-crowned Premier League Golden Boot winner.
Across town, another Argentine striker could be heading to the north west, according to The Metro, with Manchester United allegedly in talks to sign Paris Saint-Germain’s Ezequiel Lavezzi.
The 30-year-old hasn’t bagged more than 12 all-competition goals in a season since his sole campaign with Estudiantes over a decade ago, and holds a pretty poor strike rate of 20 in 91 Ligue 1 matches for Les Parisiens, so a reported £30m fee seems well wide of the mark.
Liverpool are also rumoured to be in the market for a new striker, unsurprisingly considering they scored just over half as many Premier League goals in 2014/15 than during the previous campaign, and Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke is thought to be top of their list of targets.
After Rickie Lambert turned down a move to Villa Park during the January transfer window, the Daily Mirror believes Liverpool will dangle the 33-year-old in front of Benteke’s current boss Tim Sherwood in order to sweeten the deal.
In other news, Tottenham are winning the race to sign Burnley full-back Kieran Trippier, according to a number of papers and Sky Sports’ transfer centre, despite competition from Liverpool.
The former Manchester City youth featured in all 38 of the Clarets’ Premier League fixtures during their doomed campaign back in the top flight. According to reports, £3.5m will be enough to land the 24-year-old.
And finally, Yaya Toure’s motormouth agent Dimitri Seluk insists his client won’t be leaving the Etihad this summer, after Manchester City allegedly told the pair the Ivorian is “too important to let go”.
The 32-year-old managed only half as many goals for the Citizens this term as he did during their title-winning 2013/14 campaign, when only Liverpool pair Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge notched more than Toure’s 20.