The Tower of Babel has a lot to answer for on transfer days like these, with numerous Chelsea fans seemingly being misled by lazy linguistics from major news outlets.
However, elsewhere at least Manchester United gossip fiends and their Liverpool counterparts have the unequivocal honesty of Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti or Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo to rely upon.
William Carvalho 5/1 to be a Chelsea player on 02/09/14
Sporting Lisbon are apparently desperate to move on their much admired defensive midfielder to fund other manoeuvres and Chelsea were widely reported to have submitted an offer of €44m for his services, just €1m short of his release clause.
Yet, contrary to how it has been presented in the holy BBC gossip column, the Abola article they reference (headline – SAD sem contactos do Chelsea por William Carvalho) actually translates as ‘Sporting no contact from Chelsea for William Carvalho’.
Angel Di Maria 3/10 to be a Real Madrid player 02/09/14
Odds on the Argentine staying at Santiago Bernabeu have shrunk like boil-washed socks after manager Ancelotti told reporters “Di Maria is ours and I use him as I want.”
The kind of ovation he received when replacing Luka Modric with 12 minutes to go in Real Madrid’s Supercopa match against Atletico Madrid suggested Los Merengues’ fans agree.
Nor were Los Blancos alone in their heralding of the World Cup finalist, with Atleti coach Diego Simeone hailing as Real’s best player before the match.
Marco Reus 4/5 to be a Borussia Dortmund player on 02/09/14
Atletico Madrid president Cerezo has taken it upon his shoulders to usher bwinners into the light of transfer-punting profit, with the Daily Mail reporting him as saying the following:
‘I don’t know where the Marco Reus rumour came from. It’s a player who, at this time, is impossible to us.
‘Look, he had an offer for a lot of money from Manchester United and he has not gone… we will not sign him with a lesser offer.’
Perhaps best to keep the powder dry with regard to the 3/5 on offer about Los Colchoneros’ housing the German come the close of the window then.