Today’s rumour mill sports a distinctly red tinge, as the implications of Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal makeover continue to dominate back pages.
It could be two in, one out at Old Trafford if the papers are to be believed, with the ‘Iron Tulip’ clearly targeting the areas of greatest need in the north west.
Mats Hummels – 3/1 to be a Manchester United player on 02/09/14
The Mirror has come out swinging with this juicy titbit, claiming a £20m deal is close to agreement between the Old Trafford giants and Borussia Dortmund.
An intriguing facet of the red top’s report is the claim that BVB are targeting a loan move for Liverpool misfit Tiago Ilori – the 21-year-old Portuguese who spent much of last season at La Liga side Granada – to replace the 25-year-old.
The black and gold boys at bwin.com still see Hummels staying at the Westfalenstadion this summer at 1/5, but this rumour refuses to lie down.
Javier Hernandez – 9/5 (from 5/2) to be an Atletico Madrid player on 02/09/14
Chicharito is now odds-against at 5/4 to remain at Old Trafford beyond August, having been 13/20 yesterday, with Atleti and Inter priced up at 9/5 each to house the Mexican next term.
In a fluid market, super-flush Southampton are of interest at 9/2, while Spurs have long been linked with the third-generation footballer and could be worth a punt at 10/1.
Arturo Vidal – 1/4 to be a Manchester United player on 02/09/14
The classy Chilean’s mooted move to Old Trafford looks well and truly back on, with multiple reports of a medical at United’s Carrington training complex appearing in various media sources over the past 24 hours.
Vidal was widely tipped to sign for the deposed Premier League champions, before allegedly experiencing a change of heart towards current employers Juventus, but a fee in the region of £47m has reportedly been agreed for the 27-year-old, with the switch seemingly imminent.