Armed with the weekend’s Premier League action to provide the foundations for their morning musings, transfer gossip peddlers haven’t been found wanting in the creativity department today.
With yards upon yards worth of column inches hogged already, Manchester United continue their back page monopoly as they look to amend three flaws in their malfunctioning machine.
Angel Di Maria – 91/100 to be Man Utd player on 02/09/14
The Argentine wideman has been linked with a Bernabeu departure all summer long following Real Madrid’s recruitment of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.
Paris Saint-Germain looked certain to snare him immediately after the World Cup, but the Red Devils have ousted Les Parisiens from the driving seat and have dangled a hook baited with £100m ready for him to have a nibble, or so say the Daily Mail.
Kevin Strootman – 7/5 to be a Man Utd player on 02/09/14
United’s interest in Roma’s all-action Dutch star is set to be rekindled with the club’s 2-1 reverse against Swansea highlighting that deficiencies still exist in the heart of their midfield.
It’s mooted in the Daily Express that Louis van Gaal prefers Strootman to long-term target Arturo Vidal, despite holding a more realistic chance of signing the Chilean this summer.
Mehdi Benatia – 6/1 to be a Man Utd player on 02/09/14
Man Utd have reportedly been put off the Moroccan stopper by Roma’s excessive demands so, seemingly desperate to sign a defender with at least some schooling at the Stadio Olimpico, have turned their attention to Phillipe Mexes.
Bayern Munchen have allegedly taken a fancy to Benatia after Javi Martinez was ruled out for several months with a knee injury and, with FC Hollywood ranked at 2/5 to sign him, smart punters would do well to oppose Van Gaal’s charges in this market.