Here at F365, our favourite update is the update to update us that there is no update. It ostensibly moves a story on without actually adding any new information.
The Daily Mirror’s latest on David de Gea is a fine example. It has apparently ’emerged’ that the Spaniard ‘is yet to sign a new contract’, at Manchester United, thus the club is under ‘pressure’ to get him to commit his future before the end of the European transfer window.
Of course, there was never any confirmation that De Gea had signed a new contract, only reports – from The Sun – that he had verbally agreed to.
Simon Mullock instead insists ‘negotiations have failed to bring a breakthrough’ so far, even if United are ‘confident’ and say ‘talks are progressing’.
With De Gea free to talk to European clubs and sign a pre-contract as early as January, United still have plenty of time to avoid losing another valuable asset for nothing.
SERGE OF ADRENALIN
Over at Tottenham, their 3-1 opening-day win over Aston Villa has been marred by the terrible and shocking news that Serge Aurier ‘wants to quit the club’.
The Daily Mail break north London hearts by stating that the right-back ‘has made it clear to team-mates that he would welcome the chance for a fresh start’, with both former club PSG and AC Milan interested.
It would leave Tottenham short in the position. Kyle Walker-Peters started there on Saturday and Juan Foyth has been pitched as an option, while Eric Dier and Moussa Sissoko could both fill in. Aurier is their only specialist senior right-back. Shame he can’t take throw-ins.
Regular readers of this gossip column will know of our love for Daily Express rugby journalist Neil Fissler and his outlandish exclusives that are published only on Sundays.
His latest claim concerns Paul Pogba, who Juventus remain ‘determined’ to sign. The Old Lady is ‘desperately scrambling around to raise the funds’ to finance the £150m transfer.
Premier League-linked pair Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala could both still leave – albeit not for England – and United ‘won’t stand in the way’ if Pogba wishes to leave Old Trafford.
It would indeed ‘seem unlikely that Ed Woodward would sanction a move’ due to United’s inability to replace him. But yeah.
AND THE REST
Bayern Munich are close to signing Croatia midfielder Ivan Perisic, 30, from Inter Milan. The two sides are finalising an agreement that will see the player move initially on loan with an option to buy in a deal worth £23.5m… Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes is on a shortlist of managers to lead David Beckham’s Inter Miami… Juventus are frustrated with Germany midfielder Sami Khedira after the 32-year-old turned down several transfer offers – including from Wolves – in favour of holding out for an offer from Arsenal that failed to materialise… Celtic, Besiktas and Rennes are all chasing Everton and DR Congo winger Yannick Bolasie, 30, who has already turned down one option for a move to Russian side CSKA Moscow.