The Manchester Evening News has saved the Rumour Mill a job by taking a basin of ice-cold water and pouring it all over rumours linking John Terry with a surprise move to Manchester United. José Mourinho has made no secret of the fact that he thinks his current crop of central defenders are clowns, and speculation abounded that he was set to further boost their collective confidence by signing a 37-year-old free agent who last played in the Premier League the season before last.
As far as the Mill can tell, the speculation is based on little more than the idle musings of Talksport presenter Adrian Durham, who said Terry “is a free agent, it could happen”. While it seems extremely unlikely, we are prepared to concede we’ve published more outlandish tosh. A return to Aston Villa seems more likely for the former Chelsea skipper, who has hinted on social media that he might be about to re-sign for the Midlands club after being released in the wake of last season’s Championship play-off defeat.
While today’s tabloids suggest Paul Pogba has called a season-long truce in his Old Trafford power struggle, Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre says the player’s agent has been hawking him around with no little enthusiasm. “We do not talk about players that are not at our club,” said the blazer, before going on to talk to about a player that is not at his club. “What I read read is that Pogba is unhappy at Manchester United and his agent, Mino Raiola, has been more vehement in his efforts to sell him. But I have not read that he says he wants to sign for the club. Yes, he is a player of unquestionable quality in the eyes of all the world.”
ESPN say Liverpool have got in touch with Adrien Rabiot’s “people”, specifically his mum, who also acts as the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder’s agent. The 23-year-old has a big fan in Jürgen Klopp and will be able to sign for another club for next season from January. With Barcelona also eager to secure his signature, the Frenchman will have a big decision to make when it comes to choosing which number to ask for on his shirt at the Camp Nou.
Jan Vertonghen’s contract with Tottenham Hotspur is due to expire at the end of this season, but the central defender is not expecting to leave the club and hopes they’ll give him an extension until 2020. Part of the furniture in the new gaff Tottenham admittedly don’t have yet, the Belgian was rumoured to be off to PSG during the summer. Having stayed put, he has revealed he’s expecting a new deal. “My contract is expiring at the end of the season, but Tottenham have an option to extend it with one year,” he told a bemused tourist who stopped to ask him for directions to Madame Tussauds. “I think they will take up the option. We’ll see what happens.”