The British Press are wasting no time in churning out the far fetched transfer rumours ahead of the January window opening. Given Manchester United’s current position it is little surprise that they find themselves at the centre of this and the most recent rumour is that Louis van Gaal’s side are already willing to cash in on Ángel Di María in order to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford or, even more unrealistically, fund a move for Lionel Messi.
Di María’s comments last week regarding his failed move to Paris St Germain, prior to the move to Old Trafford appeared to have fuelled these latest rumours. El Fideo spoke to the press regarding the transfer to Paris and said:
“PSG, I think they had a money problem and they couldn’t buy players. This is the main reason I didn’t go there. Playing in the French league would please a lot of players.”
“Now I’m in the English league. But you never know, there is a lot of movement in football. You can never predict where you’re going to play. There were a lot of clubs interested in me. A lot, really. But Manchester United appeared and didn’t go away. They absolutely wanted me and it happened.”
“It could have been a good experience for me to go to Paris. I know I’m still young, perhaps I’ll go to PSG one day. I don’t know how it will all end.”
He did go on to say that he was very happy in Manchester but sections of the press now speculate that if Paris are still keen on Di María then United would be willing to sell the 26-year-old.
One story suggests that with the money raised, United would attempt to lure Ronaldo back to Old Trafford from Real Madrid in a move that would cost in excess of £90 million.
However, there are now certain reports that suggest that United would be at the front of the queue to snatch Lionel Messi, should he leave Barcelona. Speculation continues to surround Messi’s future despite no news from either the player or Barcelona to suggest that he would be leaving the Nou Camp.
The basis of this at the moment seems to be that Messi told Ole that he doesn’t know what will happen in the future and his father, Jorge stating, ‘If the club were to come to us saying ‘we’ve got an offer and we’d like to accept it’ then of course we would have to study it”
Hardly conclusive stuff. United being willing to sell Di María six months after making him their record signing would be incredible, following it with the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo would be far-fetched but finishing with the capture of Lionel Messi would be utterly unbelievable.