January, February, March, April... gap to August, then September. That's the sequence of Everton scouting matches of Liga Sagres club FC Porto. The Merseyside club have been regular visitors to watch Porto matches both home and away and there's almost certainly someone, or multiple someones, catching the eye. They've watched the club in small matches, huge games against the likes of Benfica, and in Europe against Napoli.
In a cruel, twisted, but generally incredibly humorous way, there would be little better than Arsenal stealing Munir from under the noses of Barcelona. The personal insults sent from the Catalan press to Arsene Wenger over recent years, for wanting to steal half of La Masia, have been playground.
Chelsea have a pretty good relationship with Portuguese club Benfica and have bought several players from them down the years. The latest was Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic and the Premier League club appeared to get him for something of a bargain when they shelled out €25m during the winter transfer window.
There's only one way after Manchester United, downwards. One of those lines trotted out about football clubs which is clearly nonsense but nice sentimental nonsense nonetheless. Cristiano Ronaldo will argue that there is life after Manchester United and Juventus' Paul Pogba may be able to put up an even better case.
One thing Yayo Sanogo cannot be doubted on is attitude. The 21 year old has heard negative buzzes around his head since he landed on English shores and it's not always from opposition fans. When Sanogo arrived from Auxere in July 2013 he was hardly the big name striker Arsenal fans had been waiting for.
Antonio Rudiger made no secret toward the end of the transfer window that a move to Manchester United was something he quite fancied. The Old Trafford club, according to the media, were at that stage still scraping around for a central defender and the 21 year old VFB Stuttgart player fit the bill on several levels.
The Portuguese press are never knowingly out-rumoured and so is the case on Tuesday when Record decide that Sporting Lisbon president Bruno de Carvalho isn't in England only for the Soccerex convention. The Sporting boss is due to hold a seminar titled 'How to run a successful football club' which fits right in with his ego and image conscious side.
Manchester United were linked with many midfielders during the summer transfer window and in the lead up to it. There must have been more than 15 names linked including Arturo Vidal, Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song, Fredy Guarin, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Enzo Perez, William Carvalho and Paul Pogba.