A player who has been perpetually linked with Manchester United over the years? Wesley Sneijder. First it was Sir Alex Ferguson who wanted the Dutch midfielder to fill the Paul-Scholes-shaped hole in his midfield. But that never happened.
Mesut Ozil has been on the receiving end of piles of criticism over the past few months. In Germany, Michael Ballack and others are frequently waiting to put the boot in and the British media are well aware that Ozil sells, whether that be negative news or positive. It's not picking on the German international, he's a big star who came from a huge club for a hefty fee... it comes with the territory.
Ruud Gullit's sexy Chelsea football was, according to the Dutchman, built on solid foundations which enabled the forward players to attack with confidence. In 1996, after Glenn Hoddle left Stamford Bridge to take charge of the England national team, Gullit became a player-manager at Chelsea. In his first season he won the FA Cup, ending a long trophy drought for the club.
There's trouble in paradise at PSG. Earlier this week French newspaper L'Equipe mocked up a front page of what the club would look like if they won the Champions League this season. The trophy was included and it was a case of 'Could this be true?', with the feeling being that this really could be PSG's year.
Manchester City's Ferran Soriano has got himself into a bit of a pickle. Back when he was helping Barcelona more than double their revenues, Soriano was also president of Spanair. The aviation business was one of the major European ones to fall during the financial crisis and subsequent doom.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho yet again appeared on Portuguese TV on Thursday night. He'd been on over the weekend, which is where the Talisca story first started, and it seems to be a recoding with bits which keep coming out. Mourinho's comments have been covered in Spain because much of what he said was about Real Madrid and players there.
It was inevitable. As night is sure to follow day, the media were always going to pick up on Jose Mourinho's Talisca comments and turn it into a big story. The Chelsea manager probably knew that, he doesn't fall into these things accidentally and his comments will have been to float the idea and also to give the player a boost.
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.