Italian newspaper Tuttosport have a lot to answer for. At the end of last week they did a feature linking Juventus with possible transfer moves during the January window. The players mentioned were Juan Mata, Antonio Valencia, Matija Nastasic, Adrien Rabiot, Ignazio Abate, Alberto Aquilani, Glen Johnson, Ilkay Gundogan, Theo Walcott, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Javier Pastore and Christian Benteke.
It was clearly speculation but that didn't stop it becoming a huge story. Tuttosport had singled Mata out because he was, they thought, the biggest name among the crop and would create the biggest stir. That was then picked up by the media all over Europe and ended up in British newspapers, despite the whole thing being speculation and despite the fact that Juventus simply couldn't afford Mata.
They wanted Alexis Sanches far more than they'll ever desire Mata, given the Chilean's previous success in Italy, but when the Premier League's big boys came in there was little way they could compete. If the price for Mata rises over £20m, as would be almost certain, then Juventus are out of the game.
The worry for Manchester United fans who don't want to lose the 26 year old would be Spain. On two fronts. The former Chelsea player is slipping out of the national team picture and could be panicked if he finds himself on the Old Trafford bench. A return to Spain would be most likely. Catalan newspaper Sport say on Tuesday that the player is unhappy and wants to leave Manchester United in January.
Atletico Madrid and Valencia are named as the most likely options. The Spanish champions have a little more money to spend than usual and Valencia are newly rich-ish thanks to the backing of new owner Peter Lim.
However, this all sounds like further speculation. There's nothing in depth and no solid reasoning. Mata seems perfectly at Old Trafford and with his life in England. He's been scoring well in the Premier League and there's every possibility Mata could be a beneficiary of the arrival of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao, rather than the fall-guy.
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.
Things were going so well between Everton and the Belgium football authorities. That's quite something given the national set-up of Belgium has a confidence spilling over into arrogance that everything they say goes. There's also the palpable belief that they have a much better grasp on fitness and injuries than the top clubs who send them the players.
Romano, think you'll find we were sceptical very often about Vidal reports from Italy, pointing out that the newspapers there were changing stance almost daily and therefore often contradicting themselves. Much like the British press.
On Cuadrado, the same thing. There were all kinds of reports on price from the Italian, German and British media and they too contradicted each other.
Perhaps, Romano, it is you who should get a grip. Perhaps you fail to understand the nuance of the English in that Tuttosport 'have a lot to answer for', doesn't mean we're about to put them up in court but is more lighthearted. It's explained that Tuttosport painted it as speculation and so therefore it's not their fault when the British media go way over the top on it. Think you've got confused there.
You're entirely correct about the British media simply taking stories from Italian newspapers. It's something we cover and even sometimes mock quite often. Oh, and I'm part Italian too. Congratulations.
The rest of your article just sounds like a little boy jumping up and down because he's misunderstood everything, is upset as he feels his team is being picked on. Oh, and for Juventus not being able to compete in the transfer market... the club routinely actually say that, so rage at them.
Was there anything else?