Nigel De Jong has caused all kinds of problems recently with regards to Manchester United rumours. It's not his fault personally, at least we think not, but when a De Jong rumour appears it seems to be twisted so much and so quickly that by the end of the day he's a Manchester United player.
Forza Italian Football like a twist and they claimed on Thursday 'AC Milan Midfielder Reaches Manchester United Agreement' and went on to say 'Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reports that De Jong has reached an agreement with United coach Louis Van Gaal and that the player has already indicated to the Rossoneri he will leave at the end of the season.'
Assuming they got this from Italy, we searched there and found CalcioNews24 claiming 'This (De Jong leaving AC Milan) was reported today in the Netherlands by De Telegraaf, who also added that De Jong has already given his word to United.'
British newspaper The Daily Express said on Thursday 'Former Man City star Nigel de Jong WANTS Man Utd move - According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, the 30-year-old has snubbed a return to first club Ajax and has set his sights on a move to Old Trafford.'
Time to check De Telegraaf then. The Dutch newspaper haven't even mentioned De Jong in their print edition since February 16th, and that was about match results in Italy. There's nothing online about this over the past week either.
All that has happened is De Telegraaf journalist Mike Verweij took to Twitter to rubbish claims Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri had made via Twitter about De Jong considering an Ajax return. Manchester United weren't mentioned.
An absolute mystery as to where this comes from but it's certainly not De Telegraaf! De Jong to Manchester United makes sense on several levels but these reports used as original source simply don't exist.