Manchester United have been linked with former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho. At first we assumed it was simply a typing error at TuttoMercatoWeb, but there's even a photograph of the player accompanying the article, meaning they really do mean Ricardo and not Sporting's William.
The rumour comes from Milan's ATA Hotel, which is where many agents and clubs meet toward the end of transfer windows and try and get deals done. It's mayhem, but controlled mayhem, apart from the time that the WIFI apparently broke.
The whispers of Manchester United interest in Carvalho are going around the hotel and he'd probably be better than nobody for the Premier League club. But then he's 36 and Chelsea felt sometime ago he'd gone past the stage of being essential for them.
Carvalho, currently at AS Monaco, is represented by Gestifute, the agency of Jorge Mendes who has just completed the deal to take Angel di Maria to Manchester United. It could be that Manchester United have asked Mendes to come up with a defender and that's his answer. Gestifute represent Thiago Silva, Eliaquim Mangala, Ezequiel Garay and Pepe but none of those look like doable deals, with the latter being the most likely of an unlikely bunch.
After those, the defenders on Gestifute's books go on to people like Bruno Alves, Rafael Marquez and, yes, Ridcard Carvalho.
Surely not. Surely?