It’s here, it’s here – it’s finally here. The day that shows the Rumour Mill to be run by one hack rolling a 20-or-more-sided dice and another throwing darts at a pinboard covered with Polaroids.
But will the Mill shirk from the knowledge that much of the following 575 words will be shown up to be absolute nonsense in approx 14 hours’ time? Pfft. Challenge very much accepted …
Speaking of lots of buzz and comparatively little in the way of end product … Adama Traoré is apparently still not nailed on to wake up in Wolves jimjams tomorrow morning, with Nuno Espiríto Santo brandishing £40m and an ultra-keenness to resume their working relationship at Spurs. This despite the fact that Raúl Jiménez’s slight height advantage over Harry Kane means that, statistically, the Spaniard’s skied crosses would be likely to end up even further away from their intended forehead.
Wolves manager Bruno Lage has irons in the fire himself as he seeks the club’s first goal of the new league season, and the day could end with one, more or all of RB Leipzig’s Ademola Lookman, Fulham’s Tosin Adarabioyo or Sheffield United’s Oli McBurnie at Molineux.
North London could see a bit of a chain reaction today, with Nuno’s move to bring in Emerson Royal from Barcelona potentially kickstarting the Spanish club taking Héctor Bellerín from Arsenal. Ainsley Maitland-Niles’s social media strop, meanwhile, has not immediately warmed him to potential suitors. Everton were interested in a loan move but word has it Mikel Arteta’s preferred response may be to simply sideline him for a bit/until it’s not his job any more.
Liverpool fans hoping for a late trolley dash may hinge on clubs coming out of the woodwork to take Divock Origi and Nat Phillips off their hands. For no less than £30m, they could be yours, football clubs. But what do they want £30m for? … Sporting director Michael Edwards has been the subject of plenty of flak over the club’s relative inaction this summer, and has responded by probably not renewing his contract, which runs out next year.
Until Leeds have a lasso and a contract around Daniel James, Brendan Rodgers remains alert, pert and ready to flirt. Elland Road remains the favoured destination for a £24m deal, however.
Salomón Rondón to Everton has a plausible look and feel about it, with Rafael Benítez hoping to increase the number of clubs the pair have shared time at together, having danced that dance before at Newcastle and China’s Dalian Pro. It would also help take the edge off the thigh injury that has kept Dominic Calvert-Lewin with his feet up during this international break.
A buoyant month for West Ham has now seen Nikola Vlasic signing, and they may end the day with another plaything – Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico is the latest big name to be linked with David Moyes’s tender embrace.
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Celtic’s Ryan Christie has had it with that whole Celtic Park thing and would prefer something in a Vitality Stadium or Turf Moor please. The creative midfielder’s current deal expires in January and with an extension looking unlikely, his Scotland-based career looks close to ending.
So now the Mill’s turbines moss up and the gates officially slam shut for another window. By 11pm BST, all or some or none of the above will be followed up with actual players moving to proper other clubs. But hey, let’s dance this lambada again from late-December! There’s always “Kylian Mbappé on a free to Real Madrid next summer” to get things moving again. Toodles, poodles …