Now that the distraction of people kicking footballs has finally ended, we get down to the action and bring the people what they really want to see: TRANSFER RUMOURS ALL DAY EVERY DAY. We're joking, of course, but what better way to start the day than some wholesome, nutritious gossip as part of our morning links post.
Th first slice comes courtesy of the Mirror, who note that Borussia Dortmund have signed midfielder Gonzalo Castro from Bayer Leverkusen. This is relevant to United in that it will pave the way for İlkay Gündoğan to leave the club, though Barcelona are said to be interested as well as a string of Premier League outfits.
The same paper bring us a story from Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport that claims Juventus are in the queue to sign Robin van Persie. It would certainly be a better move from a sporting perspective than heading to the Middle East, though he could well struggle to get first team football in a team that next season will have one-time United target (apparently) Paulo Dybala vying for a spot alongside Álvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez.
We're going to carry on going all James Richardson on you here, and bring you a couple of stories from French daily L'Equipe. The first is that they think Ángel Di María to Paris Saint-Germain is a very real Thing:
L'Equipe go front page with Angel Di Maria to PSG. pic.twitter.com/yKPyLVP3Wb— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) May 25, 2015
Apparently they're also reporting that PSG could sell right-back Gregory van der Wiel to United to lessen the financial hit of a Di María buy. The Dutchman is a very serviceable right-back and would be an upgrade on Antonio Valencia, though as we all know, 'swap deals' are mere figments of the football fan's imagination, so we don't suppose this will happen.
Aside from that, L'Equipe are also reporting that Monaco are going to have problems paying Radamel Falcao's wages. Falcao is no longer a United player, so this is only tangentially relevant, though it seems with their FFP restrictions they're going to have to let him go for next to nothing. If Falcao is going to find a new club, he'll likely have to take a pretty hefty pay cut.
And away from the transfers, the Telegraph's Mark Ogden brings us some amusing quotes from Louis van Gaal in the aftermath of yesterday's terrible draw away at relegated Hull City, in which he described Marouane Fellaini as "unbelievably stupid" and mangled his English in classic fashion, expressing his disappointment that "next season he starts in the tribune (stand)."