Today’s rumours are on the hoof
Spanish assist-machine David Silva is believed to be flattered by interest from Milan, who spent €175m on an overhaul during the summer, but are currently languishing in seventh place in Serie A, already six points off the pace set by Napoli and Juventus. Silva has two years left on his contract at Manchester City but is dilly-dallying on inking an extension and utterly baseless speculation suggests he may agitate for a move elsewhere next summer.
Currently letting his contract run down at Arsenal, Mesut Özil will be free to discuss his future with foreign suitors in January and conflicting reports in the past 24 hours suggest Internazionale may or may not be keen to offer him a new home. Some say the Italian club’s chairman, Erick Thohir, has dismissed any such talk as “just gossip”, which is invariably grist to the Rumour Mill’s … er, mill. “Who knows who is behind that one,” he said. “A lot of signings in the winter aren’t optimal, I know from experience after we brought Lukas Podolski and Xherdan Shaqiri.” Elsewhere, however, Thohir is quoted as saying the Arsenal midfielder “is definitely one of those players we’re looking at”, so you can understand that we’re feeling a mite confused.