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The transfer window is yet to open and already the fans of Manchester United are being put through the wringer. It appears that every summer, United fans have to endure some sort of long drawn out transfer saga. National papers, particularly red tops, clearly don’t have much to report on and as Manchester United are box office, anything at all that mentions the Red Devils, seems to sell papers and enhance excitement.

Since Ronaldo signed for Madrid in the summer of 2009, United have been linked with a return for the former red at pretty much every summer transfer window. More often than not, Ronaldo is quoted as saying that he wants away from Spain, with United the front runners for his signature and a hero’s welcome back to Old Trafford. This charade is then followed by Madrid stating that Ronaldo is happy, followed by a new bumper contract. Ronaldo had only signed a new deal last November, but due to the recent allegations of tax evasion, his future is once again in doubt. A supposed tax bill of around 12 million euros will cue a new deal which will no doubt see Real clear this and everyone can go back to normal. Until next summer when the whole dance begins again.

Only a couple of seasons ago, another Madrista, this time Sergio Ramos, was reportedly done with the Spanish giants and was in search of a new challenge. Again, United were first in line, secret meetings with agents, club hierarchy and so forth until, wait , you guessed it, Ramos signs the biggest deal of his life to stay, quoted as saying I could never leave Madrid. Yawn.

Antoine Griezmann was the prime target for United, or so everyone thought. Unfollowing Atletico from his Instagram account, Griezmann looked to be heading to Old Trafford. Reports from Carrington were that United had cooled on the deal for the France international the a transfer ban at the Calderon soon put paid to the transfer as Griezmann claimed he couldn’t leave the team in the lurch. Very sympathetic indeed. But just to cushion the blow Antoine old son, here’s a new deal for you.

In keeping with the theme of the Spanish, Morata is the next name to be bandied about with the “he’s been spotted at a newsagent in Alderly Edge so he’s definitely signing”. Supposedly, terms have been agreed and there’s only a fee to negotiate. Fingers crossed this deal gets through the door as Morata looks a considerable talent, younger than Griezmann too.

And last but not least let’s not forget to mention Gareth Bale; another, who for the last four summers, has apparently wanted a Premier League return.

I would imagine that some media outlets would soon wear out the letters by typing, Manchester United , so often on their devices. Roll on the beginning of September, then we will know what players Jose will have at his disposal. Until next May when, of course, Ronaldo will no doubt be unhappy in the Spanish capital once again.

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John McNicoll
Southern Red and Football enthusiast.