Balls Bullshit-O-Meter: Maguire To Manchester, Potential De Gea Replacement, And The Day's Other Transfer Rumours

Balls Bullshit-O-Meter: Maguire To Manchester, Potential De Gea Replacement, And The Day's Other Transfer Rumours

Thus far, Manchester United have found ubiquity in this transfer window. Despite the fact they've only signed a young lad from Swansea, you'll find their name bandied about in an array of rumours. Today, you'll be delighted to know, is no different.

(A reminder that, as always, the Balls Bullshit-O-Meter measures the validity of a transfer rumour with its scientifically approved formula of measuring the smell of the bullshit emanating from the morning reports. A "1" is a fresh meadow, with a "10" setting off nuclear toxicity alarms throughout the land.)

Harry Maguire (Leicester to Manchester City/United)

The gossip surrounding Maguire's future has featured both Manchester clubs. Hence, both clubs are in the sub-heading, as they are both just as likely to exercise the £80 million release clause in Maguire's contract. Sky Sports' reports state that both clubs are reluctant to pay that much for the England defender.

United have also targeted Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly should Maguire choose to move to the Etihad. Likewise, City would target Roma defender Kostas Manolas, as reported in Correire Dello Sport (via Sport Witness).


Bullshit-o-meter: 4/10 - big headed freshness 


Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid to Manchester United) 

ESPN sources say the Slovak custodian has expressed interest in moving to Old Trafford, having supported the club as a child. According to Ekipa, Oblak has stated that he will stay at Atletico 'provided their ambitions match' his. Atletico lost Lucas Hernandez, Diego Godin, Juanfran already in this transfer window. Plus, they are resigned to losing star man Antoine Griezmann.


Of course, any move that United would make for Oblak would depend on the future of David De Gea. Despite his poor form at the end of the season, De Gea is a target for PSG, as we reported here. However, with so many moving parts, and not to mention a €120 million release clause, a deal seems unlikely.

Bullshit-o-meter: 8/10 - the rumour bus needs everyone to open a window


Max Kruse (Werder Bremen to Liverpool)


God bless Jean-Marc Bosman. Free transfers this time of year are a breath of fresh air. German international Kruse is on Jurgen Klopp's radar, however, it looks likely that Liverpool won't make a move for the 31 year-old.

Per the Liverpool Echo, Klopp will instead blood young striker Rhian Brewster as back-up to Liverpool's triumvirate of attacking talent.

Bullshit-o-meter: 10/10 - hot, hot garbage


Djene Dakonam (Getafe to Everton) 


A leading light for a Getafe team that finished 5th in La Liga, Dakonam is a target for both Everton and Arsenal. Per MARCA, Getafe are not expected to accept an offer under Dakonam's release clause of €35 million.

With a transfer kitty of a little over €50 million, and no Champions League football, Arsenal's best efforts to attract talent have been in vain so far. Marco Silva, on the other hand, has identified Dakonam as a replacement for Kurt Zouma, who is returning to Chelsea.

Bullshit-o-meter: 5/10 - the overbearing stench of neutral 


Hiroki Sakai (Marseille to Tottenham Hotspur)


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A strange rumour which won't go away. Japanese international Sakai is a target for Spurs, according to Sky Sports. Kieran Trippier's departure seems likely, and the club are willing to listen to offers for Serge Aurier. However, most of Spurs' targets are under the age of 23. Yet, they are rumoured to be targeting the 29 year-old Sakai.

Sakai would lend a bit of experience to the Spurs defence, but the report suggests that Sakai would only become a serious target if 'should Spurs miss out on their ideal replacements' for Trippier and Aurier.

Bullshit-o-meter: 6/10 - little bit smelly


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