We look at the silliest rumours that have been circulating the internet this summer.
Xabi Alonso to Manchester United
Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso is being linked with a move to Manchester United, according to Spanish radio station Radio Cadena Ser.
The current Real Madrid player has become an intrinsic part of Jose Mourinho’s side which lifted the Copa Del Rey last season and the Spanish side that won the European Championships, and the World Cup last summer.
But with Madrid having signed Nuri Sahin, who could ably fill Alonso’s position and with Sami Khedira also in their ranks the the 29-year-old may see his opportunities limited next season, and United may be interested.
With United having lost Paul Scholes, Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly desperate to replace the midfielder and sees Alonso as the perfect addition to his squad.
Reports suggest that United will be able to better Alonso’s wages to tempt him back to the Premier League, where he last played with Liverpool.
Alonso has expressed his sorrow in leaving Liverpool in 2009, and a move to The Reds’ biggest rivals would be difficult to swallow for many fans.
Alonso reached two Champions League finals with Liverpool in 2005 and 2007.
The deal is preposterous on a number of levels. Firstly Mourinho would not make a similar mistake to Rafa Benitez and sell the influential midfielder. The Madrid board would not want to see a Spaniard leave the club as it looks good to the fans. And finally Alonso, with his deep-Liverpool roots, would never join United.
Result: Never happened.