The summer transfer window must be approaching, because those Cesc Fabregas rumours are starting all over again.
Manchester United fans have no doubt grown weary of the claims that they will somehow be able to sign a player who is currently at the club of his dreams, and one for whom Arsenal reportedly have first-refusal should he ever actually leave the Nou Camp.
But they are out there – claims that United and their as-yet unnamed new boss are prepared to sanction a big-money move for the Spanish midfielder.
We really cannot see this one happening, in no small part due to the merry dance United fans were led on last summer when first Thiago Alcantara and later Fabregas were “certain” to make the move to Old Trafford, before one headed to Germany and the other stayed exactly where he was.
But whatever you think about the rumours, there is another humdinger to add to the list.
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo claims that Manchester City are now interested in Fabregas, and that their Barcelona old-boy and current director of football Txiki Begiristain wants the 27-year-old at the Etihad Stadium.
Recent reports have suggested United are willing to pay a frankly ridiculous €55milllion for Fabregas. But if the latest rumour proves to in fact be, well, fact, City are one of the few clubs in Europe who could match or beat that without flinching.
The only question is, with the midfielders currently at Manuel Pellegrini’s disposal, do they really need him?