The transfer bin is a place specifically designed for the rumours that even the most optimistic of football fans struggle to believe.
Given that another transfer window is fast approaching, football fans are already getting used to the three types of rumour – the likely, the unlikely and the downright bizarre – and the weekend story linking Kevin Strootman with a £30million move to Chelsea certainly falls into the latter category.
The Daily Express picked up on reports from Italy which claimed Jose Mourinho’s side had made a big-money bid for the Netherlands international, a player who has previously been tipped to join Louis van Gaal at Manchester United.
But now it was the Blues who were said to be making the first move, tabling a £30million bid for a player who has recently returned from a long-term injury.
There are a number of reasons why this transfer is highly unlikely, not least the fact that Chelsea already have arguably the best midfield in the Premier League and finding a place for Strootman would cause considerably more issues than it would solve.
In Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea have a simply phenomenal central midfield, while the likes of Willian, Oscar and Eden Hazard suggest Strootman would be hard-pressed to find his way into the starting line-up in any position.
But not so at United, who are crying out for a player of Strootman’s qualities and who, in van Gaal, have a manager who knows him better than most.
The United manager has an excellent relationship with the Roma midfielder from his time as Netherlands coach, and if the player does leave Italy it is nigh on impossible to imagine him moving to any English club apart from United given the presence of his countryman at Old Trafford.