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Good morning folks. I suspect you are here for some funny football news. Well, sorry to disappoint and all that – there is not a great deal going on this Friday morning. I might be able to muster some chat by the time we get to my Terrible Tips later today but right now there is a barrel in the corner and boy am I scraping it.

I mean, if I am reporting that Chelsea‘s left wing-back but they don’t play with wing-backs anymore Marcos Alonso could be heading back to Real Madrid to add to the single minute he played for them in back in 2010. The thing is, Madrid don’t play with wing-backs either and Marcos is a liability at left-back and Marcelo has not left the building yet. And probably won’t, either.

Every Jose Mourinho vs Paul Pogba spat that comes to light probably has to be taken with a pinch of salt but hey, I have little else to talk about today. It has appeared in various places that Jose has challenged Pogba to put in a transfer request if he is that unhappy with life at Old Trafford. Pogba is claimed to have responded with something prissy like only talking to the club through his agent, Mini Raiola who is, no doubt, already counting the pennies he will make in commission if he can get something done by the end of the month. And, if Pogba does go, that’s a lovely excuse for Mou to fail this season. Actually, Jose framing Pogba as a disruptive influence is probably enough of a reason for him to point to in every single press conference from here.

In other United news, they have claimed that they chose not to sign Everton’s Yerry Mina from Barcelona because of the ‘excessive’ agents fees they were expected to pay. Everton have denied overpaying on Yerry Mina, mainly because they overspent on Richarlison but they are cool with that.

European fun and games might still open the door marked exit for Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld. With Jerome Boateng, one of the 52 defenders linked to Manchester United this summer, possibly joining Tommy Tuchel over in Paris. Bayern Munich would need a replacement and Toby is their pick. That would be fantastic for the Poch as it would give him a chance to blood another academy player, right?

What Burnley really need with their super-slim squad is more Europa League football and, better still, Europa League football that involves extra-time. Sean Dyche’s men managed to scrape past Istanbul B-something-or-other with an extra-time winner from Jack Cork. Hey, Burnley scored a goal! Make the most of it, as they probably won’t in the Premier League this weekend.