Manchester United fans who follow transfer rumours collectively rolled their eyes when, on Wednesday, Gazzetta dello Sport did their best to relaunch the Ivan Perisic rumour. 

Claiming Atletico Madrid are also keen, and a January move not ruled out, the Italian newspaper said both clubs had made initial contact over a potential move.

Things were in the early stages, and no offers had been made, but Gazzetta insisted the interest had something concrete behind it.

It wasn’t going to be left there, even though it should have been.

TMW now say that Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid are showing the player ‘great attention’… but they can’t have him this month.

Perisic is talked up to be a level he isn’t, and more crucial than he actually is this season, and it’s claimed that €40m is ‘too little’ to see him go this month.

That’s probably not going to be too devastating news for the transfer chiefs at Old Trafford.