A few days ago, a story popped out of nowhere involving Manchester United and their interest in Faouzi Ghoulam.
The Napoli left-back is still injured, and has been for a while, but that didn’t seem to stop the Red Devils from allegedly bidding €45m for his services.
This was reported by local radio station Radio Kiss Kiss, relayed by Calciomercato, and our first thought was that this didn’t make a lot of sense.
That Manchester United are interested in Ghoulam isn’t anything new, as they’ve been linked multiple times in the past, aided by the fact his agent is Jorge Mendes, but the timing felt off.
For starters, Luke Shaw is currently in his best form since his pre-injury days with Louis van Gaal.
Furthermore, the Algeria international hasn’t played regular football for over a year, meaning he could come back a shell of the footballer he used to be.
Well, according to Il Mattino on Thursday, none of this matters, as Ghoulam is ‘unsellable’.
The Manchester United interest is once again mentioned, recalling all the times they bid before his injury.
To be honest, while left-back was an issue for José Mourinho a few months ago, it isn’t the most pressing one these days, but whoever eventually replaces Ashley Young shouldn’t be bought to the detriment of the Englishman’s development.
This could all be some Napoli PR, with the idea of a big Manchester United offer being pushed to the media, and then a statement of a transfer being out of the question.