Today’s gossip drove a Lionel up in there

The Mill doesn’t do bank holidays. We spend them, same as any other day, with our ear and nose to the ground, even though we’ve been warned multiple times about the long-term damage to our neck muscles. It’s the only way to ensure we don’t miss out on the latest tittle-tattle.

How else would we know, for example, that despite agreeing a fee with Ajax for midfielder Donny van de Beek, Manchester United want to gazump Liverpool and sign Thiago Alcântara from Bayern Munich? Or that – you won’t believe this – United are also keen on Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish?

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