Football transfer rumours: Adnan Januzaj a target for Barcelona?

Today's chit-chat has those mid-window blues

With nearly three months to wait until the opening of the mid-season transfer window, football gossip is understandably thin on the ground. So for now fans of spurious links and blatant fabrications will have to simmer down, as today's column leads with three tales regarding potential contract renewals, and they don't really do it for anyone, do they?

Three young players scored goals at the weekend, giving their agents the opportunity to raise Cain and set their clubs into a flat spin. Adnan Januzaj, who sure as hell isn't going to play for England, Roy, let's maintain a sliver of dignity here, is now a target for Barcelona, which should put an extra couple of digits on his new Manchester United contract.

Ravel Morrison has a £19m release clause in his West Ham United contract, which is something the Hammers want to get rid of toot sweet. Former club Manchester United are keeping tabs on this, though Tottenham Hotspur may as well put in a bid for him too, if only to cause more trouble, they started this after all by not seriously challenging him at any given point as he embarked upon that magnificent 60-yard skitter the other day.

And Derby County are worried they're going to lose the winger Will Hughes in the window, despite the player having opted to stay put in the summer and get some game time rather than festering on the bench at some big club or other. The presence of Steve McClaren spreading panic already, it would seem. Manchester United and former suitors Liverpool have both been accordingly alerted.

Possibly the only type of Rumour Mill story more underwhelming than the contract renewal is the re-signing of former players. Arsenal's success with the reintegration of Mathieu Flamini has encouraged them to attempt to lure back Alex Song, who is bored of doing nowt at Barcelona.

Arsenal are also interested in the Feyenoord defender Bruno Martins Indi and the Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler, though Everton and Chelsea, respectively, will have something to say about those deals.

Possibly the only type of Rumour Mill story more underwhelming than the former player stuff is the backroom staff reshuffle. Fulham want the former Manchester United coach René Meulensteen, but he's off to pick up a few gold bars in Qatar instead, having been offered them, and can you really blame him?

And we end with news that Manchester United are in for the 17-year-old Brazilian striker Bruno Gomes of Desportivo Brasil. By the end of the month, people, don't fret, someone will have made something up in 23 days, we're sure of it.

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