When it comes to transfer rumors, it’s crucial to abide by the old phrase “believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.” That was certainly my reaction earlier this month when Harry Kane started being linked to Manchester United. Matt Law wrote a piece in the telegraph about how Kane may be considering his future at Tottenham if they didn’t finish in the top four or win any trophies.

I was especially skeptical because literally 367 days earlier Law wrote the exact same article linking Kane with a move away from White Hart Lane.

However I’m also a believer in the axiom “where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” Most of the time with transfer rumors, the fire department just comes with those big heavy duty fans and blows the smoke away.

But this one just wasn’t going away. Last week the Glazer-owned Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL made headlines when they signed 43-year-old quarterback Tom Brady as a free agent. That prompted James Robson to write a piece in the Evening Standard about how this was good news for Manchester United.

A day later The Athletic, a very trustworthy source, published an article where they revealed that United had posted an inquiry regarding Kane.