A quick way to stop a transfer rumor dead in its tracks is for the manager of the team supposedly signing the player to be oblivious to said player's existence. Of course, you don't see this too often because most managers -- especially those who currently have their team sitting third in the Premier League -- are extremely familiar with many of the world's best available talents. Unless that manager is Harry Redknapp and the player is Ganso -- the 22-year-old Santos midfielder with seven Brazil caps and interest from just about every team in the world, including Barcelona.
But Redknapp laughed off the rumour in a press conference on Friday. "Ganso? I have never heard of him. I don't know him, where does he play? What position?" Redknapp said.
"I don't get to Brazil much. We got Sandro from there but other than that, no."
Oh, Harry. I don't get to Brazil much, either, but I know who Ganso is.
Anyway, given Harry's unfamiliarity with Ganso, we thought we'd ask him about a few others players just to see who is truly good enough to catch his eye...
DT: Harry, we're going to ask you about a few footballers. Just tell us what you know about them.
Redknapp: (rolls down car window) Right.
DT: Let's start with Mario Gotze.
Redknapp: Who names a farm animal "Mario"?
Redknapp: Yeah, he's the lad who does my shirts. He's got a mole on his neck the size of a walnut.
DT: Toni Kroos.
Redknapp: He did that movie where he was a bartender and he gave it to that blonde girl under the waterfall. I thought we were talking about footballers?
Redknapp: The hell is a Neymar? You're just making up words now, son. Stop wasting my time. I'm rolling up my window now. (doesn't roll up window)
DT: OK, one more -- Giovani Dos Santos.
Redknapp: No. I don't wear cologne. I'm married. (rolls up window)