5 reasons why transfer rumours (even the crazy & lazy ones) are not always 'fake news'
A friendly reminder for our users of how to react to transfer deadline stories
To start with, our editorial team are NOT responsible for any story emerging on the Internet, but we DO feel responsible for the quality of the contents that we post. This way, we really try to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Users who have stayed with us long enough may have noticed that we (unlike many other major media outlets) no longer quote transfer stories coming from low-credibility sources such as Daily Star, Don Balon, etc.
Daily Star don't mind posting about penniless Villa gazumping Man United
Judging by Daily Express headlines, you may think Messi spends a lot of time on the phone with 'Spanish sources'
1. Even low-reliability sources sometimes feed genuine updates
For example, the Sun first broke Nathan Ake to Bournemouth news last summer; Tuttosport claimed from the start that Cristiano Ronaldo was joining Juventus; an overall unknown journalist Marcelo Bechler claimed Neymar to move to PSG and look what happened.
Here's a tweet that looked bizarre but only at the time:
Neymar aceita proposta do PSG. Clube francês pagará os 222 milhões de euros. Em instantes mais detalhes no @Esp_Interativo— Marcelo Bechler (@marcelobechler) July 18, 2017
2. Major sources should be cited because of their record
If 'poor' sources can occasionally get the information right then we feel obliged to post what 'bigger' sources have to say (the likes of Sky, Mail, L'Equipe, Mundo Deportivo, etc.) and yet we still process the information they use.
3. No one is infallible
It's impossible to predict a transfer as even top sources can be wrong. As per the best Italian reporters, Gonzalo Higuain was meant to join Chelsea yet he ended up at AC Milan. Or, sometimes the unpredictable happens as was the case with Malcom and his transfer to Barcelona when he was almost boarding the Rome-bound plane.
Top source Pedulla stuck with Sarri news throughout & broke Jorginho story but in the end players choose their future themselves
Chelsea next week: Rugani, Higuain, Golovin and goalkeeper Courtois-Alisson— Alfredo Pedullà (@AlfredoPedulla) July 14, 2018
4. Clubs track hundreds of players
With their vast scouting networks, clubs do have many more targets than you even imagine. Those names you see crop up in the press are probably a chip of the entire transfer base.
5. Only a few are signed out of dozens of links - clubs may consider alternatives
In the end, stories may be true or not, but since there's no way of telling there must be no way of dismissing them straightaway. Clubs may be linked with a few players in one position yet it doesn't mean they will sign them all.
To sum up
The transfer market is a silly season indeed but we survive it with you and we aspire to give you the best & most trustworthy updates available. We feel immensely grateful to those who stay with us & contribute to the community. We work for you to create an atmosphere of unity based on mutual respect and we will continue to be this way. Thank you✌