Some Transfer Rumours Turn Out To Be Pretty Accurate, But A Lot Don’t!

Posted: July 15, 2017 in Arsenal, Chelsea, European Football, Football, Manchester City, Manchester United, Opinion, Transfers
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Are they even supposed to be accurate? If they were always correct then they wouldn’t really be rumours, they would be facts.

The following is a list of players Manchester United were/are going to buy according to various publications both dubious and reputable.

Fabinho from AS Monaco – Still at Monaco
Benjamin Mendy from AS Monaco – Still at Monaco
Bernardo Silva from AS Monaco – Sold to Manchester City
Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid – Still at Real Madrid
James Rodriguez from Real Madrid – Loaned to Bayern Munich
Romelu Lukaku from Everton – Got him!
Nelson Semedo from Benfica – Sold To Barcelona
Victor Lindelof from Benfica – Got him!
Ivan Peresic from Inter Milan – Still at Inter Milan
Nemanja Matic from Chelsea – Still at Chelsea
Eric Dier from Tottenham Hotspur – Still at Tottenham
Radja Nainggolan from AS Roma – Still at Roma
Cristiano Ronaldo, (as usual), from Real Madrid – Still at Real Madrid, (as usual)

Our apologies if we have overlooked anybody whilst compiling this list. We have tried not to go for the more tenuous connections where over- exuberant journalists have added two and two together and managed to get thirty-seven! Consequently, as Neymar won’t be going to United any time soon, he also won’t be finding a place on our list, not yet anyway.

What does a player need to do to make it on to the prestigious WSA roll of honour? Simple, he only needs to be linked by somebody, somewhere, with a move to Manchester United.

Word of mouth is not acceptable as a transfer rumour, it has to be in writing and, with the internet being what it is today, written rumours are not that difficult to find.

There are many sites where the articles are written in broken English, or translated using an online translator, which is never a good idea. These publications may have the best of intentions but they do nothing to enhance their own reputation with the extremely poor quality of writing. This, of course, results in the validity of their articles being questioned.

If a website can’t be bothered to employ English speakers as writers, then why should it be bothered to find out if there is any truth behind what they are publishing? The simple answer is that they don’t worry about the accuracy of the post and will go to all lengths, including the despicable “clickbait” in order to attract readers to their particular line of rubbish.

Some of the larger and better known publications are no better and their grammar and spelling are only a marginal improvement on the previously mentioned sites.

The Sun and The Daily Star, for example, don’t appear to be too concerned as to the truth of an article. The problem is that, as long as the press uses the word “rumour” somewhere in the article, then they can rightfully claim that they never purported any of what they printed to be true. This opens up a world of possibilities as far as half-truths, near truths and downright lies are concerned.

Manchester United, as of writing, have signed two new players. As you can see from the above list, they have been linked with another eleven. In some of these cases there will have been discussions and even negotiations. Alvaro Morata, we know for a fact, is only still in Madrid because a fee could not be agreed, but how much truth is there in the other players being targeted by United?

This is probably something we will never know because the clubs treat us like mushrooms, (kept in the dark and fed manure), the press treat us like morons and the players themselves generally don’t know much more than the fans.

So until there is some kind of legislation on what can be reported and how much truth has to be included in an article, we will just have to put up with things the way they are.

The freedom of the press is a very democratic value and should be upheld as strongly as possible but, on the other hand, when this freedom is so obviously being used just to sell newspapers or to attract visitors to a website, then questions should be asked about whether too much freedom is afforded to the fourth estate.

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