The real story of Manchester United’s deal to swap Angel Di Maria for Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben and Cash
Transfer Balls: Are Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben heading to Manchester United? Is Angel Di Maria off to play for Bayern Munich? Are the British newspapers full of bilge?
Let’s see what those papers say:
Daily Telegraph: “Bayern Munich will offer Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben AND CASH in exchange for Manchester United midfielder Angel di Maria. German newspaper Bild suggests Pep Guardiola is ready to sanction the incredible deal to land the 27 year-old as Bayern look to rebuild”
Wow! Muller is a great player. Robben is a supremely skilled irritant. Man United must be delighted. Toss in €20m ‘CASH’ and the chance to get shot of Di Maria you’ve got the deal of the decade.
But can one report be believed? Is Bild correct? What do other sources say?
BBC: “Bayern Munich are ready to offer Manchester United 25-year-old Thomas Muller, 31-year-old Arjen Robben and cash in exchange for Angel Di Maria – Bild”
Daily Express: “Bayern Munich reveal cunning plan to land £60m flop Angel Di Maria: Bayern Munich are reportedly prepared to give Manchester United Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben and cash in exchange for Angel Di Maria”
You might call it stupid. The Express calls it cunning.
Daily Mail: “Bayern Munich are ready to offer Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben and cash in exchange for Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria. German newspaper Bild suggest Pep Guardiola is ready to sanction the incredible deal”
Not a single paper bothered to link to the source. So we looked through Bild and found not a single mention of this “incredible” story.
But we did spot it on a twitter account named @UliBeckerBILD.
Uli Becker’s profile tells us: “Journalist/Public Speaker/Lover of The Bundesliga. Berlin, Germany.”
He forgot ‘bullshit artiste’.
The account is now closed.
Muller , Robben and a large pile of money remain in Munich. Di Maria remains in Phil Neville’s old flat…waiting.