Transfer Balls: Arsenal £45m for Benzema accepted on twitter and tabloids
Are Arsenal buying Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema? Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli says they are:
Benzema deal is on: best offer is from Arsenal, £45mln. They will take a decision soon. He wants to reach Wenger.
— Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli) August 13, 2015
Who is the source for this scoop? Well, on twitter, Giulianelli descibes himself:
Football writer. FIFA Weekly, Panenka, FourFourTwo, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Il Messaggero, Radio Yorkshire.
Why should a man who writes in Italy know that a French player who works in Spain is coming to London before anyone else? And why are his tweets picked up by the British Press:
Aubameyang, the alternative to Benzema for Arsenal. If Benzema doesn’t materialise. — Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli) August 14, 2015
The only option for Benzema is Arsenal.
— Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli) August 11, 2015
Real Madrid want Llorente from Juventus, when Benzema will join Arsenal. — Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli) August 10, 2015
— Ryan (@R13JM) August 8, 2015
Today’s meeting ok between Arsenal and Real. Deal almost closed, Benzema will arrive to London on Sunday. — Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli) August 7, 2015
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) August 7, 2015
If you say something enough, eventually you come close.
PS: The Italian source has been linked to a Dick Law (who isn’t the Arsenal scout):
He actually thought I was Dick Law. This is the guy spreading the Benzema rumors…1/2 pic.twitter.com/6f1oxmfSpx
— Dick Law (@DickLawAFC) August 7, 2015