Transfer Balls: Arsenal buy Benzema before Manchester United swoop
How football reproting works. The Daily Star has ben writing about Arsenal’s annual move for Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema. Compare and contrast the Star’s scoops:
Benzema to join Arsenal on Tuesday
Arsenal set to unveil Karim Benzema before Liverpool game after he passes medical – ARSENAL will unveil the signing of Karim Benzema before kick-off of their game against Liverpool at the Emirates on Monday.
Monday it is, then.
But hold on a moment. Benzema has not had any medical. In fact, he’s not yet on sale.
Man United prepare to hijack Arsenal move for Real Madrid star Karim Benzema – MANCHESTER UNITED are monitoring Karim Benzema and are ready to move for him should he become available.
The Daily Star is not alone. In today’s Daily Telegraph – once upon a time the paper was a source of hard news – readers learn that Benzema is on his way:
Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Gunners charter private jet to fly Karim Benzema to London for medical
Fact! Or not. Because the story is based on a single tweet.
These claims are being made by Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli, who has become a familiar figure to Arsenal fans for his regular updates on the Benzema saga.
And what he says is:
Arsenal are believed to have rented a Gulfstream private jet to accommodate Benzema on Sunday evening.
What a man “believed” on twitter is news?
If you say it enough times, eventually it might happen.