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Transfer Balls: Arsenal buy Benzema before Manchester United swoop

by | 22nd, August 2015

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:

August 21:

Benzema to join Arsenal on Tuesday


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August 22:

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.

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Monday it is, then.

But hold on a moment. Benzema has not had any medical. In fact, he’s not yet on sale.

August 22:

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.


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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?


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If you say it enough times, eventually it might happen.


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