In another day of slow news, there are some spectacularly bad stories floating around, that are so obviously based in cloud cuckoo land that you wonder how they ever got published.
The first links Adebayor to Milan, in which the big man is ‘valued at 32m’ by Arsenal. I love the way the media need to attach a fee to everything, despite the fact that when a club decides not to sell, they never mention nor even consider what price they would sell for. But without a potential fee, how would they draw in the gullible with headlines like ‘Arsenal to sell star for 32m, shocker!!!’?
Note: The Telegraph have now picked up on this ‘story’, and embellished yet further, claiming that it is a done deal between player and club. Yeah right.
But happily, the ridiculous rumours do not only fly around the Emirates this summer. With Mourinho now installed as Inter coach, Chelsea are suffering with their players consistently linked there, while United fans must get sick of the sight of a new Ronaldo story every day.
The classic comes today in the Telegraph, who are sinking without a trace as a reputable newspaper, with their claim that Ronaldo will join Real, with his new club paying 300k a week, after tax. Nice, if you can get it.
Shame though that it’s entirely fabricated. All of these stories seem to resolve around the notion that Ronaldo hasn’t committed himself to United yet this summer. Which is an odd basis for a transfer rumour, especially given that he has – I distinctly remember an interview after the Champions League final where he categorically stated he’d be staying. He hasn’t said anything to the contrary since.
Years ago, the Telegraph actually used to be a decent paper. Now it spouts more sensationalist garbage than any tabloid.