Ah, the transfer window is closed. Time to reminisce about those sunny summer days when reputable media outlets would tell you the honest truth and nothing but the truth. Maybe not…
Apparently, Liverpool offered Torres a five year contract to return to Anfield and were close to completing a £20m move for their former forward. I kid you not. The source? Oh, you know, Caught Offside.
The Metro – nameless reporter credited on the article – claimed Portuguese media were the ones reporting it (see, making it up).
Not a transfer window has been and gone since 2006 without David Villa being linked with a move to Liverpool and why should this have been any different. I mean, it’s not like he is on huge wages, over 30 years old and the complete opposite of what FSG and Liverpool are looking to sign…
The Mirror were so confident Villa would be heading to England, they wrote:
Villa signed for Atletico Madrid shortly after.
— Liverpool Family (@lfc_family) June 6, 2013
This is surely the best / worst of them all. It started with either TalkSport or The Mirror, can’t be sure as the former’s article has since been removed. The Mirror “reported”:
The biggest stumbling block would be the 29-year-old’s huge wages, said to be around £200,000-a-week.
TalkSport then claimed another exclusive, saying that they understand “Carlos Tevez’s proposed move to Liverpool is highly unlikely.”
That, you will find is pure superb journalism. Make a rumour up – one that makes not an iota of sense – claim an exclusive on it, then a few days later claim an exclusive scuppering the original report.
It was also reported by Goal.com.
Goal, TalkSport and The Mirror… I think that’s what you call a hat-trick?
When Reading defender Alex Pearce, who was linked with a move to Liverpool back in January, was photographed with managing director Ian Ayre (below), two plus two really did equal five.
— LFCTS (@LFCTS) May 31, 2013
The image prompted one “website” to proclaim “Photo Proof: LFC hold talks with ‘outstanding’ £4m star” – yes, they also referred to a player with 1 international cap as “outstanding” and a “star”.
After all, aren’t all transfer deals sorted over a beer on a night out?
On massive wages? Check. Around age 30? Check. No chance of joining Liverpool? Check.
It didn’t put TalkSport off reporting it. They even made an infographic.
Suarez to Spurs
This gives the aforementioned Tevez story a run for it’s money. Shortly after Luis Suarez had listed his two major reasons for wanting out at Liverpool; 1) the English media, and 2) lack of Champions League football – The Metro forgot their calculator and added two plus two to make six.
Expertly explained here.
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) August 6, 2013