Transfer Talk: Separating Fact from Fiction
The weeks before the transfer window are always filled with scarcely credible rumours and speculation, while the amount of proposed deals that actually materialise are comparatively few. While the £16 million transfer of Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United provides an exception to the rule of excessive speculation, however, it remains extremely difficult to separate fact from fiction and evaluate the word of so-called experts in the fields of media and journalism. Social media has only made this process harder, as it has added fuel to the fire and created a global medium for transfer rumours to be shared.
Separating Fact from Fiction: How to Access the Most Accurate Transfer Rumours
With this in mind, what practical steps can be taken to ensure that you are accessing accurate and well sourced information? Consider the following: –
- Follow Specific Club News and Channels
The most jarring mistake that most fans make is to believe rumours generated by the tabloid media, as this medium is driven by rampant speculation and the prioritisation of sensationalism over fact. After all, why would you take about genuine transfer activity when it is a far more productive sales technique to suggest Lionel Messi is one the verge of completing a record breaking move to Manchester City? If you are genuine about accessing reliable and accurate transfer news, you will be far better served by subscribing the club-specific data streams and corresponding channels. These outlets will only report news or transfer speculation that carries genuine weight; while there will often be substantiation from club officials that offers further information to expectant fans.
2. Use Reputable Web Sources and Mobile Apps
While tabloid media resources may be unreliable, however, there are some online tools and mobile applications that trawl this information on your behalf to highlight the most insightful transfer speculation. Take the BBC Sport transfer gossip column, for example, which draws content from all available media channels and selects the best rumours for publication on a daily basis. Another great resource is the Sky Bet ‘Transfer Trends’, which also aggregates transfer data before delivering a concise and accurate summary to fans. This application also has a keen player focus, so there is a slightly more detailed angle for genuine enthusiasts or students of the game.
3. Look out for Recurring Rumours
As all seasoned fans will testify, there are a select few rumours that tend to recur throughout a particular summer or through the course of the entire season. There is two possible reasons for this, as either it is an ongoing deal that has genuine potential or an unfounded rumour that has genuine value as a sensationalist news item. Regardless of this, these rumours are worth keeping an eye on as a high percentage of completed deals will eventually emerge from this pool. In order to identify the deals that have the most potential, apply your knowledge of the clubs and players involved and try to determine whether or not a transfer is likely in the short or long-term future.