In the age of ever-increasing social media, Twitter is fast becoming the oracle of transfer gossip. Where before we would flick to the back page or type ‘rumour mill’ into our search engine, now we simply see what the players, pundits and journalists-in-the-know are tweeting.
Where once Twitter was the place in which one’s mediocre life was laid bare for all our followers to see (and duly ignore), now it is the place to find information such as this:
Gareth Bale’s imminent move to Real Madrid may not be as imminent as first thought. Not if Sky Sports’ Chief News Reporter Bryan Swanson is to be believed.
We're told Tottenham considering offers from more than one club for Gareth Bale. No deal yet agreed with Real Madrid. #THFC— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) August 26, 2013
This morning he tweeted that no deal had yet been agreed between Spurs and Madrid, and that Daniel Levy was considering bids from more than one club for the Welsh forward.
Not more than one offer, as was widely reported yesterday with the news that the Spanish giants had put two separate bids on the table. The latest suggestion is that at least one other club is in the running.
Or perhaps not…because given the likely world record fee, can anyone else afford him?
The whispers will be of Manchester United but that is surely a non-starter. While chief executive Ed Woodward said there was money available for a “stellar signing”, this isn’t just money, this is a fortune.
So perhaps we are talking about one of those big-spenders PSG or Monaco. A conveniently-timed bid from them could do exactly what Levy would be dreaming of – force Real’s hand at the last minute, squeezing every last penny out of them in the process.
Then again, maybe it is a canny fib and there really is only one club interested. An unsubstantiated rumour can be as effective as the truth if Real really are that desperate to complete the deal while there is still time.
Do you believe another club have entered the race to sign Bale...or is it all a ploy to get the best possible deal from Real?
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