Caught Offside, perhaps the most unreliable website on the internet when it comes to football rumours, are today claiming that Arsenal are close to agreeing a fee with Fiorentina for the transfer of Stevan Jovetic in the summer after they agreed personal terms in the summer.
Now, you might wonder why I’m bothering with a story which has originated on COS – well, the simple fact is that many national newspapers now use this site as a ‘source’ despite them having an horrendous track record and rarely any evidence to back up their claims.
So, before this news goes mainstream I would like to point out how La Nazione, a paper based in Florence, is claiming that Manchester City are actually ahead of Arsenal in the race to sign the forward after they did some negotiating as part of the deal which brought Matija Nastasic to Manchester and managed to land first option in regards to signing the player.
When you start reading about Jovetic’s imminent North London arrival in the tabloids, look closely and see where the information has come from. Chances are, it’s been plucked from COS, repackaged and made to look like it’s information from a reliable source.