In light of the recent press coverage of Chelsea’s pursuit of John Stones I thought I would put together a translation sheet for how to read the rumour mill.
Our sources = we made it up
Sources close to the player = we made it up
[Website/paper name] sources = we made it up
We understand = we made it up
[Website/paper name] understands = we made it up
The player wants to move [without direct quote] = we made it up
Reported to have bid = we don’t know if they have or not
Have had a bid rejected [without confirmation] = they probably haven’t bid
The deal has been done pending the clubs agreeing a fee = that’s kind of meant to be the first thing surely?
[Manager name] is confident of getting his man [without direct quote] = we made it up
I think you get the picture.
In other news, our sources, close to Lionel Messi suggest that a move to the Blues is a possibility, subject to the two clubs agreeing a fee.