Southampton’s summer transfer business has been pretty spot on so far with both the captures we’ve made to improve the squad but also the departures we’ve seen – only Jordy Clasie is possibly the one that has gained the biggest mixed reaction but at some point you have to cut your losses and we saw last season how a lack of consistency can bite.
One rumour, in particular, caught my eye last night and I won’t name the site that claimed this story as they leant on a report from TuttoMercatoWeb but suffice to say I expect better from even the News of the World.
You can Google translate yourself, the word Southampton does not appear in the original report – it concerns Wolverhampton Wanderers making a bid for Barcelona defender Yerry Mina who has been linked with Everton and a host of other clubs by the clickbait transfer rumour mill so far this summer.
The invented rehash claims that the original report states that we have joined the race for the player. We haven’t. We aren’t mentioned and he’s a 23-year-old with less than ten appearances for Barcelona so would we really sacrifice Jan Bednarek, Jack Stephens etc for one man who at the World Cup in Russia was actually dodgy in defence – albeit far better in attack from set pieces?
Maybe the site I saw this on got the URL link wrong, maybe they are right in their subsequent claim, but they stated we’ve made a £17.8million offer for the player. We weren’t even mentioned in the report.
I hate the transfer window, I hate a media with no ethics and I hate the Donald Trump world we now live in. But hey ho, I guess they got good clicks. They did edit later to state that the original source didn’t know how to spell Wolves and Southampton – but they didn’t bother changing the headline or removing the article from view, so I’ll make my own assumptions as if I was ever that wrong, the article would disappear or at the very least the headline would change and I’d rewrite the entire piece stating where I was wrong.
But that’s me – and that’s why this headline hasn’t changed even when I realised their edit. I didn’t need to.