It is silly season in the transfer market with players being spotted here there and everywhere.
The current major transfer rumour circulates around Gareth Bale and a possible move to Spain. There has been no concrete bid for the player or even an enquiry so it demonstrates the influence the media can have on the football transfer marketplace.
Similarly, potential moves for stars Ronaldo and Hulk are being played out to a global audience. With no football to write about the media and especially the press are focused on engineering popular gossip.
Kicking the small guy…
When the media start to push player transfers, especially from smaller clubs it usually has a negative impact for the current employer. For example media coverage forced through Wayne Rooney’s transfer to Manchester United and more recently Wilfred Zaha’s move to Old Trafford was instigated by the media turning the head of a young player. Should they have a responsibility to protect the game and developing talent?
In the end, transfer gossip sells and fans lap it up every bit as much as the media. It is part of the game and the interchanging modern structure.
Everyone loves a good rumour and here are a few more to wet the early close season appetites:
Scott Parker is wanted by old club West Ham along with striker Demba Ba
- Hull City prepare for life in the top flight by upping their offer for Celtic striker Garry Hooper
- Manchester United remain keen on Cesc Fabregas despite the midfielder wanting to remain in Spain