The Football Transfer Sources Reliability Guide

The modern day football fan has access to unlimited amount of information about their favorite player, club or team. Especially when it comes to transfers, as there is a huge thirst for information, there is a huge industry which keeps churning out rumours. The majority of the football transfer rumour news articles, reports and tweets have no basis and are pure fiction just to attract clicks. So after reaching out to over 30 team and league Reddit communities, we have our Football Transfer Sources Reliability Guide. It’s worth noting that this covers only Rumours and not confirmed transfers on official Club Websites or Social Media accounts. Before we look at the results, lets review the breakdown of how the tiers work:

  • Tier 1 – Almost undisputed when discussing a Transfer Rumour. They may not be the first to discuss a rumour, but if they are talking about it; then it is almost certainly true, and possibly close to complete.
  • Tier 2 – Known to have current sources, but are still fallible and just short of being considered an authority on rumour discussions. However, multiple individuals or sources from this tier reporting the same rumour may indicate a strong possibility of truth to the rumour.
  • Tier 3 – Unreliable, and not to be trusted solo. They fall into near click-bait practices and are often fighting for relevance in a sea of rumours.
  • Tier 4 – Not to be trusted at all. These companies make money out of ensuring that you read them and they will make up anything to get you to harness advertising revenue.
  • Tier 5 – Absolute Dick Heads. Why are you even reading them for fuck sake?

Tier 1 Transfer Rumour Sources

Simon Stone (Manchester Clubs)
 David Ornstein (London Clubs)
 Adam Blackmore (Southampton) – BBC (England)
 Ben Pearce (Spurs) – Freelance (England)
 Mohammed Bouhafsi – RMC (France)
 Mike Verweij – Telegraaf (Nederlands)
 Voetbal International (Nederlands)
 “Quakerboy” (Galatasaray) – (Turkey)
 Gerard Romero (Barcelona) – RAC1(Spain)
 Edu Polo – Mundo Deportivo (Spain)
 Gianluca Di Marzio – Freelance
Sky Italia- (Italian related Transfers Only for Tier 1)
 RTP 1 (Portugal)
 Alfredo Pedulla (AC Milan) – Freelance (Italy)
 Romeo Agresti (Juventus) – (Italy)
 Stephan von Nocks & Frank Lußem – Kicker(Germany)
 Ruhr Nachrichten (Schalke & Borrusia Dortmund) (Germany)
 Craig Norwood(Manchester United) – Freelance (England)
 George Caulkin (Newcastle United) – The Times (England)
 Keith Downie (Newcastle United) – Sky Sports (England)
 Craig Hope (Newcastle United) – Daily Mail (England)
 Reviersport (Schalke)
 Paris United (France)
 Globoesporte (Brasil)
 Adam Leventhal (Watford) – Sky Sports (England)
 Paul Joyce (Liverpool & Everton) – Times (England)
 James Pearce (Liverpool) – Echo (England)


Tier 2 Transfer Rumour Sources

Matt Law (Chelsea) – Telegraph (England)
 James Ducker (Chelsea & Manchester Clubs) – Telegraph(England)
 Bild (Germany)
 COPE (Spain)
 Dan Kilpatrick (Spurs) – ESPN (England/US)
 Lyall Thomas (Spurs) – Sky Sports (England)
 Ed Aarons (Spurs) – Guardian (England)
 Sam Lee – (England)
 Martin Blackburn (Manchester City) – The Sun (England)
 Simon Mullock(Manchester City) – The Mirror (England)
 Lee Ryder (Newcastle United) – The Chronicle (England)
 Daily Echo (Southampton)
 L’Equipe (France)
 Amy Lawrence (Arsenal) – Guardian (England)
 Raphael Honigstein – Sky Germany (Germany)
 NTVSpor (Turkey)
 Serdar Saridag – Millyet(Turkey)
 oJogo (Portugal)
 Ahmet Ercanlar (Fenerbache) – Hürriyet Gazetesi (Turkey)
 Sky Sport Italia (Italy)
 LigTv (Turkey)
 BeIn (Turkey)
 Radio Catalunya (Barcelona) (Spain)
 Radio Renascença (Portugal)
 Cadena SER (Spain)
 Sid Lowe – Freelance (Spain)
 Melissa Reddy – (Liverpool)
 Leverkusener Anzeiger (Bayer Leverkusen) (Germany)
 Der Westen (Germany)


Tier 3 Transfer Rumour Sources

Telegraph (England)
 Guardian (England)
 Independant (England)
 Sky Sports (England)
 Ian Ladyman (Manchester Clubs) – The Mirror (England)
 Manchester Evening News (England)
 Jim White – Sky Sports (England)
 ESPN (Various)
 The Echo (Liverpool
Everton) (England)
 Futbol Arena (Turkey)
 Record (Portugal)
 aBola (Portugal)
 Gazzetta dello Sport (Italy)
 Corriere dello Sport (Italy)
 Il Tempo (Italy)
 la Repubblica (Italy)
 Get French Football News (France)
 Le Parisien (France)
 Transfer Merkezi (Turkey)
 Mundo Deportivo (Spain)
 Sport (Spain)
 Onda Cero (Spain)
 Sport1 (Germany)


Tier 4 Transfer Rumour Sources

Paul Merson (England)
 The Sun (England)
 Guillem Balague (England/Spain)
 Duncan Castles(England)
 Metro (England)
 NBC Sports (US)
 Sports Witness (Various)
 Marca (Spain)
 Fotomaç (Turkey)
 Fanatik (Turkey)
 Aspor (Turkey)
 Hurriyet (Turkey)
 Haberturk (Turkey)
 Correio da Manhã (Portugal)
 Tuttosport (Italy) (Nederlands)
 Pierre Menes (France)
 Sky Germany (Germany)
 Bleacher Report (Various)
 Miguel Delaney(Freelance) (England)
 Andy Mitten (Manchester United) – Freelance (England)
 Talksport (U.K.)
 Here is the City (Manchester Clubs) (England)


Tier 5 Transfer Rumour Sources

Tancredi Palmieri
 Daily Star
 Don Balon
Caught Offside
Muzzy Ocan
Diario Gol


This post was compiled by u/spoofex and was published first on r/soccer

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