Cavani to Arsenal – what’s really going on?

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani shows his dejection during the Copa America Centenario football tournament match against Venezuela in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, on June 9, 2016. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Arsenal have been linked again with a move for PSG’s Edinson Cavani in the wake of the Jamie Vardy transfer going a little quiet.

With nothing much else to write about (apart from the massive football tournament that’s going on at the minute) some journos turned back to their notebooks to see what rumours haven’t yet been done to death.

This is the one they seemed to have landed on.

We were just going to ignore them after digging in and finding nothing new had been added to a story that’s around a year old (at least) but as the rumours showed no sign of slowing, we thought we’d take a closer look.

Guess what we found? Nothing.

This story is circular reporting at its finest.

One journalist makes the claim and a thousand sites and papers quote that initial report as the truth, taking no time to even Google to see if there might be a whiff of fantasy about the whole thing.

The Express delivered an EXCLUSIVE on the story and with that word in the headline you would be forgiven for thinking they had something more than information that had already been published on countless other websites over the life of this transfer story.

They didn’t.

Their ‘exclusive’ ran exactly 5 hours 53 minutes after the Mirror had said exactly the same thing even though the Mirror cite the Express as their source. The Daily Star also covered it citing the Express as their source, as did a ton of others I’m too bored to list (just Google).

Express headline and info:

Arsenal Transfer News: Cavani exclusive, £15m defender bid, Stoke battle for midfielder

EXPRESS SPORT brings you the latest transfer news from the Emirates.

By LIAM SPENCE

PUBLISHED: 14:49, Sun, Jun 12, 2016 | UPDATED: 15:06, Sun, Jun 12, 2016

Mirror headline and info:

Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Gunners to turn to Edinson Cavani if Jamie Vardy rejects transfer?

  • 08:52, 12 JUN 2016
  • UPDATED 08:52, 12 JUN 2016
  • BY LIAM CORLESS

Call me stupid (which I probably am) but there’s absolutely nothing new to see here whatsoever.