On Thursday evening a few outlets started reporting that Arsenal were confident of landing Matteo Darmian from Manchester United but it seems as if this has all stemmed from a mistake.

The Mirror, Metro and Daily Star claim that “Arsenal are ready to offer Darmian an escape route out of Old Trafford” (Daily Star), “Darmian has become a serious target for Arsenal and the north London giants are confident of landing the Italy international” (Metro) and “Manchester United could see Matteo Darmian quit the club this summer in favour of rivals Arsenal” (Mirror).

All three cite Goal.com as their source.

The Daily Star don’t link to the article they got their information from while Metro and Mirror use a link that takes you to a page that’s no longer there. It’s almost as if none of them bothered to check the information they were taking from other websites.

A quick search of Goal.com reveals that all three publications have based their story on an article that has been removed and republished with Juventus as the main stars of this story, not Arsenal.

Goal, rather than claiming Arsenal are interested in signing Matteo Darmian, actually claim that Juventus are confident of landing him, a story that makes much more sense.

The report on Goal talks about Hector Bellerin and Juventus’ interest. They add, “Juventus will not pursue a move for Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin this summer as they’re confident of signing Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian, Goal understands.”

Goal appear to ave made a mistake in their initial report, removed the article and redid it.

Arsenal, as it stands, do not seem to be interested in signing Matteo Darmian at the time of writing.

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