Tottenham are ready to bid £5m for Bayern Munich winger Julian Green, 18, according to the Metro.
The 2-cap USA international, who is part of Jurgen Klinsmann’s World Cup squad, is yet to make a senior appearance for the Bundesliga giants and will reportedly seek pastures new this summer.
It’s a nice idea that makes sense because Spurs could do with a winger and Green, as decent as he is, is unlikely to break into the Bayern first team any time soon.
But in all likelihood, the story is a figment of someone’s imagination and you probably won’t hear Green’s name mentioned in connection with Spurs again this summer.
The article doesn’t have a byline (if you had exclusive news of an imminent transfer bid involving two of the finest clubs in European football, why wouldn’t you put your name on the article?) and is therefore authored by Metro Sport Reporter.
The Green story follows a series of similar articles by the Metro, all of which caused a brief stir on social media before disappearing into the blogosphere, never to be mentioned again.
Last week, the well-informed Metro Sport Reporter claimed Spurs wanted to sign Mattia Destro from Roma for £14m. The week before that, MSR said we’d made an offer to sign Lacina Traore on loan. And before that, Spurs were lining up a ‘cheeky’ bid for Samuel Eto’o, according to, you guessed it, MSR. The list goes on. None of these players has since been mentioned in connection with Spurs by the Metro or another other reputable news outlet, at home or abroad.
I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions on whether the Metro, like many of the broadsheets and leading broadcasters, have legitimate sources and are reporting what they hear in good faith, or if they are simply fabricating transfer stories in the hope of attracting clicks and maximising advertising revenue.
I know what I think but Green sounds like a great player, so I’d love to be proved wrong.
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