Newcastle United are set to pay £15m to Middlesbrough for Daniel Ayala.
At least this was the story that appeared in the last 48 hours and with journalism being what it is these days, it has been simply repeated time after time in media everywhere.
However, I am yet to see any of these reports actually stop and think how ridiculous the story they are publishing (repeating) actually is.
The whole story appears to revolve around the fact that the defender is from the same country as Rafa Benitez and that when he was manager of Liverpool, he signed him.
Yes he did sign him but that was when Daniel Ayala was only 16 and brought in from Sevilla’s youth set-up – just how many of these kids do the like of Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United etc lift from other clubs, in the hope that one of them might just make it?
Transfer stories always have to be treat with caution anyway but this one doesn’t even make sense.
Middlesbrough get promoted but are then going to sell one of their best players?
After playing nearly all of his career in the Championship, Daniel Ayala at last has his chance in the Premier League but is going to choose to drop back into the Championship?
Newcastle are going to be willing to pay £15m for a player who cost Middlesbrough only £300,000 in 2014, a player who is unproven outside the Championship?
Newcastle spending all that cash on a position where they have two of their most promising players (Lascelles and Mbemba)?
Ayala named in the PFA Championship team of the season yet Middlesbrough happy to let him go?
Middlesbrough suddenly finding they have an extra £100m tv cash to play with and yet feeling the need to sell?
You can fool some of the people some of the time, or alternatively, maybe when it comes to the media you can fool all of the people all of the time!