GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: Luka Modric of Croatia reacts during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
I'm not a big fan of Metro.co.uk, and those of you who have seen their transfer rumors linked here and elsewhere can probably figure out why. They print a lot of stuff that I think is totally ridiculous, and I can't imagine I'm alone. Today, they're running a rumor that Paris Saint-Germain are entering the running for Luka Modric, and this is their sub-head.
PSG are ready to blow Real Madrid out of the water in the race for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric with a £30million bid, according to reports in France.
BLOW REAL MADRID OUT OF THE WATER WITH A £30M BID.
Yeah, because Real Madrid have never spent that much money on a player, and no one would ever bid that much money for Luka Modric.
I find it very hard to believe that Daniel Levy would let Modric leave for less than £30m, and if Real Madrid truly are interested in signing him, they're already prepared to pay that much. They wouldn't even pick up the phone and negotiate with Daniel Levy unless they were willing to pay that much.
Metro say that PSG are going to offer Modric £200k a week, citing "reports in France". Because we're just supposed to take them on their word?
Well, they exist, and I'll direct you to those reports because I'm not an ass. By going to Google.fr -- which you can also type into your browser in the UK! -- I was able to track down the original story about PSG's interest in Modric and how much they're willing to shell out to get him, which comes from Le Parisien. EuroSport France cited this report, while smaller sites echoed the Modric to PSG rumor without citing any numbers.
Can someone teach the reporters at Metro how the internet works?