In a very quiet Transfer Deadline Day for Manchester City, something very fun happened.
Everybody knows that the biggest need in the City squad is at left-back. Pep Guardiola has said he won't be making any new signings and he's happy with the squad, but the need is still there. One of the names linked with a move to City is José Gayà from Valencia, which would be a fantastic addition.
So a fake Sky Sports account on Twitter said that City made a £20 million offer to try and sign Gayà on Deadline Day. Everyone immediately jumped to conclusion this was true, and a lot of websites — including the Mirror and a Spanish journalist that's verified on Twitter (!!!!!) — started to share the news as fact.
Turns out it's not fact.
MCFC denying reports they have made a £20million bid for Valencia full-back Jose Luis Gaya. Club still saying no ins/outs today.— Paul Hirst (@hirstclass) January 31, 2017
What a surprise! Fake news on Deadline Day! People believe it! It's 2017 journalism, y'all!