Chelsea Transfer Reliability Guide

Chelsea are solidifying their place as the most successful club in London with their growing trophy haul over the last couple of decades.

With every competitive title clinched, their worldwide fan popularity increases and this translates into greater interest for club news on transfer prospects.

The director Maria Granovskaia is known to largely oversee the club’s moves in the transfer market and her reputation as a shrewd negotiator means that there is only a small circle of journalists who have an idea of the players being targeted during the off-season.

So, with that being said, let’s reveal the hierarchy of dependability when it comes to media sources and journalists for


Chelsea transfer tier of reliability

NameMedia Outlet / CountryTier RankingReliability Rating
Official Club Sourcewww.chelseafc.comTier 0
BBC SportUnited KingdomTier 1
James DuckerThe TelegraphTier 1
Dom FifieldThe GuardianTier 1
Kristof TerreurBelgiumTier 1
Fabrizio RomanoItalyTier 1
Mohamed BouhafsiFranceTier 1
RMC SportFranceTier 1
Gianluca Di MarzioItalyTier 1
Matt LawThe TelegraphTier 1
Care Free Youth (Chelsea Youth Squad)Twitter: @CareFreeYouthTier 2
BILDGermanyTier 2
Cadena SERSpainTier 2
Canal+FranceTier 2
COPESpainTier 2
Evening StandardUnited KingdomTier 2
Sport1GermanyTier 2
The TelegraphUnited KingdomTier 2
The TimesUnited KingdomTier 2
The GuardianUnited KingdomTier 2
The AthleticUnited KingdomTier 2
L'EquipeFranceTier 2
KickerGermanyTier 2
Ian LadymanDaily MailTier 2
Dan LeveneUnited KingdomTier 2
Simon JohnsonEvening StandardTier 2
Nizaar KinsellaGoal.comTier 2
Matt BarlowDaily MailTier 2
Kaveh SolhekolSky SportsTier 3
Guillem BalagueSpainTier 3
Get French Football NewsFranceTier 3
Calcio MercatoItalyTier 3
Give Me Sport-Tier 3
SportBildGermanyTier 3
Ben FairthorneUnited KingdomTier 3
ASSpainTier 3
MARCASpainTier 3
Mundo DeportivoSpainTier 3
Simon Phillips-Tier 3
Sky SportsUnited KingdomTier 3
Sport WitnessUnited KingdomTier 3
SPORTSpainTier 3
TalkSportUnited KingdomTier 3
The IndependentUnited KingdomTier 3
TuttomercatowebItalyTier 3
TuttosportItalyTier 3
Goal.comUnited KingdomTier 4
90min.comUnited KingdomTier 4
Bleacher ReportUSATier 4
Daily MailUnited KingdomTier 5
MetroUnited KingdomTier 5
Daily MirrorUnited KingdomTier 5
The ExpressUnited KingdomTier 5
Daily StarUnited KingdomTier 5
Duncan CastlesUnited KingdomTier 5 KingdomTier 5
Football WhispersUnited KingdomTier 5 KingdomTier 5
NewsNowUnited KingdomTier 5
The MirrorUnited KingdomTier 5
SquawkaUnited KingdomTier 5
Tancredi Palmeri-Tier 5
The SunUnited KingdomTier 5
Sport / LAD BibleUnited KingdomTier 5
Caught OffsideUnited KingdomTier 5


Is Matt Law reliable for Chelsea news?

There was a period in time where Matt Law’s overall transfer reliability came into question due to the fact that he usually wasn’t the first journalist to break a truthful story about the London club.

However, he clearly has direct briefings with certain members of the club hierarchy which ensures that his reports are highly accurate.

And even though he may take his time and publish a story well after others established journalists and media sources have revealed the scoop, he still commands a great deal of trust and can have his fair share of exclusives.

For instance, Law was quick on the mark for the transfer breakthrough of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and was also the first to state that the release clause for Timo Werner – who was still an RB Leipzig player at the time – had been paid.

As such, Matt Law has been moved back to tier 1 status for Chelsea transfer reliability and like the rest of the tier rankings they shall be reviewed once all the summer spending comes to a close.


Concluding offer

Now that you can see which journalists and media outlets are present under Chelsea’s classification, there’s something that I think would be of interest to you.

As you’re aware of the tier scale, you know that different journalists report on transfer news for different teams.

So, for example, Fabrizio Romano might rank in Tier 2 for AC Milan transfer news but performs less effectively when breaking news for a club like Manchester City with a Tier 3 ranking assigned to him.

What if you had a document that could provide you tier rankings for each one of Europe’s biggest clubs?

Well, there’s good news because we’ve got just the solution for you!

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We’ve eliminated the painstaking hours of research for you by compiling a comprehensive Tier 1 to Tier 5 breakdown of the reliability of the world’s sports journalists and media outlets.

The teams included in this guide consist of the English Premier League’s traditional top six clubs, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris Saint Germain.

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