Manchester City Transfer Reliability Guide

Gone are the days when the blue half of Manchester watched their fiercest rivals claim title after title.

Manchester City have become a competitive force in both the domestic and international football world.

More particularly, their mix of astute player signings, managerial prowess and boardroom guidance have seen the side catapult itself to the top of the footballing pyramid in England.

Ever since Pep Guardiola took over the coaching reigns in 2016, the club’s performance on the pitch has elevated a couple of notches.

Despite the fact that the journalists covering Manchester United transfers are greater in number, City have still developed a quite a firm foothold when it comes to being a club that is talked about frequently in media circles.

A vast number of high profile players have been linked with a move to the Mancunian side in the recent past, and it makes sense to have a record of journalists with proven history when it comes to reporting on incoming City transfers.

Therefore, the table below covers Manchester City transfer reliability from the good tier 1 sources all the way down to those that can’t be trusted whatsoever.


Manchester City transfer tier of reliability

NameMedia Outlet / CountryTier RankingReliability Rating
Official Club Sourcewww.mancity.comTier 0
Sam LeeThe AthleticTier 1
Martin BlackburnThe SunTier 1
Simon MullockThe MirrorTier 1
Simon StoneBBC SportTier 1
Stu BrennanManchester Evening NewsTier 2
James DuckerThe TelegraphTier 2
Jack GaughanDaily MailTier 2
Jonathan SmithGoal.comTier 2
Fabrizio RomanoItalyTier 3
Duncan CastlesSunday Times & Transfer PodcastTier 3
Simon BajkowskiManchester Evening NewsTier 3
James RobsonEvening StandardTier 3
Lu MartinTwitter: @LUMartinBCNTier 3
Gianluca Di MarzioItalyTier 4
Jose Alvarez HayaEl Chiringuito TVTier 4
Nico SchiraFreelancerTier 5
TuttosportItalyTier 5
La Gazzetta dello SportItalyTier 5
A BolaPortugalTier 5
Miguel DelaneyThe IndependentTier 5
Rob HarrisThe Associated PressTier 5


Is Lu Martin reliable?

As long as Pep Guardiola continues to manage the side, Lu Martin will be a fairly reliable source of information on Manchester City transfer news.

He is said to have close ties with Pep Guardiola himself and has been added to tier 3 as a result.


Is Jose Alvarez Haya a reliable source?

Formerly a part of tier 3, Jose Alvarez Haya has dropped down a spot to tier 4.

Haya used to be a fairly reliable source of Aguero-related news, but since the Argentinian has now left the club and successfully completed a free transfer move to Barcelona, he no longer retains that credibility.

Samuel Waihenya
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