Twitter storm over Cech transfer turns out to be false
It was the Twitter story that seemed to have it all, but in the end the pictures that claimed to show Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho meeting Manchester United chiefs over the sale of goalkeeper Petr Cech proved to be nothing of the sort.
As an image of Mourinho meeting a man who looked a little like Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward and another man who was identified as Cech's agent Viktor Kolar, twitter went into an excited frenzy over what appeared to be a transfer scoop.
A second image of Mourinho was posted with the Chelsea boss posting a message on his phone (below) and yet there was never any confirmation that these pictures were taken today, this week, this year or even in this country!
Excited twitter user @ziadaljamaan claimed he was breaking one big sports stories of the summer as he suggested the images showed that United were closing in on a deal to sign the experienced Czech Republic stopper, possibly as a replacement for United keeper David De Gea.
Yet the story was quickly dismissed as a company that appears to represent Kolar insisted the their man was not in the image.
While it seems that Mourinho is featured in the pictures, the idea that the the Chelsea boss would be present to discuss the sale of one of his star players meant this story always seemed a little far fetched and so it proved.
Not for the first time, twitter has been used a a platform to break a transfer story that had no foundation.
For twitter fan @ziadaljamaan, his five minutes of fame quickly turned into an evening of abusive messages after his story was rumbled, but he is not the first and won't be he last to fall for such a scam.
Ahead of a busy summer of transfer activity, we can expect plenty more of these kind of 'breaking' stories.