Manchester United are the hot favourites to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba for a world record £105 million this summer, just four years after the Red Devils let the France international leave on a free transfer.
Jose Mourinho is reportedly set on having the 23-year-old at Old Trafford in time for the start of the new season, while negotiations are, at the minute, slowing, after Real Madrid ended their interest in the Juventus star.
However, while United fans eagerly await an announcement, Juventus fans seemingly used their free time to troll the club's fans via Twitter, setting up fake 'journalist' accounts, pretending to be Italian journalists, providing 'updates' on the transfer.
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Massimo Di Culo - or maximum arse, as it translates - was the name of one journalist, who reportedly worked for respected transfer guru, Gianluca Di Marzio. While Fabio Fica, another rudely named fictional journalist, reportedly worked for La Stampa.
Domenico di Cazzo and Leonardo Stronzo were the other two fake Twitter accounts used to lure in Manchester United fans.
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It has been an entertaining period for Juve fans, even if they face losing their star player, but United supporters will not be fondly remembering the occasion, as they desperately await an update.
One Manchester United fan claimed the Juve trolls' accounts were "most reliable Italian footy journalists for transfer news", while "four calcio legends were born today" according to another account.
A Twitter account of a United fan page also fell for the rumours, sharing the reports from the rudely named spoof accounts, saying: "Respected Juventus insider Massimo Di Culo has confirmed that Juventus are selling Pogba, Di Culo works as a source for Di Marzio #MUFC"
But the alleged updates became suspicious once official Twitter users, from Italy, started picking up on the hoax.
Unfortunately for United fans, they will have have to wait a while longer, with The Sun reporting that Pogba will sign a £202,000-a-week deal once the player returns from his holiday in the United States, having not long ago featured in the European Championships final with France.
Either way, Juventus fans did a good job of their prank.
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