‘I work 20 hours a day’: Fabrizio Romano tells FourFourTwo how he became Mr Exclusive on transfers – and why he upset Brighton

Fabrizio Romano, Becoming the world's best-known football journalist on the SportsTrade Stage at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal.
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Only when the shirt had been held aloft could you be sure a transfer was certain. Until that moment, the gossip column was king, while social media’s ITK accounts – that’s In The Know, though it could just as easily stand for Inside Transfer Knowledge – were pooh-poohed as speculative fluff. Well, that was the olden days. Football moves fast. 

Supporters are now held captive by three little words, able to evoke euphoria, meltdown or a combination of both. Fabrizio Romano may be the world’s most famous sports journalist. At the time of writing, the rumour mill’s all-seeing eye has amassed 16.4 million followers on Twitter since he was a teenager – that’s not far off the whole population of the Netherlands – as football fans set their watches by his daily briefings and those three words: ‘Here We Go’. 

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Mark White
Content Editor

Mark White is the Digital Content Editor at FourFourTwo. During his time on the brand, Mark has written three cover features on Mikel Arteta, Martin Odegaard and the Invincibles, and has written pieces on subjects ranging from Sir Bobby Robson’s time at Barcelona to the career of Robinho. An encyclopedia of football trivia and collector of shirts, he first joined the team back in 2020 as a staff writer.