European football transfer markets closed on 31st January after another busy window. All football Clubs interested in selling and buying did their best to complete their deals in time. Today, we want to focus on unexpected transfers. We are looking at signings that shocked people. The clubs and players involved will be central to this list of five.
6. Sol Campbell Transfer to Notts County
The year 2009 will always remind us about the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid. It is a clear indication the year was normal. However, there was nothing normal about Sol Campbell transfer to League Two side Notts County. In fact, he signed a five-year deal to make a statement.
The deal lasted for only one match. Yes, the former Arsenal and Newcastle United defender did not enjoy it after all. He had signed because of the fat cheque from the Middle East but it turned out there was nothing like that. He decided to pack his bags.
5. Julien Faubert to Real Madrid
Real Madrid President is known to do all they can when they want a player. The Club always wants to remain on top of the World both domestically and in Europe. However, in 2009, the Club made a spectacular mistake when they signed Julien Faubert from West Ham on a season-long loan.
The player was not at the level of the Los Blancos. He was an ordinary player minding his own business in a Hammers shirt. The deal failed badly and the player knew it. The midfielder only played twice for the La Liga giants.
4. Kevin Keegan to Southampton
In 1980, Hamburg star Kevin Keegan was the reigning European Footballer of the year. The forward was a force to reckon with in every sense and then this happened.
Southampton announced they had captured Keegan for £420,000 and the whole World was in disbelief. The Saints were not a top side then, they still aren’t but the signing was a massive shock. The star went on to help them finish 6th in the table the following year. The truth is, maybe he wanted to come back home, it can be tough to cope abroad sometimes.
3. Bebe to Manchester United
Manchester United fans still remember those overhit crosses at Old Trafford. The job was done by Sir Alex Ferguson’s £7.4 million signing Bebe. The winger or whatever he was had just signed for Vitoria de Guimaraes in 2010 and then Carlos Quiroz, somehow spotted him. The Portuguese Coach was Fergie former assistant and so he believed him entirely.
The Scott decided to sign him quickly before the competition arises. The legendary Coach actually admitted he had not seen him play. He played and he turned out terrible. The Portuguese went on to play only 7 matches in a period of four years. He eventually left the Club for free in 2014 after several failed loan spells all over Europe. He plays in La Liga today with Eibar.
2. Tevez and Mascherano to West Ham
In 2006, West Ham pulled off a masterstroke in the transfer market with a double swoop. The 2006 World Cup heroes for Argentina Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano were standing in front of cameras with the Hammers shirts.
The midfielder later jumped ship to sign for Liverpool where he developed to the massive star he is today. Carlos Tevez scored some crucial goals that eventually kept the London side up. The hidden facts about their arrival were later discovered. Third-party ownership rules had been breached. The striker later signed for Manchester United, lifted Premier League and Champions League in 2008.
The later switched to City and Captained the side in FA Cup triumph. The Argentine signed for Juventus, won more trophies and then went back to Boca Juniors. In 2017, he switched to China but the Far East dream did not materialize, he is now back playing for Boca. Mascherano had a successful career at Barcelona winning several UEFA Champions League crowns, and La Liga among others. He switched to Chinese Super League in January.
1. Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal to Man United
Arsenal fans thought it is not possible and Manchester United fans did not even imagine it could happen. In January 2018, Alexis Sanchez played piano wearing Red Devils shirt and the World stopped for few minutes.
The 29-year-old Chilean was coming to the end of his contract at Emirates and he was not signing a new deal. Arsene Wenger was left with no choice but to accept a straight swap involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The deal did not involve cash but the former Barcelona star wanted money and in plenty. He got it at Old Trafford and the deal was done. The Gunners fans were happy to see Aubameyang arrive from Dortmund but they still can’t believe Sanchez is playing for their bitter rivals.