European football transfer markets are currently open for business. All football Clubs interested in selling and buying players are trying hard 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
Former England defender Sol Campbell joins ambitious League Two club Notts County on a free transfer after the.. http://tinyurl.com/kvvguj
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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
ON THIS TRANSFER DAY: In 2009, Real Madrid signed Julien Faubert from West Ham on loan.
Even Alfredo Di Stéfano couldn't believe it! pic.twitter.com/di2bT2MO4B
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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.