Eight football transfers nobody saw coming

first_img Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder 9 Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Man City sign Robinho from Real Madrid – On the final day of the summer transfer window in 2008, the Blues were bought by mega wealthy Sheikh Mansour’s Abu Dhabi United group and subsequently shocked the Premier League by signing Robinho, who was close to a switch to Chelsea. “I just laughed, really, because it was all out for Berbatov and then they seemed to be bidding for everybody,” City player Richard Dunne said, in reference to City trying to hijack the Red Devils’ deadline day deal for Berbatov, before attention was turned to Robinho. It was clearly a sign of things to come. IN DEMAND REAL DEAL LIVING THE DREAM You’ll struggle to find fans who could have seen Rob Green joining Chelsea.A very good goalkeeper with vast experience, but at 38, not one for the future.Having spent last season as Huddersfield’s back-up goalie, Green was thinking about his future.“It has been a whirlwind 24 hours. You are thinking about your career and where you want to go and then you get a phone call like this, and it is a short conversation,” he told chelseafc.com.“It has been a pretty dramatic time for me and I can’t wait to get started. I am absolutely delighted and it is a thrill and an honour to be here.”Some transfers just appear to come from nowhere and talkSPORT.com looks at a few deals from recent years none of us saw coming. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father three-way race RANKED Transfer news Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino 9 9 Arsenal sign Mikel Arteta from Everton at the last moment on deadline day – Arsenal completed the deal for Arteta with little over an hour to go before the transfer window closed in 2011. Everton had earlier rejected a bid for the 29-year-old, but then the player requested to leave and an offer was reluctantly accepted. It certainly didn’t seem like the usual ‘Arsenal transfer.’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 9 Juventus sign Arsenal hero Nicklas Bendtner – The Dane would have told you he belonged at the club, but the fact Juventus decided not to make his 2011 loan permanent tells you the Italian giants didn’t quite agree. Bendtner didn’t score in his 10 appearances, but the fact Juventus even enquiring about his availability in the first place was pretty mind blowing. Arsenal didn’t want him, and prior to his stint in Italy, Bendtner was on loan at Sunderland. ‘perfect fit” 9 9 Anthony Martial from Monaco in 2015 – He was relatively unknown in the UK when Man United paid Monaco £36m for Martial in 2015. The club wanted more firepower up front, but it was a lot of money for someone who was still only 19 and even his team-mates had to ask about him. “To be honest on the plane, Wayne Rooney came to speak to me and asked me who Martial was,” Morgan Schneiderlin revealed at the time. He made a memorable first impression, though, by scoring on his debut against Liverpool and living up to the hype that had seen him compared to Thierry Henry. Signing imminent? Man United target ‘on flight’ to England for talks with club fear Carroll explains why he wanted to fail Liverpool medical before £35m move 9 heading off on his way 9 Arsenal pinch Sol Campbell from Tottenham – It looked like Campbell was going abroad when his contract expired in 2001. Nobody thought he’d nip down the round and join Arsenal. Campbell was loved at Spurs, but the club in the 90s was very different to the one today and it was widely expected he would leave for greater things eventually. He was in talks with Inter at one point and was pretty close to joining, but wasn’t too impressed by their training facilities and decided to remain in the Premier League and join bitter rivals Arsenal. The feeling at White Hart Lane was one of heartache, anger and shock. He later said he would have gone to AC Milan if they had shown interest. Liverpool re-sign Robbie Fowler – This took everyone by surprise in 2006. It was, to Liverpool fans, the return of ‘God’ after more than four years away. He had scored 154 goals in 330 appearances between 1993 and 2001, but left without saying a proper goodbye when deemed surplus to requirements by former boss Gerard Houllier. So when the club needed a striker in January 2006 and Houllier’s successor, Rafa Benitez decided to bring back Fowler, it was a dream come true for both the player and the Kop. Though past his best, Fowler performed admirably and in his second spell he scored 12 goals in 39 games (most as a sub) and helped the Reds to the Champions League final in 2007. Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing GOSSIP Liverpool sign Alex Manninger – Manninger was a member of Arsenal’s double-winning side in 1998, but when he arrived at Anfield 18 years later it came as a surprise to those fans who remembered his previous spell in the Premier League, not least because most thought he was probably retired. Prior to his move, Manninger had been playing for German club Augsburg. This followed spells in Italy and Spain where he played for Siena, Juventus and Espanyol. He did eventually retire at the end of the 2016/17 season. 9 Liverpool take Steven Caulker on loan – Even Caulker, who was on loan at Southampton from QPR, was surprised by the move. “It came as a bit of a shock as I’d had a bit of a frustrating time at Southampton and not had any game time,” he told the Liverpool Echo, explaining he couldn’t turn the move down. The defender joined in the 2016 January transfer window as cover, but played just four games with the deal being cut short when he entered rehab following a string of off field problems. In an interview with the Guardian in June 2017, Caulker revealed he has battled with depression for most of his career.last_img

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