The transfer window is a period of excitement and exasperation and it has now become a staple of the footballing season. Deadline day, in particular, is celebrated up and down the nation with live cameras outside stadiums following the progress of potential rumours and moves.
Some transfers, though, hit the headlines for their suspense, shock and even downright hilarity and now betting sites like https://www.betandskill.com even odds and even tips on likely transfers throughout the window.
Wayne Rooney – Everton to Manchester United
Wayne Rooney is now a household name in football, but it was his bursting onto the scene as an 18-year-old youngster with boyhood club Everton and his performances in the 2004 Euros that sent the rumour mill in overdrive.
Manchester United won the race ahead of Newcastle United for the Merseyside rookie on the last day of the 2004 summer transfer window, in fact, just four hours before it closed. The rest, as they say, is history and, having scored 253 goals in 559 appearances, Rooney left Manchester as a club legend in 2017.
Luis Suarez – Ajax to Liverpool
With Fernando Torres’ move to Chelsea confirmed in January 2011, Liverpool desperately needed another star striker. That striker came in the shape of Uruguayan Luis Suarez whose prolific form at Eredivisie side Ajax gave the Kop plenty of hope that Torres wouldn’t be missed.
His first season ended with League Cup victory and 17 goals in all competitions, before 30 and then 33 goals in the Premier League in his next two seasons underlined his credentials and brought in a lot of money for bettors as Liverpool narrowly missed out on the title.
A three-and-a-half-year career on Merseyside was blighted with controversies and Suarez earned a £75 million move to Barcelona in 2014.
Carlos Tevez – Corinthians to West Ham
In one of the most bizarre transfers in Premier League history, Carlos Tevez joined Javier Mascherano in London to help West Ham stay in the top flight under Alan Pardew. The move was incredibly surprising given that both had been touted by major European clubs at the time.
Tevez did what he does best – scoring seven goals in 27 appearances and helping the Hammers survive in the Premier League for another year. The striker left for Manchester United at the end of the 2006/07 season.
Claude Makelele – Real Madrid to Chelsea
In an era where Real Madrid couldn’t stop winning, Claude Makelele’s transfer to recently-rich Chelsea in 2003 provoked a lot of surprise. Yet, he became a dynamic figure in the heart of the Blues’ defence, playing a key role as Chelsea won back-to-back titles under Jose Mourinho.
Makelele’s influence was so great that he has often been credited as redefining the defensive midfielder role as he helped the Blues establish themselves as one of the leading English football clubs once more. The Frenchman left in 2008 after playing 217 times for Chelsea.
Ashley Cole – Arsenal to Chelsea
One move surrounded in controversy due to claims of tapping up, but Ashley Cole’s £5 million move from Arsenal to London rivals Chelsea has perhaps been one of the most value-for-money signings in Premier League history.
Left-back Cole helped Chelsea win nine major trophies after joining in 2006 and going on to make 229 appearances.