In these days of endlessly dragged-out transfer sagas, the move of a player from one club to another is usually flagged up well in advance, with merely the monotony of posturing and 'inadequate' offer refusals delaying the inevitable.
However, every now and then comes a transfer that no-one expects. A bolt from the blue: a player crossing the divide between two bitter rivals, or stepping up or down several levels above or below where they should be. And they usually result in some fun and games afterwards. Football history is filled with plenty of transfers that did surprise the football world to its core.
Today, we'll talk about some of the strangest signings that took place in recent years. These transfers were looked down upon by both fans and the media due to the lack of quality of these players to thrive at the highest level. Here are five of the strangest transfers in recent years.
#5 Kevin-Prince Boateng (on loan from U.S. Sassuolo to FC Barcelona)
Kevin-Prince Boateng signing for Barcelona in the January transfer window caught many people by surprise. A player well past his prime, signed by one of the biggest clubs in the world.
In becoming the first Ghanaian to play for Barca, the transfer marks another extraordinary chapter in the player’s career, which started at Hertha Berlin before spells at Spurs and Portsmouth. Blessed with strength, speed, and a killer instinct in front of goal, big things were expected out of him. He quickly earned himself a move to AC Milan in 2010 where he started off brightly but failed to live up to his full potential. Arguably the biggest gripe against him is his relatively light scoring record. He’s only got 61 goals in 398 career appearances.
After selling Paco Alcacer and Munir this season, The Blaugrana were in search of a back-up striker, someone to take some of the pressure and the minutes off Luis Suárez. The 31-year-old is brought on loan and though the Catalans do have a purchase option for the summer, they may not use it.