Covid-19 has changed the whole world this year and football hasn’t been the same either. For three whole months, there weren’t any games at all. Therefore the season has been pushed back to compensate for that. This changed the transfer window as well, which usually closes after the 31st August, but will now be open for a few more weeks. In the past, on that closing day some very surprising and unexpected deals have happened. Let’s have a look at the best transfers that happened on deadline day in the past few years.
1. Kylian Mbappé
After the Frenchman played one season for PSG on loan, the record champions decided to sign him for 145€ million from AS Monaco. This move made him one of the most expensive players ever. Many doubted whether or not a 19-year-old is actually worth that much, but now he is the most valuable player in the world at 180,00€ million. He is just 21 years old, but was already nominated for the Ballon d’Or last year and won the league four times in a row, once with Monaco and three times with PSG.
2. Wayne Rooney
In 2004 Wayne Ronney was only 18 years old when Manchester United decided that he was worth 37,00€ million. That was a very high amount of money, especially for a teenager, but in hindsight he was worth every penny. For a decade he was essential to Manchester United, as they dominated the Premier League and triumphed on the continent. When he moved back to his former club Everton in 2017, the Englishman had 253 goals for Manchester United, which makes him the club’s all time record goalscorer.
When Dortmund signed a 17-year-old in 2017 for about 8,00€ million from Manchester City’s academy, fans were a little bit confused. Nobody knew who he was. Fast forward three years and Sancho has developed into one of the best youngsters in the world. He is worth 117,00€ million and scored 20 goals and also made 20 Assists in the 2019/2020 season.
4. Gareth Bale
In 2013 Real Madrid signed Bale from Tottenham for 101,00€ million, which made him the most expensive player in history at that point. In the following years Madrid managed to win the Champions League three years in a row, with the Welsh having a heavy influence on the team’s success. And even though Bale rarely plays for Madrid these days, the deal was a great one, nonetheless.
5. Mesut Özil
Mesut Özil is one of the best assist-givers on the pitch to ever play the game, having assisted 216 goals in 600 professional games. Arsenal saw his value as well, when they signed him in 2013 for 47,00€ million. Since then he has played more than 200 games for them, making him a club legend. The highlight of the offensive-midfielder’s career was his World Cup win in 2014 with Germany.
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