Every summer there are transfers that are ordinary, and very much expected. Newspapers are talking about them all the time, and when they happen, they don’t really surprise anyone. There are also unusual transfers, you know, the ones that no one expects, like the one about Schweinsteiger. This post is about this kind of transfers. I am going to show you 5 most shocking transfers this summer, and lets start with number 5.
5. Angel Di Maria from Manchester United to PSG
4. Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich to Manchester United
If you look at Bastian stats for the last two seasons, you soon realize why Bayern were willing to sell. Bastian has had two very injury prone seasons. Even Pep Guardiola told the media, that Schweinsteiger hasn’t been properly fit for the last three years.
Injury or no injury, Schweinsteiger transfer is still one of the most shocking transfers this summer, because he was a club legend, and a captain of Bayern.
3. Fabian Delph from Aston Villa NOT to Man City, and than to Man City
Although its hard to say that he made the logical decision, Fabian Delph eventual transfer to City is certainly one of the most shocking transfers this summer.
2. Iker Casillas from Real Madrid to Porto
Iker Casillas is one of the best goalkeepers ever, He has played for Real Madrid for all of his football career. He has broke practically every record possible at Real Madrid and has overseen two Galacticos. So what do you do with a player like that? Well you sell him of course.
This deal is the strangest Real Madrid has ever done. I mean what is the point of selling a goalkeeper like Iker Casillas. I know that Real Madrid desperately want to get David De Gea, who is a younger Spanish goalkeeper. The thing is, De Gea isn’t that good. He isn’t even the best Spanish Goalkeeper.
The fact is that Real Madrid doesn’t know how to treat its legends. Iker Casillas should have stayed at Madrid, and end his career there. Instead Iker Casillas was supposedly pushed out by Real Madrid president, because he wanted someone taller in the goal, which is simply wrong by any football standard.
Iker Casillas is still excellent goalkeeper, and was sold simply because Real wanted a younger goalkeeper. This makes Casillas transfer one of the most shocking transfers of this summer.
1. Andre Pierre Gignac from Marseille to Tigres
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I personally think that the most shocking transfer of this summer has to be Andre Pierre Gignac. Marseille was one of the teams that could win Ligue 1 title last season, they had a solid team, and above all, a very good striker in Gignac. Marseille finished 4th in the end, which wasn’t that surprising, but losing Gignac to a Mexican team was a surprise.
Gignac is 29 years old, and is probably at the peak of his career. He could have left Marseille for one of the more prominent clubs in Europe, like Liverpool, or Valencia in Spain. This would all be logical choices, but Tigres in Mexico isn’t.
Gignac has stated that the main reason for signing at Tigres was winning home league and Copa Libertadores. That sounds like a great reason, but turning down big clubs like Liverpool, and Valencia, isn’t. I am suspecting that Gignac is getting massive amount of money at Tigres, but still joining them instead of some big European clubs, is probably a very bad career choice.
Given that Gignac is at the peak of his career, and he was wanted by big European clubs, him signing for a Mexican club Tigres is the most shocking transfer this summer.
This transfer summer has given us 5 shocking transfers. Angel Di Maria from Manchester United to PSG, Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich to Manchester United, Fabian Delph from Aston Villa to Manchester City, Iker Casillas from Real Madrid to Porto, and Andre Pierre Gignac from Marseille to Tigres, are the 5 most shocking transfers this summer. The transfer window isn’t finished yet, but I don’t believe that anyone will surpass these transfers, at least not in the shock value.