The 5 best last-minute hiccups of the transfer window
In a Wednesday morning meeting, the LFP’s legal commission rejected PSG’s request to approve Hakim Ziyech’s loan. It was unable to intervene during the night due to documents sent too late by Chelsea. Therefore, the Moroccan international environment will not come to the capital this winter. Back to the few hiccups of the transfer window.
1. 2015: De Gea, 28 minutes to go
It was the big fiasco of the summer transfer window of 2015. David De Gea should have gone to Real Madrid and Keylor Navas should have gone the other way to Manchester United. The agreement regarding this double transfer of goalkeepers was reached between the two clubs in the last evening of the market. But the Spanish League (LFP) did not approve the transfer of De Gea, his contract was sent to the related services too late. Midnight, deadline, LFP still hadn’t received anything. Real will then say that they have received the signed contract for the Spanish goalkeeper only at 00:02. According to MU, Real sent the documents to the Spanish League only at 00:28.
2. 2011: No fax, no Choupo
For too long, fax has been the scapegoat for failed transfers. Cologne saw this bitterly in the winter transfer window of 2011. On January 31, after reaching an agreement with Hamburg to bring Cameroon striker Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, the German club wanted to send documents confirming the transfer. Also, the car took a long time to start. Twelve minutes was too long because the documents did not reach the German League in time. Same scenario for Charles Kabore during the four minute delay between OM and Zaragoza in the 2013 winter transfer window. In 2011, Robert Wittek stayed in Ankaragucu instead of going to Salzburg.
3. 2016: Sissoko, disappeared from the asphalt
Moussa Sissoko, stuck in an impasse in Newcastle and relegated to the Championship (English 2nd league), spent the evening of August 31, 2016 between two planes. Everton are on the verge of completing a transfer after agreeing a €35m deal with Newcastle earlier in the evening. Not prestigious enough for the last runner-up of Europe. Everton then send a plane to pick up the player in London and undergo a medical as soon as possible. French is not on asphalt. Everton manager Ronald Koeman then tries to contact him on his mobile phone. Unsuccessful. Sissoko will never come to the meeting. His agent would receive a phone call informing him that Tottenham were matching the alleged €35 million. The turnaround was to urgently return to London and sign a five-year contract with Spurs. A version that was later rejected by the former Toulousain.
4. 2014: capricious Falcao thwarts Martial
On August 30, 2014, minutes before the start of the Monaco-Lille match, Radamel Falcao walks on the pitch in a suit with a phone hanging from his ear. The striker wants to leave ASM and will watch the match with his agent Jorge Mendes in a surreal atmosphere. The following day, he was loaned out to Manchester United in the final minutes of the transfer window, blocking the transfer of young team-mate Anthony Martial, who already found himself at Valencia in Spain. “In his mind, he had already left, but the transfer was canceled because Falcao was on a whim to leave.”This was reported by the agent of the French forward Philippe Lamboley French Football In 2017.
Radamel Falcao and Luis Campos, then the advisor of AS Monaco, decide the future of the Colombian in the lawn of Louis-II, and additionally the future of Anthony Martial. (P. Lahalle/Team)
5. 2008: Benjamin’s dream
Reason for hope for PSG: not all hiccups are irreversible. In 2008, Benjani’s transfer from Portsmouth to Manchester City almost failed, but not because of a delayed car… The former Auxerre striker simply fell asleep at the airport, so much so that he missed two flights in a row. . On January 31, the Zimbabwean arrived in Manchester very late and signed the contract before the deadline. Despite everything, the Premier League will confirm the deal in a few days, the two clubs agreed in time.