It’s the last day of the transfer window. Some transfers will be completed in a hurry, others will fall miserably. Here are some precedents.
Benjani’s nap too much
In 2008, the Portsmouth striker (12 goals in 21 matches) caught the eye of Manchester City, who made an offer of 7.6 million pounds, accepted by the club.
The Zimbabwean is expected in Manchester on January 31 to sign his contract. But the attacker finds a way to fall asleep at the airport and misses his plane. Benjani arrives too late to finalize the transfer.
After the intervention of the English Federation, he will finally be allowed to play with the Citizens.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and the fax machine
A great classic. Almost every year, a player sees his destiny change because of a fax sent too late. Like David de Gea, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was a victim in 2011.
So in Hamburg, the Cameroonian and his club find an agreement with Cologne. Except that the fax machine is doing its own thing.
The contract arrives at the Federation fourteen minutes after the official closing of the transfer window. Too late…
Peter Odemwingie’s round trip
In 2013, the Nigerian striker bade farewell to his West Bromwich partners and left all smiles behind the wheel of his car towards London, convinced of his imminent arrival at Queens Park Rangers.
Only concern, the two clubs can not agree. Odemwingie, who was denied access to Loftus Road, QPR’s lair, made the trip in the opposite direction and suffered the rest of the season from supporters.
Park Chu-young file the English way
In 2011, after a good season with AS Monaco (12 goals in 33 matches), the South Korean international was coveted by LOSC.
Park Chu-young arrives in the North for the traditional medical examination, except that the next day … the ex-future recruit has disappeared.
Expected to sign his contract, the 26-year-old striker who worked for FC Seoul finally jumped on the train to reach London after a phone call from Arsène Wenger, who convinced him to join the Gunners.
A Belgian joke for Hervin Ongenda
On September 1, the Belgian Football Federation posted a tweet announcing the arrival of the young hopeful from Paris Saint-Germain on loan to Sporting Charleroi.
Except that in reality, due to lack of time, the two clubs were unable to reach an agreement. The Belgian club will be forced to publish a press release to deny the information, while criticizing its Federation in the process.