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Top 5 Transfer Mistakes Made By Football Clubs

Real Madrid and Makelele 

Have you ever heard of a football position called the Makelele role, it was named after this man below his name is Claude Makelele.

One of the best defensive midfielders ever produced in the world.

The biggest mistake was when the president of Real Madrid sold him to Chelsea because according to him he was useless and irrelevant and assertion strongly condemned by a majority of players at the club such as Zidane, Figo, Beckham, and many other great legends.

His departure strongly affected the team negatively and we know that Makelele's position was not replaced even up to now. Even though the galactico carried stars because of this gap. The team had a record of poor performances and at this time Makelele was making headlines and establishing himself as one of the greatest midfielders at Chelsea and his presence brought Chelsea to a grand stage.

Manchester City and Dybala

It’s the summer of 2015 and Manchester City is in the transfer market for a striker after selling Edin Džeko to AS Roma.

Txiki Begiristain, the director of football for Manchester City had pulled up a shortlist of 2 players who could supposedly fill in for Džeko.

Manchester City had 2 options in their hand…

They could go for a young Argentinian who made a great impression in Serie A in his first season with Palermo, netting 13 goals and assisting 10 times in 34 games who went by the name of Paulo Dybala and was touted as the “new Sergio Aguero”.

or they could go for a relatively older Ivorian who had Premier League experience and had scored 9 times and assisted twice in 20 games for Swansea City in his first Premier League season who went by the name Wilfried Bony.

The then-manager of Manchester City - Manuel Pellegrini upon seeing the shortlist, decided to stick to his guts and bring Wilfried Bony to the Etihad for £28m. Txiki later revealed that Pellegrini thought it was a better purchase as Bony was already adapted to the Premier League and the board thought nothing of it as they felt it would be wiser to side with the manager’s choices. Of course, this wouldn’t turn out to be one of the wiser decisions made by the club.

Dybala sought greener pastures as well and eventually moved on to Juventus for a fee of £30m where he’s made a rather good name for himself and is currently valued at €85m.

As for Bony’s current situation, he was released by Swansea last summer and is still in search of a professional football club and is valued at €5.5m.

Barca and Philippe Coutinho

 I do not want to be misunderstood. The Brazilian is a great player but Barca did not need him. He was not the right player for the left-wing. Coutinho is neither fast enough to play there, nor is he strong enough to play in the midfield trio. He should play in 4–2–3–1 formation as number 10. Unfortunately, Barcelona has never used such a formation. Again a total waste of money - 120 million pounds for nothing.

Barca and Ousmane Dembele 

 Barcelona waited for him, gave him many chances to prove that he had a place in the squad but again and again the French acted as he no longer wanted to stay at Nou Camp. There is no doubt that he is an exceptional player but he lacks consistency and he is injury-prone in addition. Again, a wrong transfer. The money from Neymar transfer could have been spent on Sterling, Mane, Heung Min Son

Sheffield and Maradona 

In 1978 Sheffield United, a second division England football club at that time, manager Harry Haslam noticed a small football player in Argentina. Sheffield United agreed to a £200,000 deal with his club, however, the deal fell through when Sheffield United was unable to pay the extra cost top up of the transfer fee.

4 years later the guy transferred to FC Barcelona for 5 million pounds, and after another 4 years, he won the World Cup and scored 2 goals against England.

His name is Diego Maradona

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Claude Makelele Figo Manchester City Real Madrid Txiki Begiristain


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