2019 has been full of surprises and controversial news in the football world. In February this year, Chelsea was banned by FIFA from signing new player for the next two transfer windows as they had breached the rules against registering players under the age of 18. Several records were made and broken in the history of transfers by clubs like Arsenal, Manchester United and Sampdoria. Let us take a look at some of the most interesting transfers of 2019.
- In a shocking turn of even of event, we witnessed that sudden transfer of the iconic Brazilian footballer David Luiz from Chelsea to Arsenal. Reports state that there has been allegedly some kind of a rift between David Luiz and Frank Lampard the manager of Chelsea and within 48 hours Luiz had his bag packed and sailed off to Arsenal for £8.7 million. Fans were critical of this sudden loss of a star defender until Lampard had his best card by replacing him with Fikayo Tomori who had previously won the Derby player of the year award.
- Football fans were left with a gaping mouth when the six-year partnership of Alex Iwobi with Arsenal ended and he left for Everton for £35 million. The midfielder was seen in just two Premier League games and has only scored only two goals, one in the Carabao Cup against Lincoln and one in the Premier League against Wolves. He is yet to make his mark on the Merseyside club. Iwobi is expected to have more action in the upcoming matches in Burnley.
Giovani Lo Celso
- In a not that surprising turn of event football fans witness the transfer of Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis to Tottenham in a loan deal. This was done to avoid paying as little a sell-on fee to Paris Saint-German as possible. Initially the player was offered £53 million, which Celso declined but as the deadline day approached the club manager was able to acquire him on loan. This acquisition finally ended the 18-month drought period of club manager Mauricio Pochettino of not signing a single deal.
- Just when we thought Manchester City’s summer transfers were complete, we hear that Man City manager Pep Guardiola ends up adding yet another defender, Pedro Porro, to its team for a whopping £11 million. Porro had spent the last two seasons playing for Girona and it is alleged that a part of the reason behind this transfer is to enable Girona to collect more fees to facilitate more signings.
- The 25-year-old Emil Krafth has now become Newcastle’s new defender as he was transferred from Amiens for £5.4 million. Krafth made a total of 35 appearances while he was on loan at Amiens last season. He was a part of Sweden’s squad that reached the quarter-finals at the 2018 World Cup. This deal that he has signed at St. James’ park is for a four year period. Football fans are relatively happy about this transfer and are expecting a lot more appearances from him in the future seasons.
- After a lot of delays and what one might say propaganda Arsenal finally agreed on a deal to sing in the Scottish right-back Kieran Tierney from Celtic for the amount of £22 million. It is speculated that Tierney is set to sign a five year deal with the club, however given the history of the dealing made by Arsenal; it wouldn’t be surprising if they came up with a new and improved deal for him in the last minute.
- The rumors are now confirmed as James McCarthy has finally been transferred from Everton to Crystal Palace for a reported fee of £3 million. McCarthy finally leaves the Blues after a period of 6 years and nearly 133 appearances for the club. After suffering a double leg injury in January 2018, his only appearance has been against Manchester United, where Everton won 4-0 against the team.
- Manchester City has completed the signing of Joao Cancelo from Juventus as City will pay a fee of £27.6 million for the Portuguese player. it has been reported that Juventus was initially uninterested in any kind of player transfer by changing their mind later this summer as they needed to raise funds after some heavy spending in Turin. This has been a big win for Pep Guardiola as he has long desired to have more first-team opportunities.
- The 25-year-old Belgium footballer Dennis Praet has been sought after by Arsenal for months, however, he was swept away by Leicester from Sampdoria for £20 million. This was possible due as Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers had collected a huge amount of funds when they made the world-record when they transferred Harry Maguire to Manchester United for £85 million.
- Sheffield United made a transfer record when they signed a deal with newcomer 23-year-old Scottish footballer Oliver McBurnie for £17.5 million. McBurnie had scored 22 goals in the Sky Bet Championship last season and has agreed to a four-year contract at Bramall Lane with Sheffield United from Swansea City. This is the fourth time this summer the Blades have broken their transfer record as earlier they paid £5 million for Luke Freeman, £7 million Callum Robinson and £10 million for Lys Mousset.
These are the ten most talked about transfers of 2019. There were other transfers as well that were quite controversial like the transfer of Michael Verrips, who was a goalkeeper of KV Mechelen. He was transferred to Sheffield United free of cost as there was no transfer fee required in this process. The transfer window has closed and now it is time for us to see if these players are worth the cost and how they perform in this season of the league. Lots of records have been made and broken this year and the stakes are higher than ever, as what matters most is the number of appearances made by these players and how they perform on the field.