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5 of The Strangest Signings Made in Football History

Transfer windows often generate a big stir among the supporters due to the prospective advent of fresh faces. Teams attempt to bolster their roster while players look to either take a step ahead in their careers or resurrect it. Most of the time, these tales are dominated by big-money deals but now and then, a transfer occurs that left us scratching our heads.

Let’s take a look at some of the most unusual football transactions that shocked the world.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng to Barcelona

We honestly have no idea how Barca got to the conclusion that Boateng was their man, especially given Erling Haland was on their radar and about 15 others strikers to boot. The Ghanaian seemed as startled as anybody else, was only glad to make three appearances and was sent out as quickly as possible last summer. I wonder why that might be?

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Chelsea’s best player was the Brazilian. During his tenure with the club, he guided them to Premier League and Europa League triumphs. That decision was made after more than five years at the club. Shanghai SIPG revealed in December 2016 that they have agreed to the transfer of Oscar for a reported fee of £67 million, an Asian record. With his new contract, Oscar admitted that China can make offers that players simply cannot refuse.

  • Nicklas Bendtner to Juventus

No one knows for sure why Juventus decided to sign Bentdner on a loan deal after he scored eight goals in just two starts while on loan at Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland. But it wasn’t all bad news for Juventus that season, as they also signed a player who was clearly past his sell-by date in Anelka.

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It came as a surprise that Edgar Davids, one of the best midfielders of his generation, ended himself in Barnet. Because, after all, he was an ex-Dutch international who had won the Champions League with Ajax, as well as played for AC Milan, Juventus, Inter Milan, and Barcelona in a star-studded career.

While still living in North London, he was appointed player-manager of Barnet in 2012, following stints at Tottenham and Crystal Palace. After being sent off three times in the first eight games of 2013-14 season and picking up a yellow card in every match, he struggled to maintain his discipline on the field.

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One of the biggest surprises of the 2017 transfer window was the arrival of Paulinho at Barcelona. The Catalans paid a staggering €40 million for the Brazilian, who had been playing for Guangzhou Evergrande in China, a league he had never played in before. The unusual purchase of Paulinho helped Barcelona win back-to-back La Liga titles despite the raised eyebrows.

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