Whilst Chelsea are being linked to what seems to be every average Joe in the land, it was refreshing to find that other clubs have also lost the plot this window. We’ve taken a look at what’s happening in the footballing world and picked out the most bizarre transfers so far this January.
David N’Gog to Ross County
From starting out at Paris Saint-Germain, N’Gog has managed to somehow find his way to the foot of the Scottish Premiership with Ross County. Not many footballers grace the same pitch as Steven Gerrard and Claude Makelele and manage to end up being released from Greek side Panionios at the age of 27 but N’Gog has created his own history in doing so. With an average of less than 4.5 goals a season, it baffles the mind to think quite what Champions League winner Rafa Benitez quite saw in the young Frenchman when he brought him to Anfield in 2008. Although to his credit, N’Gog was arguably a far better signing than Andriy Voronin in 2007. Seriously, what was Rafa thinking?!
Robinho to Sivasspor
Once Man City’s glamour signing at the beginning of the Sheikh Mansour era, Robinho’s career never quite took off the way everyone had expected. Having been part of the Galaticos who won La Liga in 2007, spells in a disappointing Milan side and Chinese Guangzhou Evergrande were only a sign of a career falling from grace, especially for a player who had the world at his feet.
The most baffling part of his eventual move to Turkey is that he has currently been sentenced to a nine year imprisonment for an alleged attack on a woman in a nightclub five years ago. Subsequently his last employers, Atletico Mineiro, sacked him but Sivasspor have thrown a life line to the 33-year-old. The Brazilian has appealed his case which could take ‘years to be resolved’, allowing him to have one last hoorah in European football.
Wesley Sneijder to Al-Gharafa
The ex-Real Madrid and Inter Milan playmaker was hot property in 2013 but took the decision to miss out on a chance at playing in the Premier League and opt for Galatasaray. Although this was a random move at the time, it is probably safe to assume the key motivating factor behind his latest career choice. After featuring in just four games this season at Nice with the likes of Balotelli and co, the 33-year-old will now see out his playing days in Qatar. From the Bernabeu to the Thani bin Jassim Stadium, there’s surely only one reason why his career has ended in the desert.
Saudi Arabian Overload
Probably the most random one has been saved until last. Apparently, the La Liga and Saudi Arabian Football Federation have a partnership which has seen NINE Saudi Arabian players leave their homeland to play in La Liga and Spanish Segunda.
Mohamed Bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, bought the television rights of Spanish football and is a huge fan. The idea is an attempt to boost their World Cup chances ahead of Russia this summer.
Understandably, there has been some backlash for these random transfers but at the end of the day, money talks. We’re not too sure how much these players will feature when comparing the standard of the respective leagues but it will be interesting to see who, if anyone, benefits from this arrangement.