1 September 2016
The summer transfer window closed late last night. In a dramatic twist, the current football season has witnessed some interesting, ridiculous and unexpected transfer moves.
The most interesting part is that this summer’s transfer window witnessed some re-unions – players with former teams, players with former leagues.
The biggest drama of the deadline day was the return of Brazilian Defender, David Luiz to Chelsea.
David Luiz’s return came weeks after French mid-fielder, Paul Pogba, returned to a club that released him for close to nothing four years ago.
Apart from David and Paul, below are other players who returned to their former clubs:
David Luiz: Chelsea
The Brazilian Centre back joined Chelsea in 2011 for a fee of €25 million from Benfica. Chelsea sold him to French side, Paris Saint-Germain for £50 million in June 2014, a world-record transfer fee for a defender. On August 31, 2016, David Luiz, now 29, returned to Chelsea from PSG for a fee of £34 million on a three-year deal.
Paul Labile Pogba: Manchester United
Paul Pogba joined Manchester United’s Youth Team in 2009 from French club, Le Havre AC. He was a member of the Manchester United FA Youth Cup winning team in 2011 before he was promoted to the senior team. He left Manchester United in June 2012 to join Juventus FC of France. On August 8, 2016, Pogba returned to his former club, Manchester United, on a five-year contract for an all-time record for highest transfer fee paid on a footballer at €105 million (£89.3 million) plus bonuses of €5 million.
Mats Julian Hummels: Bayern Munich
The German defender is a product of Bayern Munich’s youth academy. He joined the club when he was barely six years-old. In 2007, he was promoted to the senior team but could not compete with top defenders at the club. Hummels joined Borussia Dortmund on loan in 2008 but was fully signed a year later in 2009 after establishing himself as the first choice. In July 2016, Hummels rejoined Bayern Munich.
Alvaro Morata: Real Madrid
The Spanish striker is a product of Athletico Madrid’s youth Academy. In 2008, the highly-rated Spaniard joined Real Madrid youth team from neighbours Getafe FC. He was promoted to the senior team in 2010 but had challenges breaking into the starting line-up, hence he left for Italian giant, Juventus in 2014 with Real Madrid having a buy- back option inserted into his contract. In June, Real Madrid exercised their buy-back clause to bring back Morata from Juventus for €30 million.
Mario Götze: Borrusia Dortmund
The German wonder-kid who scored Germany’s winning goal at the 2014 FIFA World Final started his career in German side, SC Ronsberg in 1995 when he was just three years-old. At age 8 in 2001, he joined Borrusia Dortmund of Germany’s Youth Academy. After 8 years at the youth team, he was promoted to the senior team in 2009. In July 2013, Gotze joined rivals, Bayern Munich for a fee estimated to be around €37 million. After failing to break into Bayern’s first team for three years, Gotze returned to Borrusia Dortmund in July.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.