Five Of The Weirdest Transfer Deadline Day Deals
This year’s Summer Transfer Window Deadline Day was an exciting day full of late drama and brilliant transfers.
However, there were some transfers that were very much unexpected and felt a bit weird.
We have picked out five of the weirdest deals to have taken place on this extraordinary Transfer Deadline Day.
Ansu Fati (FC Barcelona to Brighton & Hove Albion on loan)
Who could have predicted this transfer to happen?
Barcelona star Ansu Fati has traded La Liga for the South Coast as he joins Brighton & Hove Albion on a loan deal until the end of the season.
Fati rejected the chance to join Tottenham Hotspur and Sevilla, instead choosing to join the Europa League side, which makes sense when you think about it.
Brighton’s style of play will suit Fati and their reputation for nurturing young talent appeals to the young winger, who has made over 100 appearances for Barcelona despite being only 20 years old.
It is a testament to the progress of Brighton and it is a surprising loan deal nonetheless but many neutrals will hope that it can be a dream deal.
Jonny Evans (Manchester United on a free transfer)
In 2004, a young Jonny Evans was scouted and signed for Manchester United’s academy, making his debut for the first team two years later.
Nearly 20 years after joining the academy, the three-time Premier League winner has re-signed on a one-year deal.
The 35-year-old Northern Irishman, who made 198 appearances between 2006 and 2015, initially signed for pre-season, but now has a full contract and can add to his totals in the upcoming season.
Evans has a Champions League crown from his time at United as well as experience at West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City, winning the FA Cup with the latter.
Clement Lenglet (FC Barcelona to Aston Villa on loan)
The second player from Barcelona to feature on this list and the second loan deal, Clement Lenglet returned to the Premier League with Aston Villa until the end of the season.
The French defender has made 160 appearances for Barcelona since joining in 2018 and has also spent time at Sevilla and Spurs.
Last season, he made 35 appearances for Tottenham, including 26 in the Premier League.
Lenglet was once highly regarded at Barcelona, however, he has slipped down the pecking order and finds himself at Villa providing cover for the injured Tyrone Mings.
Oliver Burke (Werder Bremen to Birmingham City on loan)
Oliver Burke’s career has shown plenty of promise and also a lot of highs and lows so far as he now returns to the Championship with Birmingham City.
Since graduating from Nottingham Forest’s academy, he joined RB Leipzig for around £13 million in 2016 then a year later, he joined West Brom for £15 million, before spells with Celtic, Alaves on loan, Sheffield United and then Werder Bremen.
The Scottish forward made 17 appearances for Bremen last season, scoring twice and joins Birmingham for his ninth Championship season.
The 26-year-old also won the Scottish Premiership at Celtic in 2019.
Andy Carroll (Reading to Amiens on a free transfer)
Andy Carroll’s latest move to Ligue 2 with Amiens continues a steady decline for the former England striker.
Since leaving West Ham in 2019 on a free transfer, the former Newcastle United and Liverpool striker rejoined the Geordies before making the switch to Reading and West Brom, both in the Championship.
After a return to Reading where he was relegated to League One last season, despite scoring nine goals, he has joined French side Amiens.
He was once the most expensive English player of all time when he joined Liverpool in January 2011, costing £35 million, collecting nine caps for England.
However, the 34-year-old will now play in front of an average of 7,500 fans at home, also being given the number 99 shirt.
Let me know what you think was the weirdest Deadline Day transfer from September 1st.