Winners & Losers from the Transfer Window

Winners & Losers from the Transfer Window

Winners & Losers from the Transfer Window

As with every transfer window, there are those who come out on top with the deal they’d dreamt off since the last season ended, while others put their reputation on the line to push for a move away from their current club, only to end up with egg on their faces when it all goes wrong. In spirit of those many emotions that come with almost every transfer window, we’ve put together the top winners and losers from this summer’s window, where we’ll dissect all of the highs and lows of yet another dramatic few months of chopping and changing.

Winners

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

It came as a bit of a shock to see Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looking to move away, especially as he’d been there for several years and was looking like the sort of player who would flourish in the years to come. Arsene Wenger barely played the attacker over the past few years, playing him at the unfamiliar position of right-back when he did, which apparently frustrated him into a transfer elsewhere. Chelsea became the frontrunner, offering the most amount of money, but he refused in favour of Liverpool, knowing there was more chance of him playing in a favoured position ahead of under Antonio Conte, where he’d likely be forced to continue his career as a defender.

Benedikt Howedes

In another new season in the Bundesliga, Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes was expected to play a big role in their attempts to push for silverware. Things took a colossal nosedive for the regular Germany international when he was told that they’d strip him of his captaincy in favour of a new direction. Many would have had to upsettingly concede that their time as a leading figure in the starting eleven was over, but Howedes was having none of it, leaving to Italian giants Juventus on a season-long loan in one of the major shocks of the transfer window. That’ll show Schalke not to mess with one of their only worthwhile players!

Benedikt Howedes has been constantly linked to Arsenal and Liverpool in past years

Romelu Lukaku

There’s been loads of talk of a potential move away for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku in the past couple of transfer windows, so it’s no surprise that he’d finally left Goodison Park this summer. It was assumed that he’d return to Chelsea, where he was apparently a fan as a child and obviously always hoped to meet their high expectations in order to finally become a hero in a blue shirt. His move to Chelsea looked certain but when Manchester United came calling, it seemed as if he couldn’t turn them down. Despite it being a different destination to what many had predicted, Lukaku finally made the step from Everton to a club who’d have a chance of competing on the world stage.

Neymar

Always working as one of those divisive figures in world football, Neymar was always bound to have different reactions to his move away from Barcelona. Nobody would have thought that the move would come into fruition, especially considering his reportedly extortionate buyout clause, but he stuck to his guns on it being the right way forward, eventually sealing the deal for a world record fee. There will be a large number of fans who disagree with his decision to leave, even possible questioning the way in which he did it, but there’s no doubting that he defied the odds in order to move to France, making things more interesting in adding a world class figure to Paris Saint Germain.

Neymar alone could be enough to get PSG far in the Champions League

Losers

John Terry

Moving to the Championship after such a long and successful time at Chelsea showed a lot of class from former England defender John Terry, but it’s seen him end up looking a bit of a fool. He’d apparently refused to play for another side in the Premier League, despite him being perfectly capable of playing as a first team regular for a mid-table side in the division, as he didn’t want to have to face his former club Chelsea. That impressive display of solidarity has ended up working against him, as his opening five games, as they won one and drawn two of those fixtures, with him somehow worsening an already fragile back four.

Antoine Griezmann

Before the window opened, Manchester United’s move for Antoine Griezmann looked almost definite to be carried out in a swift and precise manner. He’d apparently told close friends of his desire to move to Old Trafford, with it set to work as one of the biggest transfers of the summer, but the move fell completely to pieces when parent club Atletico Madrid were banned from bringing in players. The supposed tapping up by the France forward, where he was reportedly trying to push through the move himself, ended with him being forced to stay as there was nowhere Diego Simeone could replace him in the same summer. There’s less reason to believe he’s a loser, but it wasn’t the most exciting start to the window.

Antoine Griezmann is always known for his questionable style, if you can call it that

Diego Costa

The situation surrounding Chelsea striker Diego Costa was almost hard to believe, as it started with him being told he was no longer needed by the club, before the Spanish international went into hiding. He spoke of feeling bullied and threatened by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, to which the Italian was seen crying laughing in one of his pre-game press conferences, making the whole situation into a very strange farce. Costa himself had said that he wanted to move to former club Atletico Madrid but with them unable to sign players, it made the move extremely hard to happen, leaving him still registered as a Chelsea player, but likely to rot in the reserves due to his peculiar reaction.

Philippe Coutinho

Coming as one of the most frustrating sagas in the transfer window, Philippe Coutinho looked almost certain to join Spanish giants Barcelona over several periods. They’d bit some truly crazy fees, showing just how mad a transfer we’ve just witnessed, but Liverpool stood their ground and refused to let him go. Lots of reports described him as being stuck with a back injury and going through a minor illness due to stress, but that was brought into question when he played for Brazil against Ecuador, scoring one of the two goals in the game. He now limps back to Anfield, trying to rack his brains over how best to sincerely apologise for his failed escape attempt.

Someone’s got a lot of explaining to do

Alexis Sanchez

A massive percentage of this planet’s football fans would have happily put a hefty bet on Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal this summer, and they wouldn’t have got all that much in returns for the most-part of the window. He’s shown himself to be unhappy at the Emirates in his opening few games, as he did for a lot of the previous season, but it all somehow didn’t get over the finish line on that all important final day. Manchester City were in for him ahead of all else, where they’ve become infamous for snatching some of Arsenal’s best talent, but Arsene Wenger managed to expertly keep him in his squad of available players. The only consolation for the superstar Chilean winger is that he can leave for free next summer.

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