The transfer market is a ruthless place where each club executive is trying to extract the best possible deal for their team. Negotiations on the transfer table can take forever, in the end, the media and fans decide which club got the better part of the deal. In this piece, we are talking about five deals from 2022 where a certain club incurred massive losses on player sales. The likes of Romelu Lukaku has made this list. Let’s find out who are the other four.
ROMELU LUKAKU (Chelsea to Inter Milan)
Chelsea were bullish when they signed a massive deal for Romelu Lukaku the previous summer. They brought back the Belgian striker for a whopping 100 million after Lukaku had a title-winning season with Inter Milan.
The 2021-22 season started on a promising note for Lukaku as he kept banging in the goals in the early parts of the season. But suddenly everything went sour. Lukaku got injured and felt that he was out of favour when he returned. Then the infamous interview happened with Sky Italy where Lukaku made his intentions of returning to Milan clear.
His form post that interview did him no favours as he struggled to get up and running. Chelsea’s coach Thomas Tuchel made it clear that he wasn’t too keen on keeping Lukaku at the club for the following season and Chelsea went on to loan him to Inter Milan for a compensation of 10 million, making the deficit to 90 million.
PAUL POGBA (Manchester United to Juventus)
Known as the ‘hundred million baby’, there was plenty of hype around Paul Pogba when he made his move back to Manchester United in 2016. His stint at the club will forever be debated whether Pogba ever lived up to his talent at United or not.
But for now, the French midfielder can move on with his career and go back to a club where he was loved, Juventus on a free transfer. Pogba’s fans will be hoping for him to regain his confidence and perform to the standards he is capable of.
LORENZO INSIGNE (Napoli to Toronto)
More recently, Lorenzo Insigne has become the most expensive player in Major League Soccer (MLS). The Italian winger had a decade with Napoli where he went to achieve some decent amount of silverware. But sadly for the fans in Naples, Insigne has decided to move with his career and has signed with the Canadian club, Toronto FC on a free transfer.
GARETH BALE (Real Madrid to Los Angeles FC)
When Gareth Bale made his move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, there was plenty of excitement around the Welsh forward. He tasted some success in the first few seasons at the club where he was pretty influential in a few of their Champions League winning campaigns.
There was a certain decline in his form due to a few injuries and the Madridistas were quick to fall out of love with the British forward. His seriousness was questioned time and again and he soon struggled to put together any substantial amount of minutes on the pitch.
Bale moved to Tottenham on loan in the 2019-20 season and had a decent impact whenever he was on the pitch. On arriving back in Madrid, not much had changed as he still remained out of favour even in the new management of Carlo Ancelotti.
Finally, the saga has gotten over in 2022 as Bale has moved on to the MLS on a free transfer.
PHILLIPE COUTINHO (Barcelona to Aston Villa)
Barcelona bought Phillipe Coutinho with a massive price tag of around 160 million. He was in the form of his life at Liverpool but with that amount of money involved, it became impossible for the club not to sell him.
That massive price tag was also a big concern for the Brazilian playmaker as he never got his career going in Spain. His move to Barcelona also coincided with the downfall of the club due to some financial irregularities.
Coutinho made a loan move last season to Aston Villa to join Steven Gerrard’s project at Villa Park. It seems like his stint with Villa convinced him regarding the project and he has made his move permanent in 2022. Coutinho has been signed for just 20 million and compared to the sum Barcelona paid to lure him away from Liverpool makes it one of the biggest financial losses of 2022.
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