SPORTS: THE 2011 TRANSFER WINDOW

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Chelsea FC broke the British transfer record by paying a reported 50million pounds to seal the capture of striker Fernando Torres from Liverpool. The 26 year old Spain International signed a Five and a half year contract with the blues. I can’t even imagine how deadly Chelsea would become with the Torres-Drogba partnership upfront. Chelsea also added “attack minded” defender, David Luiz to their squad.

The Premier League spent a total of £218,525,000 during the transfer window (a one month period). That comes to like N55 Billion. I am not an economist or very familiar with current affairs, but I know that is far more than the budget of some states in Nigeria. WHOA.

If there was any team that really needed this transfer window, it was Liverpool FC. Liverpool made Andy Carroll the 7th most expensive player in the world and splashed £22.7 million on 2010 world cup star Luis Suarez. During Suarez’s spell at Ajax, he scored a total of 111 goals in 159 appearances. A good buy if you ask me. The transfer window also saw the exit of Torres and Konchesky from Liverpool.

Tottenham were the BIGGEST LOSERS during the transfer window. Bids for players such as Andy Carroll, Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan, Giuseppe Rossi, Fernando Llorente and Phil Neville were made and were all turned down (I tire for some teams sha, what did they see in a player like Phil Neville). Spurs had hoped for at least one key addition to boost their chances of getting back into the top four. Now they must nervously wait until the summer when their own player, Gareth Bale, will be a target for numerous big teams.

Nigerian players were not left out. Leicester City picked up Yakubu Aiyegbeni on a 6 month loan and following the birth of his child, Obafemi Martins requested a move to England to be nearer to his family. His wish came to past on transfer window deadline as he joined Premier League club Birmingham City on loan until the end of the season.

Manchester United’s lack of activity in the transfer market came as a surprise to many pundits, who are used to seeing United compete in the transfer market no matter how expensive the market may be.

Football business is good business. Newcastle United was paid £35 million for the services of Andy Carroll, a player who cost them nothing (he rose through the Newcastle youth system) and is known for his off the field bad behaviour. The deal was too much for Newcastle not to accept and also made Carroll the most expensive British player.

Manchester City were also WINNERS in the transfer market. The team reduced the amount of salaries they pay weekly by sending out players like Adebayor (who was collecting £170,000 a week), Santa Cruz (£100,000) and Wayne Bridge (who was collecting £90,000 a week). Not that the team can’t afford it anyway.

The Spanish, Italian and German teams were very quiet this year; I guess it had to do with the economic recession.

The transfer window was introduced in response to negotiations with the European Commission. The system has been used in many European leagues before being brought into compulsory effect by FIFA during the 2002-03 season.

Dami Dupri

Dami Dupri

I eat, sleep and drink sports. You can catch me dissecting all kinds of sports at a sports bar or pub near you. Did I mention I am a part owner of Manchester United F.C.(I wish !!!)

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