The Curious Case of Fabio Borini and Other Weird Transfers

Sunderland striker Fabio Borini (I can hear those echoes of ‘who’ as well) is all set to join AC Milan. Yes seriously. Despite being terrible for a Sunderland team that were pathetically relegated last season and having scored just seven goals in the past three years Borini finds himself becoming part on an exciting, on the rise AC Milan, who up until this point had been smashing it in the transfer market. What Borini’s role will be I’m not sure but I imagine it will involve sitting on the bench. A lot.

Borini’s move to Milan has to go down as one of the weirdest transfers of all time so we might as well look at some other head scratching moves. West Ham love an odd move and this is perfectly summarized in Julien Faubert’s loan move to Real Madrid in 2009. The winger hadn’t even scored a goal for the club in 18 months when he was loaned to Madrid and played a grand total of twice, scoring zero in the second half of the 2008/09 season.

Arguably an even stranger transfer, or should I say transfers, were the signing of two up and coming Argentines in 2006. Just how the Irons pulled off the capture of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano became clearer after the transfers took place but these two have to be classed as weird signings. Tevez became a West Ham legend as he scored to keep them up on the final day while Mascherano never really broke into the Hammers team. To be fair to the Barcelona mainstay he was up against Nigel Reo-Coker (do do do.)

Seeing a formerly big name join a club well below their status always has the makings of a weird transfer. Julio Cesar swapping the Champions League glory of Inter Milan for the relegation battling QPR was always a bizarre one and when Sol Campbell rocked up at Notts County – well the less said the better. Cesar found himself 2nd choice in the Championship during the 2013-14 season and Sol Campbell signed a five year contract for the League Two in August 2009, only to walk out on the club in September! It turns out that appointing Sven-Goran Eriksson as sporting director doesn’t really generate succsess. Campbell made just one appearance.

Middlesbrough in the mid 90’s loved a weird transfer. Signing world cup winner Juninho in 1995 was pretty crazy considering the club had just been promoted and getting Emerson on board after fending off interest from Barca was even crazier.

Chairman Steve Gibson and manager Bryan Robson’s biggest coup would be the signing of Fabrizio Ravanelli in 1996. ¬†The Juve striker had just scored in the Champions League final but he was still lured to Teesside. The ‘white feather’ was a roaring success on the pitch scoring a hat trick on his debut and getting 31 goals in all competitions. His off the field behaviour was less than exemplary as he criticised his teammates and the area. Boro were relegated in 1997 and Rav left after a single season.

Right that’s all for now and if you have any weird transfers that we’ve missed get in touch using the links below:




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