Matty Cash has emerged as a shock target for Atletico Madrid following Kieran Trippier’s transfer to Newcastle – but football has a history of bringing up bonkers moves
Poland international Matty Cash could replace England international Kieran Trippier as right-back for Spanish champions Atletico Madrid in what could the latest long line of strange football transfers.
From England internationals dropping down the divisions to Premier League flops earning moves to some of the best clubs on the planet – the uncertainty of the transfer window is part of it’s charm.
Daily Star Sport has taken a look at five of the strangest transfers that have gone through since the turn of the century – and another deal that could join the list over the next four days of the current window.
Matty Cash to Atletico Madrid
The only deal on the list that remains a potential one is Cash to Atletico, who are on the lookout for a new right-back following the departure of Trippier.
Cash, 24, has impressed enough since his top-flight debut last season to be scouted by a European giant, and Villa might’ve already found a replacement.
Out of nowhere, Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa added Calum Chambers to their ranks earlier this week, which could pave the way for the departure of Cash.
Kevin-Prince Boateng to Barcelona
Kevin-Prince Boateng, who is known in England for his spells with Tottenham and Portsmouth, was a hit on the continent with AC Milan and Schalke.
The 34-year-old then played for Las Palmas and Eintracht Frankfurt, with Barcelona then calling during his time with Sassuolo in 2018/19.
The former Ghana international moved to the Nou Camp on loan with an option to buy – but made only five appearances in all competitions before a permanent move to Fiorentina.
Sol Campbell to Notts County
Sol Campbell biggest ever wage packet didn’t come during his spells with Tottenham or Arsenal – but rather with Notts County in League Two.
The former England defender, who won two Premier League titles, joined Portsmouth after five years on the red side of north London – before his lucrative lower league offer.
After just one appearance, the veteran re-signed for Arsenal on a short-term deal.
Julien Faubert to Real Madrid
Julien Faubert to Real Madrid is one of the most baffling transfers in history.
The Frenchman had failed to make an impact at West Ham after signing from Lille, and he himself thought it was a joke when the offer arrived.
He remained at the club for six months, playing in just two matches for a total of 54 minutes, ending up back with the Hammers where he would go on to play in the Championship.
Victor Valdes to Middlesbrough
Victor Valdes was a key part in one of the best club sides of all time in Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona – but would end up playing for Middlesbrough just two years after leaving.
Although the move was made less surprising by his season sitting on the bench at Manchester United, no one could’ve foreseen his bonkers career path.
The former Spain international couldn’t save Boro from relegation, retiring at the end of the season.
Ashley Young to Inter
Ashley Young joined Manchester United as a dynamic winger following five impressive Premier League seasons with Aston Villa – winning the Premier League during his second season at Old Trafford.
Over the course of the next seven campaigns, Young was converted into a defender, which bought him a shock move to Inter in 2019.
He went on to win Serie A in his second season at the club before returning to England with Villa this summer