La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid have officially confirmed the signing of Alvaro Morata on loan from Premier League outfit Chelsea. The Spanish striker will be at the Wanda Metropolitano till the end of the 2019/20 season, thus making it an eighteen month loan stint for the 26 year old.
Morata joined Chelsea from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017, but has never quite had the impact he was expected to. Most of Chelsea’s signings that summer excepting Antonio Rudiger- the likes of Danny Drinkwater, Davide Zappacosta and Tiemoue Bakayoko and Morata have failed to establish themselves at the Bridge. It probably represents one of the worst transfer windows in recent history for the club, given the money that was splurged on these players. The quartet mentioned above cost the Blues well over £150m, and the London outfit, in all probability, will have to take a hit on these players when they permanently leave the club.
The Morata switch comes after Chelsea signed Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Juventus till the end of the season (with an option to buy)
Morata scored 24 goals in 72 games across all competitions for Chelsea. The Blues are fourth in the league table at the time of this transfer, while Atleti are second in La Liga.
The football world has been rocked by strange and unexplained transfers more than one time. From superstars arriving at lowly clubs to virtual unknowns being signed by juggernauts, some football transfers are as baffling as wearing a winter jacket on a beach.
Starting with Kevin Prince Boateng’s recent arrival to Barcelona, we list some of the most shocking football transfers ever.
Kevin Prince Boateng
A few days ago, Barcelona shocked the world by signing Sasuolo’s Ghanaian recently converted false-nine. It’s not that Boateng is not a well-known name in football – it’s just that he’s more known for his antics rather than his qualities.
Granted, his spell at AC Milan has been fruitful (who can forget that goal against Barca?) and he played well for Sasuolo this season. However, even with Barca needing a striker who can come off the bench after Munir left for Sevilla, Boateng doesn’t seem to be the answer. He’s obviously not as talented as Suarez, Messi or Dembele, so it remains to be seen if he’ll be a hit or a miss. Continue reading
Jose Mourinho’s record of having never managed over four seasons at a club continued after the Portuguese gaffer was sacked by Manchester United today morning. United were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday evening- the first time the Reds had got the better of their great rivals at home since 2013, and that defeat was apparently the last straw for the United board. Chief executive Ed Woodward cut a frustrated face at Anfield, and so did United legends like Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Alex Ferguson, who were present for the big game against Jurgen Klopp’s men. Continue reading
Newcastle United’s Rafa Benitez has been named the Premier League’s Manager of the Month for November 2018. Benitez steered the Magpies to consecutive victories against Watford, Bournemouth and Burnley to take them out of the drop zone. The wins against the Hornets and the Cherries came at St.James Park, while the victory against the Clarets was achieved at Turf Moor.
Benitez is the second Spanish manager to win the MOTM award for this season following Javi Gracia’s success in August 2018. It is the 7th time he’s won this award during his managerial career. Continue reading
Southampton have confirmed the appointment of Ralph Hasenhuttl as their new manager. The 51 year old Austrian has put pen to paper a two and a half year deal that will keep him at St.Mary’s till the end of the 2020/21 season. His last coaching assignment was in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig.
Saints were on the lookout for a new manager after sacking Mark Hughes on Monday, earning Sparky the dubious distinction of becoming the first manager to be sacked by two different Premier League clubs in the same calendar year. Continue reading