There is often the odd shock in the January transfer window when one sees a transfer mentioned that is beyond comprehension.
It is not only confined to January, the summer has its fair share of misjudgements and the occasional side can land a player that should not be allowed to go, becoming a major bargain.
This window is no different and GMF have gone through reams of recent transfers to pick out the most baffling and misjudged sales that have gone down.
It is a list that contains prospective transfers too, as a number of top quality players are reportedly available for ridiculously low fees.
GMF picked out the top five…
Andrea Pirlo – AC Milan to Juventus
The veteran midfielder has been showing fine form over the past two years, so the San Siro side will be kicking themselves for having let Pirlo leave on a free transfer in the summer of 2011. This is because he proceeded to join Juventus and lead them to the Serie A title, going unbeaten in the process, before being the star of the Italy side that made the Euro 2012 final.
At 33 years of age, Pirlo doesn't look like letting up either and he is still maintaining his high standards as Juventus once again top the league.
Gary Cahill – Aston Villa to Bolton Wanderers
Martin O’Neill was rumoured to have turned down the chance to sign Radamel Falcao from Rover Plate but opted to sign Emile Heskey instead, so his player judgement may not have been at its most sound while in charge of Villa. Another occasion was allowing Gary Cahill leave to join Bolton as a 22-year-old after deciding he probably wouldn’t make it at Villa Park.
Cahill is now a regular at the heart of the Chelsea, won an FA Cup and Champions League in his first six months at the club, as well as becoming an England regular.
David Villa – Barcelona to ?
Spain’s record international goalscorer oozes talent, so it s baffling as to why his manager Tito Vilanova ahs decided against including him regularly since he returned form a broken leg.
The Camp Nou president Sandro Rossell may have denied he was going anywhere, but there have been various reports claiming the 31-year-old is not happy with his current situation and Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for him.
Wesley Sneijder – Inter Milan to Galatasaray (barring an 11th hour bid form elsewhere)
Inter do have financial problems but the way they have frozen out one of the most talented attacking midfielders in the world is difficult to understand. It appears to be culminating in an £8million move to Galatasaray for a player that would have walked into any of the world’s top teams as little as a year ago.
Injuries have been a problem but he is only 29 years old and has another few years left at the top of the game. It is an astonishing slide for a player that led Holland to the 2010 World Cup final and won every domestic and European trophy available to Inter.
Samuel Eto’o – Barcelona to Inter
This could apply to either Eto’o or Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as both were allowed to leave the Camp Nou after not underperforming in the least. There is the talk that they didn’t get on with manager Pep Guardiola at the time, or that he did not see them fitting into his system sufficiently, but how many managers have regularly fallen out with their top players?
Ibrahimovic actually arrived in the deal for Eto’o and the Cameroon captain then went on to score shedloads of goals in Serie A before winning the Champions League under Jose Mourinho – Ibrahimovic also left for Italy for further titles.
There is the argument that Guardiola got the correct formula to lead Barça to numerous titles, but it doesn’t mean the decisions to let two of the world’s top strikers leave weren’t baffling at the time.
Can you think of any other baffling sales or players being frozen out? Leave a comment below to let us know…