Jumping the gun: Five premature transfer announcements

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Thank heavens for that, it’s finally over! Oh wait… no it’s not. Luka Modric to any one of about five clubs, a transfer saga that has been strung out over two consecutive summers, should be concluded soon. Apparently. Although don’t hold your breath..

Unfortunately for some, Real Madrid couldn’t quite contain their excitement. Front runners for Modric’s signature, the Spanish giants put a profile of the Tottenham midfielder on their website before any deal had been announced, and was subsequently taken down hours later.

Luckily for Madrid they are not alone in making such a faux-pas – these are the clubs that have jumped the gun on a big money move.

David Beckham to Barcelona

Now, most people know that Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson fell out fairly spectacularly before his move to Real Madrid – but not many people know that Manchester United actually announced that that he was moving to Barcelona on their website just before his move to the Bernabeu.

“I can announce that we have agreed a price with Manchester United to buy David Beckham,” said Barca’s presidential candidate Joan Laporta, with a backdrop of United’s official statement so

An attempt to pressure Madrid into making a move or a genuine mistake, either way the web editor couldn’t have lasted too much longer in his job.


John Obi-Mikel to Manchester United

One of the most contentious transfer tussles for some time, the young and promising John Obi-Mikel was wanted by both Chelsea and Manchester United.

The promising Lyn-Oslo player opted for Manchester United, and was paraded at a press conference wearing a Manchester United shirt with ‘Mikel 21’ emblazoned upon it, and that seemed to be the end of that. If only…

Mikel later went public with his desire to join Chelsea with the west London club claiming they had agreed to sign him a year earlier. A lengthy dispute ensued with United and Lyn Oslo taking splitting the £16 million fee. Bet United are glad they dodged that bullet now.


Robinho to Chelsea

Chelsea were given a taste of their own medicine in 2008 as they started flogging replica shirts bearing the name of Robinho, who then upped sticks and opted to head to Manchester City.

So confident were the Blues of getting their man they put the shirt up for sale with his number as ‘TBC’. The poor handful who bought the shirt are still waiting for confirmation of what his number will be now.


Clint Dempsey to Liverpool

Now this one actually could still happen, but needless to say, it certainly hasn’t happened yet. Twitter lit up like a cue of benefit cheats waiting outside the job centre after the official site of Liverpool’s owners seemingly revealed Clint Dempsey had signed for the club.

A frantic dash to take the story down, a flustered press office dealing with an exploding phone and embarrassing story on Liverpool’s official site explaining that they wanted Dempsey but hadn’t agreed anything later, and the confusion was solved and the lesson was learned. Maybe not - Less than a month later Liverpool’s official TV channel prematurely announced Luis Suarez’s new contract extension.

Ronaldo to Flamengo

Back in 2009 when Ronaldo’s thighs weren’t quite a critical chaffing point the striker tried to kick-start his career back in Brazil with a move to Flemengo. He trained with them, the club’s president announced that a deal was on the cards and Ronaldo himself declared he wanted to sign for his boyhood club. How sweet. Too bad he went and signed for rivals Corinthians instead.

Shirts were burned and fans were angry. Rumour has it the three trans-gender prostitutes he was caught in a motel with were disgruntled Flamengo supporters.


And one for the road….

“There is no other British club I could play for apart from Celtic”. Declared Mo Johnston in 1989 when seeking a move away from Nantes. So it comes as no surprise that he in fact ended up signing for arch rivals Rangers.

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