Silly season always gives an array of nonsense to sift through, but sometimes these hilariously idiotic transfer rumours manage to make their way through to a club itself and become a genuine deals, reaching career-changing levels of plonker-ism.
Jamie Vardy’s move to Arsenal is currently the absolute peak of a bad transfer for all parties. Fans are trying to find something positive out of it but, really, it whiffs of transfer window chaos that can only end it tears and probably further Vardy-related controversy.
Either way, these sort of deals provide us with some epic fun. From the players disappearing on holiday and returning overweight, to alternative signings that end with a loan into the depths of the Football League never to return.
We can hope that this summer provides us with some absolute transfer belters. Some of those deals that make you both raise and eyebrow and snigger simultaneously.
Here are FIVE of the oddest…
Hardly a standout player in the Championship, Hector’s move to Chelsea in the summer of 2015 bemused and amused many a football fan.
The Reading centre-back was immediately loaned back to the club and spent the entirety of the 2015/16 season at the Madejski Stadium as the Blues toiled in the Premier League.
It remains to be seen if he will ever make an appearance for Chelsea, but we reckon it’s pretty unlikely.
The absolute hero of Alex Ferguson’s transfer gaffes, Bebe is used as the benchmark for transfer failure.
Signed for £7m as a potential replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese winger seldom featured in the Manchester United first-team and has never looked like becoming the quality to feature for a top Premier League side.
Making just a handful of appearances for Arsenal, Park’s move to the Gunners begun in confusing circumstances and it never made any more sense than it did at that point.
Restricted to the odd bench appearance, scoring just one goal, Park was released in June 2014 and has drifted back to the level that he probably belongs at since.
The definition of a panic buy, Wenger clearly did not have any idea if he was good enough when he was signed and it just went downhill from there. Park is now playing for FC Seoul.
Back-up goalkeepers tend to live a rather odd life anyway, but Richard Wright’s continued contract renewals at Manchester City are particularly puzzling.
Despite never appearing for the first-team since he signed for the club in 2012, Wright was offered a one-year extension each summer and continue to roll in the cash.
Wright retired from the game in May 2016 and must be wondering why he accepted never playing for the final few years of his career. £££, maybe?
After building quite a reputation for himself in the Bundesliga, Voronin arrived at Liverpool amidst some rather cautious optimism.
However, under both Rafa Benitez and Roy Hodgson, it was an utterly calamitous spell at the club and not much more could’ve gone wrong. The highlight may well have been a 2009 Champions League game where Voronin missed countless sitters against Hugo Lloris.
Eventually the Ukrainian left Liverpool and his career has never really recovered since his torrid time on Merseyside.