Happy days are here again. Christmas beckons and it’s festive season that sets the European football on a high too. This is the time in the year, where despite no action on the field, the off field happenings never let the excitement lessen.
During the period, Europe’s half-yearly transfers better known as "Winter transfers" take place, and despite this one being smaller in magnitude than the summer transfers, it is no less tempestuous in nature.
What adds to the thrill of this transfer period is the fact that most leagues in Europe usually reach the half-way mark at the end of December, and the winter additions and removals prove to be very crucial in shaping the remainder course of the season.
More than the actual transfers, it is the rumours that prevail around them, hold the fans’ attention right through and add an element of spice in the bigger picture.
The rumours generally pop up out of nowhere and tend not to have a validated source. Media in Europe too processes their news heavily on the hearsays, and despite the fact that half the world knows they count for nothing, they can’t help themselves but read and talk about it.
As they rightly say, “A groundless rumour often covers a lot of ground,” and much like every year, this season too, it is very much evident with the word of mouth being sprayed all around Europe regarding the transfers.
Often at the end of successful deals, the players come out all praises for their new clubs, mostly with the stereotypes such as, “It was always my dream to play here. The atmosphere here is electrifying and the fans are just amazing. The club has a very rich history and I feel at home here.”
Following the transfers are the stories of controversial fall outs that the players reveal they had with their previous manager. Such news creates a stir amongst the fan base of the player’s current as well as previous club and adds to the intensity of their clash the next time they face each other.
All this, no matter how clichéd it has gotten over the years, does not really seem wearing out. The factor of rumour even today carries its own place among others in the world of football, and this slideshow precisely intends to focus on five most ridiculous rumours surrounding the winter transfers for the current season in European football.