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Transfer market: Isco, the striking fax machine, a failed exchange deal and »Van der Verrat«


The spectacular Isco move to Union Berlin failed at the last minute. The transfer market has always been good for such excitement in the past – an overview in pictures.

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Isco, Union Berlin:

A multiple Champions League winner in Köpenick?

That almost came true, as former Real Madrid star Isco has already been to Union Berlin for a medical check-up.

But when many saw the commitment of the contractless offensive player as fixed, the deal burst.

Both sides now accuse each other of not sticking to agreements.

'We would have liked to see Isco with us, but we have our limits.

These were exceeded today, contrary to the previous agreements, which is why the transfer does not take place," said Union managing director Oliver Ruhnert.

The "Bild" newspaper quoted Isco's consulting agency Gestifute: "During the course of the talks, we had to realize that our negotiating partner was no longer willing to move within the framework originally discussed.

Photo: Joaquin Corchero / Europa Press / Getty Images

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Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, Cologne:

Today he scores regularly for Bayern, but in 2011 Choupo-Moting was still working for HSV and wanted to move to Cologne.

This did not happen, however, due to a »fax breakdown«.

When transferring the contract from the player's side to Cologne, the page with the attacker's signature only arrived after 6 p.m., the reason being a paper jam was speculated.

The documents only landed at the DFL after the official end of the transfer period.

Even the appeals that were filed did not help.

»I spoke to the DFL, no chance.

Fate wanted it that way – he has to stay in Hamburg«, said father Just Choupo-Moting: »Now we have to go through it.«

Photo: Eisele / IMAGO

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Shinji Kagawa, Hannover 96:

Hannover 96 manager Horst Heldt had already publicly announced in 2019 that there had been an agreement between the club and Borussia Dortmund regarding a loan deal for offensive player Shinji Kagawa.

"However, there is also the option for the player to switch to Besiktas Istanbul," Heldt said at the time.

And indeed, the Japanese ended up in Turkey.

First it was said that a failed phone call between Heldt and 96 patron Martin Kind should have been the cause of the failed change.

Heldt denied this, however: "Nothing went wrong," he said: "Istanbul didn't give up either, sent a private plane and then he sat down."

Photo: Gokhan Kilincer / IMAGO / Seskim Photo

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Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Leeds United:

In 2017, HSV had already reported the loan of attacker Lasogga to Leeds United on Twitter as perfect, but had to row back.

The required documents were missing, Lasogga had to fly to England again.

First it was said that HSV was responsible for the breakdown, then Leeds was blamed.

Be that as it may: In the end, i.e. on the last day of the transfer period, the deal finally went through.

Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

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Bernd Schuster, 1. FC Köln:

Schuster, the »blonde angel«, was considered a great talent in 1978.

No wonder he had many offers.

It's just stupid that Schuster then actually signed three contracts: with 1. FC Köln, with his previous club Augsburg and with Borussia Mönchengladbach.

A labor court had to decide and came to the conclusion: Schuster goes to Cologne, Augsburg gets a transfer fee of around 125,000 Deutschmarks and Gladbach compensation.

»Bernd wasn't sly or even ripped off, but he was probably a bit naive.

The offers kept getting better, and so he signed the higher-paying contract, until there were three in the end,” the Cologne manager at the time, Karl-Heinz Thelen, once told the magazine “11Freunde”.

Photo: imago sportfotodienst / imago/WEREK

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Rafael van der Vaart, Valencia FC:

The Dutchman was popular at HSV for a long time because of his performances, but then he became »Van der Verrat«.

The reason: Despite his contract in Hamburg in 2007, he had himself photographed with a Valencia jersey and told the sports newspaper »AS«: »I will fight for it to be my jersey.« The top Spanish club wanted to sign him, van der Vaart Definitely to Spain.

However, HSV rejected requests for talks and even turned on Fifa.

Frustration and defiance led to the jersey affair.

“Everyone was rightly mad at me.

My then wife Sylvie, friends and the entire HSV.

At the time, it seemed to me that the whole of Hamburg would like to chase me out of the city,” Van der Vaart later told the “Bild” newspaper.

A year after the affair, he then moved to Spain – to Real Madrid.


IMAGO / Miguelez Sports photo

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David De Gea, Real Madrid:

Manchester United's keeper was due to join Real Madrid in 2015, while Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas should have gone to England in return.

Neither came about because the necessary documents were not received by the Spanish League Association in good time.

Manchester United officially blamed Real for sending the documents to Madrid early enough.

The "Royal" in turn said they received it just a minute before the deadline and forwarded it immediately.

A third version was that Navas still wanted to negotiate his new contract, so everything dragged on.

In the end, both goalkeepers stayed with their clubs.

Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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Stevan Jovetic, Olympique Marseille:

The English »Daily Mirror« reported a curious change story in 2017: Inter-Milan center forward Stevan Jovetic was on his way to Monaco by helicopter to join the club there.

Also present: Jacques-Henri Eyraud, CEO of Olympique Marseille, his team played in Monaco.

The two got into conversation, Eyraud didn't recognize Jovetic - and told him that Jovetic would now be signed in Marseille.

When it was clear who his interlocutor was and what he was up to, Eyrand became angry, according to "Mirror", after all, a deal had already been agreed.

But nothing changed: Jovetic joined Monaco.

Photo: Norbert Scanella / IMAGO / PanoramiC


Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2023-02-01

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