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Most shocking transfer hijacks: Part 1

Most football clubs have learned the hard way that they shouldn’t announce player signings before things are finalised because there have been a lot of last-minute hijacks by rival clubs. Check out 5 of the most shocking transfer hijacks in football history.


Ronaldinho was one of the best footballers in the world and he was highly sought-after by known clubs all over the world. Manchester United were so close to signing the majestic attacking midfielder but Barcelona outbid them. Barcelona sure knew the impact that he would make because Ronaldinho proved to be unstoppable. He is one of the club’s finest players to date, winning La Liga twice and Ballon d’Or.


David Beckham

In 2003, Beckham’s relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson was not good and there were rumours about him leaving Old Trafford. Knowing this, Barcelona and Real Madrid raced to get Beckham to sign with them. Not long after that, a statement was released by United confirming that Beckham had signed with Real Madrid.

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Alexis Sanchez

Sanchez moved to Manchester United from Arsenal simply because the amount of money the club offered him. However, United fans think it’s because of frustrations over competition for silverware.

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Mohamed Salah

Chelsea were willing to pay RM60 million for Salah’s services compared to the Reds which only offered to pay RM40 million. Salah’s agent also convinced the Egypt player that it’s time to make a move. Later his agent clarified that it was not just about the money…

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