With rumours circulating that Real Madrid may be keen on offering Gareth Bale to Chelsea in return for Eden Hazard, the Fan Park Crew looks at three of the biggest swap-deals to have taken place in football.
Chelsea – David Luiz For Nemanja Matic
In January 2011, Chelsea signed David Luiz from Benfica for a reported fee of £21.3 million, and in attempt to sweeten the deal, the Stamford Bridge club added Nemanja Matic to the deal – but things have since changed.
Four years later, David Luiz has moved to Paris Saint-Germain in France, while Matic is back at Chelsea, performing as one of the Jose Mourinho’s most consistent midfielders.
Barcelona – Aleksandr Hleb & Samuel Eto'o For Zlatan Ibrahimovic
In 2009, Barcelona was extremely interested in signing Inter Milan’s Swedish international, even offering Aleksandr Hleb and Samuel Eto’o in a swap-deal plus £40 million in return for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s services.
Inter Milan were undoubtedly the winners in this deal, as Eto’o thrived in Serie A, winning the Champions league and domestic title under Jose Mourinho, while Zlatan failed miserably – leaving the Catalan club after a year because of his fallout with Pep Guardiola.
Real Madrid – Antonio Nunez For Michael Owen
In 2004, after eight years at Liverpool, Los Blancos managed to lure the young English forward, Michael Owen, to Spain - sending Antonio Nunez the other way.
Real Madrid probably got the better end of this deal, despite Owen only spending one year at the Santiago Bernabeau. Nunez played less than 20 league games for the Merseyside club, and left for Celta Vigo at the end of his first season.
Owen scored 17 goals for Los Blancos in 45 games, before returning to English football with Newcastle United.
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