Can you name a high profile swap deal which has taken place in recent years?

I hear a lot of talk about player swap deals but I can’t actually remember one happening. Can anyone refresh my memory?

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11 Responses to “Can you name a high profile swap deal which has taken place in recent years?”

  1. danxp2 says:

    William Gallas + cash for Ashley Cole.

  2. M4rky d says:

    gallas and ashley cole

    cheslea to Arsenal & Arsenal to cheslea

  3. chase says:

    There really haven’t been many high profile swap deals in sports recently but i can think of a couple:
    NBA: Chauncey Billups (To Denver) for Allen Iverson (To Detroit) or last years Shaq (To Phoenix) for Shawn Marion (To Miami).
    NFL: Kyle Orton (To Denver) for Jay Cutler (To Chicago)

  4. chrissaltmarshafc says:

    there have been a few which are not such high profile but the main one is gallas and cole

  5. Larry L says:

    Top Ten Transfer Deals in the History of World Football

    Zinedine Zidane (from Juventus to Real Madrid in 2001)

    This former French great does not need any introduction to the football fans in the world. He is best known for leading France to win the 1998 world cup. Zinedine Zidane is one of the two players who won the FIFA World Player of the Year award on 3 occasions in 1998, 2000, 2003. Besides, Zidane also won the European Footballer of the Year award in 1998 when he was in Italian club Juventus. The French super star started his career at lesser known French club AS Cannes. After that Zinedine Zidane represented many big clubs including French side Girondins Bordeaux, Italian giant Juventus, Spanish club Real Madrid with lots of success.

    Real Madrid signed Zinedine Zidane for a record transfer deal worth €76 million (£ 46.0 million) from Italian club Juventus in 2001, breaking the previous season’s record signing deal of € 58.5 million (£ 38.7 million) which Real Madrid spent to recruit Luis Figo from cross-town rivals Barcelona. The transfer deal created a huge buzz in the football world and Zidane once again made history becoming the most expensive footballer in the world. Well, Real Madrid was also paid with immediate dividend by this creative midfielder who guided Real Madrid to win the UEFA Champions League 2001-02. During his 5 year stay at the Spanish club, Zidane helped Real Madrid to win the Spanish La Liga title in 2002-03 season and Spanish Super Cup on two occasions in 2001, 2003. In 2002, Real Madrid won European Super Cup and Intercontinental Cup. Zinedine Zidane ended his club career at Real Madrid in 2006. Zinedine Zidane was placed among the players listed in FIFA 100.

    Luis Figo (from Barcelona to Real Madrid in 2000)

    There is no doubt, Zinedine Zidane’s record transfer deal was one of the biggest deals made ever in football, but the most controversial and much talked-about transfer deal was that of Luis Figo in which Real Madrid signed this Portuguese legend for the then record fee of € 58.5 million (£ 38.7 million) from their arch-rivals Barcelona in 2000. His move to rival Real Madrid stirred up the traditional rivalry between the two clubs. After spending five successful seasons at Barcelona, Figo’s move to Real Madrid caused huge anger among the Barcelona fans. Later on, whenever Luis Figo played at Nou Camp, the home ground of Barcelona, he was booed off by the Barcelona fans. At Real Madrid, Figo won two Spanish La Liga titles in 2000-01, 2002-03, and the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Intercontinental Cup titles in 2002. He was also awarded the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2001. Lusi Figo also won the European Footballer of the Year award in 2000.

    Lusi Figo is considered to be one of the two greatest ever footballers Portugal has ever produced alongside Eusébio. Starting his career at Portuguese giant Sporting CP, the midfielder played at Barcelona and Real Madrid with sheer success. In fact, he is one of those few players who represented both Barcelona and Real Madrid successfully. He is now playing for Italian club Inter Milan. Figo retired from international area at the end of the 2006 world cup where he captained Portugal and led to reach the semi final. In 132 appearances, Luis Figo scored 32 goals for Portugal.

    Hernan Crespo (from Parma to Lazio in 2000)

    This Argentine footballer was signed by Italian club S.S. Lazio for the then record transfer fee £35,500,000 (€ 53.6 million) from Parma in 2000. Having seen his excellent form with Parma, Lazio was keen to sign Hernan Crespo for such a huge amount. The Argentine striker joined Parma in 1996 and during his four year stint at the club, Crespo helped Parma to win a number of titles including their UEFA Cup triumph in 1999. In the UEFA Cup final, Crespo scored the first goal in their 3-0 victory in the UEFA Cup final over Olympique de Marseille.

    Hernan Crespo spent only two seasons at Lazio, but he was very successful at the club. In his first season at Lazio, he was the highest scorer in Serie A with 26 goals. Though Lazio could not win any notable title during his two year stay at the club, Crespo’s individual performance was excellent. Hernan Crespo started his career at Argentine club River Plate and later on, he played for many big European clubs including Parma, Lazio, Chelsea, AC Milan and Inter Milan where he is current playing. Playing 65 matches, Hernan Crespo scored 34 goals for Argentina in his international career.

    Gianluigi Buffon (from Parma to Juventus in 2001)

    Italy’s world cup winning goal keeper, who is considered to be today’s best goal keeper in the world, is no other than Gianluigi Buffon. Buffon is still most expensive goalkeeper in the world. Juventus signed this Italian star in 2001 from Parma for a deal worth €52 million (£ 38.7 or € 49.2 million according to one source), a record transfer fee for a goalkeeper. Though he was also linked with AS Roma at

  6. 4 The Titles!Next Seasons 2 Far! says:

    Ashley Cole to Chelsea-willam Gallas to arsenal 🙂

  7. Sir Nick says:

    HIGH PROFILE you say? I cant think of any either.

  8. Death_B says:

    Hernan Crespo + Ricardo Quaresma = Diego Milito + Motta ! From Inter to Genoa . Latest swap . kinda high profile in Italy

  9. Mira T says:

    Hmmm, apart from the Cole – Gallas one which everyone has said, Keith Gillespie to Newcastle as part exchange for Andy Cole to United, Kevin Davies to Blackburn/James Beattie to Southampton.

    That’s all I can think of.

  10. Gingie says:

    One that no one has said so far:

    Reyes – Baptsista swap deal

  11. Captain says:

    Except the Gallas-Cole swap, all High profile swaps happen in the FM games.

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