Every year, anywhere between June and September, and again in January, the football world turns into a frenzy. Club chairman and directors engage in poker battles with each other, trying to get the next superstar on the cheap. Agents, forever working away in the background, become central figures, negotiating deals for their clients, and never forgetting to look after themselves in the process. And the players, who sometimes feel like pawns in this game? Often they get their dream move. Many times they don’t.
All the while, fans lap this up on social media, on TV and in newspapers. Teams “win” or “lose” the transfer window, and in some ways it can totally define the start of the season for a club.
This is the story of football transfers.