B/R Football Ranks: 5 Transfer Swap Deals That Actually Make Sense

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LINDSEY PARNABY/Getty ImagesLast summer’s transfer window played host to an intriguing new trend: player swap deals.For so long, this type of transfer had been incredibly rare, worth cherishing when they happen. Over the years we’ve seen some blockbuster moves of this ilk—Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Samuel Eto’o in 2009 among them—but they’ve been few and far between throughout history.Then, suddenly, we saw a boom in in 2019.Barcelona swapped Jasper Cillessen for Valencia’s Neto; Napoli traded Amadou Diawara to Roma for Kostas Manolas; Roma gave Luca Pellegrini to Juventus in exchange for Leonardo Spinazzola.More and more popped up across the continent, temporarily meaning football’s transfer market resembled something akin to the NFL or NBA.Perhaps it was coincidence, or perhaps not. A prevailing theory was that player costs have spiralled to such a ludicrous height that no asking prices could be met, so makeweights were fashioned in order to make deals affordable. If that’s the case, there’s no reason this style of transfer doesn’t continue into 2020.So with that in mind, we’ve played the part of hypothetical negotiator. We’ve assessed the needs of Europe’s top teams, shortlisted a series of wantaway or expendable players, and tried to mesh together some swap deals that would make sense for every party.That’s key: every party. No one is badly shortchanged in these deals, wages are taken into account to maintain realism, and they’re built to solve problems on both sides.Christian Eriksen, AM, Tottenham HotspurforAlvaro Odriozola, RB, Real Madrid plus £10-20 millionMarc Atkins/Getty ImagesChristian Eriksen’s contract at Spurs will be up in June, and it’s clear he wants to leave and it’s chairman Daniel Levy’s responsibility to make the most from the situation. That means sell for what is bound to be a reduced fee this month, or perhaps engineer a player-plus-cash deal with an interested party.Inter Milan look as though they are in pole po

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