In light of Raheem Sterling’s seemingly imminent exit from Liverpool when the summer window opens, we’ve taken a look at the Premier League’s most controversial transfers in its history.
From Sol Campbell to Ashley Cole, there’s plenty of shock market business that has left football fans seething with fury. A feeling that the Anfield faithful could experience in just a few months if a certain England international gets his own way…
Take a look below at the top nine controversial transfers in England’s top flight…
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9. Cesc Fabregas – Arsenal captain to Chelsea (2014)
Fabregas could not have been much clearer.
“If some day I leave Arsenal it will never be to sign for another English team. I’m very sure,” he told the Telegraph in 2011.
Once a gunner, always a gunner. Have a good day guys.
— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) August 16, 2011
In summer 2014, he left FC Barcelona – and signed for Chelsea.
Naturally, this didn’t go down brilliantly with his former club.
8. Michael Owen – Liverpool hero to Manchester United (2009)
The former England striker joined Liverpool aged 12 and went onto become a hero on Merseyside. The forward scored on his professional debut against Wimbledon, which led to 297 appearances and 158 goals.
Nonetheless, if there’s one way to damage a heroic status with the Reds – it’s joining the club’s fierce rivals Manchester United. The now BT Sport co-commentator sealed a free transfer to Old Trafford, and unsurprisingly lost a great deal of respect from the Kop.
7. Carlos Tevez – Manchester United to Manchester City (2009)
The Argentine’s link-up play with Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney had seen the striker became a fan favourite at Old Trafford during his two-year loan spell.
However, there’s no easier way to infuriate Red Devils supporters than sealing a move to neighbours Manchester City. Tevez, however, seemed to relish the attention.