From Alvaro Morata to Paul Pogba, these are the top five ComeBack Transfers of this Summer

Sometimes, football players leave clubs thinking the grass is greener on the other side only to rudely find out that the greenery is nothing but an illusion. Other times, the selling clubs dispose of these players only to get them back at exorbitant prices. But some clubs are clever enough to insert a buy-back clause for talented players not ready for the big stage; examples of such clubs include Barcelona and Real Madrid. Summer 2016 transfers have had its own fair share of players going back to the clubs that initially got rid of them or the clubs the players turned their back on. Below are the top five players who strolled back to their clubs.

(Note: Players who played for more than one club before returning are not considered e.g Tomas Rosisky)


Top Five Comeback Transfers of this Summer

5. Alvaro Morata


Real Madrid realised quickly a gem they were losing when they sold Morata two years ago to Juventus for €20million by putting a buy-back clause in the contract- though by paying Juventus 10million more quid. His stint with Juventus wasn’t really stellar, but Los Merengues activated the clause to add to their striking options.


4. Mats Hummels

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This was actually the first come back transfer of the summer done between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund and the first of two comeback deals done by both clubs this summer. Originally a Bayern youth academy product, Mats established himself as a world-class defender at Dortmund before calling it quit at the end of last season by moving back to his boyhood club. He only spent just a year in his first stint at Bayern (he joined the club at the age of six) and appeared once in a final home game of the season against FSV Mainz 05 in May 2007. He was initially loaned out 8 months later to Dortmund and subsequently joined them on a permanent deal worth just €4million.


3. Mario Gotze

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The second Bayern-Dortmund comeback deal on the list is Mario Gotze. Mario didn’t cut his teeth at Bayern in his two-year spell (which was also blighted by injuries) and the club had to cut their losses by shipping him back to Dortmund who were more than willing to accept their prodigal player back especially after they lost Hummels. He was hugely successful in his initial 4 years spell at Dortmund, winning a Bundesliga medal and helping them to a champions league final lost, incidentally against Bayern. Dortmund will hope he still has a bit of his magic in him.


2. David Luiz

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This is by far the most surprising comeback of the transfer summer! Sold by his predecessor, Jose Mourinho, for a whopping £50million two years, Antonio Conte shelled out almost three-quarter of that amount on the last day of transfer to get back Sideshow Bob from PSG. There has really not been an improvement in his two years spell at PSG, but David was hugely responsible for dumping Chelsea out in the second round of the champions League last season when he scored an extra-time header.


1. Paul Pogba

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This is the most expensive transfer of not just this summer, but in history and the most protracted transfer of the summer. Paul is the second player Juventus will be losing on the list. A product of Manchester United’s youth academy, the hugely talented midfielder fell out with the then Manchester United legendary Manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and left for Juventus on a free transfer.  He spent 4 years with Juventus winning the Serie A titles 4 times and helping the team reach the final of the champions league (eventually losing to Barcelona) before Man Utd paid a humungous £93million for his services this summer.

Honourable mention goes to Denis Suarez; Barcelona- Valencia- Barcelona