Fernando Torres- Liverpool to Chelsea £50m
It stunned the Anfield fraternity when Torres decided to switch his allegiance to Chelsea in the winters of 2011. Torres never had a dull moment for the Reds, and despite his form dropping during the 2010 World Cup for Spain, Torres remained integral to any team he played in. When he moved to Chelsea, many expected him to run riot and form a lethal partnership with Drogba, but his first goal after 24 games showed other indications.
Torres scored 20 goals after playing more than 100 games, although one of them was against Barcelona in the famous 2011 UCL Semi Final. He became a laughing stock and he decided to make a switch to Atletico Madrid, his boyhood club.
Diego Costa- Chelsea to Atletico Madrid £57m
Diego Costa’s time in England could easily feature in one of those popcorn-flicks as he was always around the corner due to his form and personal behaviour. Considered one of the most potent strikers of the 21st century, Costa’s decision to leave Chelsea was met by heavy criticism from the fans as Conte felt he was too undisciplined, but the fans wanted to see Spanish lion roar like that every matchday.
Costa won two league titles with Chelsea, and was one of Conte’s trusted allies, but their relationship went downhill, and in the summer of 2017, he was informed by Conte that he was no longer required via a text message. He returned to Atletico Madrid, and since then paired decently with Griezmann.
Oscar- Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG £60m
Chelsea remains to be in the limelight when talking about winter transfers, and this time it was a Brazilian sensation whose reason to leave remains oblivious to many. He moved to China at such a juncture of his career saw the whole World look at him with sympathy rather than anything. Oscar was a Stamford Bridge favourite and his style of play matched that of Kaka’s. He was brilliant with Chelsea, and his role in the 2015 league winning campaign matched that of Hazard’s, but Conte decided to play in a conservative manner, which meant Oscar demoted to a fringe player.
Oscar wanted to leave, and Shanghai SIPG was considered an able suitor. His move to China saw his chances of playing for Brazil diminished to nil, although he has taken the Chinese league by storm, his hopes of returning to the spotlight remains dull.
Virgil Van Dijk- Southampton to Liverpool £75m
The Dutch defender came in January 2018 after Barcelona decided to spent£142m on Coutinho, and this gave Klopp to bolster his defence, and this meant the inclusion of Virgil Van Dijk, a favourite of Klopp. Many considered this to be a waste of money, and the Dutch International was nothing but a mere shadow of Rio Ferdinand.
However, in less than 6 months he came out to be a leader whose power to be a leader and paired with it his excellent defending has made him a fan favourite. A kind of character once seen in Carragher. £75m well spent!
Philippe Coutinho- Liverpool to Barcelona £142m
Coutinho to Barcelona seemed to be those forlorn transfer rumours which never came true, but in the winter of 2018, Barcelona decided to spill a huge chunk of money and acquire his services, especially with Neymar leaving for PSG. Many Liverpool fans knew this day would come, but they could hardly fathom it.
Coutinho’s move to Barcelona meant he was ineligible to play for them in the Champions League, but he shone excellently in the league, and guided them to a title win. His partnership with Messi looked ominous but in recent times he spends most of his time on the bench playing second fiddle to Ousmanne Dembele. A string of good matches can surely turn his luck, and on his day there isn’t a better right footed forward in the World.