The transfer window is often seen as the the grubby, cynical part of football. The time when the game itself takes a backseat to the business and the money worship that many critics feel is ruining everything. But for a large segment of players, the latest transfer window has been a time of fulfilling dreams in numbers that might prove that their talents extend beyond mere athletic excellence to clairvoyant powers.
Here’s an incomplete list of whimsical players who have described their summer transfer in dreamy terms.
Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon to Man United): “It’s a dream to play for Manchester United. It’s just a dream to arrive in Manchester.”
Mehdi Benatia (Roma to Bayern Munich): “Bayern have so many great players. They have such a strong squad and it’s a dream to be part of it.”
Chicharito (Man United to Real Madrid): “For me it is a dream come true.”
Danny Welbeck (Man United to Arsenal): “I’ve envisaged myself playing in this team before. For it to finally happen is very exciting.”
Divock Origi (Lille to Liverpool): “For me, it was my dream to play for a big club. I know Liverpool is a club with a great history, so for me it was perfect.”
Dejan Lovren (Southampton to Liverpool): “It’s a dream come true.”
Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid to Chelsea): “As a kid I had a dream that one day I would play in the Premier League so when Chelsea came in for me it was an easy decision.”
Matthias Ginter (SC Freiberg to Borussia Dortmund): “Today, I’m fulfilling a childhood dream.”
James Rodriguez (Monaco to Real Madrid): “It’s really flattering to know that a club like Madrid, of such magnitude, are interested in me. It would be a dream to sign for the team of my dreams.“
Luis Suarez (Liverpool to Barcelona): “I can’t believe such a beautiful dream is coming true.”
Rickie Lambert (Southampton to Liverpool): “I have always dreamt of playing for Liverpool, but I did kind of think the chance of playing for them had gone. I didn’t think the chance would come.“
Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao to Manchester United): “Signing for Manchester United is a dream come true.”
Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla to Barcelona): “It is a dream come true.”
And it seems some players even have multiple dreams. Falcao tweeted that Real Madrid would be a dream come true for him before he ended up moving to Manchester United, which he also declared to be “a dream come true.” This might prove the existence of parallel dimensions where alternate transfers are carried out.
So what do we learn from this? That a large portion of football transfers aren’t all about nasty, cynical business and are really just the fulfillment of these players’ supernatural visions and prophecies. So the next time a player demands a transfer, don’t immediately dismiss it as the behavior of a mercenary. These are simply football prophets trying to carry out the fates dealt to them in order to maintain balance in the universe.