The transfer window has finally ended after weeks and weeks of extravagant spending as we have never seen before.
The Neymar transfer has skewed the market towards crazy prices, and the business Manchester City did at the start of the window, now seem incredibly shrewd.
The Neymar transfer might seem crazy, but €222 million is probably a fair price for him given his football level and his marketability.
To honor the sensibility in that price, here are five transfers that just never made any sense.
Bebe to Manchester United for £7m in 2010
The rumours about Bebe were many when Manchester United decided to pay £7m for him in 2010. They all stemmed from the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson had never seen his new player play!
The most interesting rumour was that he had played in the homeless World Cup – he hadn’t. However, seven years later the story persists.
The reason is simple. Bebe played two games in his first Man Utd season only to disappear out on loan for the next three seasons – to three different clubs.
Last season was his eighth-consecutive season at a new club.
Following his stay at United in the 2010-11 season, he has gradually progressed down the ranks through Besiktas, Rio Ave, Pacos de Ferreira, Cordoba, Rayo Vallecano and now Eibar – with a short stint at Benfica thrown into the mix.
However, his fortunes might be changing as he now, for the first time in his career, is set to enjoy a consecutive second season with Eibar.