January is always an interesting time for football fans, but also a stressful time for managers as they are looking to offload or sign players in the first transfer window of the season.Signing players for a healthy sum of money is always a risk and a big gamble as they can turn out to be a huge flop. Just remember Fernadno Torres, Andy Carroll and Angel Di Maria who turned out to be huge flops. Combined these three cost more than £170 million! Huge disappointments and busts for their managers and club's fans. It's same as in playing slots, you get there with huge bankroll in hops of winning big but you end up busted and gutted. Just imagine hitting the jackpot of £170 million on online casino. I bet you that no one got near that figure ever since the online casinos came to scene back in late 1995.
But that's not always the case. Sometimes you can bet little and, with a little bit of luck, win the jackpot as you would on casino online, and these buys in eyes of the fans are like hitting the royal flush. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez turned out to be royal flushes for Leicester City as they now are top of the Premiership, and they cost the 'foxes' only £1.4 million, talk about a good gambling in the transfer window! Now let us take a look at the three biggest transfers that could happen in this transfer window that could turn out to be very costly flops.
Gareth Bale to Manchester United, cost £150 million
It's no secret that the Welsh is not satisfied to be in the shadow of the Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo and would like a move back to the island, but the price tag of £150 million is simply staggering. Also with the sacking of Rafa Benitez and now newly appointed manager, Zinedine Zidane, Bale's future becomes even more uncertain. Man United's gaffer, Louis Van Gall, said that he would love to make the pacey welsh a member of his squad, but the transfer fee is two times bigger than the previous transfer of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid from Tottenham, which was £86 million and is a football transfer fee world record.
Sadio Mane to Manchester United, cost £45 million
Again the protagonist of this January transfer story are the 'Red Devils'. There already have been rejected bids from the 'Saints' side for Mane, and the price tag that's said to be rejected stood at £35 million. As the giants from Old Trafford are desperat for new signings in this transfer window, they will most probably crack and bid the £45 million price tag set by Southampton for Sadio Mane. It is also reported that after turning late to team meeting, Mane was sidelined for Southampton's encounter versus Norwich, and that plunged his future into doubt amid United’s interest
Ilkay Gundogan to Arsenal, cost £35 million
Defensive midfielder could be an ideal replacement for injured Francis Coquelin at the Emirats, but the German side are not going to let their star midfielder without a fight. Borussia have already rejected a £30 million bid from Juventus who also see Gundogan as an ideal replacement for Pirlo, so it's possible that the price tag could be set at 35 or 40 million. Arsene Wenger could easily splash out the cash for the German, but Gundogan's history of injuries is the worrying factor behind this transfer. The German international already missed on whole season due to lower back stress fracture, and a price of 35 or 40 million is a big gamble to make for a player fairly sustainable to injuries.