5 high-profile swap deals in football

Alexis Sanchez has completed his move from Arsenal to Manchester United with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the opposite direction.

Here, Press Association Sport looks back at five other player-swap deals and how they worked out for those involved.

Ashley Cole and William Gallas

Ashley Cole’s deadline day move to Chelsea from rivals Arsenal in 2006 brought to an end one of the most bitter transfers of the Premier League era and saw William Gallas go the other way, along with a fee of £5million.  Cole, a member of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’, added another league title with the Blues as well as four FA Cups and the Champions League in 2012 in a successful eight-year spell. Gallas won nothing with the Gunners and moved to Tottenham on a free in 2010.

Soccer – Barclays Premier League – Birmingham City v Arsenal – St Andrews
William Gallas was trophyless at Arsenal (Nick Potts/PA)

Kevin Davies and James Beattie

Roy Hodgson was in charge of Blackburn in 1998 when they paid Southampton £7.5million for striker Kevin Davies and also threw in James Beattie. But Davies managed just one league goal all season as Rovers were relegated, while Southampton beat the drop with Beattie scoring five times. Davies rejoined Saints a year later, this time in a swap with Egil Ostenstad. Beattie stayed at Southampton until 2005, scoring 68 goals.

Soccer – FA Carling Premiership – Blackburn Rovers v Charlton Athletic
Kevin Davies scored one league goal for Blackburn (Michael Steele/EMPICS)

Jermain Defoe and Bobby Zamora

Tottenham emerged with the only major signing on deadline day in January 2004 when they landed Jermain Defoe from relegated West Ham in a £7million deal which saw Bobby Zamora move in the opposite direction. The transfer worked for both clubs, Defoe scoring 91 Premier League goals over two spells with Spurs and Zamora hitting the winner in the 2005 Championship play-off final which saw West Ham secure their return to the top flight.

Soccer – Coca-Cola Football League Championship – Play Off Final – Preston North End v West Ham United – Millennium Stadium
Bobby Zamora fired West Ham to promotion (Mike Egerton/EMPICS)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Samuel Eto’o

Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed a five-year contract with Barcelona in 2009 to end his three-year spell at Inter Milan, with the Spaniards paying £40million and sending popular forward Samuel Eto’o to Italy in return. In one of the rare disappointments of his glittering career, Ibrahimovic spent just a year at the Nou Camp before joining AC Milan in 2010 after falling out with Pep Guardiola. Eto’o, meanwhile, thrived in Serie A winning the domestic title and a Champions League winner’s medal under Jose Mourinho.

Soccer – UEFA Champions League – Semi Final – Second Leg – Barcelona v Inter Milan – Nou Camp
Zlatan Ibrahimovic struggled at Barcelona (Stephen Pond/EMPICS)

Andy Cole and Keith Gillespie

A shock move in 1995 saw Newcastle swap their star striker Andy Cole for £6million plus Manchester United winger Keith Gillespie. At Old Trafford, Cole won five Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the Champions League – including the treble in 1999 – and scored a total of 121 goals in 275 games. Gillespie was also a success with the Toon, becoming a key figure in Kevin Keegan’s entertaining side which twice finished runners-up to United.

Man Utd Cole & Fergie
Alex Ferguson paraded Manchester United’s new signing (David Kendall/PA)

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