Despite all the big names in the transfer window, here is an uncommon transfer saga. Stoppila Sunzu is in the news for his rather unique transfer tale.
A Zambian international, Sunzu was in the news after his winning penalty in the African Cup of Nations in 2012. After seeing his performance, the Gunners were the first team to keep their eyes on him. Arsene Wenger was eager to sign this 24 year old defender but finally the rumours failed to turn into reality.
After Arsenal, it was Reading who ran after Sunzu. Brian McDermott made up his mind to sign the defender after conducting a trial. But this deal also didn’t take place because Royals thought the player was a free transfer which apparently was false. His club TP Mazembe, a DR Congo side considered as a giant club of Africa, demanded £4million as transfer fee.
Next in the race was another Premier League club Sunderland. He spent quite some time with the club during the trial period. But unfortunately, he faced an injury and his days at Sunderland were over.
Having no other option, he has got back to TP Mazembe to earn his bread and butter and he sounded quite cheerful about his new journey.
“I am glad with this new atmosphere in the team, with new players and a new coach, and have been able to find my former teammates. It is as if we had known for several weeks with the new recruits arrived during my absence. I got very friendly welcome by my elders. It was really cool, I belong to this family and I’m not a new player. The TPM is like a religion to which I have already been initiated.” He told earlier this month.
In another news, Arsenal’s interest in Brazilian sensation Bernard has been confirmed. According to Bernard’s father Duarte, Arsene Wenger has his eyes for the player but no official approach has been made yet. Though, according to Portuguese daily O Jogo, Arsenal have formally proposed €16 million bid for the Atletico Mineiro winger, the bid has been rejected.
The Copa Libertadores winner wants a €25 million for the player. But in spite of getting a club like Arsenal, Duarte wants his son to join Porto and gets accustomed to the European club football. So far, Bernard has scored 21 goals in 98 matches for Mineiro after joining them in 2010.