Thursday 18 January 2018

Maradona to Sheffield Utd, Ronaldo to Arsenal - five transfers that fell through at the last minute

Cristiano Ronaldo could have moved to Arsenal
Cristiano Ronaldo could have moved to Arsenal

Loic Remy's £8m move to Liverpool collapsed at the very last minute due to a failed medical at the weekend.

Here, IndoSport has a look at other transfers that looked like done deals before they fell through.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Arsenal

Back in 2000, Ibrahimovic met with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and a deal looked very much on the cards.

But, in true Zlatan style, it was never to be. Wenger wanted Ibrahimovic to play a trial game which prompted the legendary response: "No way, Zlatan doesn't do auditions."

Ibrahimovic later added in a newspaper interview: "Arsene gave me the famous red and white jersey, the shirt with Ibrahimovic on it and I was so pleased I even posed for a picture wearing it.

"I couldn't believe it. I was like, 'No way, Zlatan doesn't do auditions'."


Cristiano Ronaldo to Arsenal

Things could have been so much different if the current world player of the year became an Arsenal player back in 2003.

Ronaldo was there for the taking but Wenger was afraid to splash too much cash for the then unproven Portuguese.

"I had Ronaldo at the training ground," said Wenger. "But in the end it was a question of the amount of transfer fee between the two clubs.

"Of course, he proved to be a bargain at £12.5 million, but the price that we discussed was intact much lower."


Steven Gerrard to Chelsea

It is thought that Jamie Carragher played a key role in collapsing this deal at the start of 2005 - a few months before Gerrard would go on and lift the Champions League for Liverpool.

Gerrard later admitted: "The reason the whole Chelsea thing came up was down to frustration that we were so far away from the title race. That's why this interest maybe turned my head slightly."


Diego Maradona to Sheffield United

Sheffield United manager Harry Haslam was ready to cough up £200,000 - a huge amount of money back in 1978 - for a 17-year-old Argentinian named Diego Maradona.

But the Blades, then a Division Two team, failed to stump up the extra few bob to secure the services of a player who would go on to become the greatest in the world.

Zinedine Zidane to Blackburn Rovers

It is now an infamous line. "Why do you want to sign Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?"

That's what then Blackburn owner Jack Walker reportedly said when the Ewood Park club were linked with Zidane in 1995. To be fair, Sherwood did win a title with Blackburn that year.

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