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Transfers That Nearly Happened (But Didn't)

Saturday 24th June 2017
An open transfer window generally means three things are guaranteed to happen: players will move from one club to another, the media will have a field day linking some clubs to every player in the world and some players will use the speculation to secure better contracts - but what about the deals that don't quite make it? There's plenty of those too.

Robert Lewandowksi to Blackburn Rovers

Robert Lewandowski may be rumoured to be mo
ving this transfer window as the Bayern forward bemoans his team mates not passing him the ball; but Lewandowksi might never have played in Germany if not for the Icelandic ash cloud that shut down most of Europe's airports in 2008.

Then Blackburn manager, Sam Allardyce, was aware of Lewandowski's ability in front of goal and a deal was in place pending the Polish striker's attendance at a game against Everton. Sadly, his flight was cancelled due to the ash cloud and Lewandowski would go on to sign for Dortmund instead.

Steven Gerrard to Chelsea

Possibly Liverpool's most loyal servant, Steven Gerrard tragically ended his career without a Premier League winner's medal in his trophy cabinet. However, the midfielder might've found himself with four had he pushed for a move in 2005 having rejected a new deal at Liverpool as Jose Mourinho's Chelsea circled to pluck him away from Anfield.

Whether this was a ploy by the 25 year old Gerrard to encourage Liverpool to offer more money or that he truly wanted to play for the Blues remains unknown - all we know is John Obi Mikel has Premier League winner's medals and Gerrard doesnt - tragic.

Ronaldinho to Man Utd

This story has been told hundreds of times by Sir Alex Ferguson but the legendary Scot has often baulked when asked why the deal for PSG's Brazilian superstar never came to fruition. As it transpires, Ronaldinho himself has confirmed that his friend was elected to the board of Barcelona and the £21 million deal was assured.

United could've bid more having recently allowed David Beckham to join Real Madrid for £25 million but Peter Kenyon clearly didn't want to part with the funds on a player who would go on to be one of the best in the world...

Zidane to Blackburn

Blackburn Rovers are a club guilty of passing on far too many talents in their long history but Jack Walker is the reason they never signed one of football's most legendary players. Kenny Dalglish had identified a young Zinedine Zidane (then of Bordeaux) as a player he wanted to reinforce his Premier League winning squad but owner Walker offered one of football's most memorable (rumoured) quotes:

"Why do you want to sign Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?"

Why indeed Jack, why indeed.

Cristiano Ronaldo to Arsenal OR Liverpool

Both Arsene Wenger and Gerard Houlier knew they were looking at one of the world's most promising players when they personally scouted/trialled Cristiano Ronaldo but neither Arsenal or Liverpool were willing to put up the money Sporting wanted for their rough diamond.

Wage demands were rumoured to be the issue for Arsenal and Liverpool lodged a bid of less than £6 million which Sporting refused to accept. £12.24 million from Man Utd and Ronaldo laid both Highbury and Anfield to waste several times.
Kristian Webb
A Manchester United fan who actually knows where Manchester is; I'm the chief writer for AccumulatorTips, ForzaSwansea and a contributor to WhatCulture's video game section. I'm a professional proofreader, content author and SEO Expert but that doesn't mean there won't be the odd grammatical error!

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