This summer’s transfer window was as hectic as ever but not every deal went through, despite rumours from various media outlets, every hour of everyday. While some deals where badly kept secrets and others completed out of nowhere, some of the more obvious ones never did manage to go through.
Below are 5 rumours that we thought where almost certain transfers come August 31st, but in the end, they appeared to be nothing more than heavy speculation.
Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid to Manchester United
One of the longest running transfer rumours of the year turned into nothing in the end, just like that. Rumours had circulated since the turn of the year that come the summer Griezmann would look to join the Premier League with United in search of trophies. After so many dropped hints that the player was about to come, even including his brother Theo pretty much announcing it via social media, it was a somewhat disappointment when the deal fell through due to Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban. The club would have been unable to replace the player until the January 2018 window and Griezmann felt it would be wrong to leave his team and stayed out of loyalty.
The rumours are still circling however, and it is believed Jose Mourinho will go after the Frenchmen again in the January transfer window.
Alexis Sanchez- Arsenal to Manchester City
Sanchez looked set to leave Arsenal after their FA Cup win and while nothing major was reported on him for most of the window, in the last week and a half leading up to the deadline, Manchester City stepped up their interest in the winger. Pep seemed so determined to get his man that he reportedly offered £60 Million and Raheem Sterling. Suffice to say, Arsene Wenger kept firm and held out throughout deadline day, holding on to his best player.
However, this may have been a foolish move from the Arsenal manager with the player refusing to sign a new deal and his current deal expiring next summer.
Marco Verratti – PSG to Barcelona
This rumour began quite early into the window but was eventually set straight and closed. It seemed as if the little Italian wanted to move to pastures new in order to win the Champions League and Barcelona was his best bet for that. In incredible midfielder that would have been the heir to Iniesta, the deal seemed perfect for player and club. PSG however refused to sell at any price (it’s not like they need the money!) and probably secretly vowed revenge on the Spanish giants (Taking Neymar a few months later).
In the end, it did seem more like an agent trying to get a bigger wage and move for his client rather than the player as Verratti publicly came out to say that his agent was wrong and that he was very happy and wanted to stay at PSG before sacking his agent!
Ross Barkley – Everton to Chelsea/Spurs
Ross Barkley looked set to leave Everton this summer after openly saying he wanted to leave. Ronald Koeman has invested wisely this summer with his signings and made sure he brought in replacements for Barkley if he was to leave, with Chelsea or Spurs being his most likely destination. For some reason though, Spurs seemed to pull out of the deal in the end or perhaps never had serious interest in him anyway and Chelsea stormed through with a £35 Million bid which was accepted by the blue Merseyside outfit.
In one of the biggest talking points of deadline day, it was reported that Barkley’s move to Chelsea fell through as he apparently walked out mid-way through his medical. Since the alleged incident, Chelsea haven’t commented while Barkley refuses all the speculation. Another transfer rejection for Chelsea to add to their disappointing summer.
Julian Draxler – PSG to Arsenal
While Arsenal may have potentially needed a replacement for the possibly leaving Sanchez, Draxler would have been a much-needed signing with or without the Chilean’s exit. The young German can play on the left or in a CAM position and has a lot to prove still. After dominating at Schalke and Wolfsburg, Draxler finally got his big move, to PSG. However, chances have become limited in the last few months and with the world record singing of Neymar, this will no doubt, continue for the German man.
Arsenal would have been the perfect club for Draxler’s style of play and a new country and scenery could have been good for the player. The Premier League would have also challenged his abilities and helped prove his worth as he tries to emerge as a starter for his national team also.
Expect Draxler to move from the Parc des Princes in the January window if his playing time doesn’t improve in the coming months.
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