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5 times clubs missed out on Deadline Day signings

Scott Newman
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Published 03 Feb 2018, 21:18 IST
03 Feb 2018, 21:18 IST

Lucas Moura
Lucas Moura's move to Tottenham went through on this year's deadline day

2017’s January Transfer Deadline Day saw a handful of massive moves from the Premier League’s big boys – Arsenal broke their transfer record to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for £56m, and in turn, sold Olivier Giroud to London rivals Chelsea for a cut-price £15m. Tottenham snapped up Lucas Moura from Paris St. Germain for £23m, and even Swansea splashed out £18m to sign Andre Ayew from West Ham.

A handful of moves fell through, though – most notably Manchester City’s late attempt to sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City. Mahrez’s potential signing was the biggest that fell through, but in the past, we’ve seen some pretty crazy things happen when clubs attempt to sign a player on deadline day only to see the deal fall through. Here are five of the most memorable.

#5 Robinho to Chelsea, 2008

Stoke City v Manchester City - Premier League
Robinho's Chelsea move fell through and he ended up at Manchester City instead

While he didn’t go on to the stellar career that many predicted he would have, back in 2008 Robinho was hot property all across the football world, as he’d fallen out of favour at Real Madrid – supposedly breaking down in tears in the club president’s office - and the Spanish side were looking to offload him quickly. The most likely suitor seemed to be Chelsea, and in the January 2008 transfer window, it looked like they’d get their man.

Robinho was invited to Stamford Bridge for contract talks, and supposedly, a £29m deal was agreed between Real and Chelsea. But when Robinho was unveiled on deadline day, it wasn’t by the Blues – but by the Sky Blues of Manchester City. Newly minted due to their takeover by the Abu Dhabi group, City swooped in with a massive £32.5m and snapped up the Brazilian from under Chelsea’s nose – even Robinho himself seemed surprised by the move, as evidenced by his confusion in the press conference that saw him unveiled.

At the time, the word was that Chelsea wouldn’t match City’s bid, but Robinho has recently come out with another theory – claiming Chelsea’s decision to sell replica shirts with his name printed on the back before he’d even signed irked the Madrid powerbrokers and put them off selling him to a Champions League rival. Whatever the truth, this was one of the wildest deadline day deals to fall through.

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