4 Football Transfers That Almost Happened

For many clubs, it’s a case of what could have been as players have either moved on from transfer talks or onto bigger things.

In the world of transfer rumours and gossip taking over, there are some deals that could have happened that could have changed everything.

Check out some transfer deals which almost happened in the game of football;

1. Neymar – Santos To Real Madrid

Real Madrid and Barcelona were in pursuit for the signature of Neymar in 2013 but the Catalan side were able to beat their rivals for the signature of the Brazilian International.

Despite Barca signing the 29 year-old from Santos it was also rumoured Real Madrid were also close to acquiring him.

2. Phillipe Coutinho – Barcelona To Leicester City

The Brazilian International who had difficulties in starting games for Barcelona in 2021 was close to signing for Leicester City after the English side showed interest in him.

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He eventually joined Aston Villa on loan last year and permanently signed for them this month.

3. Matthijs De Ligt – Juventus To Barcelona

Barcelona made an offer to sign De Ligt from Juventus last year but the transfer failed to happen.

It was also rumoured that the Dutchman showed interest in signing for the Spanish side during the time but negotiations between both parties eventually trailed off.

4. Steven Gerrard to Chelsea

In 2005, Steven Gerrard was at the peak of his powers.

He was an established England midfielder, captain of Liverpool and one of the world’s best attacking midfielders.

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On a famous May night in Istanbul, he had led Liverpool to one of the most dramatic victories in their history.

At halftime in the 2005 Champions League final, Liverpool were 3-0 down to AC Milan.

The Reds were a complete shambles, and if anything it was expected that the Rossoneri would add to their commanding lead.

But then, a miracle happened. Liverpool clawed their way back to 3-3 with Gerrard scoring the first and winning the penalty that allowed Xabi Alonso to equalise.

Liverpool won a tense penalty shootout, and an emotional Gerrard lifted the Champions League trophy.

You would have thought that nothing could have possibly tempted Steven Gerrard away from his hometown club.

However, Chelsea had just stormed to their first Premier League title under a young Jose Mourinho and stars such as John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.

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Mourinho had never made any secret of his desire to bring Gerrard to London, and the temptation to compete directly for a title was a tempting proposition for the Liverpool captain.

In a stunning move, Steven Gerrard handed in a transfer request, and thus set in a motion a wave of negative hysteria across Liverpool and beyond.

Many fans took to burning his iconic number 8 shirt. However, Gerrard would have a change of heart.

According to then-teammate Jamie Carragher, he realized that a single league title in the red of Liverpool would be worth much more than 3 or 4 in the blue of Chelsea.

Unfortunately for both Carragher and Gerrard that single league title would never come.



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