The Gareth Bale to Real Madrid transfer has been going on for so long now that many people are fed up hearing about it and just want it to happen, but Bale’s transfer to Real Madrid isn’t the first deal that has seemed to drag on forever.
In the Premier League alone we have seen many transfers like this happen; transfers that you know are inevitable, but just don’t seem to come to any conclusion.
Here we look at four of the most famous transfer that have dragged out in the Premier League in recent seasons:
Cesc Fabregas: Arsenal to Barcelona
The Spanish international began his career with the Catalan giants and had always kept a desire to re-join them deep inside his heart.
Fabregas was part of the famous crop of players that came through Barcelona Acdemy La Masia, such as Xaxi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Lional Messi.
The midfielder saw that his chances may be limited, so moved to England to join Arsenal in hope of first team football – which he started to get only 16 under Arsene Wenger.
Fabregas’ talent evolved – growing to become Arsenal’s captain and one of the best midfielders in Europe.
In June 2010 Pep Guardiola finally came knocking with a bid of £30 million being rejected by Arsenal.
The following season rumours of Cesc’s desire to return to Barcelona hit fever pitch and Arsene Wenger finally had to give in and let the midfielder go back ‘home’ for a £35 million deal.
Eden Hazard: Lille to Chelsea
This man was at some point linked to nearly all the top teams in the Premier League, such as Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United, Manchester City and eventually Chelsea.
The young Belgian attacker’s performances for Lille turned him into the hottest property in French football – and with his pace, skill and strength on the ball, he was seen as the perfect fit for English football.
He claims that he came close to signing for Tottenham, but their failure to qualify for the Champions League eventually ruled the out of the running for his signature.
It seemed to be a straight out dual between the two Manchester clubs for his signing in the summer of 2012, but Chelsea came into the running late with a sneaky offer just off the back of winning the Champions League.
Hazard pondered his future for days leaving the three clubs hanging loose waiting for his answer, but he eventually announced his future on Twitter announcing: “I’m signing for the Champion’s League winner”, breaking the hearts of United and City fans alike.
Luka Modric: Tottenham to Real Madrid
The Croatian midfield had impressed in his first three seasons at Tottenham and was beginning to become noticed as one of the most influential midfielders in the league.
During the summer of 2011, Chelsea, who was then managed by Andre Villas Boas, identified the midfielder as their main summer target. They submitted a £22 million bid, followed by a £27 million bid; both bids were rejected by Tottenham, who claimed Modric wasn’t available for any price.
Modric claimed he had a gentleman’s agreement with Daniel Levy allowing him to consider offers from a “big club".
Chelsea put in one final bid for £40 million on the final day of the transfer window, but again, Tottenham refused to budge and kept hold of their star man.
The following season Manchester United were rumoured to have shown interest in the former Tottenham star, but it Spanish giants Real Madrid, under the management of Jose Mourinho, came in and snapped up Modric’s signature for £33 million.
Carlos Tevez: Man City to Juventus
This was similar to the Modric deal in that it didn’t involve just one club.
The Argentine striker first handed in a transfer request in December 2010, despite his agent recently asking the club to renegotiate and improve his current contract. Tevez’s reasons at the time were cited as a breakdown with club personal and family reasons.
Roberto Mancini stood firm and rejected his request; Tevez eventually agreed to stay. On 27th September 2011, Tevez was named as a substitute during City’s fixture at Bayern Munich. According to Mancini, Tevez refused to come on as a substitute, which sparked enormous fury from the Italian manager who claimed that Tevez would never play for the club again.
After a fall out with the club and inability to find another team despite interest from AC and Inter Milan, Tevez remained at the club and didn’t play again until March 2012.
Rumours surfaced that he would be leaving at the end of the season, but with no deal happening he stayed for one final season at the club before signing with Serie A champions Juventus for £10 million of 26th June.