In light of the opening of the January transfer window we take a look at some failed transfers that would of been amazing for the world of football and may have led to an entirely different outcome...

1. RONALDINHO to Manchester United

The Red Devils sold David Beckham to Real Madrid in 2003, and there were rumours they wanted to replace him with the Brazil trickster Ronaldinho who was playing for PSG at the time.

However Man United were outbid by Barcelona and were left looking pretty stupid after he went on to win the World Player Of The Year twice with the Catalans!

2. ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI to Blackburn Rovers

Robert Lewandowski wasn't a big name back in 2010, but Blackburn saw his potential and tried to sign the striker.

Robert was about to fly over for talks when the volcano erupted in Iceland creating a huge ash cloud and most flights were cancelled, including the Polish star's. This meant he had no way of getting to Blackburn and signed for Borussia Dortmund instead; not a bad move!

3. RADAMEL FALCAO to Aston Villa

In January 2008, Aston Villa were linked with a move for the powerful striker who was smashing in the goals for River Plate in Argentina.

Rumours claimed that the Premier League outfit offered around £5million for the Columbian 'Tiger' but the move never materialised and Falcao went on to become one of the world's best players with Atletico Madrid and AS Monaco!

4. MICHAEL ESSIEN to Burnley

This is an incredible one!

Burnley missed out on signing 17-year-old midfielder Michael Essien for free!

This was way back in 1999 but a ridiculous club rule meant that youth players couldn't be on wages higher than £60-a-week.

Essien later joined Chelsea from Lyon for £26million in 2005.

5. DIDIER DROGBA to Arsenal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted he could have signed Didier Drogba from France club Le Mans for only £100,000 in 2002!

However, Wenger believed that the Ivory Coast player was not ready to play in the Premier League. Well he was proved wrong when Chelsea signed him up for £24million two years later! Didier then went on to become a Chelsea hero!

6. YAYA TOURE to Arsenal

Another great player from Ivory Coast Arsenal failed to sign.

Back in 2003, Arsenal had tried to arrange a deal for £1.6million. He came over for a trial and impressed Arsenal but they couldn't offer him a contract as he was unable to get a work permit to play in England.

Yaya later became a world sensation at Manchester City after moving from Barcelona.

7. GARETH BALE to Manchester United

They reportedly did try to sign Bale in the summer but we're talking about the time six years earlier.

Gareth Bale was playing at left-back for Southampton when Man United were rumoured to be looking for a deal in 2007.

But Southampton rejected United's offer and he moved on to Spurs later for £10million.

8. ZINEDINE ZIDANE to Newcastle United

Considered one of the best footballers ever; though clearly not by Newcastle! They turned down the chance to sign him in 1996 for a measly £1.6million from Bordeaux.

He moved to Juventus instead for £2.9million. They were left very embarrassed when he went on to win the World Cup and moved to Real Madrid for huge £48million!

9. CRISTIANO RONALDO to Arsenal or Liverpool

There were rumours flying that Liverpool were interested in bringing in Cristiano Ronaldo before Man United did, though a deal couldn't be struck because they refused to offer big wages.

As for Arsenal, they were agonising close to getting the Portuguese winger and even gave him a shirt!

However, he signed for Man United after impressing them in a friendly. Both those clubs will be gutted. Might they have won the league had they got their man? He has gone on to win the Ballon d'Or after moving to Real Madrid!


This is my favourite transfer of the 10; I never fail to be fascinated by Zlatan!

Arsene Wenger offered the then 20-year-old Swede a trial training session in 2001 to see if he was a good fit for Arsenal or not.

The skilful striker rejected the offer, claiming he doesn't do trials - I doubt Wenger expected that! He instead signed for Eredivisie giants Ajax.

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