There is never a dull moment in the transfer market. As soon as it opens there is the promise of rumours, speculation, fans excitement, players frustration, done and almost don't deals.
This summer transfer window has been no different with the continuing Bale saga, and talk of Wayne Rooney's move to Stamford Bridge.
Add Andre Villas-Boas' spending spree at Spurs and Arsene Wenger's unsuccessful attempts at luring potential buys to the Emirates. In the midst of all this talk revolving round world class footballers signing for big clubs every transfer window, we often forget the lucrative deals that for one reason or another weren't completed.
Here I look back on the top 5 football transfers that nearly happened…(but didn't).
Cristiano Ronaldo to Arsenal
The Real Madrid forward revealed speaking to GQ magazine that in 2003 he was an inch away from signing for Arsenal.
According to Wenger, the deal never materialised because it came down to money and how much Arsenal were prepared to pay for this as-yet-unproven player.
"I had Ronaldo at the training ground," said Wenger. "But in the end it was a question of the amount of transfer fee between the two clubs.
"Of course, he proved to be a bargain at £12.5 million, but the price that we discussed was intact much lower."
The Portuguese midfielder went on to prove himself at Manchester United securing his status as an all time football great. Ronaldo then went on to be sold to Spanish giants Real Madrid at a price tag of £80 million
Steven Gerrard to Chelsea
In 2005 Gerrard was linked heavily to a big money move from Liverpool to Chelsea.
Oil Tycoon and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was looking to make another big signing and it nearly came in the form of the Liverpool midfielder.
Gerrard later admitted that he did consider a move to Chelsea because he felt Liverpool were a long way from being contenders.
Gerrard expressed how glad he was that he chose to stay in the North West.
Gerrard said: "The reason the whole Chelsea thing came up was down to frustration that we were so far away from the title race. Thats why this interest maybe turned my head slightly."
Chelsea fans are probably relieved that Gerrard never made the move to West London after seeing the miss match midfield partnership of Lampard and Gerrard for England.
Diego Maradona to Sheffield United
The Argentinian was all set to become a Blade In 1978. Sheffield United manager Harry Haslam saw the 17-year-old Maradona in action on a scouting trip to Argentina and was so impressed he immediately arranged a £200,000 deal.
The transfer fell through when the Second Division club failed to stump up extra cash on top of the fee.
The steel City sides season could have been a lot different if the signing of the Argentinian ace was completed.
The transfer failed to materialise and United slipped quietly into the Fourth Division later that season.
Zinedine Zidane to Blackburn Rovers
The fabulous Frenchman famously he slipped through Blackburn Rovers net in 1995. When Kenny Dalglish approached Jack Walker to sign Zinedine Zidane from Bordeaux, Jack Walker reportedly said ‘Why do you want to sign Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?’.
Zidane went on to be the best player in the world and Blackburn’s success dried up. This transfer that never happened was amazing oversight by Rovers!
Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Arsenal
Zlatan Ibrahimovic met up with Arsenal manager Wenger in 2000 to discuss a possible move to the North London club.
The Sweden striker turned down the pursuit by Arsenal because Wenger wanted him to go through a trial at the club.
Ibrahimovic told The Sun: "Arsene gave me the famous red and white jersey, the number shirt with Ibrahimovic on it and I was so pleased I even posed for a picture wearing it."
The striker was less than impressed by Gunners manager requiring him to join the club on a trail basis and stated that Arsenal never made him a 'serious' offer.
Ibrahimovic said: "I couldn't believe it. I was like, "No way, Zlatan doesn't do auditions"."
He then went on to say: "I thought "You either know me or you don't and if you don't know me you can't really want me."
Unsurprisingly, the deal never materialised.
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