10 football deals collapsed in the last moments for strange and crazy reasons

While the Brazilian player Lucas Paqueta was close to moving to the English club Manchester City, the latter stopped the deal after investigating Paqueta on charges of participating in betting and gambling, which are prohibited in the English Premier League.

Here are the top 10 deals that collapsed in the last moments for strange reasons, some of which may be classified as crazy:

Ronaldinho to Manchester United

Before joining Barcelona, ​​​​Ronaldinho was close to moving from Paris Saint-Germain to Manchester United in 2003. Media reports at the time indicated that United was close to bringing Ronaldinho to “Old Trafford” as an ideal replacement for David Beckham, who left for Real Madrid. .

Yet the deal fell apart, apparently because of the weather. Ronaldinho chose to join Barcelona as the weather was more attractive to him, as well as the club officials promising to build the entire team around him.

Ronaldinho is one of the most prominent Brazilians who defended the colors of Barcelona (Getty Images)

Neymar to Manchester City

Just like his talented compatriot Ronaldinho, Neymar is believed to have turned down a move to Manchester due to the weather as well. This time it was Manchester City who thought he had secured a deal to sign Neymar from Santos in 2013, and the British newspaper “The Telegraph” reported at the time that Neymar was not interested in the deal; Because he was convinced that players were forced to wear shoes specially made to handle the muddy pitches of England.

Neymar preferred to join Barcelona, ​​​​where the weather suited him.

Robert Lewandowski to Blackburn

Years before he became one of the best and most experienced strikers in the world, Lewandowski was about to join Blackburn Rovers, England, during the winter transfer window at the beginning of 2010, but the volcanic ash cloud caused by the eruption of the Icelandic volcano disrupted his flight for talks with the club.

The delay in the flight allowed the German club Borussia Dortmund to pounce on the deal, and change Lewandowski’s course forever, as he continued to score many goals in both the German League and the European Champions League with Dortmund and then Bayern Munich, until he moved last season to Barcelona.

Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski (C) gestures as he celebrates after scoring a fourth goal against Real Madrid during their Champions League semi-final first leg soccer match at BVB stadium in Dortmund April 24, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Lewandowski with Borussia Dortmund in 2013 (Reuters)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Arsenal

Ibrahimovic’s potential move to Arsenal in the year 2000 is the stuff of legend. Arsenal’s historic coach, Arsene Wenger, wanted to see the Swedish youth in one of the team’s training sessions, but Ibrahimovic refused the offer, and rather responded violently and decisively, saying, “Zlatan does not conduct tests,” which made Arsenal dismiss the deal that would have been ideal for the Gunners.

Roy Keane to Blackburn

Before becoming a Manchester United legend, Kane had a pre-contractual agreement with Blackburn Rovers in 1993, and he was due to join the club but the deal fell through.

Blackburn manager Kenny Dalglish, at the time, was unable to complete Kane’s deal due to a wrong “fax”, so Manchester United pounced on the deal and won Kane’s signature in a strange and dramatic turn of events, making the player captain of the team, and one of the best midfielders the Premier League has ever seen. launch.

epa00738837 (FILES) A November 2000 file photo of then Manchester United skipper Roy Keane in action leaping over Dynamo Kiev's Andrei Nesmachnyi during a Champions League Game.  Keane, who at the beginning of the year joined Glasgow Celtic, announced his retirement from football due to injury.  He claimed he was quitting following medical advice.  EPA/GERRY PENNY
Roy Keane became one of the legends of Manchester United after the failure of his deal to join Blackburn (European)

David De Gea to Real Madrid

Everyone knows the story of Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea’s failed transfer to Real Madrid in 2015, known as the “fax machine accident”, because the deal was canceled due to the 28-minute delay in submitting the necessary papers from the transfer deadline, due to a problem with the “fax” machine.

De Gea’s destination turned to Manchester United, who stayed with him until last month, when he left after his contract with the team expired.

Nabil Fekir to Liverpool

Failed medical examinations are common in the player transfer market, but the situation surrounding Frenchman Nabil Fekir’s transfer to Liverpool in 2018 is certainly exciting. As the player was about to move to the Reds just weeks after losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, he was even photographed in the team’s shirt and recorded interviews with the club’s media team.

However, the deal was stopped when Liverpool doctors learned of a previous knee injury that Nabil had suffered, and saw that it might make him an imperfect deal.

Soccer Football - World Cup - France Training - France Training Camp, Istra, Russia - July 7, 2018 France's Nabil Fekir and Adil Rami during training.  REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
Nabil Fekir (center) with the French national team in 2018 (Reuters)

John Obi Mikel to Manchester United

In 2005, Manchester United announced the signing of John Obi Mikel from Lyon Oslo, but in an exciting development, the Nigerian player claimed that he was “pressured” to sign the contract with the “Red Devils”, which eventually led to his transfer to Chelsea, which paid about $ 17 million. to Lyn Oslo, and $5 million to Manchester United to bring the midfielder to London.

Emmanuel Adebayor to Aston Villa

Adebayor was close to joining Aston Villa on loan from Tottenham in 2015 but the move suddenly fell through, even though the Togolese forward, who has scored 97 Premier League goals, had a medical and promotional photos for the deal.

And the failure of the deal was due to Adebayor’s retreat at the last moment; Because he could not mentally prepare for this step, he said, “He needed a sign from God that this step was right for him after talking to his chaplain.”

Loic Remy to Liverpool

Frenchman Remy was close to joining Liverpool from Queens Park Rangers in 2014 as one of the replacements for Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, but the Reds closed the deal. Just like with Nabil Fekir; Because the club’s doctors were not satisfied with the results of the player’s medical examination, and advised against completing the deal.

He never disclosed to the media what the problem was, which the doctors discovered, but rumor has it that it is a problem with Remy’s heart, which explains why Liverpool were so cautious.

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