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It’s a funny old game: Ten crazy transfers that almost happened

Had it not been for a pesky volcano Robert Lewandowski could have been scoring five goals against Rotherham for Blackburn rather than Wolfsburg.

Football’s a funny game and even hardened wheeler dealers like Harry Redknapp fail to get deals over the line sometimes.

Imagine if these transfers had taken place.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Arsenal

Even as a youngster Ibrahimovic had an ego the size of Big Ben. When Arsenal moved to take the then unproven Swedish striker on trial from Malmo Ibra was incensed. Zlatan doesn’t do trials!

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Gabriel Batistuta to Fulham

Back in 2002 Fulham were good enough to reject a 33-year-old Batistuta, with coach Jean Tigana preferring to promote his youth prospects like Louis Saha and, err… Calum Willock.

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Diego Maradona to Sheffield United

Sheffield came so close to signing Maradona in 1970 that they arranged a £200,000 fee for the 17-year-old. When the club failed to stump up extra cash the move fell through. Gutted.

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Roberto Carlos to Aston Villa

A rare case of a manager overruling the chairman. Doug Ellis wanted to sign Carlos after watching him play for Brazil but manager Brian Little vetoed the move.

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Ronaldinho to St Mirren

With a move from Gremio to PSG already lined up what better place to acclimatise yourself to European footballer than St Mirren. Unfortunately red tape put an end to the move and ended Scottish football for good.

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Rivaldo to Bolton

Big Sam Allardyce and Rivaldo… a match made in heaven. Rivaldo came close to joining Bolton but presumably got scared off when he met Kevin Davies and El-Hadji Diouf.

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Falcao to Aston Villa

Aston Villa were offered Falcao for £5million in 2008 when the Colombian was still playing for River Plate. Instead they went for Wigan’s Emile Heskey. Go figure.

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Zinedine Zidane to Blackburn

Why would you want to sign Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?

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Andriy Shevchenko to West Ham

When Harry Redknapp was approached by ‘two villains’ offering youngsters from Ukraine he was too afraid to say no. West Ham couldn’t afford the million pounds they were demanding for one player, meaning Shevchenko slipped through the net.

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Michael Essien to Burnley

Only Burnely’s club policy of not offering more than £60 per week for youngsters stopped the club from signing a 17-year-old Michael Essien.

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