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5 EPL Deals That Were Hijacked At The Last Minute

5 Premier League Deals That Were Hijacked At The Last Minute

By Keegan Kruger - Jul 06, 2017 08:00 PM @KeeganKruger

Manchester United have reportedly agreed a fee with Everton for striker Romelu Lukaku, who many thought was Chelsea-bound. Here are five Premier League transfers that were hijacked at the last minute.

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see five EPL deals that were hijacked at the last minute.

The most recent was when Willian was unveiled as a Chelsea player hours after being said to have had a medical at Tottenham Hotspur. BBC Sport reported that the Brazilian was on the verge of making a £30 million (R523 million) move to Spurs; however, he was in a taxi travelling across to the other side of London to sign the paperwork at Stamford Bridge.

Mohamed Salah may now be a Liverpool player, but back in 2014, his deal to the Reds was also hijacked by Chelsea. According to the Daily Mirror, the Egyptian was being monitored by the Merseyside club for 18 months while he was a Basel player, but before they knew it, the Blues moved in, with Salah's agent claiming that Liverpool missed out on the winger because they took too long to put in an offer.

In 2011, the Daily Mail reported that Arsenal had launched a £18 million (R314 million) bid for Juan Mata as Arsene Wenger looked to bring in a creative playmaker. Things did not quite work out as planned, though, as the Gunners did not meet Valencia's valuation at the time. Chelsea then swooped in to steal the silky Spaniard within days.

Dimitar Berbatov was another player who was hijacked, and it involved the two Manchester clubs, according to the Daily Telegraph. The Bulgarian, who was a Tottenham Hotspur player at the time, was expected to move to Manchester City, but when Manchester United heard about this, they quickly moved in and snatched the striker from their rivals' grips.

'Ronaldo Will Stay At Real'

After Xabi Alonso left Liverpool, they club was expected to bring in Gareth Barry as his replacement. The Daily Mirror reported that the midfielder did agree to join the Anfield club in the 2008/09 season, but things changed as soon as City came calling with their new-found riches.  

Do you think the "Lukaku to Chelsea" deal has been hijacked by United? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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Stanza_waka_Mugwena Joined: 08 Aug 2014
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Stanza_waka_Mugwena Jul 07, 2017 07:53 PM
Yes he should,he's a good player whom should be playing regularly now
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NHLANHLA1 Jul 07, 2017 03:02 PM
Good for ManU we dont need Lukaku
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hoji Jul 07, 2017 12:55 PM
If morata is impossible take lekaku... Madrid wnt let go of thiet priced asserts.. James n morata are essecial to madrid future.. Hence e zidane let his own blood go.. I tbink benzema n bale will struggle for game time next season... Watch the space...
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Myaka weliPhefeni Jul 07, 2017 09:45 AM
This thing of monitoring senior players for long tym while even they a playing for their national teams i dnt knw means what bcz shw that his good,the team who srs abt his service they go all out for them that why it luk lyk hijecked
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Luckymakho Jul 07, 2017 09:34 AM
Pedro expected to join united but joined chelsea. Vidal expected to join united but joined bayern
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King_Messi_Neymar Jul 07, 2017 09:33 AM
We dont need Lukaku at Chelsea. Sign Morata or Belitto
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Matjila Jul 07, 2017 08:38 AM
Pirates should sign jali and nyatama also tysan
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King-Nosh Jul 07, 2017 07:22 AM
Nkatha to Pirates ended up to Supersport
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MR E Jul 06, 2017 11:45 PM
Lukaku for me he wont deliver at united.
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indidane Jul 06, 2017 09:39 PM
Nyasha Mushekwi was training with Zebras ... But Sundowns Stole him under their nose ..kikikiki
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Zax5-Bucs Jul 06, 2017 09:10 PM
The same happen when Chiefs confirm signing Lebo Manyama from Ajax before agree terms with the player, then Lebo turn down the move to Naturena saying he only want to move to any oversease team only to turn out for SSU.
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TrevorvanWyk Jul 06, 2017 08:38 PM
This guy must learn humility-i see him warming the bench by Jan.
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Melucy Khosiboy khb Jul 06, 2017 08:18 PM
Viva man united viva!

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