5 EPL Deals That Were Hijacked At The Last Minute
5 Premier League Deals That Were Hijacked At The Last Minute
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.
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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.
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.
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