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10 Players Who Went AWOL To Force Transfers

Amid FC Barcelona target Neymar reportedly going AWOL to force a return to Camp Nou, here are other stars, including Percy Tau and former Kaizer Chiefs signing, who did not turn up for training to force transfers.

Click through the gallery to see 10 stars who went AWOL to force moves.

Antoine Griezmann is one of the players, who went AWOL to force their transfer, after he failed to turn up for pre-season at Atletico Madrid ahead of his move to FC Barcelona.

The deal was confirmed on Friday after his lawyer paid his €120 million release clause at LaLiga’s offices.

The Frenchman did not report back for pre-season with the Rojiblancos last week, which is said to have forced Barcelona to pay his full buyout clause as Atletico were not keen on negotiating amid the players antics.

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Neymar is believed to be using similar tactics to push for a move away from Paris Saint-Germain, while even Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel with the rest of the squad because he wants to leave the Gunners.

On the local front, Percy Tau did go AWOL ahead of his move to Brighton & Hove Albion last season when he failed to report for training at Mamelodi Sundowns. The Brazilians were also involved in a similar incident when Katlego Mphela went AWOL amid rumours linking him with a move to Kaizer Chiefs back in 2014.

Read: Barca Announce €120 million Signing

You can find more players who went AWOL to force moves in the gallery above, while it remains to be seen whether Neymar will return to Paris or stay away from the club’s pre-season training until his potential departure is confirmed.

Do you think players have too much power these days, being able to force transfers by going AWOL despite still being under contract? Have your say in the comments section below.

 

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