Carlos Tevez and the 15 Most Annoying Transfer Sagas
So Carlos Tevez stayed with Manchester City for the foreseeable future. Or did he?
The Premier League's longest-running transfer saga still isn't fully resolved and I'll tell you why if you keep reading.
Tevez isn't the only annoying transfer rumour that's been around over the past six months or more. Some stories just refuse to go away.
Here we'll take a look at the 15 most annoying transfer sagas that have been in our headlines and twitter feeds.
Feel free to join me in venting your frustrations in the comments section below.
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We have to start with the Argentinean because his story is in the title.
Since refusing to warm up in a Champions League game for Manchester City, Tevez has been ousted from first-team action by Roberto Mancini.
Tevez then fled to Argentina and City stopped paying his wages.
The British January transfer window is now shut, and Tevez wasn't sold. Up to speed?
Here's the twist.
The South American and Russian transfer windows are still open for purchases, which means Tevez could still move.
Will he? Won't he? Does anyone even care anymore?
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Modric then asked to leave the club but was persuaded to stay by the Spurs hierarchy.
It never came to fruition and Modric remains a Spurs player.
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Santos Striker Neymar has said he wants to stay with Santos until at least the 2014 World Cup. He has signed a contract recently to back that up.
He's staying put, so let it go people.
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It's almost got to the point where I'm sicking of writing the name Eden Hazard.
If you can name a club, the chances are he's been linked with them at some point over the past 12 months.
Hazard is still at French club Lille and rumours persist he'll be moving on in the summer, despite the club's £40 million valuation of the player.
Considering you could probably buy a player just as good for a third of the price, a deal was never going to be made with the Portuguese club, despite rumoured interest from Manchester City and Chelsea.
Hulk, unsurprisingly, remains at FC Porto for the time being.
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Drogba was linked with a move to Shanghai Shenhua to join former Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka, who departed in early January.
Drogba kept quiet and left for the Africa Cup of Nations, at which point he declared he would be staying with Chelsea until at least the summer.
I'm not even sure Chelsea fans even cared about that statement.
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It seemed to take ages for Gary Cahill to sort out his transfer from Bolton Wanders to Chelsea.
Once the fee had finally been agreed between the two clubs, there then seemed to be a delay in arranging personal terms.
Chelsea eventually appeased the English defender, but he has yet to set foot on the pitch for Chelsea since signing.
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Chelsea were the kings of boring transfer gossip this past January as rumours surfaced that Frank Lampard would be leaving Stamford Bridge.
Those who follow Lampard's career knew that was always going to be extremely unlikely, and for all the talk of him missing games under Andres Villas-Boas, Lampard has in fact featured in all but three of Chelsea's league games, of which one of those he was injured.
Rumours of a move to Manchester United were unfounded.
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Put your hands in the air if you really thought Real Madrid were going to sell Gonzalo Higuain.
Some Liverpool fans did after repeated stories of the player being out of favour with manager Jose Mourinho and him not seeing much pitch time.
In the end, there were no bids declared and the player stayed where he is.
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Cavani really is top of his game right now, which is likely why so many teams are looking at him.
He's definitely got potential for a summer move, but how many times have you read that already?
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Newcastle striker Demba Ba was due to be playing for another club once he returned from International duty in the African Cup of Nations...if you believed the press hype.
A lot was made of a supposed low-figure release clause in his Newcastle contract, which could be triggered for under £7 million.
He went to Africa and came back; he still plays for Newcastle.
No bids for Ba have ever been declared but the rumours will no doubt run into the summer.
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Manchester City are going to buy Gareth Bale, but Tottenham want £150 million for him.
Note that price is almost twice as much as what Real Madrid paid for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.
Bale apparently has a release clause of £50 million in his contract, which makes a mockery of the previous sum mentioned.
Robin Van Persie
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Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City were going to buy him for £30 million in January, so where were all the bids?
Perhaps van Persie wants to just concentrate on his football before talking business.
Admittedly, reading transfer speculation can be highly interesting, but it can also get incredibly tedious and monotonous.
You just know that some deals aren't going to happen, or that they have been going on for so long that you just don't care anymore.
Carlos Tevez was the prime example of such high media coverage that probably only Tevez himself cares where he ends up now.
The rumours won't stop now that January is over. We have the summer window to look forward to and that is where all the bargains are to be found...or so I'm told.
It will be interesting to see if any of the players on this list move on in the summertime. Then again, it might not.
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