Craziest Transfer Deadline Day Rumours That Never Happened
The transfer window can bring about plenty of crazy rumours, and transfer deadline day definitely has its fair share.
This transfer deadline day was no different, and we're taking a look at some of Monday's craziest rumours that didn't become reality.
With teams like Manchester United and Arsenal needing signings to cover certain areas, there was always the possibility of dubious, yet tantalizing, rumours. Some transfers are believable, but these weren't.
The teams involved, the fee and the player, all had a part in whether or not a club's rumoured interest in a player could be considered realistic before anything actually became official.
Let's take a look at the craziest transfer deadline rumours that never happened.
Tottenham's Emmanuel Adebayor for Fernando Torres Swap
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Why Tottenham thought they could get the most expensive footballer in British history for a player who is inconsistent and unproductive is unclear. Maybe adding a bit of money would have had Chelsea considering the deal for a minute or two and not 30 seconds.
The rivalry between the two clubs is an obvious factor as to why this transfer heads into the realm of crazy, and the form of the players involved makes it even more absurd.
One can argue that, for the most part, there's been little difference between the productivity of the two forwards in recent times. From a career standpoint however, and in some of his latest performances, Torres has the edge.
Manchester United Trying to Sign Sami Khedira
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While Manchester United being linked to Khedira isn't crazy, the idea that they could sign the German international so late in the window was. Real Madrid had no alternatives currently in the squad, and wouldn't have had time to find a suitable replacement.
Arsenal Trying to Take, Not Give, When Dealing with Barcelona
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Football fans must have thought Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was delirious when they saw this rumour.
Charles Perrin of the Daily Express wrote that Arsenal made an inquiry about signing Barcelona's Javier Mascherano, and were emphatically told that the player was not for sale. Not that Arsenal fans will care at this point.
Arsenal's relationship with Barcelona in the transfer window has virtually been a one-way street even before the likes of Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas moved clubs. While Arsenal were in need of a defensive midfielder of Mascherano's ilk (it's not like Wenger would have continued Barcelona's choice of playing him in central defense), it was not a deal that was going to occur.
Barcelona need the Argentinian to play central defense, and had they been willing to play ball a big fee would have been in play.
Arsenal were crazy to think they could have signed Mascherano at that late stage.
Arsenal's Interest in Javier Pastore
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According to Express Sport (h/t Daily Express) Arsenal contacted Paris Saint-Germain about the possibility of signing Javier Pastore.
The only explanation here is that Gunners may have thought that Javier Pastore's ponytail would give him some Zlatan Ibrahimovic-like skills.
Pastore wouldn't really have upgraded Arsenal's attack, though he would have added depth, and Arsenal would have been getting a player who hasn't been at top form since leaving Italy.
Add in the likelihood that the deal would have been on the high side financially, something which seems minuscule considering Arsenal's signing of a certain German, and you get a "what are you thinking?"
That was the case with most Arsenal rumours during the window.
Arsenal Go 0-5 When It Comes to Forwards
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Arsenal's rumoured loan move for Chelsea forward Demba Ba was crazy for a few reasons.
Arsenal would have had a tough time prying the player away from a rival, especially with Jose Mourinho and Wenger's fantastic relationship. Wenger said in the past that he would have only gotten one of either Ba or Olivier Giroud. And, Ba would have only have left Chelsea on a permanent deal, or not at all.
While we can't be sure that the interest was real, we do know it was crazy for that deal to be even considered as a possibility.