Picking a January Transfer Deadline Day Rumours XI
Here is a list of January transfer deadline day rumoured XI players who stayed at their clubs.
It was a transfer window with more talk than action and to quote James Riach at the Guardian: "Transfer deadline day failed to live up to its usual hype with none of the Premier League's top five clubs securing a major big-name signing."
Feel free to comment below with your own examples of players who did not move in the January transfer window.
GK: Victor Valdes (Barcelona)
Radio Marca made a bold claim that Barcelona were offering Victor Valdes a new contract.
Barca swiftly denied Radio Marca's assertion, per Liam Newman at Goal.com: "FC Barcelona categorically denies the information released [on Friday] afternoon by Radio Marca in relation to a new contract offer for Victor Valdes. The club respects the decision taken by the player."
Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is expected to be signed for €11-12 million in the summer to succeed Valdes, per Cadena SER (h/t Football Espana).
It was quite classy of Barca to not sell Valdes in the January transfer window knowing he would be leaving for nothing in the summer transfer window.
RB: Phil Bardsley (Sunderland)
Sunderland were staunch in their stance of not relinquishing right-back Phil Bardsley to Fulham, per the Shields Gazette.
"Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley is going nowhere despite a late bid, which is thought to be from Fulham," per the Shields Gazette. "However, Bardsley will not leave the Stadium of Light today after the offer was rejected."
Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen bolstered his squad with five new signings on transfer deadline day.
CB: Eliaquim Mangala (Porto)
Porto resisted Manchester City's combined £50 million deal to sign Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando Reges, per Mark Ogden at the Telegraph:
Manchester City will face summer competition from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United for Eliaquim Mangala after abandoning a £50 million deadline-day move for the defender and his Porto team-mate Fernando.
It is understood that Mangala will remain a priority target.
City have monitored the 22-year-old for more than 12 months, with Begiristain and Pellegrini both regarding the player as the ideal partner for captain Vincent Kompany at centre-half.
City won't be spending that much money on Mangala to sit him on the bench, so Matija Nastasic has the rest of the season to prove to management that he can be Kompany's long-term centre-back partner.
CB: Nicolas Otamendi (Porto)
Manchester United submitted a £12.3 million bid for Porto centre-back Nicolas Otamendi, per Duncan Castles at Goal.com.
Either United pulled out of their bid at the eleventh hour or there never was a bid, because Otamendi was set to join Valencia on loan, per Goncalo Lopes at Diario de Noticias (h/t Tom Conn at Inside Spanish Football).
The proposed move collapsed.
Instead, Valencia signed Philippe Senderos and then announced his signing with a picture of his teammate Brede Hangeland, per James Andrews at the Daily Mail.
LB: Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim)
Hoffenheim left-back Fabian Johnson, who can also play in midfield, was linked with a move to Crystal Palace, per the Croydon Advertiser.
"Crystal Palace have been linked with an American international, as Tony Pulis looks to boost his squad before the transfer deadline," per the Croydon Advertiser. "[T]he American [Johnson] could provide competition for Dean Moxey and Jonathan Parr at left-back."
Johnson has been vying with Sejad Salihovic and Jeremy Toljan for the Hoffenheim left-back position.
DM: Fernando Reges (Porto)
Manchester City narrowly missed out on signing Fernando Reges on transfer deadline day, but will rectify the situation by bringing him to Eastlands in the summer, per Paul Clennam at Goal.com.
"Manchester City have agreed a deal to bring Porto midfielder Fernando to the club this summer, Goal understands," Clennam wrote. "Fernando will now be out of contract in the summer and he has already agreed a contract with City."
The latter statement is a reference to a pre-contract that is used when a player is running down his contract.
That said, Clennam's account conflicts with Mark Ogden at the Telegraph, who wrote: "City could now pursue alternatives to Fernando."
DM: Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur)
Etienne Capoue made some odd comments after his planned move to Napoli did not materialise.
"I've gone from first-team regular to someone who is putting themselves forward to play. It's the first time I've experienced this," Capoue said, per L'Equipe (h/t ESPN). "That's the English attitude. They don't know foreign players very well."
Was this a shot at Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood? Or, were Capoue's comments lost in translation?
Sherwood denied he had any issues with Capoue even after his outburst.
"If you're playing well and I like you better than the other one, then ultimately I like to win football games so the best team plays," Sherwood said, per Darren Witcoop at the Daily Star. "Just play and train well."
Spurs had rejected a £8.25 million bid from Napoli for Capoue several days before transfer deadline day, per David Hytner at the Guardian.
RAM: Nani (Manchester United)
Manchester United was set to give Tottenham Hotspur Nani in return for Andros Townsend, per Darren Lewis at the Mirror.
Manchester United manager David Moyes said Nani would continue to remain inactive due to injury.
"He [Nani] has had a bad hamstring injury," Moyes said, per BBC Sport. "He is getting closer but it'll be another month until he will be ready to play."
To sum it up: Spurs were going to receive an injured Nani, and United were going to get Townsend, who has scored one Premier League goal from 46 shots.
What a fascicle trade that would have been.
CAM: Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich)
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola's comments regarding Toni Kroos' contractual situation fueled rumours of him leaving the club.
"He [Kroos] is an important player but things can move fast in football," Guardiola said, per Sky Sports. "Here today, gone tomorrow."
Kroos was linked with Manchester United, but Graham Chase at the Daily Star was right when he said United were not in the running to sign the German international on transfer deadline day.
The likelihood of Kroos leaving Bayern, a team with dynastic potential, seems unlikely. What could be happening is Kroos using the United rumour as leverage in contractual negotiations with Bayern.
Leading into the week of transfer deadline day, Bayern revealed there had been complications in the planned renewal of Kroos' contract, per Stephan Uersfeld at ESPN FC.
LAM: Julian Draxler (Schalke)
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger waited until the last day of the January transfer window to definitively rule out signing Schalke left attacking midfielder Julian Draxler.
"The Draxler situation has been created by the newspapers, not by me," Wenger said, per FourFourTwo.com. "He will stay at Schalke."
Well played, Wenger.
He gave the writers material to fill their columns, and Gooners stopped moaning, thinking they were going to sign Draxler.
Honourable Mention: Yevhen Konoplyanka (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk)
It was supposed to be a done deal as Liverpool met Konoplyanka's release clause, per Andy Hunter at the Guardian.
Dnipro president Ihor Kolomoyskyi was unwilling to sanction the deal, per Sky Sports: "Unconfirmed reports suggest the deal fell through because Dnipro president Ihor Kolomoyskyi refused to sign the necessary paperwork despite the £15 million release clause being met."
Though, Chris Bascombe at the Telegraph did not make a single mention of a mooted release clause:
[Liverpool's] efforts to secure a deal for the winger [Konoplyanka] dragged into the final throes of the transfer window, but despite frantic attempts to secure terms, and the player being keen on a move, there was no agreement.
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre spent three days in Ukraine negotiating with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. Talks went on until 4 am on Thursday, continuing throughout Friday and beyond the 11 pm deadline as Dnipro multi-billionaire president Ihor Kolomoyskyi pulled the plug.
The only reason why the release clause angle seems skeptical is because Kolomoyskyi would be in breach of Konoplyanka's contract if the move was blocked.
Plus there is a keyword in Sky Sports' report that makes you wonder if there was a release clause or if the Reds stumped up the fee to match the clause: "unconfirmed."
So going by Bascombe's account, Liverpool low-balled Dnipro and they said: "Bye."
CF: Javier Hernandez (Manchester United)
Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez will continue being a consummate professional despite Manchester United not rating him as a week-in, week-out starter.
When he has played in the Premier League this season, he has only started 28.6 percent of games.
His agent Eduardo Hernandez revealed Chicharito did not want to force a move away from United despite interest from various European clubs, per ESPN Deportes (h/t Paulo Freitas at Sky Sports):
I had meetings with a few clubs, I won't name them nor their offers, they are very interested in him. One of the top 10 teams in the world are among those teams that were very interested in signing Javier.
There was a club from Germany, one from France, and two from Spain and Italy each that want to have him. However, he is under contract with Man Utd and he somehow has to respect it in case there is an agreement between the parties.