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."