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Top five Premier League transfers that nearly happened – but didn’t quite get over the line

Have you ever got so excited over a signing, only for it to fail at the last moment?

Or has your club been linked with one player so many times, only for it never to happen, that you start to question whether he ever existed?

The Premier League is a weird and wonderful place where transfers have gone completely bonkers in recent years.

Money has skyrocketed to ridiculous levels to the point where Harry Maguire is the world’s most expensive centre-back.

However, sometimes the money just isn’t enough and clubs fail to land their man – here are the top five examples of that.

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5. Mario Gotze to Liverpool

Germany’s Mario Gotze celebrates scoring the winning goal during extra time in their 2014 World Cup final against Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes (BRAZIL – Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

For transfer window upon transfer window there appeared to be strong interest in Gotze from Liverpool.

Even after he abandoned Borussia Dortmund for rivals Bayern Munich, and then when he returned to the Signal Iduna Park.

It appeared that the connection he had with Jurgen Klopp would get the deal over the line – alas, it never happened.

4. Gareth Bale to Manchester United

Manchester United legend Gareth Bale in action

Bale’s miserable time compounded by Zinedine Zidane frequently telling the media how much he hates him seemed to spell an end to the Welshman’s time in Madrid.

United were long held as the top club to sign him, mainly because they were the only ones foolish enough to keep up his £500,000-a-week wages.

However, the former Tottenham man is still at the Bernabeu – gritting his teeth in the dressing room every time Zidane and the boys rib him for his top-knot.

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3. Karim Benzema to Arsenal

Karim Benzema, amazingly, never played for Arsenal
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