10. Robert Lewandowski to Blackburn
This transfer was bound to happen in 2010 when Robert Lewandowski was still an unknown footballer. Blackburn Rovers was on the verge of completing the transfer before a volcano eruption in Iceland created a huge cloud and all flights was cancelled including that of Lewandowski to England. The transfer therefore broke down and Lewandowski was signed by Dortmund where he became a well known footballer.
9. Michael Essien to Burnley
In 1999, Burnley missed the opportunity to sign Essien for free. This could not happen as the club rule stipulates that a youth player cannot be on a wage higher than £60 a week. In 2005 Essien joined Chelsea from Lyon for a fee of £26M and became a super hit for the blues and went on to win the league with them.
8. Didier Drogba to Arsenal
Another great opportunity missed by the gunners, after Arsene Wenger revealed that the Ivorian superstar could have been bought by Arsenal for a fee of £100k but did not took the risk as the gunners boss was not sure whether he could cope with English football or not. He must have got some regret when Chelsea bought him for £24M from Marseille and did superbly well in the Premier League and became a Chelsea legend.
7. Bale to Manchester United
In 2007, the red devils were very interested with former Southampton player, Gareth Bale. However they could not find an agreement over the fee for the player, the transfer therefore broke down. The latter was later transferred to Tottenham for a fee of £10M. He did superbly well for the spurs before he was sold for a fee of 100M Euro to Real Madrid last summer.
6. Zinedine Zidane to Newcastle
The former Juventus striker was offered to the magpies in 1996 for a fee of £1.6M from Bordeaux. However they could not recognise his talent and turned down the opportunity to sign the one who was going to win the World Cup for France and become a reference in football. He was signed by Juventus where he proved his worth before moving to Real Madrid.
5. Christiano Ronaldo to Liverpool
Former reds boss Gerard Houiller was on the verge of signing the Portuguese in 2005 before the transfer fell through. The Liverpool board could not agree on the wage demand for him and did not go through with the transfer. Ronaldo was then bought by reds rival, Manchester United and became a massive hit for the club before moving to Real Madrid.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Arsenal
A big miss for the gunners as Arsene Wenger offered a trial to the Swedish striker but he refused and said "Zlatan doesn’t do auditions". The skilful striker preferred then to sign for Ajax and did not take Wenger trial seriously. The latter later became one of the world best strikers and now currently plays for French side PSG.
3. Yaya Toure to Arsenal
One of the best midfielders in the Premier League right now, Yaya Toure could have been a gunner instead of a Citizen in 2003. He had a trial with the gunners and a deal around £1.3M was arranged but the transfer did not happened as the Ivorian midfield powerhouse could not get a work permit in order to play in England. A massive miss for gunner’s manager, Arsene Wenger.
2. Falcao to Aston Villa
The Colombian striker nearly joined the villains in January 2008, when they decided to bid for him when he was still playing for former club, River Plate. They made an initial bid of £5M which was rejected. They did not up their bid for the Colombian striker and he later became one of the world most expensive player and is currently playing for As Monaco.
1. Ronaldinho to Manchester United
This transfer was about to happen when the Brazilian legend was still playing for the French club, PSG. At that time, the red devils sold David Beckham and wanted to replace him with the Brazilian. However things did not went as they wished as they were outbid by Spanish giant, Barcelona where the Brazilian became a massive hit for the club.