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The 4 Biggest January Deadline Day Moves That Didn't Happen

Julian Draxler

In terms of dramatic late deals like many seen in years gone by, January's transfer deadline day cannot be considered a real classic. Some big deals were done earlier in the window, look no further than Juan Mata to Manchester United or Nemanja Matic to Chelsea. But, of the Premier League's top 10 teams, Chelsea's acquisition of Kurt Zouma was the only major signing on deadline day and the French defender was immediately loaned back to former club Saint-Etienne.

However, despite a seeming lack of frantic deadline day activity, January buys still pushed Premier League spending levels for the season as whole to a record high of £760m.

Even with a record spending, several big deals involving the country's biggest clubs never materialised. Here's a look at four highly anticipated deadline day moves that for one reason or another just didn't happen.

1. Julian Draxler to Arsenal

Julian Draxler

Arsenal were believed to have had a deal for 20-year-old Schalke prodigy Julian Draxler all but sewn up, that is until the Gunners got cold feet and pulled the plug. It has been reported that the club's board were happy to sanction a bid that would activate the £37m release clause in the midfielder's contract, but it was Arsene Wenger who called the move off at the last minute.

Wenger clearly didn't feel that Draxler, at such a young age, was worth the level of money Schalke wanted. With the £42.5m splashed out on Mesut Ozil in the summer and an existing squad which already features a plethora of very talented and able midfielders, it doesn't seem surprising.

2. Toni Kroos to Manchester United

Toni Kroos

Manchester United had been significantly linked with Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos for several weeks after David Moyes had travelled to Germany to watch the player in action. Kroos' contract situation gave hope that a deal in the region of £24m could be conducted, with speculation fuelled further when Pep Guardiola failed to rule out that a move was possible.

Just two days before the transfer deadline Kroos was visibly unhappy at being substituted early during Bayern's dramatic late win over Stuttgart. But despite all the rumours flying around, on deadline day Moyes announced that United, having already signed Juan Mata, were not going to conduct any more business and that was that.

3. Yevhen Konoplyanka to Liverpool

Yevhen Konoplyanka

Yevhen Konoplyanka only emerged as Liverpool's primary January transfer target after the club's move for Mohamed Salah was hijacked by Chelsea. The highly rated Ukrainian midfielder was reportedly on the brink of joining the Anfield club until the deal fell through late on.

Despite three days of drawn out negotiations with Konoplyanka's club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, during which the player was allegedly keen to move, it was the Ukrainian outfit's president who called the deal off. An agreement with Konoplyanka is suggested to have been reached, with Liverpool making the necessary arrangements for medical to carried out locally in Ukraine, but Dnipro's billionaire owner wouldn't allow the transfer and refused to sign the paperwork.

4. Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando to Manchester City

Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando

Manuel Pellegrini will have to be satisfied he has the right players that will take Manchester City to the end of the season as champions. The Premier League's current leader failed to bring in any players during January despite attempts to buy Porto duo Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando.

Brazilian midfielder Fernando was on the brink of joining Everton last summer, while central defender Mangala has attracted interest from many of Europe's top clubs, but City were not keen to pay Porto' asking price for the pair, which is believed to have exceeded £40m. Though no deal could be made now, it is widely believed City will try and resurrect a potential double swoop this summer.

Source: FTBPro

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