Paris Saint-Germain striker Mauro Icardi is expected to refuse a transfer to Newcastle because his wife wants to stay in Paris.
The Magpies have been linked with a host of big names after their £ 305million takeover was finalized.
Both Kylian Mbappe and Raheem Sterling were touted of unlikely moves before reports of a more credible swoop for Icardi came out.
However, the agent of the disgraced Argentina striker insists the player and his wife have no plans to leave the French capital.
Gabriele Giuffrida told Gazzetta: “Leaving Paris is not in Mauro and Wanda’s plans, it’s the last thing they want. I don’t see Mauro joining another club soon.
Not wanting to change clubs for family reasons isn’t the weirdest reason in the book compared to some other botched transfers.
But what are some of the more unusual explanations why Premier League sides couldn’t get a deal on the line? talkSPORT.com takes a look …
In 1995, the Blackburn Rovers were on the crest of a wave, with owner Jack Walker’s dream come true.
The Rovers beat Manchester United for the title and a bright future seemed to be ahead of them with Zinedine Zidane on Kenny Dalglish’s wishlist.
Zizou was impressing in France with Bordeaux and was emerging on the international stage when Blackburn entered.
Christophe Dugarry was also part of a potential deal to hold Ewood Park as they looked to complement Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton.
The Blackburn Walker owner, however, had other ideas and despite the duo heading to the club for talks, they were never signed.
“Why do you want to sign Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?” Walker reportedly said of the transfer.
Zidane and Dugarry spent another campaign with Bordeaux before joining Juventus and AC Milan respectively.
Virgil van Dijk
Neil Warnock almost signed the Liverpool center-back only for Crystal Palace to disconnect a deal amid fears he lacked pace.
The Middlesbrough boss wanted to bring Van Dijk to Celtic’s Selhurst Park in 2014, but the deal was stalled.
“Van Dijk – I am delighted that he is playing the way he is,” said Warnock.
“We could have bought it from the Palace for £ 6million, but my head scout told me it was too slow. I think he still has a job too!
The Chelsea big was tried at Burnley as a teenager after impressing for Ghana in the Under-17 World Cup.
But the Lancashire club refused to sign him after refusing to change their policy of paying more than £ 60 a week for an apprentice.
In 2009, former Burnley chairman Brendan Flood said in The People: “I found out that Michael Essien had been on trial here for a few days.
“One of the best players in the World Cup – and we didn’t sign him.
“Club policy meant that we would not pay an apprentice more than £ 60 per week.
“It hit me in the face that the problem was a lack of communication within the club which prevented our youngsters from making an exception to the rule.”
The Spaniard was a leading midfielder, who spent most of his career at Barcelona, and was even more illustrious as a manager.
Guardiola dominated the Premier League as a manager, but English football never got to appreciate him as a player, but not for lack of trying.
Paul Jewell tried to lure him to Wigan in his mid-30s while Stuart Pearce also wanted him at Man City, but the Spaniard was deemed too old.
Speaking in 2018, he exposed the Latics’ attempts, but said: “I wasn’t good enough!
“It’s the truth. I was old, really old as a football player. I knocked on the door, I tried to come here to play English football as a player but I didn’t could not have.
“The same thing happened here at Manchester City when I came here with Stuart Pearce. They were so smart! I was not good enough.
Poland’s career as captain could have been very different if the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland had never erupted.
Blackburn again struck a deal to sign the current Bayern Munich sensation 11 years ago, as he made a name for himself at Lech Poznan.
“I went with my head scout Martyn Glover and it was quite a trip,” then Blackburn boss Allardyce told talkSPORT.
“We were very impressed with the player, the president made an agreement of around 8 million euros with the club and he had to fly over.
“The ash cloud started in Iceland and all flights were canceled, so he couldn’t catch the flight.
“We were waiting for him at Manchester airport and then a week or two later he signed for Borussia Dortmund.
“I didn’t remember it before I read an article and Lewandowski mentioned it. It just reminded me how close we were to one of the best scorers in the world.
The Arsenal forward scored a hat-trick against West Brom in August and it turns out he almost ended up hitting them for the Baggies.
Stuart White, a former club scout, recommended Aubameyang to the Midlanders in 2011 after impressing for Saint-Etienne.
“I had gone to Dijon on a Friday night to watch one player in particular, a center-forward who didn’t impress me at all,” White told Planet Football.
“My ‘bonus game’ before coming home on Sunday was Auxerre against Saint-Etienne on Saturday night.
“Saint-Etienne drew 2-2, but Aubameyang and Emmanuel Rivière were great as a duet.
“I came back raving about Aubameyang, and luckily his agent called me the following week, probably because he heard that I had been to the game.
“He obviously called many clubs, but the boy was then a Milan player on loan at Saint-Etienne and he was interested in coming to England.
“The general deal was explained to me and it was clear that it would be affordable, so I recommended that we pursue it.
“On the back of my cry a few more of our scouts came out to watch him a week or two later and he scored an early goal against Sochaux in a 2-1 loss but didn’t impress enough in the night, which can happen.
“He then returned to Saint-Etienne, scored 21 in 45 and was then sold to Dortmund for 13 million euros. It would have been loaned to us for free with two million euros in fees related to the deal had we taken it.
Shevchenko himself has publicly denied having had a trial at West Ham, but Harry Redknapp has claimed he rejected it when he was in charge.
Redknapp said in 1999: “I was offered him about four years ago when he was only 19.
“We invited him to practice for three or four days and I remember seeing him play for us in a game against Barnet’s reserves at Chadwell Heath.
“He didn’t pull up any trees but looked pretty decent. But that was right after I had all these issues with Romanian guys and I thought the last thing I needed was a Ukrainian.
“Also, they were asking around £ 1million for him and I didn’t have the money at the time.”
He was at his best when playing for the national team and at Napoli, taking the club from an unpretentious Italian side to two Serie A titles.
But it could have been Sheffield United reaping the rewards of Maradona’s magic, when they were so close to signing him in 1978.
The Blades, a second division team at the time, flew with Tottenham representatives on a scouting mission to see what talent they could find in the South American nation, according to Yorkshire Live.
United boss at the time, Harry Haslam, and director John Hassle joined Spurs counterpart Keith Burkinshaw and his party on a flight to Buenos Aires.
United had already made deals for Alejandro Sabella and Pedro Verde, but after watching Maradona in training Haslam were reportedly “hypnotized” by Maradona and quickly said: “I’ll take it, how much?”
A £ 150,000 deal was struck between Blades and Argentinos Juniors but the decision fell apart following an unlikely intervention that night.
Haslam was reportedly greeted at the door of his hotel room by members of Argentina’s notorious military police, a right-wing coup that toppled the former president.
The junta were happy to let Maradona leave the country, but only if Sheffield United paid them £ 150,000 on top of what they were already going to pay Argentinos Juniors.
United were still willing to fork over for the 17-year-old, but they were uncomfortable making the deal political and the move was called off.
The Argentine’s incredible Barcelona career was almost wiped out by one of the most daring loan deals of all time, thanks to the obsessive Football Manager son of Alex McLeish.
“My son Jon was in Championship Manager,” he explained toThe big interview.
“He was constantly giving me names in South America. They come out of the sky and say ‘Lionel Messi is going to be the best player in the world’.
“You don’t know, but the Rangers were downsizing and we were looking for quality in the midfield.
“Barry Ferguson had come down to Blackburn so we lost a guy who would have taken the ball in any stadium in the world. We needed players of this ilk again.
“Jan Wouters called Henk ten Cate, who was assistant to Frank Rijkaard, the former Dutch international.
“Jan called him and said, ‘Messi? We were told there was no chance.