The Premier League's five craziest transfer bins of 2013/14

Luis Suarez Bite

Suarez to Chelsea, Sterling to Swansea, Messi to Manchester City - let's be honest, they were never going to happen were they?

The transfer bin has this year been the recipient of a quite ridiculous number of sensationalist yet impossible stories regarding the impending blockbuster sale of a big name player.

It's fairly certain our little garbage can is quite overflowing now the season is done and dusted, but you can be sure it'll be emptied in time for the new campaign, and inevitably, the next series of outrageous proposals.

But before we dispose of the laughable claims for good, we thought we'd dust off five of the very best, for old times sake.

5. Lionel Messi to Manchester City or Chelsea (November '13)

Was there ever any chance of Messi moving to the Premier League? The answer, obviously, is no. Yet in December FIFA agent Francois Gallardo claimed on Spanish show Punto Pelota that the four time Ballon d'Or winner, the jewel Barcelona's crown, had decided to leave the Nou Camp at the end of this season. Gallardo said, "the decision is taken. Leo Messi will leave the club at the end of season."

Messi's £210 million release clause was set to be met with the help of Adidas if he were to move to Chelsea, and bankrolled by the Abu Dhabi Group if he went to City. Imagine the FFP restrictions after that deal!

4. Barcelona's Gerard Pique to Manchester City (December '14)

What do a club who have been on the look out for a top centre back to replace their long serving defensive captain do leading up to a transfer window? Oh yeah, they sell the only established, long-term world class option they have at the club, so they have to double the amount of outstanding defenders they look for. And did we mention that they would sell him to his former club's rivals. That's what French radio station RMC claimed when reporting that Manchester City were set to sign Barcelona's Gerard Pique, and the story even made its way to the Manchester Evening News.

3. Manchester United to swap Robin van Persie with Milan's Mario Balotelli (April '14)

Just last month, the Express ran a story that Milan thought they could convince an unhappy Robin van Persie to head to Milan in exchange for former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli. Yes, this is the same Mario Balotelli that United fans detested during his stay in the Premier League, and the same Robin van Persie about to be made United's most important player by incoming manager Louis van Gaal. 

Then AC Milan manager Clarence Seedorf (since departed) was said to "believe that van Persie can still be pried away from Old Trafford this summer after a turbulent season under David Moyes irrespective of who replaces the Scot."

Van Gaal came in less than three weeks later and put that rumour to bed.

2. Liverpool's Raheem Sterling to Swansea on loan (January '14)

This isn't far off being the most ridiculous of the lot, given the form the player was in and the role he played in Liverpool's march to the brink of the Premier League title. But despite these factors, Reds boss Brendan Rodger's was said to be "eager" to send Raheem Sterling out on loan to Premier League strugglers Swansea, despite the youngster shining in the hammering of Tottenham just weeks earlier. In the Mirrors' defence, the deal was supposed to hinge on the Anfield club signing Mohamed Salah. Oh, they got that one wrong too. 

1. Liverpool's Luis Suarez to Chelsea (November '13)

Back in the first few days of us running the transfer bin, French website Le10Sport grabbed our attention with a quite outstanding piece of fiction regarding two of the Premier League's top clubs. How proud they'd be to know that over eight months later, it was still held up in such… high regard.

Their story ran along the lines of 'Chelsea need a striker, they'll buy Liverpool's Luis Suarez'. They obviously hadn't been watching the little coming together of the Uruguayan and Blues defender Branislav Ivanovic a few months earlier, let along the fact that the Reds were NEVER going to sell another star striker to Chelsea however much money Roman Abramovich offered. Suarez had already slipped into 'peerless mode' since returning from his ban at the start of the season, and would go on to fire Liverpool above Chelsea and within a few points of the Premier League title.

Can you imagine if he would have made the switch to Stamford Bridge in January? No, neither can we.

Maybe we'll keep hold of this last one a little longer, just for the rainiest of days.

Look out for more transfer bin stories over the course of the World Cup and into next season.

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