The five biggest transfers which never happened during the summer transfer window

Sami Khedira warming up

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur all feature.

This summer has produced some huge transfer deals as Premier League giants have tooled up ahead of an important season.

However, there were some transfer sagas which weren’t resolved and deals which weren’t concluded after months of speculation stretching back to long before the World Cup.

We’ve taken a look at five of the biggest deals which never happened during the transfer window.

Arturo Vidal to Manchester United

United were linked with Vidal for virtually the whole summer.

The saga surrounding the Chilean seemed to change every couple of days with talks of deals being agreed, the player staying and the player delaying his exit until this winter or next summer.

United never managed to do a deal but they could re-visit going after him as he’s well suited to the system Louis van Gaal is currently using.

Sami Khedira to Arsenal

The German midfielder was being billed as the ideal solution to the holding midfield role for the Gunners.

The press quite rightly got excited at the prospect of him moving to North London, especially when he turned down a new contract at Real Madrid.

Arsene Wenger never urged his club to sign the player but Gunners shouldn’t be too downbeat as he could potentially be cheaper in the winter or next year if he doesn’t extend his deal.

William Carvalho to Arsenal

Carvalho was an alternative to Khedira for Arsenal in the holding role.

They made a late play for him according to reports in Portugal but a deal never happen and Carvalho has maintained he’ll now stick by his contract with Sporting Lisbon.

Similarly to Khedira, Arsenal could revisit the situation this winter to see if they can get themselves a cheaper deal, even after Sporting dropped their original price.

Morgan Schneiderlin to Tottenham Hotspur

This is a transfer saga which went up and down, side to side on a daily basis at one point.

Mauricio Pochettino was extremely keen to sign the Frenchman but the Saints stood their ground, insisted he wasn’t for sale and resisted every bid Tottenham put to them after several other key players had already left.

It’s unlikely that Spurs will have any more luck if they return in the winter.

Mats Hummels to Manchester United

Louis van Gaal was under huge pressure to sign a centre-back and Mats Hummels was regularly linked with Old Trafford.

He would have been a world class capture for United’s backline but they weren’t able to tempt him away from Borussia Dortmund.

He was naturally setup to follow Seb Kehl in terms of the Dortmund captaincy, with Kehl announcing it would be his final season at the club before resigning the role for Hummels to step in.

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