1- Brazil Striker Eder could have become the World’s most expensive player in the summer of 1983. United Arab Emirates Club, Ajman, had made an offer of 57 Million French Francs (approx. 25 Million US dollars).
He was more than willing to go, however, his club Atletico Mineiro refused.
Photo from: France Football, August 30, 1983(Eder)
2- Before joining Deportivo La Coruna in the summer of 1992, Brazilian striker Bebeto, had an offer to join Germany’s Borussia Dortmund.
He chose to accept Deportivo’s offer as he believed it was culturally easier for him to adapt in Spain.
Photo from: Planete Foot, April 1996(Bebeto with Deportivo La Coruna)
3- Colombian Manager Francisco Maturana was lined up to be Real Madrid’s Manager for the 1991/92 season.
However, Interim Coach Radomir Antic had greatly improved Real Madrid’s results to such extent that it became difficult for Real’s Management not to reward him with the post for the upcoming season.
Photo from: World Soccer, April 1990(Francisco ‘Pacho’ Maturana)
4-After the 1980 Europeo, Belgian striker Jan Ceulemans had an offer to join AC Milan. However, he refused as he did not believe he would have succeeded there at that stage in his career.
Photo from : Mondial, September 1980(Jan Ceulemans, April 2, 1980, Belgium 2-Poland 1)
5-Initially Zvonimir Boban was supposed to join Olympique Marseille, as a makeweight in Jean-Pierre Papin’s transfer from OM to AC Milan in the summer of 1992.However, he refused and chose to stay in Milan to fight for a place.
Photo from: Onze-Mondial, August 1992(Zvonimir Boban during his loan at Bari, 1991/92)