Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Transfers that did not happen, Part Eight

1- In December 1980, NY Cosmos offered to swap with Fiorentina, Dutchman Johann Neeskens with Argentine Striker Daniel Bertoni.
Fiorentina refused the offer.

Photo From:  Mondial, new series, issue 44, November 1983
(Daniel Bertoni and Claudio Gentile in a Fiorentina and Juventus encounter)

Photo From:  Onze, Issue 12, December 1976
(Johann Neeskens with Barcelona)

2- Initially, prior his transfer to Juventus in 1992, German midfielder Andreas Moller was to spend a season on loan at Atalanata.
However, Moller refused and wanted to join Juventus outright.
In Fall 1990, Lazio had offered 7 Million Marks to Eintracht Frankfurt for Andreas Moller, that was turned down.

Photo From:  World Soccer, February 1994
(Andreas Moller after scoring, December 15, 1993, Argentina 2-Germany 1)

3- As a teenager Dutchman Ruud Gullit had trials at Arsenal and Ipswich Town. However, both teams managers Terry Neill and Bobby Robson refused to sign him.

Photo From:  World Soccer, May 1996
(Ruud Gullit at Chelsea, 1995/96)

4-After the 1990 World Cup, Juventus wanted to sign England defender Des Walker who had been one of the revelations of the tournament.
Juventus and FIAT owner Gianni Agnelli had been very impressed with him and had made a significant offer to Nottingham Forest.
However, Nottingham Forest Manager Brian Clough refused the offer and chose to hang on to Walker.

Photo From:  France Football, Issue 2406, May 19, 1992
(Des Walker and John Aldridge, November 14, 1990, EC Qualifier, Republic of Ireland 1-England 1)

5-When Dutch Manager Dick Advocaat was appointed as Rangers Glasgow Manager (1998-2002), he attempted to sign Dutch striker Pierre van Hooydonk.
However, van Hooydonk refused the offer due to his past with Celtic Glasgow.
Advocaat even called him a coward for his refusal, but van Hooydonk believed in time Advocaat would understand his reason.

Photo From:  World Soccer, April 1996
(Pierre van Hooydonk with Celtic Glasgow, 1995/96)