1- In November of 1985, Frank Arnesen had lost his first team spot at Anderlecht and was in danger of not making the national team in time for the Mexican World Cup in 1986. He disclosed in an Interview that Johann Cruyff was interested in signing him for his former club Ajax. Due to financial constraints Ajax were unable to sign him, As a result he joined archrivals PSV Eindhoven.
Photo From: Mondial, new series, issue 60, March 1985
(Frank Arnesen at Anderlecht)
2- In October 1978, Bayern Munich’s Uli Hoeness almost joined SV Hamburg after falling out with Manager Gyula Lorant.
However, the transfer fell through due to Hoeness’ refusal to undergo a medical test on his suspect knee, SV Hamburg had requested a thorough examination whereby his knee would have been opened up.
Photo From: Bild am Sonntag-EM 1972 Viertelfinale
(Uli Honess and Helmut Schoen, April 29, 1972, European Championship, England 1-West Germany 3)
3- Before joining Barcelona in 1980, there were reports that Bend Schuster had joined NY Cosmos from Koln.
The NASL’s players union blocked the move.
The Union were demanding the abolition of transfer fees and freedom of contatct.
Schuster was told the matter could take up to weeks or months, as a result he joined Barcelona.
Photo From: Mondial, New series, issue 21, December 1981
(Bernd Schuster at Barcelona)
4-In the summer of 1979, it was reported that Real Madrid were on the verge of signing PSV Eindhoven’s Rene van der Kerkhof.
However, nothing materialized and the deal was called off.
Photo From: France Football, Issue 2027, February 12, 1985
(Rene van der Kerkhof)
5-In December 1988, Alex Ferguson was interested in obtaining Gary Lineker from Barcelona. However, Ferguson felt the price demanded was too high and lost interest. Lineker joined Tottenham at the end of that season.
Photo From: Mondial, new series, issue 97, April 1988
(Gary Lineker at Barcelona)