1- In 1968, Belgium’s Wilfried van Moer almost joined Club Brugge from Antwerp.
He had even signed a pre-contract. Club Brugge dragged on the negotiations hoping to get a reduced fee. One day or so before the transfer deadline Standard Liege came in and offered 3 Million Belgian Francs plus Velko Naumovic.
Antwerp refused as they only wanted money. Standard therefore offered 1 Million more. Brugge counter-offered with 5.5 Million.
Standard Liege offered 6.3 Million Belgian Francs and acquired van Moer, even though the player himself had his mind set on joining Brugge.
Photo From: Mondial, New series, issue 22, January 1982(Wilfried van Moer during the 1980 Euros)
2- In February 1989, Rangers Glasgow Player-Manager Graeme Souness tried to sign Dynamo Kiev and USSR midfielder Vasily Rats.
Nothing materialized and the player shortly afterwards joined Spain’s RCD Espanol Barcelona.
Photo From: Mondial, new series, Issue 91, October 1987(Graeme Souness at Rangers Glasgow)
Photo From: World Soccer, April 1989(USSR’s Vasily Rats)
3- On April 28, 1978, Brazil and Flamengo’s Zico disclosed that Barcelona had contacted him. The offer was refused.
Photo From: Onze, Issue 8, August 1976
(Zico at Flamengo)
4-In the Spring of 1985, it was reported that SV Hamburg’s General Manager Gunter Netzer had tried to sign Kaiserslautern’s Andreas Brehme.
He had offered a substantial fee, in addition Scottish striker Mark McGhee and Jurgen Groh.
SV Hamburg publically denied of making this exchange deal.
Photo From: Fussball Magazin, Issue 5, September October 1979
Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 19, August 1990(Andreas Brehme, July 4, 1990, World Cup, West Germany 1-England 1)
Photo From: Onze, Issue 89, May 1983(SV Hamburg’s Jurgen Groh)
Photo From: Fussball Magazin, Issue 1, January February 1985(Scotland’s Mark McGhee at SV Hamburg, 1984/85)
Photo From: Mondial, old series, Hors-Serie, Issue 2, 1978
(Austria goalkeeper Friedrich Koncilia)