Five transfers that collapsed on deadline day

by | Sep 1, 2021 19:38

There were five transfers that collapsed on deadline day in Italy, as Miralem Pjanic, Sergio Oliviera, Riccardo Orsolini, Mattia Destro and Yann Karamoh were left empty-handed.

The deadline has now passed, so clubs can only sign up free agents to improve their squads ahead of the January transfer window.

There were numerous deals done, but also some near misses that just failed to get over the line.

The biggest of these was probably Pjanic, who is now stuck at Barcelona and frozen out of the squad by coach Ronald Koeman.

There are still some options for Pjanic, such as moves to Qatar or Russia, whose transfer windows are still open.

He had been desperate to reunite with Juventus and Max Allegri, but the Bianconeri pulled out because they would not pay the Bosnian’s full salary during the loan period.

It’s widely reported that Allegri is furious with the club hierarchy for not giving him the midfield reinforcements he was looking for, bringing in only Manuel Locatelli from Sassuolo after weeks of tense negotiations.

Elsewhere, there were reports in Portugal that Roma were close to Sergio Oliviera, but needed to sell one of their current midfielders first to make way for the FC Porto player.

Steven Nzonzi was the first choice, but Giallorossi director of sport Tiago Pinto confirmed today in a press conference that some players had refused all proposals put to them.

The massive swap deal between Spezia and Genoa had been in full swing when Grifone President Enrico Preziosi suddenly pulled the plug.

Kevin Agudelo did eventually move to Spezia on loan, but Destro remained at Marassi and M’Bala Nzola stayed at the Stadio Picco.

Fiorentina were very active through to the final day of trading, hoping to sell Sofyan Amrabat to Torino and bring in Orsolini from Bologna.

However, neither of the moves materialised and both players stayed at their current clubs.

Finally, Parma winger Karamoh thought his loan with option to buy with Sheffield United was a done deal, signing the paperwork and all terms agreed.

Unfortunately for him, the former Inter man was unable to obtain a work permit to join an English club.


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