What happens when stars like Kane don't get their big moves?

Luis Suarez knuckled down at Liverpool and Wayne Rooney won the title at Man United but Alexis Sanchez downed tools at Arsenal… after Harry Kane was denied his dream Man City transfer, what happens when stars don’t get their big moves?

  • Harry Kane’s move to Man City is dead after he confirmed Tottenham stay
  • The 28-year-old drew a line under the transfer saga of the summer window
  • Sources insist he will now continue to give everything to Spurs this season
  • But previous stars have had varying success with that after being forced to stay
  • Here, Sportsmail looks at what happens when stars are denied their big moves 

Harry Kane is not the first and certainly won’t be the last Premier League star to be denied a dream transfer which significantly enhances his chances of winning silverware.

The Tottenham striker took to Twitter on Wednesday to confirm he would be staying at the club this season, ending a saga which saw Manchester City chase the England star all summer. 

City’s opening £100m offer for the Three Lions striker in June was worth only a guaranteed £75m and therefore rejected by Spurs, and now the 28-year-old has drawn a line under what has been a topsy-turvy summer in terms of his future.

Harry Kane confirmed he will be staying at Tottenham, ending hopes of a move to Man City

Sources close to the England captain insist he will now continue to give everything to Spurs, despite feeling that the club have not matched his ambitions. 

But many players before him have had varying degrees of success when it comes to hitting that target.

Here, Sportsmail takes a look at what has happened to previous stars the season after they failed to push through high-profile moves.


Luis Suarez

Perhaps the most famous failed transfer move due to Arsenal’s well-documented bid of £40,000,001, Suarez wanted out of Liverpool in the summer of 2013.

Having seen Arsenal qualify for the Champions League again while his side ended the 2012-13 campaign in seventh, despite his 23 goals in the Premier League, the Uruguayan was keen to join Arsene Wenger’s side.

A talk with Reds captain Steven Gerrard eventually talked him out of the move, although reports now suggest the striker was furious with the former midfielder after it fell through, labelling him and Brendan Rodgers ‘liars’.

Luis Suarez scored 31 goals for Liverpool and won the PFA Player of the Year the season after being denied a move to Arsenal

But few could have imagined the Uruguayan setting that disappointment aside and firing in an astonishing 31 top-flight goals for the Reds in 2013-14, as they came agonisingly close to winning the league.

Team-mate Daniel Sturridge was his closest competitor for the Golden Boot with 22 goals that season, but few could match his trickery in the box and deadly finishing skills. 

The rewards then came in the form of the PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year awards.

And a year after he had been denied a move, he duly signed for Barcelona in the summer of 2014 in a deal worth around £75million.

Alexis Sanchez

The Chilean appeared all set for a £60m move to Manchester City on deadline day in the summer of 2017, three seasons after he had left Barcelona to join Arsenal.

The Gunners were themselves preparing to replace Sanchez with the £90m acquisition of Monaco forward Thomas Lemar. But their failure to conclude a deal for the Frenchman brought an end to any hopes Sanchez had of ending up at the Etihad.

It signalled a bizarre transfer deadline day epitomising what has been a confusing transfer policy from the Gunners in recent years, and the forward would go on to provide the Gunners with further problems, not solutions, for the next few months.

His attitude and character is believed to have split the dressing room, with some of his team-mates reportedly becoming increasingly tired of him.

Alexis Sanchez scored just seven Arsenal goals in 19 games after his move to City fell through

After a draw at Southampton in December 2017, team-mate Jack Wilshere was said to have confronted him about his wastefulness in possession, while some appeared to refuse to celebrate with him after he scored twice at Crystal Palace.

Others still held him in high regard given his 30 goals across all competitions in 2016-17, but there was a massive drop off in terms of goals scored too, managing just seven in 19 top-flight appearances in the first half of the 2017-18 season.

His time at the Emirates Stadium would come to an end in the new year however, sealing a move to the red half of Manchester under Jose Mourinho in what has become an infamously horrific swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan. 

Wayne Rooney 

Manchester United’s record goalscorer may be etched in the club’s history, but it is no secret that he signalled his intentions, publicly, to leave the club on two occasions. 

In 2010, with Man City looking to rob United of another striker just a year after they had snatched Carlos Tevez away from Old Trafford, Rooney released a statement.

‘I met with David Gill [United’s chief executive] last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad,’ Rooney said in no uncertain terms. ‘I then told him that I would not be signing a new contract.’

The striker also said concerns over the strength of the club’s squad were behind his decision. The England international had reportedly fallen out with Sir Alex Ferguson, but was convinced into a shock U-turn 48 hours later which involved signing a new five-year deal.

Wayne Rooney helped Man United win the Premier League after failing to get his Chelsea move

But the situation had to be revisited three years later, when towards the end of the 2012-13 season, a retiring Ferguson stated Rooney had ‘asked for a transfer’.

Rooney set the record straight in 2015, denying that he had asked for a move away from Old Trafford, adding: ‘I went in to see him and just said if you’re not going to play me it might be better if I moved on – then all of a sudden it’s all over the press I put in a transfer request, which I never did.’

So how did he fare afterwards? Well, the short-lasting saga in 2010 appeared to give him a new lease of life, recording 16 goals and 14 assists across all competitions – including that overhead kick in the Manchester derby.

United however struggled in the 2013-14 season under new boss David Moyes, but he still managed 17 Premier League goals in what was a massive comedown after the euphoria of winning the league the previous season. 

Cesc Fabregas

The former midfielder will be able to sympathise with Kane the most, having endured two summers of a transfer saga involving a move from Arsenal to Barcelona.

Gunners fans were left furious when Spain team-mates Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol forced a Barcelona shirt over his head during celebrations of their 2010 World Cup win.

But the Catalan giants ultimately failed to lure their academy product back to Camp Nou that summer, with the midfielder persuaded into staying at the Emirates following talks with Arsene Wenger.

Cesc Fabregas suffered repetitive thigh injuries in 2010-11 but was still vital to Arsenal

The extent of his happiness to stay at the time is unknown, but there was no doubt he was keen to join the Spanish champions at the time.

The Frenchman knew what a vital cog his captain was in his exciting but inexperienced side, especially after he had scored 19 goals and laid on 20 assists in all competitions in 2009-10.

Thigh injuries throughout the season – ruling him out of 17 games – ultimately prevented him from replicating that sort of form, but nine goals and 16 assists in 36 games was still a decent return.

His performance in their famous win against Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona – the side he would join just a few months later – demonstrated the class he offered the Gunners, and while admitting he was ‘happy’ at Arsenal, he couldn’t resist the call home a second time.

Steven Gerrard

Jose Mourinho reportedly tried to sign the Liverpool legend on three occasions during his career, but never was he closer than when he was Chelsea boss in the summer of 2005.

The Blues first registered their interest in 2004 but a £20m move did not go through because the former England man feared he would tarnish his reputation on Merseyside.

But that did not prevent Mourinho and Chelsea from returning the following summer – months after Gerrard had won a famous Champions League crown with the Reds – with a £32m offer.

The Reds had finished 37 points behind Mourinho’s Premier League champions and had even hinted at a possible move mid-season. But it was all exacerbated when the midfielder handed in a transfer request despite talks to extend his deal at Anfield.

Steven Gerrard won the FA Cup with the Reds the season after handing in a transfer request

But the power of persuasion from family as well as others saw a U-turn performed barely 24 hours later, and a new deal was signed in July.

Luckily for the Reds, speculation about his future and the subsequent new contract – as well as his proposal to give up the captaincy which Rafael Benitez rejected – did not affect his form in the following season.

He scored 23 goals –  including that wonder strike in the FA Cup final against West Ham – and recorded another 13 assists in 53 matches for his club that season. 

Mourinho may have been left wondering what might have been, but fortunately the red half of Merseyside weren’t left with such a hypothesis. 

David De Gea

Had it not been for a slow fax machine, David De Gea would probably have a Real Madrid career to talk about. 

The Spanish goalkeeper was left out of Manchester United’s squad for the first four games of the new season as a desired move back to Madrid appeared imminent. 

But he saw a move back to his hometown collapse at the 11th hour when the Spanish giants could not file the required paperwork in time to seal the deal which would have seen Keylor Navas head to Manchester.

David De Gea (left) played a crucial role under Louis van Gaal after seeing his Real Madrid move collapse

Having rejected a new deal in the previous season, there were fears that he would be frozen out of Louis van Gaal’s squad. But those concerns were allayed when he restored himself as the club’s No 1 from September onwards.

Only Arsenal’s Petr Cech would keep more Premier League clean sheets than De Gea’s 15, with the Spaniard managing 19 shutouts and even an assist across all competitions that season. 

He could not keep a clean sheet in the FA Cup final win against Crystal Palace at Wembley, but it was nevertheless a fantastic way for him to finish a season at Old Trafford which may never have happened but for a failure to process documents. 

Carlos Tevez

The Argentinian had already caused controversy in Manchester in 2009 after switching red for blue.

But just over 12 months later, in December 2010, he was in the spotlight again after submitting a transfer request at the Etihad Stadium.

City rejected the transfer request, before releasing a statement that said: ‘The written transfer request is in stark contrast to Carlos’ stated position in both public and club contexts.

‘Significantly, over recent months, the club has also received numerous requests from Carlos’ representative to re-negotiate and improve his playing contract as well as more recently a request to extend that contract by another year.’

Carlos Tevez submitted a transfer request in December 2010 but still ended the season as joint top scorer

Tevez had been a troublesome character for both top-flight sides in Manchester but he was incredibly successful in putting those issues on the back burner. 

The Argentina star ensured City qualified for the Champions League for the first time, sharing the Golden Boot that season with Dimitar Berbatov, who also scored 20 goals.

City also won the FA Cup that season but were no longer prepared to be reliant on Tevez’s goals and another potential tantrum, which duly occurred on the substitutes bench at Bayern Munich in 2011. 

A certain Sergio Aguero – his compatriot – was signed from Atletico Madrid, and the rest is, as the saying goes, history.

Patrick Vieira 

The former France midfielder’s future at Arsenal seemed to be up in the air every season prior to his move to Juventus in 2005.

After finishing the 2000-01 season without a trophy, Vieira told The Mirror after meeting with Wenger and vice-chairman David Dein: ‘I told them I was not going to renew my contract for a third time, that I wanted to leave and that it was nothing to do with money because that was not an issue to me.

‘This is not about Arsenal, but about my personal ambitions as a player. I felt, and people should respect this, that I need a new challenge after five years at the club.

‘I feel if I go to a new environment I can raise my game to a new level. I expect Arsenal to stand by a verbal agreement they have with me.’

Patrick Vieira starred in a Tony Adams-led side as the Gunners won the double in 2001-02

The Gunners did not, but it did not appear to bring about any ill-feeling between Vieira and Wenger nor between the player and club. 

The midfielder played 54 matches – including 36 games in the Premier League – as the club repeated their double feat of 1998 with a win in the FA Cup final against Chelsea to go with their league crown.

It would not be the last time Vieira flirted with foreign suitors, reportedly pulling out of a move to Real Madrid in 2004 at the last minute.

But there were limited issues on that occasion too, with his parting gift the winning penalty in Cardiff in another FA Cup triumph in 2005, this time against Manchester United.

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