​By no means, regardless of how inevitable it might seem, assume {that a} switch saga is full till you’ve got seen an official announcement from each golf equipment.

And even then, you’ll be able to’t be completely certain! Antoine Griezmann has been on his approach out of Atletico Madrid for the reason that discovery of America and Paul Pogba appears destined to spend the remainder of his days pushing for a second Manchester United exit. 

Properly, Griezmann will lastly depart the Spanish capital over the low season, although Pogba could not be capable of engineer an escape from the sinking ​Manchester United ship he’s at present aboard. So, there’s two of the narratives that may dominate the 2019 summer time switch window. 

Here is a have a look at seven strikes from final yr that by no means materialised and an evaluation of how every participant concerned obtained on afterwards.

Paul Pogba to Barcelona

Paul Pogba

Essentially the most irritating issues on the earth; individuals strolling so slowly in entrance of you, thoughtless drivers and Paul Pogba. Final marketing campaign was one other Pogba particular, that includes intervals of blistering kind and diabolical shows in equal measure.

Main cryptologists are nonetheless attempting to clarify how the Frenchman was named within the PFA Workforce of the Yr after ghosting by means of giant elements of the season. Certain, he hit 13 ​Premier League objectives – double his earlier finest – however soccer is about excess of objectives (and most of his had been penalties!).

If his on-field efficiency wasn’t dangerous sufficient, Pogba had plenty of hissy matches off it, too. It appears he threw his toys out of the pram when a mega-money transfer to ​Barcelona by no means got here to fruition.

Ruben Neves to Manchester Metropolis

Ruben Neves

Neves was hardly attempting to pressure his approach out of ​Wolverhampton Wanderers, however he would little question have been enticed by the promise of ​Champions League soccer at ​Manchester Metropolis.

Nonetheless, when that deal fell by means of, the silky Portuguese knuckled down and kicked on alongside his newly-promoted teammates. A handful of awe-inspiring objectives from dead-ball conditions are dotted throughout Neves’ glittering debut season within the English top-flight, and his worth soared in consequence.

Wolves can now provide him the possibility to show his expertise on the European stage after qualifying for the Europa League, vindicating the choice to remain within the Midlands.

Toby Alderweireld to Manchester United

Toby Alderweireld

2018/19 led to heartbreak for the Belgian bruiser, with ​Tottenham Hotspur happening with a whimper to rivals ​Livepool within the Champions League remaining. Nonetheless, Alderweireld can look again and be proud of what is going to doubtless show to be his remaining yr in north London.

He appeared destined to depart the town after failing to agree a brand new contract, however Crimson Devils chief-executive Ed Woodward wouldn’t bow to Jose Mourinho’s calls for and pay Spurs the requisite charge.

So, he stayed. 

No, he did not acquire any trophies, however he did earn the respect of supporters for persevering with to provide his all in matches, performing admirably within the overwhelming majority of his 50 appearances in all competitions. 

Nabil Fekir to Liverpool

Nabil Fekir

Fekir can have risen in many individuals’s estimation following one other marketing campaign full of objectives and assists. Had he ended up becoming a member of Liverpool for €60m and produced equally good kind for them, the Reds could properly have secured that elusive league title.

The France worldwide was instantly concerned in 21 scores for Lyon, netting with some unerring finishes and carving open opposition defences together with his unbelievable dribbling potential. His crowning second got here in Les Gones’ 2-1 defeat of Metropolis on the Etihad Stadium, when the 25-year-old ran the present and gave his aspect the lead with a depraved strike previous Ederson.

Luka Modric to Inter


The hearsay mill frequently churned out information relating to Modric’s future final summer time, with the Croatia captain allegedly wanting to depart ​Actual Madrid after a 3rd successive European triumph. 9-figure charges and ​Inter had been each talked about, however nothing got here to fruition.

As a substitute, the ex-Spurs celebrity stayed in Madrid and picked up a maiden Ballon d’Or. Would not sound too dangerous, proper? Unsuitable. You’ll wrestle to discover a recreation from final marketing campaign through which Modric appeared something besides drained and disinterested.

The whole Actual squad had been dire, however that’s no excuse for the present World Participant of the Yr to go lacking. If something, he must be galvanising the workforce, main their revival. Is it apathy or the ageing course of that has hampered him in 2019? Possibly somewhat little bit of each.

Neymar to Actual Madrid


Friendless, livid and fidgety; one thing tells me Neymar is not having fun with his Paris sojourn. He is managed to alienate himself from supporters and teammates alike, earn a number of bans for varied misdemeanours and now seems to be wanting away from the membership.

Who’d have thought it? A world-class participant (I say that although gritted tooth) does not discover Ligue 1 significantly stimulating? 

Nonetheless, he amassed a good aim tally as he fired residence 23 occasions in 28 matches, with 5 of these coming in Champions League motion. Which may be his parting present at PSG, as a transfer again to ​La Liga is as soon as once more on the playing cards this summer time.

Anthony Martial to Wherever Jose Mourinho Is not


​Atletico Madrid was one suggestion for the place Martial might settle, whereas ​Milan was one other. After all, neither occurred and he’s nonetheless at Outdated Trafford, although his relationship with the person in cost is considerably higher these days.

The ahead was considered one of a number of squad members who Mourinho did not precisely see eye-to-eye with. They by no means actually resolved their variations, as a substitute placing them to 1 aspect for the betterment of United.

Martial can hardly be blamed for the nightmare season that befell the Crimson Devils, because the 23-year-old did produce some moments of elegant high quality. His highlights embrace a rifled end towards ​Chelsea in October, which got here in a goalscoring run that spanned 5 fixtures.