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Some players just seem destined to never join a certain club despite constant links and speculation with that team – and Daily Star Sport is looking at six such examples

Somehow, Isco never made a move to Manchester City.

With the money in the Premier League these days, it’s not often a Prem side doesn’t get their man in the transfer market.


And, as a result, England’s top flight has turned into a revolving door of talent over the past couple of decades. However, there have been a couple of ‘ones who got away’ leaving these shores pining for their talents

ygist Sport is looking at six players who never made the switch to the Premier League despite being constantly linked with a move to England’s top flight. From Real Madrid flops to Serie A stars, these men have made a name elsewhere.

Isco is still at Real Madrid

Manchester City and Isco is the football equivalent of Romeo and Juliet – two star-crossed who were never destined to be with each other.


City wanted Isco when he was at Malaga and then again after he moved to Real Madrid, but despite links every summer, the move never went ahead. And that wasn’t the fault of Isco either, who by all accounts was keen to make the move.

A snap even emerged of the Real star wearing a City shirt when he was on holiday.

Thomas Lemar has played in red… just not for Arsenal

For a time, the summer transfer window wasn’t complete if Arsenal hadn’t been linked with a move for Thomas Lemar.

The Frenchman was a standout star at Monaco, and Arsene Wenger was keen to make a move for the winger. After all, the last young winger Arsenal bagged from Monaco didn’t turn out too bad.


Even a move to Atletico Madrid in 2018 didn’t stop the links. But this summer, the saga has come full circle with the Gunners turning down the chance to sign Lemar.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is a long term target of Man United

At this point, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s full name almost seems to be Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.


Milinkovic-Savic’s star power seemed to burn brightest in 2018, but that hasn’t stopped the big Serbian from being linked with United every summer. While his form has fluctuated, Milinkovic-Savic has constantly proved to be one of Serie A’s top players.


And, of course, United have been linked with a £50million move this summer.


Julian Draxler is yet to make the switch to the Premier League

Yes, Julian Draxler does still play for PSG; did we have to double-check? Yes, yes, we did.

In fact, Draxler’s contract in the City of Lights runs until 2024 – and don’t be surprised if he’s endlessly linked with a Bosman deal to the Gunners. Arsenal have been keen to bring in the German since the days of Arsene Wenger.


Arsenal aren’t the only Prem side Draxler has been linked to, with Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham, and, bizarrely, Leeds all rumoured to be interested in the German

Ezequiel Garay retired after spending a year as a free agent

Before the Red Devils were endlessly linked with Milinkovic-Savic, there was Ezequiel Garay.


Garay, then at Benfica, was also tracked by city rivals Man City on numerous occasions, but it ultimately ended in nothing. Garay finally left Benfica in 2014, but England wasn’t his destination: instead, he landed in Russia and Zenit St Petersburg.


However, United missed a golden opportunity to finally land their man when he was released in 2020 and failed to find a club.

Wesley Sneijder never made a Premier League apperance

United seem to have a knack for missing out on targets who are constantly linked to the club.

Perhaps the best example is Wesley Sneijder, who was just missing a Premier League – and maybe the World Cup the Netherlands should have won in 2010 – off his glistening CV.


From his early days at Ajax in 2003 to his retirement in 2019 it seemed that every day of his professional career there was a new link to the Red Devils. And yet, somehow, a move never materialised.

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