Transfer curse: Why Man City walking away from the Declan Rice transfer is bad news for Arsenal

Transfer curse: Why Man City walking away from the Declan Rice transfer is bad news for Arsenal

Manchester City has decided to withdraw from the competition to sign Declan Rice, suggesting that the West Ham captain is likely to join Arsenal during the summer transfer window. 

Arsenal has openly expressed their strong interest in the player, and their third bid, reportedly valued at a record-breaking £100 million with an additional £5 million in potential add-ons, seems to have been successful. Although West Ham is content with the amount offered, they still have some reservations regarding the structure of the bid.

Manchester City’s significant financial resources are well-known, but it is now evident that they were not willing to meet the £100 million valuation for Rice. This is not the first instance where Pep Guardiola’s team has abandoned a deal once they believe their own assessment of the player’s value has been exceeded.

Considering this, Soccer Daily has examined eight other players who came close to joining Manchester City but ultimately fell short, signing for other clubs instead.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo’s emotional return to Manchester United was a major talking point, but few remember how close he came to joining Manchester City instead. Ultimately, Ronaldo’s second spell at United overshadowed the near-miss with City. He is now leading the line for Saudi Arabian outfit Al Nassr, leaving City to wonder what might have been.

2. Marc Cucurella

The Spanish left-back was highly sought after, with both Manchester City and Chelsea vying for his services. In the end, Chelsea won the race with a hefty £56 million offer, including add-ons. However, Cucurella’s time at Stamford Bridge has been less than impressive, leaving Chelsea to question whether they made the right decision.

3. Harry Maguire

Maguire’s move to Manchester United has been marred by mistakes and criticism, but City had previously expressed interest in the defender. Guardiola admitted they were priced out of a move for Maguire, and he ended up at United, where he now serves as the club captain.

4. Paul Pogba

The talented but polarizing Pogba was on City’s radar before he returned to Manchester United in 2016. City’s interest persisted even during his second spell at Old Trafford. While Pogba struggled with injuries and inconsistency, City’s failure to secure his signature did not prevent him from returning to Juventus.

5. Romelu Lukaku

Though not as well-documented, Lukaku revealed that he rejected a higher offer from Manchester City in favor of joining Chelsea. He later returned to Stamford Bridge and then faced mixed fortunes at the club. Ultimately, he found success with Inter Milan after a loan spell.

6. Timo Werner

Guardiola himself attempted to persuade Werner to join City, but the German forward chose Chelsea instead. However, Werner’s time at Chelsea was fraught with criticism for his profligate finishing, and he eventually returned to his previous club, RB Leipzig.

7. Kalidou Koulibaly

City was keen on acquiring Koulibaly, but Napoli’s asking price of £72 million deterred them. The Senegalese defender eventually joined Chelsea before moving to Saudi club Al Hilal after just one season.

8. Alexis Sanchez

In 2017, Manchester City expressed strong interest in signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, but the deal fell through, and he ended up at Manchester United. Sanchez’s time at United was underwhelming, and he eventually found his way to Inter Milan.

The transfer market is a complex and unpredictable landscape, with clubs vying for the best players and negotiating deals under various constraints. Manchester City’s near-misses serve as a reminder that even the richest clubs can fail to secure their desired targets. As the summer transfer window continues, fans will eagerly watch to see which other surprising twists and turns unfold in the world of football.

Transfer curse: Why Man City walking away from the Declan Rice transfer is bad news for Arsenal

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