1) Thomas Muller
Manchester United were in the hunt for high level forwards all summer. They were linked with multiple players including Neymar from Barcelona. One move that wrangled on was a potential move for Bayern Munich attacking midfield/forward Thomas Muller. Muller was allegedly subject to a £70 million move. Bayern Munich were never likely to sell but Man United reportedly made a bid that was turned down by the club, meaning that Louis van Gaal was not reunited with his former player.
2) Paul Pogba
Chelsea and Manchester City have been tracking Paul Pogba for a couple of seasons now. Juventus’ side has been dismantled somewhat since losing in the Champions League final and Pogba was linked with a move to Barcelona who could not register players due to a transfer ban. Chelsea stepped up their pursuit of him over the last week of the window with a £62 million bid in the pipeline. As the window drew on it looked like they might sign him, but in the end he stayed put, despite huge wage offers. Pogba is probably looking to move to Barcelona next summer. Chelsea missed out.
3) Karim Benzema
Another rumour that wouldn’t go away was the Arsenal and Man United link with Karim Benzema. Arsenal needed a forward after Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck failed to look particularly clinical last season. Benzema always said he wanted to stay at Madrid but this didn’t stop rumours persisting. A £40 million move looked on the cards. In the end he chose to stay, as was expected. Arsenal ended up failing to sign a forward whilst Man United dropped £36 million on Martial.
4) Charlie Austin
Whilst not as glamorous as the other options Charlie Austin looked destined to join a Premier League club this summer. He was the second top English scorer in the league last season with 18 goals, but that wasn’t enough to keep QPR up. Newcastle, Southampton, West Ham and even United were alleged to be keen on him. Rumours about a dodgy knee did not help a potential move and despite late interest from Newcastle.