This summer provided some of the most intense speculation ever witnessed across the European transfer market. Italy’s Serie A was not spared as rumours that linked a number of its stars with moves away from or to the country were more than had earlier been thought.
I guess top of the list has to be Maicon’s move from Inter Milan to Spanish giants Real Madrid. Of course the deal never went through as both clubs failed to agree on a transfer fee. With the departure of coach Jose Mourinho to Real Madrid, a lot of people expected him to leave with a host of Inter’s treble winning stars Maicon included.
Talks had reached such an advanced stage that the Nerazzurri had already started to come to terms with Maicon’s probable deparure. Even his father entered the debate stating that his son was keen on leaving the San Siro.
Negotiations however hit a snag when Real reduced their previously agreed transfer fee to 26 million Euros. Inter were ready to sell Maicon but not for anything less than 35 million Euros. The deal fell flat and Maicon still remains an Inter player. However, it is not known how long Inter will hold on to the marauding defender.
Right up with the Maicon transfer is that of Milan ace Ronaldinho. The play maker was the centre of media attention this summer after reports emerged that Milan would not be able to continue paying him 8 million Euros per year. This led to a windfall of offers from even the unlikeliest of clubs.
Offers from LA Galaxy, Fluminense and Palmeiras in the long run remain just that offers. Ronalidnho is now seeing out his finally year at the San Siro and if sentiments from Berlusconi are anything to go by, then he should remain a fixture at Milan for a very long time.
Another transfer that never was was that of Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko. Dzeko has been a long time target of AC Milan and until this January was believed top be heading to the club. Things took an unexpected turn when Juventus entered the race for the 26 year old this summer. Backed by some deep pockets, the Bianconeri were on the verge of signing the Bosnian international until just days before the end of the window.
Juventus have not given up in their pursuit of Dzeko as the club is set to place an offer in the January transfer window.
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