The January transfer window closed on Friday, but not every wantaway star got their move.
While a number of Europe’s top sides were in the hunt for attacking reinforcements, deals could not be completed for several big names.
We take a look at a selection of forwards who were not on the move and analyse what the future could hold for them.
Cavani’s on-off transfer from Paris Saint-Germain to Atletico Madrid was only finally ruled out on Thursday, leaving the Ligue 1 club’s record goalscorer at the Parc des Princes despite reported interest from the Premier League’s big-hitters.
— OptaJean (@OptaJean) December 31, 2019
PSG coach Thomas Tuchel reminded Cavani “there are worse situations than staying” in the French capital, but with his contract up at the end of the season, he may not be around for too much longer.
Cavani has repeatedly been linked with Inter Miami, David Beckham’s MLS franchise who can still make signings.
It appeared for a time as though Giroud’s future might be intertwined with Cavani’s, as Chelsea boss Frank Lampard openly discussed the merits of the PSG striker. But just as Cavani stayed put, so too did Giroud.
Moves to Inter, Lazio and even rivals Tottenham did not come off, while the former Arsenal man reportedly rejected Newcastle United.
Giroud has started only twice in the Premier League this season and must now hope he secures a place in the France squad for Euro 2020 despite his continued marginal role.
There were very few attackers not linked with Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs during January, and Willian Jose remained a candidate for a transfer until deadline day.
Yet rather than joining Jose Mourinho in London, the Real Sociedad man spent Friday apologising to his current club’s supporters for attempting to force the switch.
“Trabajaré para que vuelvan a corear mi nombre”.
— Real Sociedad Fútbol (@RealSociedad) January 31, 2020
Willian Jose described a Premier League move as a “dream” but, at 28, he might wonder if such an opportunity has passed him by.
It seemed to be a move that would suit everyone. Rodrigo would get a big move to Barcelona, providing the LaLiga champions with cover for Luis Suarez. Valencia were looking at former star Paco Alcacer as a replacement.
But the two clubs failed to agree terms, Rodrigo stayed put, and Alcacer headed to Villarreal.
It appears highly unlikely Barca will return for Rodrigo at the end of the campaign, perhaps instead turning their focus back towards Neymar, and the Spain international has surely missed his big chance.
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