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Watch: Five big transfers that almost happened

Football isn’t only about fine margins on the pitch. Over the years, many seemingly inconspicuous transfers have collapsed which could have changed the course of a club’s history forever.

Ronaldinho has revealed that he was 48 hours away from joining Man United. Ok, given that Sir Alex unearthed Cristiano Ronaldo that summer, the potential impact of the Brazilian at Old Trafford is a moot point.

However, what if Blackburn Rovers had signed Zinedine Zidane? What if Blackburn Rovers had signed Robert Lewandowski? What if Blackburn Rovers had signed… Ronaldinho?

We count down the five biggest transfers that were never to be…