These transfers of stars missed by Ligue 1 clubs

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    Diego Maradona in Marseille (1990)

    If Bernard Tapie had managed to convince Diego Maradona to join the Olympique de Marseille, Corrado Serlaino, the president of Naples, opposed the ban.

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    Hristo Stoichkov at PSG (1992)

    After having just won the C1 with Barça, Hristo Stoichkov, a year away from the end of his contract, is looking for a new challenge. Michel Denisot, president of PSG, does not miss the opportunity and convinces him to join Paris. But Joan Gaspard, then vice-president of Barça, categorically refused to let him go to Paris.

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    Miroslav Klose in Auxerre (1993)

    Hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father, Jozef Klose, a former AJA striker, Miroslav Klose is put to the test when he is only 15 years old. Awkward, he did not convince Guy Roux.

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    Diego Forlan in Nancy (1994)

    Determined to win in Europe, Diego Forlan left Uruguay at just 15 years old. Landed in France, he passed through the training centers of Nantes and then Nancy, but was not retained.

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    Ronaldo in Cannes (1994)

    Two million euros: this is the amount requested from Cannes for the transfer of Ronaldo, then 18 years old. A sum deemed high by the leaders of the Riviera.

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    David Trezeguet at PSG (1995)

    Landed in France in the summer of 1995, David Trezeguet was put to the test by the PSG. The native of Rouen wishes to stay but demands the provision of an apartment. Parisian leaders refuse.

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    Roberto Carlos at PSG (1995)

    Having recently become a Brazilian international, Roberto Carlos is close to joining PSG. But if Luis Fernandez is convinced, Parisian leaders are reluctant to put 5 million francs while PSG can rely on Patrick Colleter.

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    Samuel Eto’o at PSG (1995)

    Tested when he was 14, Samuel Eto’o was rejected because he had no papers.

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    Zidane and Dugarry at PSG (1996)

    Brilliant with Bordeaux that they led to the final of the UEFA Cup, Zinedine Zidane and Christophe Dugarry were close to joining PSG. But the 35 million francs claimed by the Girondins are considered excessive by Parisian leaders who do not want to sell Rai.

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    Ronaldo at PSG (1997)

    Cannes is not the only league club to have missed the opportunity to welcome Ronaldo. As the Brazilian prepares to leave Barça, PSG wants to strike a blow by offering themselves the star of Seleçao. But Pierre Lescure, the boss of Canal + refuses, not wishing to crush the other clubs in the championship out of respect for subscribers supporters of other clubs.

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    Mario Jardel at OM (2001)

    Back at the head of OM, Bernard Tapie wants to strike hard for his return. His priority target is named Mario Jardel, who stacked the goals with Galatasaray. But if the Brazilian agrees as well as the Istanbul club, agents are ruining the affair.

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    Youri Djorkaeff at OM (2001)

    Mario Jardel is not the only prestigious target targeted by Bernard Tapie. The new OM boss also hopes to recruit Youri Djorkaeff. But if he convinced the world champion, he could not get along with the leaders of Kaiserslautern.

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    Adriano at PSG (2001)

    When Vampeta joined PSG, Inter Milan retained part of the rights of the Brazilian. So when the Parisians give it over to Flamengo against Reinaldo and Adriano, they have to choose one of the two cariocas and leave the other to the Milanese. The Red and Blue let their flair speak and opt for Reinaldo …

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    Cristiano Ronaldo in Lyon (2002)

    In the summer of 2002, Olympique Lyonnais could have exchanged Tony Vairelles for two players including Cristiano Ronaldo.

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    Zlatan Ibrahiovic in Lyon (2003)

    In search of a leading striker to compensate for the departure of Sonny Anderson, Olympique Lyonnais convinced Zlatan Ibrahimovic, then 21, to join the Rhône. Before changing his mind and betting on Giovane Elber.

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    Kaka at PSG (2003)

    Landed at AC Milan in 2003, Kaka is helmed by Rivaldo and Rui Costa. Leonardo, sporting director of the Rossoneri, wishes to lend it to PSG but the affair does not succeed.

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    Antoine Griezmann in Lyon (2004)

    A native of Macon, Antoine Griezmann made an essay at Olympique Lyonnais when he was 13 years old. His physique serves him and OL do not follow up. Like Saint-Etienne, Sochaux or Metz.

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    Cristiano Ronaldo at PSG (2004)

    In the process of selling Gabriel Heinze to Manchester United, PSG is offered the loan of Cristiano Ronaldo, who arrived last summer at the Red Devils, in order to lower the price. Francis Graille does not follow up …

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    Ivan Rakitic in Bordeaux (2005)

    Trained at FC Basel, Ivan Rakitic is offered to several European teams including the Girondins de Bordeaux. But Charles Camporro, the sports director of the Aquitaine club, is not convinced despite the 360,000 euros to invest.

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    Javier Pastore in Saint-Etienne (2006)

    Before arriving at PSG in the summer of 2011, Javier Pastore had been tested by Saint-Etienne in 2006. He had then been deemed top tender.

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    Robert Lewandowski in Lens (2007)

    Robert Lewandowski, 19, makes a promising start to Znicz Pruskow. To the point of interest Lens. But, the northern club prefers to put the € 4 million on Kanga Akalé.

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    Luka Modric in Marseille (2007)

    In search of reinforcement in the midfield after the departure of Franck Ribéry, Olympique de Marseille was offered Luka Modric, promising midfielder from Dinamo Zagreb. But OM did not follow up.

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    Henrikh Mkhitaryan at OM (2008)

    Tested by Olympique de Marseille when he was only 19, Henrikh Mkhitaryan was deemed too frail by Marseille recruiters.

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    Herman Crespo at PSG (2008)

    Eager to take the head of PSG, Michel Moulin promises the arrival of Herman Crespo and Deco. But Colony Capital ultimately prefers Charles Villeneuve to him …

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    Paul Pogba in Lyon (2009)

    So in Le Havre, Paul Pogba came close to joining OL when he was only 16 years old. But an offer from Manchester United ultimately distracted him from the Gones.

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    Luis Suarez in Marseille (2010)

    Particularly prolific with Ajax Amsterdam, Luis Suarez could have joined Olympique de Marseille in the summer of 2010. But Didier Deschamps refused, preferring to see OM bet 30 million euros on Loic Rémy and André-Pierre Gignac.

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    Dayot Upamecano at OM (2015)

    Considered today as one of the most promising defenders of his generation, to the point of being courted by Real, Barça, City or United, Dayot Umpamecano could have joined OM in the summer of 2015. But if Marcelo Bielsa went out of his way to recruit him, its leaders refused to pay 3 million euros for a 15-year-old boy.

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    N’Golo Kanté at OM (2015)

    Particularly impressive with Caen, N’Golo Kanté caught the eye of many European recruiters, including those of OM. But the rating of the native of Suresnes took off and the Norman leaders claim no less than 8 million euros. Six months later, the man who would become world champion three years later entered Leicester.

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