Five stars the Premier League failed to attract in transfer window...

Barcelona's Neymar.
Barcelona's Neymar.
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The summer transfer window was full of shocks and surprises as World Cup and Champions League winners rolled into the Barclays Premier League.

But while the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Pedro did enter the mix, there were other major stars of world football that were linked with moves to England who subsequently either stayed with their clubs or moved elsewhere across Europe.

Here, Andy Moore takes a look at five signings we hoped would have joined the Premier League and looks at whether or not they might do so further down the line.


The Paris St Germain striker has been a big hit in Ligue 1 and, after speculation concerning Karim Benzema died down, Arsenal were linked with a move for the Uruguayan striker. With Danny Welbeck still out injured, the Gunners are relying on Olivier Giroud to provide the goals and Cavani could have provided that extra burst of firepower. At 28, time is running out for Cavani to make a move to the Premier League but if he were to move within the next year, any club that signs him will have a quality goalscorer on their hands.


The World Cup Silver Ball and Silver Boot winner was linked with a £65million move to Manchester United to reunite with his former boss at Bayern Munich, Louis van Gaal. Under current Bayern boss Pep Guardiola, Muller continues to play a key role for the German side but, at just 25 years of age, a move to England could yet happen as he has won everything he could for the German giants.


The France international was deemed to be a target for Chelsea and their manager Jose Mourinho. Griezmann has been linked with a move to the Premier League for several years but moved to Atletico Madrid in 2014, bagging 25 goals across all competitions for Diego Simeone’s side. The 24-year-old has time on his side and if he maintains his goalscoring form, a top English side may yet come calling.


The Spain defender and captain was linked with a move to Manchester United as part of the deal that would have seen David De Gea move to Real Madrid. Despite reportedly stating his openness about a move to the Premier League, the 29-year-old signed a new contract at the Bernabeu and expressed his desire to remain in Madrid. The likelihood of a move to England now appears slim and it is expected he will see out the remainder of his career in the Primera Division.


In the past few weeks, rumours began to surface concerning a sensational transfer of Barcelona’s Neymar to Manchester United. With Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at the Nou Camp, Neymar could perhaps have been dispensable but Barca - currently under a transfer embargo - are not in the habit of selling their most prized possessions. Leaving Catalonia to move to England is a big step and unless an offer comes in that is too good to turn down, we should not expect to see Neymar move to the Premier League any time soon.