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Neymar, Luis Suárez, Lewa, Totti: Real Madrid's failed transfers

Steven Gerrard

Florentino Pérez trired to land the Liverpool midfielder on two occasions: "I don't know if one day I'll regret it, but I woudl have regretted leaving more," Gerrard once said. Real's first attempt was in 2004, when the board viewed him as a key piece for the 2005-06 project being hatched. Later, in 2010, there was another approach but Gerrard decided to stay at Anfield.

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Francesco Totti

The legendary Roma captain explained in an interview with Il Venerdì di Repubblica why he rejected Real Madrid's advances: "I thought very seriously about it, truthfully. However, my family, my wife and my friends made me understand I should stay at Roma. If I had ever left, the only team I would have gone to is Real Madrid."

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Luis Suárez

Real were keen on the former Liverpool striker during Carlo Ancelotti's spell as manager between 2013 and 2015, but the Italian said he felt that Karim Benzema was a more natural partner for Cristiano Ronaldo in the Madrid attack, paving the way for Barcelona to make their move in 2014.

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Paul Pogba

A summer-long transfer saga came to nothing earlier this year when Pogba had made his intention to play under Zidane as plain as possible without outright rebellion at Old Trafford. The feeling was mutual and there are whispers that Zidane is not happy he was not given his priority midfield target. The emergence of Fede Valverde has gone some way to smoothing the Frenchman's feathers but another summer of eyelash-fluttering can be expected next year.

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Patrick Viera

"My only regret is not having signed for Real Madrid," Viera said during an interview with French magazine So Foot. The reason Viera gave for his reticence was, ironically, the treatment of Claude Makalélé by the Bernabéu board - the player he was supposed to replace in midfield.

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Neymar

Another one who got away twice, first when Barcelona signed the Brazilian from Santos in 2013 and again when this summer Real were said to be close to agreeing a deal with the wantaway PSG star. The Ligue 1 side's demand for 300 million euros was a little rich even for Florentino Pérez's taste and Neymar stayed in Paris.

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Marco Verratti

Another long-term Madrid target, the Italian was "more interested in winning titles than earning money," according to his agent, and so remained in Paris where domestic dominance all-but ensures that.

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David de Gea

The famous case of the fax machine that did not go beep in the night... Manchester United had formalised the deal but failed to submit the contract on time and Madrid were unable to register De Gea with the Spanish league authorities. At least that is Madrid's story... in any case, Keylor Navas remained, won three Champions Leagues and De Gea stayed in Manchester.

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Kun Agüero

"If Real Madrid had been interested in me obviously I'd be at Real Madrid," Agüero told reporters after a Champions League game for Manchester City against his former rivals. There is little doubt that Agüero would have crossed the great divide given the chance, but a gentleman's agreement between Atlético and Madrid saw him move to Manchester instead.

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David Silva

It was 2010 when the Spain midfielder decided to seek a new challenge and asked to leave Valencia. Real Madrid were keen but Silva elected to join Manchester City instead as he felt he needed to leave LaLiga to improve as a player. "I don't regret not signing for Real Madrid at all. I went to one of the best clubs in Europe to win titles and that what's happened."

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Robert Lewandoski

According to German daily Bild, Real Madrid made three separate attempts to sign the Poland striker in 2013, 2015 and 2018. Each time, Bayern rejected their offer for the forward, who this season could overtake Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to become the second highest scorer for the Bavarians behind only the great Gerd Müller.

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