The European transfer window has been slammed shut and now there will be no ins and outs across the continent until it reopens in January.
It ended with something of a flourish, particularly in Paris where Mauro Icardi and Keylor Navas both arrived, from Inter Milan and Real Madrid respectively.
Less so in Barcelona of course, where Neymar’s switch from PSG back to his former club failed to materialise, although the Blaugrana and their great rivals still combined to spend over £500million across the window.
Indeed, a total £5.3bn was splashed by Europe’s clubs during the window, the Premier League leading the way with £1.83bn of that, across 520 deals.
But what about the moves that fell apart, like Neymar; those which were, at one time or another promised, only to fail to come to fruition?
Mirror Football takes a look at some of the transfers that, ultimately, didn’t happen this summer.
The Tottenham Hotspur playmaker made clear early on in the summer that he wanted to try something new and take the next step in his career.
He went public to try to swing Real Madrid into action, at a time when Florentino Perez was seemingly keen to land him, but Zinedine Zidane wanted Paul Pogba.
However, the interest he hoped for wasn’t forthcoming, particularly amid Spurs’ £130million valuation – for a player into the last year of his contract.
Now Mauricio Pochettino will look to get the best out of him this season, while Daniel Levy will push to get a new deal done.
Zinedine Zidane began the flirting early, while Paul Pogba used a promotional trip to the Far East to declare his interest in leaving Manchester United .
“I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else. I am thinking of this: to have a new challenge somewhere else.”
Only, Florentino Perez, wasn’t so keen on spending in excess of £150million on the Frenchman. Zidane pushed, but with Ed Woodward unwilling to drop his demands, Perez wasn’t for turning.
According to reports in Madrid, it’s caused a fair bit of tension between coach and president.
Speaking of tension between Perez and Zidane, here comes Gareth Bale.
When Zidane walked away from Real Madrid after three successive Champions League triumphs, he wanted a greater say on transfers and what he wanted to do was sell Bale (also, keep Cristiano Ronaldo ).
However, Perez wanted rid of Ronaldo – and Ronaldo wanted to go – after their relationship broke down, and he wasn’t willing to let Bale go as well.
This time around, Zidane really pushed to get rid again, and after the signing of Eden Hazard he publicly declared it would be better for Bale to leave. The only option was a switch to China, but at the 11th hour, Perez put a stop to it, not wanting to give away the Welshman without a transfer fee.
As such, Bale remains at the Bernabeu and scored twice in a 2-2 draw with Villarreal at the weekend.
Dejan Lovren stayed at Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp blocked the defender’s departure on loan.
Roma, AC Milan and Bayer Leverkusen were interested in signing Lovren for the season, after the Croatian international slipped to fourth in the Anfield centre-half pecking order.
However, Klopp saw no benefit in letting Lovren join another club temporarily to leave himself with just three senior centre-backs, and was only willing to sanction a permanent £15million deal.
By the end, the question that remains is: Did PSG ever really want to sell? Or was this all just a PR exercise with president Nasser Al-Khelaifi showing both Barcelona and the player himself who’s boss?
Certainly, that is the story portrayed in the Catalan media, most prominently by Mundo Deportivo .
What seems clear however is that there were two major issues.
Firstly, the planned payment schedule of Barcelona who, having already signed Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong for big money, were pretty much at full stretch.
Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, is that Ousmane Dembele refused to agree to return to France. The World Cup winner never intended on heading to the Parc des Princes and stood his ground, despite seeing teammates Ivan Rakitic and Jean-Clair Todibo both says yes to the switch.
As such, Neymar remains in Paris.
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish says he will not prevent Wilfried Zaha from leaving in January for a top club – despite having refused to sell him this summer.
Zaha, 26, was the subject of an £70million bid from Everton late in the window, having also been on Arsenal’s radar beforehand.
However, Arsenal ultimately preferred Nicolas Pepe and went all in on the Ivory Coast star.
Everton’s bid was rejected and Zaha subsequently handed in a transfer request, furious at seeing what he believed was a “reasonable offer” turned down.
Palace were unwilling to sell just 48 hours before the close of the window however, and Zaha is now back in their lineup.
Unai Emery made clear that the German international was available if anyone came calling.
David Luiz and Sokratis are the Spaniard’s first-choice pairing right now, and both Calum Chambers and Rob Holding – when he returns from injury – are also ahead of Mustafi in his thoughts.
Alas, Arsenal couldn’t get rid of Mustafi, even at a cut-price £20million; the interest just wasn’t there at the end of the day.
The Argentine’s place at Juventus is nowhere near as secure as it once was, after a disappointing last campaign.
However, transfer options ultimately dried up for the creative forward.
Manchester United had a look before deciding the price wasn’t right – also reckoning his heart wasn’t really in a move to Old Trafford.
Spurs went close, but ultimately problems with third party ownership of the player’s image rights meant a complex deal simply couldn’t be done before the Premier League window closed.
And PSG never even got off the starting blocks, the French side only interested if they lost Neymar and Juve only interested if Mauro Icardi left Inter for Turin (ironically, Icardi moved on loan to PSG).