Towards the end of the transfer window, Marseille were in a desperate need to sell someone, and Wolverhampton Wanderers wanted a centre-back.
Those two should have worked perfectly to combine for the transfer of Duje Caleta-Car, but the Croatian turned the chance of a move away from the south of France down, with the likes of West Ham and Valencia also seeing their efforts pushed back alongside Wolves.
This reportedly led to some anger from within the Ligue 1 side, as the defender’s sale would have gone a long way to balance the books and even potentially allow for another purchase, but what happened happened and all parties now need to move on.
There was even talk of him being sent to the reserves as punishment, but some feel that’s rather unfair, including Stephen Brun for RMC Sport, who reminded everyone of what happened last January.
He said, relayed by Le10 Sport: “Since when is a player obliged to accept offer that don’t suit him because the club is recently paying the price for a disastrous economical strategy? It’s ridiculous. He’s not the first to refuse to leave a club.
“He was offered Liverpool and when Marseille didn’t want to, it only works one way? The player decided what he wants to do with his contract”.
Brun was referring to Liverpool’s bid for Duje Caleta-Car last January, with the player reportedly waiting at Marseille airport for the green light to move to Anfield, only for Marseille to pull the plug on it all late on as they felt they didn’t have the time to replace their man.
This time, with Wolverhampton Wanderers’ offer, the Croatia international got his revenge, if you will, turning down the offer to play at the Molineux and making life a bit difficult for his current club.