By Pete Jenson for MailOnline
Published: 16:18 BST, 3 September 2019 | Updated: 16:18 BST, 3 September 2019
There were 15 deadline day deals in Spain on Monday and when the transfer window finally shut €1.3billion had been spent on new players to La Liga.
But despite the record-breaking outlay (up from last year's previous record of €888m - or £810m) all the talk on Tuesday is of the two men who did not come.
Not only did Neymar stay at Paris Saint-Germain and Paul Pogba remain at Manchester United but supporters of Barcelona and Real Madrid were left with the sense that their transfers were doomed to fail because neither club ever really had the cash or the conviction to make them happen.
Paul Pogba to Real Madrid was one of the most protracted transfer sagas of the summer
Both Pogba and Neymar (above) did not see their moves come to fruition before September 2
Sources close to the Pogba transfer that never was, suggest that despite Manchester United's very public rebuttals had they received an offer that comfortably topped the money they spent when they signed Pogba, they would have given it serious consideration. But it never came.
Pogba had made no secret of wanting to sign for Real Madrid. Right up to deadline day he was 'favouriting' Madrid-related tweets on social media. And sections of Manchester Untied supporters had made it clear they would not have been against him leaving.
Pundits lined up to say that if he did not want to stay then he was better sold and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is understood to have been privately in favour of a sale as long as it was done early in the summer and brought in huge funds to be reinvested.
But Madrid's offer never came. An offer of around €160m might have opened a crack in the door but there was no such firm commitment from Real Madrid who had spent €100m on Eden Hazard and appeared not to be able to make another huge investment.
Barcelona spent the summer concocting various 'proposals' apparently designed to re-sign Neymar but president Josep Maria Bartomeu briefed from the very start that as he understood it the French club's owners had no interest in selling at any price.
Barca suggested cash plus player deals that were totally unworkable because they relied firstly on players