There were a number of wantaway stars who failed to secure moves away on transfer deadline day.
Transfer requests were met with failed negotiations, journeys across the world shuddered to a premature halt and dream returns to boyhood clubs had been left shattered - with several players now stuck in limbo until the end of the campaign.
Sportsmail takes a look at those unlucky enough to now be facing uncertain futures at their current clubs...
Real Madrid entered negotiations with Gareth Bale's former club Tottenham on deadline day
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud will stay at the club after the Blues failed to sign a replacement
Tottenham were ultimately forced to concede defeat on deadline day after making a shock move for former star Gareth Bale. Sportsmail revealed on Thursday that the North London club opened talks with Real Madrid over the Wales international, but Bale's hefty £600,000-a-week wage played a part in the deal collapsing.
Tottenham are believed to have even sent representatives to Madrid in an attempt to structure an ambitious package, but Bale was reluctant to take a pay cut. And after negotiations were brought to an unsuccessful close, news then emerged that Bale had been left out of the squad to take on local rivals Atletico on Saturday.
Zinedine Zidane was adamant that Bale would remain in the Spanish capital, but a move away from the LaLiga title hopefuls in the summer could be a possibility with the winger appearing to have fallen out of favour.
Tottenham were forced to concede defeat after a shock move for former star Gareth Bale
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was visibly angered after revealing that there would be no last-gasp transfer business of any kind at Stamford Bridge.
The club's attempts to sign Dries Mertens and Edinson Cavani proved fruitless, meaning Olivier Giroud would be forced to remain in London. The Frenchman remained professional during the window, according to Lampard, but his desire to leave in search of regular game time was made clear.
The World Cup winner attracted interest from Tottenham, Lazio, Inter Milan and West Ham, and has largely been forced to play second fiddle behind Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi.
Giroud is likely to secure a move away in the summer, with several of Europe's largest clubs certain to consider swooping for the target man.
Tottenham, Lazio, Inter Milan and West Ham have all showed an interest in Giroud last month
Despite handing in a transfer request at Paris Saint-Germain, Edinson Cavani will remain in the French capital until the end of the campaign.
The star striker has just six months remaining on his contract and wanted to secure a move to Atletico Madrid - but PSG were reluctant to allow Cavani to leave and received no suitable offers.
Reports indicated that Atletico were unable to match PSG's demands for the frontman, who has struggled to move ahead of Inter Milan loanee Mauro Icardi in the pecking order.
Chelsea were also believed to be interested in moving for Cavani, with boss Lampard requesting the club bolster his attacking options, but the 32-year-old now appears set to leave for free in the summer.
Edinson Cavani will stay with Paris Saint-Germain after his Atletico Madrid move fell through
Manchester United's Serbian midfielder admitted he is open to extending his contract at Old Trafford, but discussions over a new deal are yet to commence.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer even believes Matic is now playing his best football since joining the club from Chelsea - although the 31-year-old has always maintained his future remains unclear.
Matic also revealed that several clubs had been interested in signing him last month, and the former Benfica star's contract is set to expire at the end of the season.
But with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay still yet to return from injury, and the big-money signing of Bruno Fernandes, Matic may once again struggle for regular match action despite his recent return to form.
Nemanja Matic is open to staying at Manchester United but talks over a deal are yet to begin
Barcelona made the incredible decision to pull the plug on a deal to sign Cedric Bakambu from Beijing Guoan while the player was flying from China to Spain.
The 28-year-old striker saw the humorous side to his predicament, requesting football website Transfermarkt to change the transfer history on his profile to read 'Almost Barcelona'.
The Catalan club wrapped up negotiations to sign Bakambu - with a deadline day deal appearing a certainty subject to a medical. But the former Villarreal frontman found out that Barcelona had instead turned their attention to other targets after the first leg of his flight.
Barcelona sporting director