Carlos Borges is a good example of a transfer is not done until it is done. That is the message we received last week from sources close to club and for good reason.
Even after two clubs agree a transfer fee, the player verbally agrees to personal terms and a medical is completed it is all just a gentleman’s agreement in principle until player signs his contract and the two clubs sign their contracts.
In the modern world of transfer news there is raced to say deals are close, imminent or even done but many of these announcements are premature.
Just because two clubs agree a fee doesn’t mean the deal is done and there are many more hurdles to jump.
In the case of Carlos Borges, he was on holiday first after Portugal U21 international duty, then his agent reportedly wanted a larger fee.
Next, we know, Ajax come in late to hijack the deal, it happens more often than you think.
In the end the player wasn’t one that David Moyes was particular interested in and it could also be argued that Ajax have a better track record of bringing through young players.
You can’t blame the kid for a last minute change of heart.