Big deals collapsed in the final hours, an unknown Korean was plucked from obscurity and some big names were put on the unwanted list, completing a tumultuous time for Asian footballers during Europe's January transfer window.
The most eagerly anticipated move never happened as the transfer of Keisuke Honda, Japan's most famous player, from CSKA Moscow to Italian powerhouse Lazio failed to go through.
Honda, who joined CSKA in December 2009 on a four-year contract and shone at the 2010 World Cup, had reportedly agreed personal terms with Lazio but the clubs could not strike a deal.
Reports suggested that Lazio's offer fell short of CSKA's 16 million euro ($21 million) asking price and the Rome team also wanted to pay in installments.
''The inappropriate approach to talks by Lazio played a role'' CSKA general director Roman Babaev told Russian international news agency RIA Novosti. ''This regards the price of the player and the manner of th...