As they wake up this morning, some Manchester United fans will be disappointed and others aghast. Quite simply, their deadline day dealings were as muddled and fruitless as their entire summer transfer business.
Marouane Fellaini arrived – as most knew he would. But while David Moyes could have signed the Belgian for £23.5million prior to the expiration of his Everton release-clause, the United boss instead forked out £27.5million, with the deal announced late last night.
That they almost signed Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao will not appease United fans confused by the goings-on at their club.
Reports this morning claim the paperwork needed to bring in the Portuguese player was not completed in time, leaving Fellaini and Guillermo Varela as the club’s only summer signings.
The Mirror also sheds some light on the mystery surrounding Ander Herrera’s failed move to Old Trafford.
They claim United ultimately balked at the Athletic Bilbao midfielder’s price and pulled the plug on the deal just an hour before the transfer window closed. The same paper also repeats claims that three men claiming to be United officials went to La Liga headquarters in a somewhat absurd attempt to close the deal – until payment was required, that is.
Following a transfer window of much hype but little hope, the spotlight will be on United’s new chief executive Ed Woodward more than ever. And the Telegraph has this morning run a story on the man and his doomed moves in the market that makes for an interesting read.
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