In the direct aftermath of transfer deadline day, Manchester United fans were left baffled as to why a player who would have cost £23.5million a month ago was ultimately signed for £27.5million.
Marouane Fellaini’s release-clause would have allowed him to move to Old Trafford for the smaller fee, had United only acted sooner.
And yet the Express claims David Moyes did pay just £23.5million for the Belgian, and that the additional £4million Everton claim to have received was in forfeited loyalty bonuses after Fellaini handed in a last-minute transfer request.
If that is the case, at least United fans can take some comfort from the fact that Moyes saved some cash.
News also came out of the club yesterday that they had signed two players on Monday, with 17-year-old Swiss-born defender Saidy Janko moving from FC Zurich for an undisclosed fee.
The Mirror claims that could have been three signings, with United frantically attempting to hijack Arsenal’s deal for Mesut Ozil once it became clear they wouldn’t be signing Ander Herrera.
But the German international chose a move to the Emirates, leaving Moyes without the creative midfielder he had tried to sign all summer.
And finally, Theo Walcott has described Wayne Rooney’s head injury as “like something from a horror film”.
The Mirror reports that a picture of the injury, taken on a mobile phone, is being passed between the striker’s England teammates.
“I have seen the actual injury and it is not a nice sight to be honest,” Walcott said. “It is not going to help his looks I wouldn’t think.”
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