Two targets of Liverpool and Manchester United slip away in two days

Liverpool and Manchester United will both be cursing their luck having seen potential transfer targets commit to their clubs over the last two days.

Arda Turan of Atletico Madrid and Luis Muriel of Udinese have signed new deals with their clubs, making it substantially more expensive for sides now looking to buy them.

Both Liverpool and Manchester United were linked with Turan over the summer, with Chelsea also holding an interest with reports suggesting at one point that that the Blues had met the buy out clause in his old contract.

However, AS reported rumours that Turan was in advanced negotiations over a contract extension, which have since been confirmed with the Turk’s new deal expiring in 2017 and his new cost estimated at around €40 million.

It’s a double blow for United because they were also significantly linked with Udinese’s 22-year-old superstar Luis Muriel who has now committed to the Italian club until the summer of 2018.

He’s rated as one of the most exciting young Colombian players around at the moment, rivalling the likes of Jackson Martinez and James Rodriguez for fame back in South America.

Liverpool shouldn’t be overly concerned about missing out on Turan because, although he would have been a top quality signing, they have plenty of cover and talent in their current squad to cope.

Brendan Rodgers may also have struggled to get the Liverpool board to agree to what would have been an expensive transfer, to go alongside with the other signings that were made over the summer.

It may also be a blessing for United on both fronts, because it allows them to go back to the drawing board and mount much stronger bids to sign the higher profile and more experienced targets they had their eyes on over the summer.

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What do you think? Are you surprised Turan is staying in Spain?

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