While all the attention on transfer deadline day was on Mesut Ozil, his Real Madrid teammate Sami Khedira was also attracting attention.
He claimed after the event that reigning Premier League champions Manchester United had made a huge offer for his services, but it was rejected and in any case he wanted to stay after being given assurances regarding his place by manager Carlo Ancelotti.
The midfielder stated in early September: "The club turned down the offer and that was it, we didn't really have the chance to discuss it. I had a longer chat with Carlo Ancelotti a few weeks ago and it was relatively clear to me that I'd stay at Real."
Now with Madrid going through a rough patch in terms of form, there may be those wishing the club had cashed in on the German international.
Khedira was lambasted by Spanish newspaper Marca for his performance in the club's late 3-2 win at Levante.
They wrote: "Something's wrong when a man like Khedira bears the brunt of the game structure. The German national team is a good assistant or squire, but he is not a leader as a team like Real Madrid needs him.
"He does not have the ball, at least not in the areas where he needs to take responsibility. Sometimes one had the impression that he is hiding, not to be played."
It is a quite cutting assessment of a player seen as a key cog in the Real Madrid team by manager Carlo Ancelotti, who finds himself under early pressure.
With key man Xabi Alonso out injured and new signing Gareth Bale also out, Madrid are floundering and sneaking narrow wins over teams they would usually expect to beat heavily.
Even a player who has played more than 100 games for Real Madrid like Khedira is not immune to the harshest of criticism, such are the intense demand among the media and supporters.
If the German ends up dropped or continuing to lose form as a result, by time January comes around it could become music to a club like Manchester United's ears.
Should United go for Khedira in January? What do you think of the criticism?
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