On this day: Benteke wants Arsenal and Ferdinand signs new deal

Christian Benteke Belgium

On the 23rd May 2013 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.

I am casting my eye back to this exact day, the 23rd May 2014, but a year earlier.

What were the main tales from that day? What big events were happening in Premier League football?

Here are some of the big scoops from the 23rd May 2013…

Benteke to Arsenal

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke was talking about potentially becoming an Arsenal player after a fantastic debut season in the Premier League.

The Belgian international had just come off the back of a 23 goal season, and what was an excellent start to 2013. But with many big teams reportedly courting him, he appeared to have his heart set on The Gunners.

Benteke said:

"If the chance comes up for me to join a club like Arsenal, I am convinced that we can reach a compromise where everybody comes out a winner."

Instead he went on to sign a new deal with Villa and by comparison has had a poor second season with the club. He is currently nursing an Achilles tendon injury which ruled him out of a maiden World Cup finals.

Ferdinand stays

A year ago today and Rio Ferdinand agreed a new one-year extension to his contract at Manchester United. The former England international had been in great form throughout the campaign alongside Jonny Evans and was rewarded with his new deal.

A year later and he has revealed plans to leave United at the expiry of that deal this summer.

His next career path is still unknown.

Chelsea want Turan

Chelsea were reportedly set to make a move for Atletico Madrid star Arda Turan. It came after the president at another interested club, his former team Galatasaray, mentioned Chelsea were also keen during an interview with Turkish TV.

However Turan stayed and went on to help Atletico lift the La Liga title and reach the Champions League final.

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