On this day: Thiago calls United links 'a lie'; Tottenham splurge £7m on winger

On the 26th July 2013 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Let's cast our eyes back to this exact day, the 26th July 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 26th July 2013…

Never-a-go Thiago

Thiago Alcantara was busy denying claims he was ever close to signing for Manchester United, contradicting quotes from his father, Mazinho, earlier in the week.

He instead suggested that United never came close to signing him - in fact they never even made an approach for his services:

"The truth is that in no moment did United come to us and talk to us. It came from the press, it was always a lie."

Thiago ended up joining his former Barca boss Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.

Cheddar for Chadli

Tottenham Hotspur finalised the transfer of FC Twente winger Nacer Chadli. Spurs splashed out around £7 million on the player.

However he did not enjoy an overtly successful debut season at White Hart Lane.

That being said he is far from being a flop - and under Mauricio Pochettino he might still show Spurs fans his best.

Bertrand watch

Jose Mourinho was waxing lyrical about his young Burkina Faso international midfielder Bertrand Traore a year ago today. The talented and rangy midfielder had impressed during pre-season for the club, although he was not yet a fully-fledged Chelsea player - due to his bizarre Work Permit issues he had been a permanent trialist at the club for a number of months.

Mourinho said of the player:

“Traoré we would like to keep. Those are the rules in England and we have to accept them. We’ll have to wait until he becomes 18 to try to get the permit for him to stay in England. If it’s not possible we have to let him go on loan somewhere. For a 17-year-old boy, sooner or later, the committee has to give him a permit to play in England. If he’s playing for his country at the same time – one of the most important countries in African football – he’ll get his deserved permit. So no dramas with it. It’s fantastic for him to come here and play well for Chelsea.”

Traore eventually did sign a permanent deal in January and will spend next season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem.

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