This summer Manchester United concluded two deals that were seemingly set in motion before they had decided to appoint Louis van Gaal as their new manager.
Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera were both universal choices of the United hierarchy, including Ed Woodward, Ryan Giggs and the departed manager David Moyes.
Moyes was linked with several players for much of last season in deals that may, or may not have, been carried out if he had stayed for the summer.
The likes of William Carvalho and Toni Kroos were said to be on his radar, the former reportedly a done deal.
Another player he was reportedly keen on was Atletico Madrid attacker Arda Turan.
While much of the plaudits for Los Colchoneros went to Diego Costa last term much of the time it was the guile and hard work of Turan behind him that was the difference for Atletico.
The Turkish star was reportedly the subject of an approach from United - with a rumoured fee of £32 million being bandied around.
But those rumours died with Moyes' dismissal, and now Turan's agent has confirmed what we all believed - United were after him until he left.
Ahmet Bulut told Haber Vitrini today that Moyes wanted Turan whilst also mentioning the future plans of his priciest client:
"Arda is very successful and he is really working, self-developing, through hard work. Of course, quite a successful bids from other teams continue to arrive. However we decided together Arda would stay until the end of the season Atletico. For example, Manchester United had serious interest in Arda with Moyes.
"We have also received offers from Turkey, but that was not in the best interest of Arda's career. At the end of this season, we think that a 28-year-old must consider a transfer. If this transfer is to one of Europe's top eight teams it could happen. Otherwise we will not."
United have certainly done well in lieu of a deal for Turan. Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao certainly fill the attacking void.
But there is also no doubt he would have been an excellent signing for the club, should they have made that move.