On this day: Manchester United quoted £40m for Reus; Chelsea star named in World XI

Marco Reus

What were the biggest stories on Christmas Day 2013 ? Manchester United and Chelsea feature.

In a special Christmas Day special, we take a look back at the biggest evens that happened exactly one year ago on that bitterly cold 2013 day.

£40 million and he is yours!

This time last year the biggest transfer news to come out of the UK papers involved a Manchester United side who were struggling for form under then-new boss David Moyes.

The former Everton coach failed to land his big summer targets and decided to panic-buy on the last day of the transfer window, bringing in Belgian international Marouane Fellaini.

As a result, after a disappointing start his short managerial stint at Manchester United, Moyes reached out for a morale-boosting winter deal in a bid to get his side’s season back on track.

The name on everybody’s lips was Dortmund ace Marco Reus – a player who is remains today one of the most sought after stars.

Manchester United were quoted £40 million for his services according to the Daily Mail, a figure which at the time would have been a club record transfer fee.

Reus ultimately stayed at Dortmund and has once again been in such good form that a big-money move to a top European club is surely still on the cards.

Gazzetta’s XI of 2013:

Italian newspaper La Gazzetta named their world XI of 2013 - but only three players outside the Bundesliga made the list as Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund dominated affairs.

Cristiano Ronaldo was an obvious inclusion, but instead of opting for Lionel Messi the Italian newspaper went for Chelsea’s flying winger Eden Hazard.

The Belgian ace had an excellent 2013 as he became a key player for the Blues and a potent attacking weapon under the guidance of Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho.

Here was the Gazzetta’s world XI of 2013:

Keeper: Neuer (Bayern Munich)

Defence: Lahm (Bayern Munich), Subotic (Borussia Dortmund), Thiago Silva (PSG), Alaba (Bayern Munich)

Midfield: Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Gündogan (Borussia Dortmund), Hazard (Chelsea), Ribéry (Bayern Munich)

Strikers: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund)

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