It was revealed in the Express on Thursday that Manchester United turned down a move for Arda Turan last summer after the Old Trafford club secured the signing on Everton’s Marouane Fellaini instead, which right now makes my blood boil. Last summer United transfer business was pretty pathetic with big players being targeted with no success and it took a deadline day bid for Fellaini for the club to make their first big signing of the summer, with Uruguayan defender Guillermo Varela as the only other signing of the summer. It does suggest that the signing of Fellaini was less rushed than first mentioned last summer. It all came to a close late in the evening of the closure of the window, so perhaps it was made to look rushed instead of United maybe sorting the deal out earlier in the day, or before that?
The thought of having a player like Turan in at the club could have been a good move last summer, but the likelihood of signing Juan Mata last January would have been pretty slim, so I guess every cloud and all that. The reports that United shelved plans to sign Turan have come from Turkish journalist Acun Ilicali, he said:
“Arda Turan is a great person, I went to at least 15 games over the course of the season to offer my support.
“Being there when he scored against Chelsea and seeing him run over to us following the goal is something I will never forget.
“The weird thing is, Arda was supposed to play for Manchester United this season.
“Manchester United agreed terms with Arda and he was on the verge of completing his transfer however, they chose Fellaini instead in a last minute deal.
“At the time I felt bad for Arda and was upset that he missed out on such a great opportunity to play for a club like Manchester United but it turns out I was completely wrong.
“It all worked out in Arda’s favour.”
It was probably best for all parties that Turan stayed in the Spanish capital, as he is now a league champions and a UEFA Champions League runner-up, so it was a much better season that playing football without passion under David Moyes. Juan Mata is a better class of player, in my opinion, but dodging a player like Fellaini, who has so far been a flop at United could have been so much different. With many players seemingly heading out of Old Trafford this summer, if rumours are to be believed, perhaps Louis van Gaal will cast his eye over Turan, which has already been suggested by the media. Hopefully we will be in for a better summer transfer window than last year, but the thoughts of last summers failure is still fresh in all of our minds, worrying if it could happen once again.
By Paul Bienkowski
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