Manchester United miss out on several targets and sign Marouane Fellaini for £27.5million
David Moyes might not be in the best of moods on Tuesday, with the Scot having seen Manchester United fail to land the signature of several players during the course of the summer.
September 3rd, 2013
In the end, the only marquee signing was Marouane Fellaini, with the Belgian arriving at Old Trafford for £27.5million despite the fact that United could have signed the player for £4million less due to a buy-out clause of £23million which existed until the end of July.
Barcelona’s Cesc Fábregas and Thiago Alcântara were early summer targets for the Red Devils, although the former remained at the Nou Camp, while the latter decided to sign for Bayern Munich.
Fellaini made life easier for the English champions by handing in an official transfer request on Monday evening, although United were thwarted in their attempt to sign Ander Herrera after refusing to pay his €36m buyout clause.
Leighton Baines was another player that Moyes failed to sign, with the left-back being the subject of bids that also included Fellaini, although United ended up pursuing the latter as an individual target rather than the Everton pair as a package.
Real Madrid’s Fábio Coentrão was also the subject of a late loan deal offer, although Fellaini will be the only player unveiled as a new Manchester United signing next week, as Moyes has to rely on the existing squad to retain the title.