Just when you thought that David Moyes' tenure at the helm of Manchester United couldn't get any more ridiculous, something comes out of nowhere to surprise you.
Manchester United's £27.5m signing of Marouane Fellaini on deadline day last summer certainly raised a few eyebrows. Many thought that the player, despite performing extremely well the previous season, wasn't good enough for the then Premier League champions. So far, Fellaini hasn't done anything to convince them otherwise.
What is even more flabbergasting than the price of Fellaini's transfer is the news out of Turkey today that Manchester United cancelled a deal with Atlético Madrid star Arda Turan to sign the former Everton player. In an interview with TV360 (relayed by Aksam), well-connected sports journalist and TV personality Acun Ilıcalı said: "Arda was very close to signing for United last season, but they decided to get Fellaini instead. I thought it was a big mistake, but Atlético were successful, I didn't expect that.”
The interview was recorded a few days after the Champions League final – which Arda Turan failed to take part in -, but only broadcasted last night.
If this indeed true, you have to wonder what went through David Moyes' (or Edward Woodward's) head when he cancelled the deal with Arda Turan. Turan's performances over the past season have been more than impressive, so much so that most teams in the world would happily welcome him with open arms.
Many thanks to @SignoreTr for the help he provided translating the quotes accurately.
Marca report on Wednesday that Tuesday was a slow day in the proposed transfer of Alberto Moreno to Liverpool. That's not to say things are going wrong, just that there was no jump made and no talks on Tuesday, perhaps because both clubs were concentrating on other things.
Marca report on Wednesday that Manchester United are still lurking around Koke and prepared to bid €60m to sign the player, which would be his buyout clause at Atletico. Louis van Gaal needs to strengthen in midfield and Koke's excellent season has underlined his class and potential.
Liverpool would have been forgiven for thinking that this summer there wouldn't be so many Luis Suarez rumours. Their fight for the title and qualification for the Champions League means that Suarez doesn't need to go anywhere to be able to compete on the pitch and even if he does fancy a Real Madrid move there's not the urgency there was last summer when he appeared to be desperate for a shot at the Champions League.
A week ago El Confidencial in Spain explained that Jose Mourinho met Jorge Mendes to secure two of his players and work on the signings of more. The two players were Diego Costa and Tiago of Atletico Madrid and El Confidencial explained that Mourinho wanted them to be the start.
Fabregas this, Fabregas that. The stories surrounding the former Arsenal midfielder had been difficult to stand over the last few days and the claims coming out of Spain contradictory. Fabregas is perhaps perceived wrongly at Barcelona, his stats stand up to a lot of scrutiny but the fans have never been impressed as a whole and it looks like Luis Enrique, the club's new manager, sees him as a player to sell.
For a long time Diego Capel threatened to be better than he actually is. That may sound a harsh way to speak about a footballer, but Capel played for Spain right the way through the youth ranks, more than most of the current full squad, and just under six years ago, at the age of 20, he made an impressive debut for the Spanish first team.