At the turn of the year, when the news broke that Manchester United were on the verge of making a club record signing, excitement was tantamount. Juan Mata had spent his first few years in the Premier League dazzling crowds with his typical Spanish style of classy, intricate football.
The perfect number ten.
However, in the short time that elapsed between him being named Chelsea’s Player of the Year and Jose Mourinho taking the reigns once again at Stamford Bridge, Mata very quickly fell out of favour.
The transfer window might have shut just over 24 hours ago but Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United are already plotting their January business, according to reports that claim the United manager is not done spending yet.
United spent a combined £150.1m this summer, breaking the British transfer record with the £59.7m they spent for Angel Di Maria, who followed the likes of Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo at Old Trafford, before Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao joined on deadline day.
Louis Van Gaal has said he could not pass up the opportunity to sign Radamel Falcao, once he was made aware that the Colombian might available this summer.
With Manchester City, Real Madrid and Juventus all chasing the Monaco striker, United entered the race yesterday morning, blitzing their rivals and finally securing the 28-year-old on a season-long loan, with the option to make the deal permanent in 12 months, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Manchester United youngsters Tom Lawrence and Nick Powell have completed a move to Leicester City. Both players join Nigel Pearson’s side with Powell on a season-long loan while Lawrence signs permanently for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £1m.
Danny Welbeck has agreed to join Arsenal in a £16m deal, after a topsy-turvy deadline day during which his transfer to the Emirates remained in the balance until the very end.
Welbeck had attracted interest from Sunderland, Hull and Tottenham, with Spurs looking favourite to clinch a loan deal for the United striker, before Arsenal entered the race on Monday afternoon, as Arsene Wenger looked to bolster his options up-front following an injury that will keep Olivier Giroud out until December.
Javier Hernandez has reached an agreement with Real Madrid and will be unveiled at the Santiago Bernabueu later on Monday, after completing his loan move to the European Champions.
With Radamel Falcao arriving on loan from Monaco, Hernandez’s opportunities to break into the first XI appeared even more limited and Louis Van Gaal decided the Mexican could be moved on, after months of speculations had linked him a host of European clubs, including Juventus, Valencia and Inter Milan.
Manchester United have agreed a season-long deal for Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, subject to the Colombian passing a medical at Carrington later on Monday.
According to Sky Sports, the deal for the former Atletico Madrid centre-forward includes the option of United signing the 28-year-old, who missed out on the World Cup in the summer after suffering a serious knee injury last season.
Falcao was on the radar of a host of European clubs, including Real Madrid, Juventus, Arsenal and Manchester City but United look to have won the race to the Colombian.
More to follow
All summer, Manchester United’s transfer activity has been long, drawn out and a hive of speculation but, overnight, from nowhere, initial rumours of their interest in Monaco’s Radamel Falcao has rapidly evolved into reports he’s all-but a done deal.