Manchester United are reported to have been ‘very close’ to securing the acquisition of Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window of last year, but the club instead decided to pursue the signing of Marouane Fellaini from Everton.
This is according to Acun Ilıcalı, a journalist in Turkey, who claims to have knowledge of a proposed deal that would have seen Turan join the then Premier League champions. But Turan, of course, remained with Atletico, and played a prominent role in the success achieved by Diego Simeone’s side in the season just concluded.
"Arda was very close to signing for United last season, but they decided to get Fellaini instead,” Ilıcalı told TV360, with Sport Witness providing the translation. “I thought it was a big mistake, but Atlético were successful, I didn't expect that.”
The recruitment of Fellaini was the only business conducted by David Moyes in his first transfer window as Manchester United manager, with the club failing in their respective attempts to sign midfielders of more prominent standing.
Fellaini joined from Everton for £27 million and provided just one assist, while not registering a single goal, during his maiden campaign at Old Trafford. Turan, meanwhile, scored seven times and laid on a further five more goals for his team.
After this apparent failure to sanction the transfer of Turan a year ago, Manchester United have been linked with a renewed approach for the Turkey international. It has been claimed of late that Manchester United are prepared to pay €40 million to sign the 27-year-old.