So after all the talk, all the words written, and all the characters tweeted, David de Gea is now to remain at Manchester United for yet another season.
Louis van Gaal will claim a victory and Ed Woodward will beam that meme-esque smile of his. However for the club's supporters, this summer's transfer window has descended into nothing short of a farce.
For the third year in succession of Woodward's tenure, the club have found themselves regularly linked to Gareth Bale, apparently close to Thomas Muller and inches away from Arjen Robben. That none will be donning the shirt of the Red Devils this term speaks volumes of just how bad things are at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson certainly would not have allowed it.
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Under Ferguson, United were usually quick and swift with their transfer business. Blessed with a competent CEO in David Gill, only Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov moved on deadline day between the years of 2004 and 2012. Even snaring Robin van Persie from Arsenal was done with plenty of time to spare.
However things have changed drastically under Woodward. In his first year he overpaid Everton for the services of Marouane Fellaini, botched a deal for Ander Herrera and also saw a last-minute bid for Fabio Coentrao come up short. David Moyes could then only guide them to seventh, and paid with his head on the table.
Then last year, they waited until the very last minute to get Daley Blind from Ajax. Despite being linked with the Red Devils all summer, the club's decision to stall on the deal was eventually overshadowed by the arrival from Radamel Falcao on the same day. The Colombian, clearly not over his knee injury, then endured the most miserable year of his career.
Ferguson would never have tolerated such late deals during his time at the club, with the transfers for Berbatov and Rooney justified given their already impressive standing in the game at the time.
Van Gaal, it appears, is the exact opposite. For a man meticulous in his planning of games, that his attitude to transfers is slackened hints that all might not be well behind the scenes. They have plenty of money to play with - yet it seems a case of reluctance to spend it.
United have permitted Falcao, Van Persie and Javier Hernandez amongst others to depart this year. Anthony Martial will sign, but £36 million for a player dubbed the new Thierry Henry looks desperate. Whatever is going on behind closed doors, things are not well in the Republic of Mancunia.
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