Transfer window: The moves that should have happened (1)

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The transfer window closed on Monday evening with some clubs left to wonder what might have been had they been able to concluded the acquisitions of their favoured targets prior to the deadline.

While there was a record amount of money spent by Premier League clubs over the course of the transfer period, the total expenditure could have been significantly higher had a number of high-profile deals not broken down.

Manchester United endured a particularly frustrating summer as David Moyes missed out on a number of players he had identified as capable of softening the blow inflicted by the retirement of Old Trafford legend Paul Scholes.

Marouane Fellaini was the player eventually recruited to the Manchester United midfield, but the Premier League champions had explored a number of other potential avenues before settling on the Belgian.

Arsenal, similarly, had a difficult few months with Arsene Wenger criticised for his unwillingness to spend his vast transfer reserves, with two free transfers the only arrivals at the Emirates Stadium before deadline day.

And, although Wenger was able to silence his critics with the club record signing of Mesut Ozil, Arsenal had missed out on several other key signings earlier in the window.

But which failed signings should have been completed, had the interest clubs been more clinical in negotiations? GMS investigates…

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