It turns out some of those crazy transfer rumours you hear on deadline day are sometimes true, especially, it seems, when Manchester United are involved.
When it was originally reported that the Red Devils had made a last-ditch attempt to sign Mathieu Debuchy on a six-month loan deal from Arsenal, we have to admit that few of us here at GiveMeSport towers believed it.
But as the walls of Sir Alex Ferguson's dynasty continue to crumble around Old Trafford, it appears that no level of crazy is too high for the bumbling chief executive Ed Woodward and his faltering head coach Louis van Gaal.
Debuchy, who eventually joined Bordeaux on a temporary deal, has since confirmed that contact was made between the two Premier League clubs but Arsene Wenger, naturally, had no intention of letting one of Arsenal's international players join a rival. Now, the Frenchman has spoken about the bid in public and explained exactly why it was rejected.
Asked if it was true that a bid was rebuffed, Wenger told reporters: “I hope that’s not surprising to you. You loan players to clubs who don’t have resources, not direct rivals.”
Arsenal fans will remember a time when they themselves were forced to take the scraps from their Premier League rivals, loaning Yossi Benayoun from Chelsea in 2011 and also trying to take Demba Ba off their hands in 2013.
However, that was because Wenger was bound by strenuous financial restrictions placed on him by the building of the Emirates Stadium. Manchester United, on the other hand, have some of the deepest pockets in world football and have spent almost £300million over the course of the last two seasons.
Van Gaal found himself in a tricky situation with regards to injuries, but considering the kind of money he has already wasted on his United squad, it seems ludicrous that he had to go to Arsenal, cap in hand, asking to borrow one of their players.
The man himself admitted that the chance to play for Manchester United would have been "magnificent". Currently trying to scrap his way back into France's national squad ahead of Euro 2016, Debuchy would have seen Old Trafford as the perfect stage to reintroduce himself.
"Yes, at the end of the transfer window they came in," Debuchy said of United's offer. "They contacted my agents. I was disappointed, obviously. If I had the chance to go to Manchester United it would have been magnificent. Unfortunately, it wasn't the case. I discussed it with the coach too, who said that obviously he couldn't help out a rival."
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