United bolster midfielder with Fellaini capture, miss out on Coentrao and Herrera

Manchester United finally made their mark on the transfer window as they secured the signature of Everton’s Marouane Fellaini for £27.5million late on Monday evening.

The 25-year-old Belgian International had been linked with a move to Old Trafford throughout the summer and was the subject of a failed £36million joint-bid with left-back Leighton Baines.

However in the end Baines remained at Goodison Park with Fellaini making the short move to Manchester.

A deal that has been mooted all summer was finally concluded by the deadline with the deal moving quickly in the end after the player, who had been given permission by Belgium to delay joining up with the national squad ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Scotland, handed in a transfer request late on Monday in a bid to push through the move.

The deal was finally confirmed one hour after the transfer deadline passed at 11pm.

United had also looked to have solved their search for a new left back with late reports emerging that the club had sealed a late loan swoop for Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao.

However in the end the deal appeared to have faltered especially as there was no confirmation of a deal in the hours after the deadline and it is understood they may not have completed the paperwork in time.

However the club’s last ditch attempts to further bolster their midfield options with the addition of Ander Herrera failed.

Earlier on the final transfer day, the club had agreed a fee with the La Liga outfit, believed to be £30.5 million, for the player.

The 24 year old was also believed to be very keen on a move to Old Trafford and had even agreed to take a pay cut on his 4 million euro a season salary to seal a deal with the defending Premier League champions.

However the deal fell through bureaucratic problems with the tax around the deal, a situation not uncommon in Spain especially with players who move abroad.

The failure to seal the deal is surely set to raise question marks over the club’s transfer policy especially as the midfield area had long been an area that required strengthening.

Fellaini is the second summer signing to arrive at Old Trafford and joins up with 20 year old Uruguay defender Guillermo Varela who arrived from Penarol earlier in the summer in a £2.5 million deal.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.