Turkish international’s move to Old Trafford fell through on deadline day.
Manchester United came close to signing Turkish international winger Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid on deadline day, according to the Daily Express.
The 26-year-old has been a key performer for Atletico since arriving at the club in 2011, and his displays looked to have attracted the attention of a number of Premier League sides this summer, with Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool also linked with a move for the left-sided attacker.
However, it is believed now that United stepped up their interest in Turan on the final day of the transfer window, and almost completed his signing before failing to complete the necessary paperwork in time.
An attacking midfielder had been high on United’s priorities this summer, with some doubts over the performances of Nani, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia last term, though in the end the Red Devils were only successful in bringing in Marouane Fellaini from Everton.
Nani has since signed a new five-year contract at Old Trafford, despite being linked with the exit door for much of this summer, with the likes of Juventus and Roma said to be tracking the Portuguese international.
Turan could still be on the radar of top clubs this January after another impressive start to the season with Atletico.