Speculation continues to swirl about why exactly Manchester United's move for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera fell apart.
Around midday on Monday reporters were adamant that United had agreed to meet Herrera's release clause—around £30.5m—but the deal did not go through, with subsequent reports that "imposters" had been negotiating on United's behalf.
The Manchester Evening News claimed that three men purporting to be United officials arrived at La Liga offices in Madrid to complete the deal, but were found to have nothing to do with the club.
However, such reports are not being verified in Spain, with AS reporting that Herrera's camp believe they were being used all along, simply to force Everton into doing a deal for Fellaini (which they eventually did).
The Spanish paper brand the whole thing "an amazing episode," but David Moyes seemed to deny any underhand tactics, telling the Daily Mail: "I really like the player but we thought the buy-out was the wrong valuation."
The Mail claims United also lodged late bids for Sami Khedira and Luka Modric on deadline day, but were declined on both counts.