Predictably, Rasmus Hojlund would top the list of many a Manchester United fan as the most encouraging summer arrival at this moment - but few would have backed Sergio Reguilon as a close second.
United spent close to £200million during the transfer window, with a club record seven new arrivals through the door. Hojlund was the marquee purchase at £72m, with neither Mason Mount (£55m) nor Andre Onana (£47.2m) coming in on the cheap.
Fiorentina received an £8.5m loan fee for Sofyan Amrabat, which could increase to nearly £30m if the Moroccan signs permanently, Fenerbahce got £4.3m for goalkeeper Altay Bayindir and Jonny Evans, released by Leicester City, arrived on a free.
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That should have been it for United but an ill-timed injury for Luke Shaw forced Erik ten Hag to move late for a left-back. Tyrell Malacia has not yet featured after returning from his summer break with an injury, while talks for Granada to take Alvaro Fernandez on loan were already progressing.
It left Ten Hag with no senior left-back and a week to find one, with loan deals the only option given he had already gone over budget. Marc Cucurella was the first option but an extortionate loan fee killed that, and so United turned to Reguilon.
A loan deal for the 26-year-old was relatively simple to agree upon and such was Tottenham's willingness to do business, they were happy to insert a January break clause. United pushed for that to be included on the basis that if Shaw and Malacia were fit come the new year, they could shake hands and cut ties.
But while Reguilon was hoped to be a capable stand-in, few wouldRead on manchestereveningnews.co.uk