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Chelsea set to hi-jack ANOTHER ‘set-in-stone’ Manchester United target

Thursday 26th January 2017
Towards the early days of the January Transfer Window highly-rated Centre-Back Victor Lindelof's proposed move to Premier League giants Manchester United looked all but done.

Reports from The Daily Mail suggested at the beginning of the month that a deal had been struck between Portuguese outfit Benfica and the mighty Red Devils, however, it seems Chelsea have yet again swooped under the noses of United to land Lindelof.
There has been no official statement from the Swedish International, therefore, one is left to guess on which club he chooses. Many still think he will join Old Trafford under the influence of compatriot legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has apparently been selling the club to Lindelof.

However, if he were to choose Stamford Bridge over the Theatre Of Dreams he would be joining a high-profile list of players who snubbed the North West for London. Let us start with probably the most infamous case of Chelsea nabbing a player that Manchester United thought they had in the bag with John Obi Mikel.

Back in 2005, when the Nigerian International was one of the most highly-rated youngsters in World Football, Manchester United agreed on a deal worth £4 million to bring the 19-year old midfielder to Old Trafford from Norwegian side Lyn.

However Chelsea swooped in to lure the defensive anchor to Stamford Bridge and after a press conference where United presented Mikel followed by a confusing, drawn out process that involved a High Court claim, the London side landed the player and had to pay £12 million compensation to their Premier League rivals. Messy.
A year earlier Manchester United had also been dealt a fatal blow by Chelsea as they yet again stole a player in the dying seconds, this time his name was Arjen Robben.

The Dutch winger had, cliché – I know, all but agreed a move from PSV to United in 2004, and was accompanied by his Father as Sir Alex Ferguson gave them a personal tour around the Champion's Training Facilities at Carrington and Old Trafford and was firmly assured he would get chances in the Royal Red of United to impress on the pitch.

However the current Bayern Munich man met with Claudio Ranieri and said that ‘he heard the whole Chelsea story and was appealed by it, I was really sorry to not have a chance to play for Manchester United by this is football and the game moves so quickly'

Both tragic stories if you're a faithful Stretford Ender, however, the one that will be hurting any fan the most at the moment is the curious case of why Eden Hazard never signed for Manchester United.

In 2012 Eden Hazard flew over to Manchester to meet with United manager Alex Ferguson who was desperate to tie the Belgian down to a contract at Old Trafford. Everything looked set in stone and it was, forgive me, all but done with reports that Lille and United had agreed on a fee and the Winger was due to sign a contract the next day. Then Roman Abramovic called.

Hazard snubbed Manchester United because of Roman Abramovic's ‘love of football and Chelsea is the best project for me at the moment'. Nothing to do with the dollar then, Eden?

Victor Lindelof could soon join this list if one is to believe the speculation that is circling the Swedish stopper at the moment, as Manchester United fans they must hope he makes the right decision.
Jack Read
Opinionated Football fan from Manchester. Venting my frustrations via means of Writing online.

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