Manchester United's shambolic transfer window dealings descended into farce as their attempt to sign Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera collapsed.
David Moyes identified Herrera as a potential target and it was believed United were willing to pay Athletic's 36million euro asking price.
It then appeared three United officials had arrived at La Liga headquarters in Madrid to complete the formalities that would allow Herrera to finalise a move to Old Trafford.
However, it now seems the trio were imposters and had nothing to do with United at all.
Subsequently, United withdrew from the transfer, even though it was established they had an additional hour to conclude the deal providing a Deal Sheet with the signature of both clubs and the player was submitted to the Premier League.
Insiders claimed that Moyes felt the buyout clause was too high and attempts to try and bring the fee down failed.
It means United are now left to rush through the transfer of Marouane Fellaini from Everton as their only summer purchase of any note.
Although the Belgian is a top quality player, the events, which also included claims of a failed bid for Real Madrid's Sami Khedira, will not reflect well on either new manager Moyes or in particular executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.