The Paul Pogba transfer saga was a long, and at times tedious one - but Chelsea are no strangers to drawn out transfer sagas.
There were times when it felt like the Pogba to Manchester United transfer saga would go on forever.
Every day a new development, every day a new quote. Every day, for months.
However, the Pogba deal wasn’t the longest running big-money transfer saga of recent times, not by a long way.
GetWesLondon have been through the Daily Mirror’s archives to see when the rumours of £20m-plus Premier League signings made since 2010 were first reported on. Only rumours involving the eventual “to” and “from” clubs were included.
Chelsea’s longest big-money transfer saga was their capture of David Luiz from Benfica.
The first mention of the Blues being after Luiz was on September 18, 2009.
They eventually landed the Brazilian centre-back on January 31, 2011, a whole 500 days after the initial report.
Rumours of Chelsea been interested in Eden Hazard first sprung up on February 12, 2011, 478 days before the club snapped up the hot prospect from Lille.
Chelsea’s pursuit of Fernando Torres lasted 404 days, while that of Romelu Lukaku lasted 395 days.
The longest transfer saga in the Premier League though, perhaps surprisingly, is Jesus Navas’ move from Seville to Manchester City.
It may not have been a transfer that dominated the headlines for months on end, but the first reports of the winger leaving Seville for City in the archives were on September 1, 2007.
That’s a whopping 2,110 days before he finally moved to the Etihad on June 11, 2013. Sven-Goran Eriksson was in charge of City when the first rumour emerged. The former England boss reportedly launched an £8m bid for the Seville player. However, a further three managers would take charge of the club before Navas finally joined.
Manchester City’s signing of Ilkay Gundogan is the next longest saga with 1,174 days between the first rumour and the eventual deal.
The first mention of Gundogan leaving Dortmund for City was on March 16, 2013, over three years before he finally joined on June 2, 2016.
Raheem Sterling was first talked about as a potential Manchester City target on November 9, 2009, 2,465 days before he eventually moved to the Etihad.
However, he was still at QPR at the time and was actually snapped up by Liverpool. The first talk of him moving to Manchester from Merseyside was on December 14, 2012, which was 940 days before he completed the move.
The next longest saga is that of Paul Pogba which lasted 939 days.
The first mention of United being interested in re-signing Pogba was on January 1, 2014, back when David Moyes was still in charge and just 18 months after Pogba left the club.
The next longest is the 907 days that separated the first rumours and final announcement of Christian Benteke’s move from Aston Villa to Liverpool.
Luke Shaw was still in the Southampton academy when Manchester United first expressed an interest in him. It took them 888 days to finally land him.
Sergio Aguero’s move from Atletico Madrid to Manchester City is the next longest at 580 days followed by David Luiz’s move from Benfica to Chelsea (500), Roberto Firmino’s from Hoffenheim to Liverpool (492) and Eden Hazard’s from Lille to Chelsea (478).
Of course, there are some deals that came out of the blue.
Manchester United’s pursuit of Anthony Martial appeared to last just two days between the initial rumour and the deal being completed.
Their capture of Eric Baily happened just four days after the first rumour, and just seven days separated the initial reports of Arsenal wanting to sign Mesut Ozil and him actually joining the club.
The 10 longest sagas (days)
Jesus Navas - Manchester City: 2,110
Ilkay Gundogan - Manchester City: 1,174
Raheem Sterling - Manchester City: 940
Paul Pogba - Man United: 939
Christian Benteke - Liverpool: 907
Luke Shaw - Man United: 888
Sergio Agüero - Manchester City: 580
David Luiz - Chelsea: 500
Roberto Firmino - Liverpool: 492
Eden Hazard - Chelsea: 478
David Luiz's Chelsea career in pictures: