Done Deals: Recapping Man United (and others’) busy day — De Gea drama; Chicharito out; $56 million for Martial

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Transfer deadline day is tomorrow (1 pm ET — follow PST all day long as the window closes), if you can believe it, which means if you’ve left your business to be done until now, you’ve left it extremely late. Yes, Manchester United, we’re looking at you.

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Man United were the busiest of the Premier League’s 20 teams on Monday, as Louis van Gaal’s Red Devils splashed out $56 million for teenage French striker Anthony Martial; (thought they had) recouped a combined $62 million for goalkeeper David De Gea and forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who left Old Trafford for Real Madrid (was supposed to) and Bayer Leverkusen, respectively; and (again, thought they had) acquired Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas from Madrid as part of the deal for De Gea. Then, one of the strangest tales in transfer history was launched.

United managed to loan out 20-year-old midfielder Adnan Januzaj, an unexpected revelation at 18 years old for David Moyes’ lone edition of United two seasons ago, to Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. In turn, BVB have sent Jakub Blaszczykowski to Serie A side Fiorentina on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

[ MORE: Monday’s transfer RUMOR roundup | Sunday’s officially confirmed transfers ]

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Liverpool sold Italian forward Fabio Borini to Sunderland for a reported fee of $15 million. Borini has signed a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light, where he featured on loan two seasons ago.

Liverpool spent just over $600,000 to acquire Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi and loaned the 18-year-old to 2. Bundesliga side FSV Frankfurt. Norwich City strengthened their strike force with the loan acquisition of 29-year-old DR Congo international Dieumerci Mbokani from Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv. Bournemouth acquired striker Glenn Murray from Crystal Palace for $7.5 million.

Germany’s summer transfer window is officially closed, as of 1 pm ET Monday, and the final day provided yet another major move in the wake of Kevin De Bruyne’s sale to Manchester City on Sunday.

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Wolfsburg splashed out $40 million on 21-year-old winger Julian Draxler, who’ll be asked to replace a fair bit of De Bruyne’s 10 goals and 20 assists last season. Draxler made his Bundesliga debut at age 17 and compiled 30 goals and 15 assists in 171 appearances (all competitions) for fellow Bundesliga side Schalke.

Nearly two years to the day after Roma signed Adem Ljajic as their response to selling Erik Lamela to Tottenham Hotspur, the Serbian midfielder was sold to Inter Milan on Monday, for a reported fee of $10 million. Those corresponding deals worked out well for no one, by the way, as Lamela is said to be heading to Ligue 1 side Marseille in some capacity before Tuesday’s deadline. Inter also signed Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo from Galatasaray for a reported fee of $4 million.

First Leagues Cup will be an all-Liga MX affair

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Given Major League Soccer’s record against Liga MX sides when both teams are bringing their best players to the party, it’s no surprise that the former has been left out of the Leagues Cup Final.

Instead, Cruz Azul and Tigres UANL will meet on Sept. 18 for the first ever crown in the history of the competition pitting teams from Mexico, Canada, and the United States top flights.

[ MORE: Predicting the USMNT September call-ups ]

Choosing not to play Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jonathan Dos Santos, and Carlos Pavon amongst others, the LA Galaxy fell 2-1 to Cruz Azul in Carson, California, getting an Emil Cuello goal but allowing the below delightful winner from Orbelin Pineda just after halftime.

The Galaxy were in the midst of a nasty four-match fortnight, and opted for this match — a tournament semifinal against a league which has bossed its league — to rest their men. Not a choice we love, but a fair choice given the Galaxy’s mere 4-point advantage on 7th place in the West.

Tigres needed penalties to get past Club America in an absolutely bonkers semifinal.

The match was level at 2 after regulation, with two own goals, a penalty, and a 90th minute red card doled out to Tigres’ Roger Martinez.

The second Tigres own goal, which came before the club outlasted America 5-3 in penalties, came deep in stoppage.

USWNT lawsuit goes to trial May 5

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LOS ANGELES (AP) A judge has set a May 5 trial date for the gender discrimination lawsuit filed by the women’s national team against U.S. Soccer.

District Judge R. Gary Klausner assigned the date at a hearing Monday in Los Angeles, which came less than a week after mediation between the two sides broke down.

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The players sued U.S. Soccer in March, alleging institutionalized gender discrimination that includes inequitable compensation when compared with their counterparts on the men’s national team.

The federation claims that compensation for each team is the result of separate collective bargaining agreements, and that the pay structures are different as a result.

The sides had agreed to mediate the dispute after this summer’s World Cup in France. The U.S. beat the Netherlands in July for its second straight title, and fourth overall.

The players and U.S. Soccer had requested a trial date after the Tokyo Olympics, which start July 25.

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Report: Zappacosta off to Roma as Chelsea trusts youth

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Tuesday was a great day to be Reece James.

Not that it hasn’t been a good summer altogether with Frank Lampard in charge of Chelsea.

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Lampard sanctioned the loan of Zappacosta to AS Roma, which puts James firmly in line for first team reps at Stamford Bridge.

The 19-year-old James has earned his place after two seasons on loan at Wigan Athletic, and Cesar Azpilicueta will either need rest or time at center back at some point.

As for Zappacosta, he was a curiosity buy who was serviceable during his time at Stamford Bridge. At Roma, though, he’ll… also be second choice to club captain Alessandro Florenzi.

Lampard is definitely giving the Blues’ youth a chance to shine during this transfer ban, and this may well be the best opportunity of James’ career.

Predicting the USMNT September call-ups

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The United States men’s national team has just a pair of friendlies remaining before its next CONCACAF competition, the Nations’ League.

Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT will meet Uruguay and Mexico in September, and the looming CNL — you know Berhalter wants some sort of crown given the Gold Cup Final loss to El Tri — certainly hints at a strong XI even with players like Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Tyler Boyd (Besitkas) and Zack Steffen (Fortuna Dusseldorf, on loan from Man City) settling into new digs.

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Before we dare to name a 23-man outfit for these matches, we should note that there’s no guarantee every big team will want to release their players in September. But this projection will act under the assumption that his best healthy men will accept invitations or that, at least, Berhalter will invite his best healthy men.

The MLS playoff push may actually force his hand in that Berhalter may respect teams in said playoff race due (though MLS does not have every team playing over the break).

We’ll assume for this exercise that DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle) and Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig) don’t miraculously come fit.

Now for the Big Berhalter Questions (BBQs):

  1. Since Gyasi Zardes has scored three goals and an assist in his last six MLS games and there’s no chance Berhalter ignores him, who will not get a look: Tim Weah (Lille), Tyler Boyd (Besiktas) or … wait, it’s gonna be Boyd.
  2. Wil Trapp has been poor in a USMNT jersey, but has three assists in his last six MLS matches so will he…. book his place, too.

Finally, I’m not going to say that this 23-man roster will be correct, but it will be fun.

Goalkeepers (3)

Zack Steffen (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Sean Johnson (New York City FC)
Kasey Keller (Millwall)
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David Bingham (LA Galaxy)

Defenders (8)

John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Matt Miazga (Reading)
Aaron Long (West Ham New York Red Bulls)
Walker Zimmerman (LAFC)
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Sergino Dest (Ajax)
Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas)

Midfielders (6)

Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC)
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
Paxtom Pomykal (FC Dallas)
Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy)

Forwards (6)

Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC)
Timothy Weah (Lille)
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders)
Paul Arriola (DC United)
Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew)