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.
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.