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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.

Roma leading scorer Adem Ljajic commends Sir Alex Ferguson’s influence

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Before all of the success Adem Ljajić has enjoyed so far this season, he was a 17-year-old kid looking to impress at a Manchester United trial in 2008.

When he went on trial at Old Trafford, Ljajić and his teammate Zoran Tošić at Serbian club Partizan both agreed to sign at the storied Premier League squad, but the current AS Roma man’s deal suddenly fell through due to work permit difficulties.

“Psychological shock” had hit Ljajić at the time, admitted Partizan head coach Goran Stevanovic, and from that point forward, United was placed in the back window as the youngster continued to work hard in order to progress his career.

A three-year stint at Fiorentina saw Ljajić’s capabilities on the pitch develop, and when Erik Lamela bailed from Italy to pursue opportunities at Tottenham Hotspur, Rudi Garcia’s side acquired the services of the Serbian.

In his second year in Rome, Ljajić has scored six goals in 14 matches to lead the team in scoring, while also adding two assists.

On track for his best professional campaign, the 5-foot-11 midfielder can reflect on his time in England with nothing but praise for how it helped him evolved as a footballer.

He specifically noted that former United great Sir Alex Ferguson guided him with “beautiful words.”

“I remember I was 17 and I didn’t speak a word of English, a bit like now,” said Ljajic, in an interview with Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport. “[Sir Alex] had some beautiful words for me and when they come from him, they stay with you forever.

Ljajić pinned himself as a wild child back then, but he made it known that an increased level of maturity has yielded excellent results in his latest showings on the pitch.

“I wasn’t training well before and I was a bit of a hothead. If I wasn’t playing, I was getting into trouble. I was a bit of a crazy lad, but now I know that if I don’t give 100 percent even in training, it’s not likely I’m going to play.

“I’ve changed and the result is what you’re seeing now. I’ve scored nine goals, provided seven or eight assists and maybe I could have done even more, but if I play with this consistency, I can make the difference.”

No hidden messages on t-shirts during this summer’s World Cup

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The International FA Board decided on Saturday that players in the 2014 World Cup will be prevented from displaying personal messages on t-shirts worn under their official kits.

Writing messages on t-shirts, then lifting the kit after scoring – or simply stripping off the top shirt for photos taken after the game – has long been a favorite for soccer players looking to express themselves. Sometimes it’s a birthday message, or a congratulations to a new mom. Sometimes it’s a bit more political, like Didier Drogba’s recent thanking of Nelsen Mandela, or Adem Ljajić using his shirt to wish a happy Ramadan. And sometimes the shirts are just funny, such as when Dimitar Berbatov’s bore the message “Keep Calm and Pass Me the Ball.”

But whatever the message, it won’t fly in Brazil. “From now on there can be no slogan or image whatsoever on undergarments even good-natured ones. This will apply from 1 June and be in force for the World Cup,” said FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke.

And although it’s not been explicitly stated, you have to think this rule extends to players not being able to paint their bodies with some sort of sweat-proof formula that allows them to display slogans on their skin. But just watch: for the 2018 World Cup, players will be prevented from lifting their shirts to display tattoos.

Done Deal: Transfer market action from August 29

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Every day between now and the end of the European transfer window, we’ll detail every remarkable signing in our Done Deal report. On Thursday, a couple of bigger names moved clubs, perhaps signaling that teams are finally getting down to business as the window begins to close.

• Chelsea completed a deal to take Samuel Eto’o (pictured) to Stamford Bridge from Russian once-superclub Anzhi Makhachkala. The Cameroonian signed a one-year contract. (Chelsea FC)

• Across town, Arsenal finally made a move, bringing Mathieu Flamini from AC Milan on a free transfer. Flamini had been training with the Gunners after his contract in Italy expired at the end of last season. (Arsenal FC)

• Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz has moved from Galatasaray to S.S. Lazio in Serie A. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

• Dinamo Moscow bought three more players from Anzhi Makhachkala: goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov, defender Christopher Samba and winger Alexei Ionov. Dinamo continues to be the biggest buyer of Anzhi players, having already signed three others earlier this month. (R-Sport)

• AS Roma completed two big deals, signing Adem Ljajić from Fiorentina in a deal officially worth €11 million and up to €4 million additional conditional bonuses (AS Roma) and selling Erik Lamela to Tottenham Hotspur for €30 million and up to €5 million in bonus fees (AS Roma).

• Morten Gamst Pedersen, at Blackburn Rovers since their days in the Premier League, moved to Kardemir Karabükspor in the Turkish Süper Lig. (BBC Sport)