Monday 31 August 2015

Ins and outs: Transfer window round-up

It's been a strange ol' transfer window for Manchester United with comings, goings and endless rumours all summer long at the biggest club in the world.

First came  Dutch wide man Memphis, signed in May from PSV Eindhoven for a fee in the region of £31 million, then the problem area of midfield was radically strengthened with the double arrivals of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin in a combined £40 million deal. 

Radamel Falcao left for Chelsea, whilst striker Robin van Persie and wideman Nani both joined Turkish Super Lig side Galatasaray and Angel Di Maria buggered off to PSG. 

Out went Rafael (Lyon), replaced at right-back by Torino's Matteo Darmian and Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero would soon join United on a free to become the club's fifth summer signing. 

United's search for a centre-back- via Sergio Ramos and Nicolas Otamendi- dew a blank (with Ramos staying at Real and Otamendi losing his senses and joining City), whilst, talking of Real, the summer's most drawn out transfer story seems to be nearing a conclusion.

The "will he won't he" nature of David de Gea's on/off/on again move to Madrid has kept United fans captivated/frustrated/infuriated and tonight it has been announced that the two clubs looked to have agreed a fee, with Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas seemingly coming the other way.

Tyler Blackett joins Celtic on a season long loan deal, Jonny Evans has moved to West Brom for £8m (along with United colleague Anders Lindegaard) whilst Adnan Januzaj and Javier Hernandez have both swapped the Premier League for the Bundesliga.

Adnan has signed for Thomas Tuchel's Dortmund on loan and Hernandez has completed a permanent move to Dortmund's German rivals Leverkusen in a typically frantic finish to the window.

The cull of Falcao and RVP were not surprising, the lack of replacement much more so.
Our search for a world class striker has seen us linked with just about every forward in world football, from the sublime- Pedro (now of Chelsea) to the darn right ridiculous- Neymar.

We missed out on both, but today the unknown name of 19-year-old Anthony Martial of Monaco has been catapulted into the limelight ahead of a proposed move to Manchester.

This signing has come out of the left field, and it is expected that the Reds will complete the £36million deal some time tomorrow, to the surprise of many.

Life at United is never dull and this transfer window epitomises that, will the drastic nature of LVG's overhaul proving that the club never stand still in the search for success. 

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