The Liverpool Offside's Transfer Round-Up: Enemy Activity Edition

Dynamic enough for Louis van Gaal. - Ian Walton

Welcome back to a round-up of selected transfer news from other clubs across the footballing land that have happened, could happen, might not happen, should happen, and are about to happen.

So Chelsea have signed Cesc Fàbregas with Diego Costa soon to be on his way to Stamford Bridge and Manchester City have added Bacary Sagna on a free transfer. Manchester United have been linked with a variety of players with the promise of a sizeable transfer fund to propel the former league champions back into the land of milk and honey. Louis van Gaal is still contracted to and working with the Netherlands as he has impressively steered his nation into the last 16 of the World Cup from a tough group but it seems that his future club have finally bared its teeth.

Brace yourselves, Liverpool's biggest rival has finally landed in the transfer window.

Manchester United sign a very expensive teenager.

So, Southampton finally have a new manager to replace the skinny jeans enthusiast and now that England's World Cup is officially over, it's time to sell sell sell! While Adam Lallana is pencilled to get acquainted with Liverpool's very own dishy doctor for a £25 million move to Anfield, Luke Shaw has been busy making history. The former Southampton defender has become the most expensive teenager in football history ever. Yes, ever. £31.5 million kind of expensive ever. Manchester United were willing to pay far more than what Chelsea would offer even if the boyhood Chelsea fan may have chosen the Champions League, London life, childhood dreams, and Mourinho's encouragement for his fullbacks to venture forward if a similar offer was faxed from England's capital to Southampton.

Not yet 19, Luke Shaw is a fantastic prospect who would improve many sides in England. If a more reasonable deal was available, Liverpool would have pushed extremely hard for a player who fits what Brendan Rodgers is looking for from his fullbacks. The England international is defensively sound for such a young player in his position, physically impressive, technically competent, focused, and remarkably consistent for his stage of development. Is he worth six figures a week at this s

This deal has been expected for some time and issues related to the fee have held it up for so long. Manchester United will be able to call upon Patrice Evra and Luke Shaw next season, which is an improvement for the squad. Alexander Büttner has joined Dynamo Moscow so it's a case of one in and one out at left back. The midfield is a problem that Man United need to address at some point.

So Manchester United sign an expensive midfielder they tried to sign last summer.

Ander Herrera paid the fee for his buyout clause with some help from some benign Manchester United officials so he could finally make the move from Spain to England. Apparently, the buyout clause would have increased to £32 million so £29 million would be a relative bargain. Every penny counts for the Glazers and their leveraged buyouts. So, who is Ander Herrera? He played for Athletic Bilbao in central midfield and will be 25 years-old when the Premier League season starts. He is not a precocious youngster in his late teens or early twenties but an established La Liga player who has five seasons of solid football to call upon for Zaragoza and Bilbao. Defensively reliable, a strong tackler, an intelligent passer, and a technically capable individual.

This is an all-rounder who can thrive under a manager who cherishes players who are adaptable and open to new ideas. He played in a more advanced position for Athletic Bilbao last season but may play a deeper role for Manchester United with the options the club possess in the number ten position. However, predicting what Louis van Gaal will do can be folly especially before the explosive Dutch manager assess the players on the training pitch. If he sees that Herrera is the best option for the team at number ten and can thrive behind Robin van Persie in a system that van Gaal desire then the Basque midfielder will start in the hole. Ignoring aforementioned advice, Herrera will most likely start in a deeper position in midfield contributing to both the defensive and attacking phases of play at the heart of midfield.

Will Marouane Felliani be at risk from this addition or should Tom Cleverly anxiously await the arrival of his new manager? Furthermore, are these deals value for Manchester United and are they evidence of a club fighting to get back into the Champions League along with mounting a challenge for the title? That's virtually £60 million on two players who still have much to prove but it's clear that they'll be arriving at a club that will be desperate to regain its Champions League status.

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