After speculation about the transfer of key players dominating the news, Manchester United have finally completed the double signing of Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and France international Morgan Schneiderlin in time for their US tour.
Schweinsteiger, 30, has signed a three-year contract from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich for a reported £14.4m while Schneiderlin has moved from fellow Premier League club Southampton for a fee in the region of £25m. The 25-year-old midfielder has signed a four-year contract with the option to extend it by a further year.
United who under new manger Luis Van Gaal is rebuilding the team have already signed forward Memphis Depay and defender Matteo Darmian this summer taking their spending to more than £80m as they work to improve on their fourth place finish last season.
With United playing in Champions league in the coming season and going 2 years without winning any major trophies, reinforcements especially in the troublesome midfield positions had become a priority as Van Gaal stamps his authority on the team.
Meanwhile Liverpool also reached an agreement with Manchester City over the £49m transfer of 20-year-old England winger Raheem Sterling. The transfer is subject to contract negotiations and a medical currently on going at the Etihad stadium.
After two unsuccessful bids from Manchester City in June, Sterling had asked to leave Anfield and he will now become the most expensive English player ever.
After turning down a new £100,000-a-week deal at Liverpool Sterling did not show up for preseason training sighting sickness as the reason but observers say he was already on his way out after falling out with Manager Brendan Rodgers.