Another record breaking deadline day has come and gone, and it’s been yet another spectacular start to the new year! We’ve seen plenty of huge names switching shirts this January and some rather controversial moves too. The January transfer window is a make or break period for many clubs, either fighting for titles or hangs on for dear life to avoid relegation. Just one big transfer can make all the difference and turn an average season in to a success story that will forever be edged in to fans and players memories alike.
In this article we bring you a summary of January’s transfer window along with some of the biggest and most controversial transfers.
Premier League broke its previous spending record with a whooping £430 million spent during January, including an incredible £150 million spent on deadline day alone!
Liverpool started off the month by snatching Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk in front of fierce competition from giants Manchester City among others. This made him the most expensive defender of all time, costing the “Reds” a staggering £75 million. Liverpool still ended the month in green however, as they previously sold Coutinho to Barcelona for almost double that amount earlier in the same month.
Manchester City then turned their focus to Spain and Aymeric Laporte, who joined them after completing a £57 million deal – a new club record! Could this be last piece of the puzzle in Guardiola’s hunt for the first Champions League victory since leaving Barcelona?
After persistent rumours Manchester United finally managed to get Alexis Sanchez to put his signature on a 4.5-year contract, leaving one of their main rivals, Arsenal. A player of Sanchez quality might be just what United needs to get back to being one of the absolute best teams in Europe. No transfer fee was paid, but instead “The Red Devils” sent Henrikh Mkhitaryan the other way, an exchange deal that might prove to be beneficial for both Arsenal and Manchester United in the years to come.
Arsenal managed to get their hands on yet another big name during this transfer window. After long and hard negotiations with Borussia Dortmund, a deal was finally agreed, seeing Aubameyang joining after having become somewhat frustrated with his situation at the German giants. As a result of this, Arsenal agreed on a £18 million deal seeing Olivier Giroud joining local London rival Chelsea, who’s been looking desperately for a backup alternative to Alvaro Morata.
At the death of this transfer window Tottenham signed the once so promising Brazilian winger Lucas Moura. With the likes of Neymar and Mbappe, Moura has struggled lately to keep his place in the star-studded PSG. This deal saw Tottenham spending £25 million, which is relatively cheap compared to when he joined the French giants for £38 million back in 2013.
A bit further down the league table, Crystal Palace secured the signing of Norwegian superstar youngster Alexander Sörloth for an initial fee of £10 million. A fee that might reach £18.75 million depending on various add-ons – a Scandinavian record transfer!
We can’t wait to see what the next transfer window has to offer. To close this article, here are some honourable mentions from this record breaking January month:
Cenk Tosun: Besiktas to Everton – £27 million
Ross Barkley: Everton to Chelsea – £15 million
Theo Walcott: Arsenal to Everton – £20 million
Guido Carrillo: Monaco to Southampton – £19.1 million
For more information on this spectacular transfer window, click here to find a comprehensive list of all transfers during January.