Last Friday, the January transfer window slammed shut for another year and it’s safe to say it wasn’t the most exciting one. We take a look at some of the clubs who did manage to do some good business over the course of the month.
Manchester United were involved in one of the biggest transfer deals of the window. After three weeks of negotiations, they managed to complete the signing of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon. It was for a reported fee of£68m but based on his form in Portugal, he is sure to be a great coup for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Manchester United’s business seemed to have been completed but on deadline day, former Watford striker Odion Ighalo signed for the Red Devils on a 6-month-loan deal. Signed from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, it turned out to be one of the strangest signings of the window.
Tottenham went into the window desperately needing a new attacking threat and they certainly got what they were looking for. Early in the month, Spurs managed to bring in Gedson Fernandes on loan from Benfica. A youngster that is highly rated by many of Europe’s top clubs.
Although Spurs relinquished Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan, they signed fan-favourite Giovani Lo Celso on a permanent deal from Real Betis. They also acquired Steven Bergwijn from PSV in a brilliant deal worth reportedly up to £35m. Bergwijn could be one of the steals of the year, especially if he can show more of the same brilliance he produced against Manchester City last weekend.
Sheffield United started the transfer window by signing Jack Rodwell, something that most were not expecting in the slightest, but ended the window by breaking their transfer record. The Blades shocked Europe by signing Sander Berge from Genk for a club-record £20m. He was a player tipped to join either Manchester United or Real Madrid in the summer. Sheffield United then went on to sign Panagiotis Retsos from Bayer Leverkusen on loan until the end of the season. Another very impressive signing from Chris Wilder and his club.
It really is a fairytale story at Sheffield United considering that three years ago, they were spending £250,000 on a player in League One and now they are shelling out £20m+ on hugely talented, young international stars.
Borussia Dortmund completed their best bit of business before the window even opened. Dortmund beat Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid to the signing of 19-year-old sensation, Erling Haaland from RB Salzburg. Haaland has already beaten the Bundesliga record for the most amount of goals scored in his first three games (6) including a hat-trick with his first three shots for the club on his debut.
Another impressive bit of business from Dortmund was bringing in Emre Can from Juventus on loan until the end of the season. Can could be the final piece of the midfield puzzle for the German club.
Inter Milan’s January could go down as one of the oddest winter transfer windows ever. Antonio Conte had already signed Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez from Manchester United last summer, but his Premier League overhaul didn’t end there. January saw Ashley Young, Victor Moses and Christian Eriksen all join the Nerazzurri from English sides for cut price deals, with the only exception being Victor Moses who joined on loan from Chelsea.
If Antonio Conte can turn back time and get the 2015/16 season out of all his players, then he is sure to give Juventus a run for their money. Serie A is certainly something to keep an eye on over the next coming weeks.