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January Transfer Window: Over £500m But Who Did The Best Business?

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In a January transfer window where new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has taken all the headlines, I’ve run down every team’s ins and outs and rated their transfer business. The Blues spent triple the money than all other teams in Europe’s top 5 leagues combined in the winter transfer window, and have seemingly evaded Financial Fair Play regulations despite spending over half a billion pounds.

Arsenal

Transfers In

Jorginho – Chelsea, £20m

Leandro Trossard – Brighton, £27m

Jakub Kiwior – Spezia, £20m

Transfers Out

Albert Sambi-Lokonga – Crystal Palace, loan

Brooke Norton-Cuffy – Coventry, loan

Miguel Azeez – Wigan, loan

Harry Clarke – Ipswich, undisclosed

Marquinhos – Norwich, loan

Omar Rekik – Wigan, loan

Tom Smith – Colchester, loan

Nathan Butler-Oyedeji – Accrington, loan

Taylor Foran – Hartlepool, loan

Cedric Soares – Fulham, loan

January Transfer Window Rated

7 – Arsenal went into the transfer window knowing that it could make or break their season. An injury to an important player like Thomas Partey or Granit Xhaka could well have spelled disaster given their lack of depth in that department. Albert Sambi Lokonga’s runout in the FA Cup against Man City proved exactly that.

Edu and Mikel Arteta’s transfer dealings tend to be good business, and they have refused to over-pay as seen by pulling out of the Mykhailo Mudryk and Moises Caicedo bidding war. Pinching Belgian winger Leandro Trossard from the South Coast, Italian midfieler Jorginho, as well as Poland and Spezia centre-back Jakub Kiwior could prove so important. They’re Premier League calibre enforcements that will be worthy deputies in their title run in, as substitutes or as injury cover. Although, letting Cedric Soares leave on loan does leave the gunners a little thin at right back with regards to natural options in that area.

Aston Villa

Transfers In

Alex Moreno – Real Betis, £13.3m

John Duran – Chicago Fire, undisclosed

Transfers Out

Cameron Archer – Middlesbrough, loan

Tyreik Wright – Plymouth, undisclosed

Frederic Guilbert – Strasbourg, undisclosed

Indiana Vassilev – St Louis City, undisclosed

Danny Ings – West Ham, £15m

Louie Barry – Salford City, loan

Aaron Ramsey – Middlesbrough, loan

Lamar Bogarde – Bristol Rovers, loan

Morgan Sanson – Strasbourg, loan

Marvelous Nakamba – Luton Town, loan

January Transfer Window Rated

4 – Aston Villa have had some turnaround since Unai Emery took over from Steven Gerrard. He’s already beaten the likes of Man United, Brighton, and Tottenham. Against Brighton, the outgoing Danny Ings scored twice in their 2-1 win, and I can’t help but think there’s a gap there now.

Ollie Watkins and Leon Bailey are injury-prone, and a knock to either of them could really dent their chances of making the top 10. Additionally, losing the likes of Sanson and Nakamba leaves Villa with few options in the midfield. The only consolation is the signing of left-back Alex Moreno from Real Betis to cover for Lucas Digne’s injury, although he was booked on his first start for the club.

Bournemouth

Transfers In

Dango Ouattara – Lorient, £20m.

Darren Randolph – West Ham, undisclosed

Antoine Semenyo – Bristol City, £10.5m

Matias Vina – Roma, loan

Illia Zabarnyi – Dynamo Kyiv, £24m

Hamed Junior Traore – Sassuolo, loan

Transfers Out

Jamal Lowe – QPR, loan

Emiliano Marcondes – Nordsjaelland, loan

James Hill – Hearts, loan

Gavin Kilkenny – Charlton, loan

Ben Pearson – Stoke, loan

January Transfer Window Rated

8 – Ghanaian striker Antoine Semenyo and Burkina Faso’s Dango Outtarra joined Bournemouth as extra ammunition for a relegation scrap. Even if the Cherries don’t beat the drop, they’ve brought in players that could lead them straight back into the big time.

Semenyo was involved in 9 goals in 23 appearances for Bristol this season alone, while Outtarra provided an assist on his Premier League debut, to help his team earn a point against Nottingham Forest. Elsewhere, the signing of Ukrainian international Illia Zabarnyi is somewhat of a coup. The 20 year old had a number of suitors across Europe, and Bournemouth fans should be excited by what the centre back can offer.

Brentford

Transfers In

Kevin Schade – Freiburg, loan

Romeo Beckham – Inter Miami, loan

Vincent Angelini – Watford, undisclosed

Transfers Out

Aaron Pressley – Accrington, loan

Edon Pruti – Hartlepool, undisclosed

Mads Bech Sorensen – Groningen, loan

Ellery Balcombe – Bristol Rovers, loan

Tariqe Fosu – Rotherham, loan

Paris Maghoma – MK Dons, undisclosed

Charlie Goode – Blackpool, loan

Sergi Canos – Olympiacos, loan

January Transfer Window Rated

4 – Nothing too exciting for Brentford ins and outs, but they won’t be too disappointed. They’ve been in decent form sitting in the top half and have already dispatched Man City, Man United and Liverpool.

The only notable transfer dealing to make the headlines was Romeo Beckham on loan, and hopefully that brings in some commercial revenue from the Beckham name.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Transfers In

Jamie Mullins – Bohemians, undisclosed

Facundo Buonanotte – Rosario Central, undisclosed

Yasin Ayari – AIK Solna, £3.5m

Transfers Out

Leandro Trossard – Arsenal, £27m

Aaron Connolly – Hull, loan

Reda Khadra – Birmingham, loan

Todd Miller – Doncaster, loan

Ed Turns – Leyton Orient, loan

James Beadle – Crewe, loan

Antef Tsoungui – Lommel, loan

Jack Spong – Crawley, loan

James Furlong – Motherwell, loan

Lorent Tolaj – Dundee, loan

Shane Duffy – Fulham, undisclosed

January Transfer Window Rated

2 – Unlike Brentford, Brighton lost a first team name in this window and haven’t replaced him. Leandro Trossard forced his way out while Moises Caicedo tried to do the same. He publicly announced that he was “grateful to Mr. Bloom [Brighton Chairman] and Brighton” and that he dreamed of being the “most decorated player in the history of Ecuador”, however his club refused three bids from Arsenal that reached a massive £75m.

That, along with Trossard’s outgoing, implies not all is as merry as it may have seemed in Roberto De Zerbi’s camp, and if Caicedo gets disciplined with a spell out of the team I can’t see this transfer window as anything but a failure.

Chelsea

Transfers In

Enzo Fernandez – Benfica, £105m

Mykhailo Mudryk – Shakhtar Donetsk, £88.5m

Benoit Badiashile – Monaco, £35m

David Datro Fofana – Molde, undisclosed

Andrey Santos – Vasco da Gama, undisclosed

Joao Felix – Atletico Madrid, loan

Noni Madueke – PSV, £29m

Malo Gusto – Lyon, £26.3m

Transfers Out

Teddy Sharman-Lowe – Havant & Waterlooville, loan

Malo Gusto – Lyon, loan

Jude Soonsup-Bell – Tottenham, undisclosed

Cesare Casadei – Reading, loan

Jorginho – Arsenal, £12m

Bashir Humphreys – Paderborn, loan

January Transfer Window Rated

10– Signal of intent. This window has been absolutely ridiculous for Chelsea. Any other fan would be lying if they weren’t scared by the prospect of Chelsea next season, although it’s a real shock that Todd Boehly has so dramatically avoided the Financial Fair Play authorities.

Enzo Fernandez completed his deadline day move to even outshine Mykhailo Mudryk’s transfer fee. The Ukrainian midfielder looked a class above the rest in his short cameo against Liverpool, almost dribbling his way through to a debut goal. Benoit Badiashile has also slotted seamlessly into the first-team defence since his transfer from Monaco, while Noni Madueke and Malo Gusto were late additions which add much needed injury cover.

Even Joao Felix should be a great, albeit expensive, loan signing until the end of the campaign (once he returns from his debut suspension) in a void that will be filled by Christopher Nkunku next season.

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Chelsea Squad Photo 2023/24

Crystal Palace

Transfers In

Albert Sambi-Lokonga – Arsenal, loan

Naouirou Ahamada – Stuttgart, undisclosed

Transfers Out

Jack Butland – Manchester United, loan

Killian Phillips – Shrewsbury, loan

John-Kymani Gordon – Carlisle, loan

Malcolm Ebiowei – Hull City, loan

Luke Plange – Lincoln, loan

January Transfer Window Rated

5 – Just the 2 signings for Palace towards the tail end of the January transfer window. Both Ahamada and Lokonga provide much needed midfield cover for Patrick Vieira’s side. However, for a side that are pushing for a top half finish, it’s not a great sign that they’ll be making no big changes going into the second half of the campaign.

Everton

Transfers In

None

Transfers Out

Anthony Gordon  Newcastle, £45m

Tom Cannon – Preston, loan

Nathan Broadhead – Ipswich, undisclosed

Niels Nkounkou – St Etienne, loan

Seb Quirk – Accrington, undisclosed

Tyler Onyango – Forest Green, loan

Salomon Rondon – Everton to River Plate, free

Joe Anderson – Sunderland, undisclosed

January Transfer Window Rated

1 – No doubt the worst, and most embarrassing, transfer window for any Premier League team. First up, joint top scorer Antony Gordon forced his move out of the club, although Everton fans will be pleasantly surprised by the incoming transfer funds.

The embarrassment didn’t end there though, with Arnaut Danjuma making a last minute swerve after his medical to make the late trip to Tottenham. There’s not really much surprise here, given he was turning up at a club in turmoil and in severe threat of Championship football next season. Along with that, Sean Dyche took over from Frank Lampard – not the most exciting prospect for the Toffees.

Fulham

Transfers In

Sasa Lukic – Torino, £8m

Cedric Soares – Arsenal, loan

Shane Duffy – Brighton, undisclosed

Transfers Out

Anthony Knockaert – Huddersfield, loan

Connor McAvoy – Partick Thistle, loan

Nathaniel Chalobah – West Brom, undisclosed

Josh Onomah – Preston, free

January Transfer Window Rated

6 – It must be hard for Fulham fans to see all the flights coming in to West London and finding Stamford Bridge instead of Craven Cottage. However, Marco Silva’s side have definitely strengthened, and can largely label their window a success. Cedric Soares comes in and will provide competition for Kenny Tete, perhaps spelling the end of Kevin Mbabu’s time in London.

Serbian midfielder Sasa Lukic also made the switch to the capital on deadline day, and is expected to bolster Silva’s midfield options, an area of the pitch that has been occupied by Joao Palhinha and Harrison Reed all season. It could afford the pair a much needed rest.

Leeds United

Transfers In

Max Wober – Red Bull Salzburg, £11m

Georginio Rutter – Hoffenheim, £35.5m

Weston McKennie – Juventus, loan

Diogo Monteiro – Servette, undisclosed

Transfers Out

Mateusz Klich – DC United, free

Leo Hjelde – Rotherham, loan

Alfie McCalmont – Carlisle, loan

Max Dean – MK Dons, undisclosed

Cody Drameh – Luton, loan

Joe Gelhardt – Sunderland, loan

Diego Llorente – Roma, loan

January Transfer Window Rated

8 – Leeds will have feared that no additions will mean they’ll be well and truly in the relegation fight with their wishy washy defence. But Jesse Marsch has been able to sure up his back line with the signing of Austrian centre-back Max Wober from RB Salzburg.

Two more statement signings were made, with 20 year-old French forward Georginio Rutter joining from Hoffenheim, and Weston Mckennie joining on loan from Juventus. The latter said it was an easy decision to change from Turin to Elland Road, and there’s no surprise given the wealth of American’s in Jesse Marsch’s squad.

Leicester City

Transfers In

Harry Souttar – Stoke City, £15m

Victor Kristiansen – FC Copenhagen, £17.5m

Tete – Shakhtar Donetsk, free

Nathan Opoku – FDM Field Masters Sporting Club, free

Transfers Out

George Hirst – Ipswich, loan

Ben Nelson – Doncaster, loan

Jakub Stolarczyk – Hartlepool, loan

Nathan Opoku – OH Leuven, loan

Ayoze Perez – Real Betis, loan

Kasey McAteer – Wimbledon, loan

Marc Albrighton – West Brom, loan

January Transfer Window Rated

5 – Leicester had a woeful start to the season, and if they didn’t recover so well their winter transfer window would likely have been much busier.

The big addition is Danish left-back Victor Kristiansen from FC Copenhagen. He’ll look to slip into the team over Luke Thomas, who himself is deputising for an injured James Justin.

Liverpool

Transfers In

Cody Gakpo – PSV Eindhoven, £45m

Transfers Out

Jake Cain – Swindon, undisclosed

Jarell Quansah – Bristol Rovers, loan

Luke Chambers – Kilmarnock, loan

January Transfer Window Rated

4 – It’s difficult to make much of Liverpool’s January transfer business. Injuries have ravaged the squad, and Liverpool fans were begging for more signings given their side are 9th in the league and out of both domestic cups, being beaten by Brighton twice in the last two weeks.

The only signing they have made has failed to make an impact so far, although Gakpo may take some time to warm up. He was involved in 27 goals (15 goals, 12 assists) in 19 appearances this season alone for PSV, and had a starring role in taking the Netherlands to the World Cup semi-finals.

Manchester City

Transfers In

Maximo Perrone – Velez Sarsfield, £8m

Transfers Out

Morgan Rogers – Blackpool, loan

Liam Delap – Preston, loan

Josh Wilson-Esbrand – Coventry, loan

Kayky – Bahia, loan

Joao Cancelo – Bayern Munich, loan

Luke Mbete – Bolton, loan

January Transfer Window Rated

2 – All is not well in Pep Guardiola’s camp, evidenced by Joao Cancelo’s shock loan with option to buy to Bayern Munich. Cancelo has been a main stay and arguably the best left-back in the world over recent seasons in Pep’s renowned inverted full-back tactical role. Although, £61.5 million in revenue for a 29 year-old defender could end up being a good deal.

That being said, with the Cityzens 5 points behind league leaders Arsenal having played an extra game, along with former substitute left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko at their title rivals, it’s a surprise they haven’t made any noteworthy additions. I can’t help but think they won’t be able to fight for titles on both domestic and European fronts.

Manchester United

Transfers In

Marcel Sabitzer – Bayern Munich, loan

Jack Butland – Crystal Palace, loan

Wout Weghorst – Burnley, loan

Transfers Out

Cristiano Ronaldo – Al Nassr, free

Shola Shoretire – Bolton, loan

Charlie Savage – Forest Green, loan

Charlie McNeill – Newport, loan

Di’Shon Bernard – Portsmouth, loan

Axel Tuanzebe – Stoke, loan

January Transfer Window Rated

5 – A strange transfer window for the Red Devils. It’s summed up by losing the big name and commercial revenue from Cristiano Ronaldo and replacing him with a former Burnley striker on loan in Wout Weghorst. Jack Butland isn’t the statement signing that United fans were calling for either, but the deadline day loan move for Marcel Sabitzer at least covers for Christian Eriksen’s injury.

United are one of the highest-performing teams in Europe though, led by Marcus Rashford’s dazzling form, and so Ten Hag won’t be too worried about the squad he has. They’ll be going for a League Cup trophy at the end of the month, and hope to keep tabs with Arsenal and City in the title race.

Newcastle United

Transfers In

Garang Kuol – Central Coast Mariners, £300k

Anthony Gordon – Everton, £45m

Harrison Ashby – West Ham, £3m

Transfers Out

Chris Wood – Nottingham Forest, loan

Daniel Langley – Spennymoor Town, loan

Garang Kuol – Hearts, loan

Joe White – Exeter, loan

Niall Brookwell – Darlington, loan

Dylan Stephenson – Hamilton, loan

Jonjo Shelvey – Nottingham Forest, undisclosed

Karl Darlow – Hull City, loan

January Transfer Window Rated

7 – Newcastle fans won’t be too worried about the transfer window given they sit pretty in 3rd in the table. Eddie Howe has taken this side to new levels since taking over in November 2021.

Their signings from last January and last summer are proving they’re bang for buck. Kieran Trippier, Dan Burn, Sven Botman and Nick Pope form 4 out of the 5 bricks in the wall of the best defence in the league. Bruno Guimaraes and Alexander Isak haven’t been too shabby either. Adding in Antony Gordon as healthy competition can be seen as a successful window.

Nottingham Forest

Transfers In

Danilo – Palmeiras, undisclosed

Gustavo Scarpa – Palmeiras, free

Chris Wood – Newcastle, loan

Felipe – Atletico Madrid, undisclosed

Keylor Navas – Paris Saint-Germain, loan

Jonjo Shelvey – Newcastle, undisclosed

Transfers Out

Josh Bowler – Blackpool, loan

Dale Taylor – Burton Albion, loan

Aaron Donnelly – Port Vale, loan

Loic Mbe Soh – Guingamp, loan

Ateef Konate – Oxford, loan

Brandon Aguilera – Estoril Praia, loan

January Transfer Window Rated

8 – Back in the summer, Forest did the business. After being promoted they made a ridiculous 22 signings spending over £150m, and have surprisingly made another 6 signings in January.

Brazil and Palmeiras’ midfield duo Danilo and Gustavo Scarpa both joined and squeezed straight into the first team. Premier League-experienced Chris Wood also signed as healthy competition and injury cover for Taiwo Awoniyi. Cooper’s side were busy on deadline day, with 3 more names coming in to join up with what is an already large squad.

Southampton

Transfers In

Kamaldeen Sulemana – Rennes, £20m

Mislav Orsic – Dinamo Zagreb, £8m

Carlos Alcaraz – Racing Club, £12m

James Bree – Luton Town, undisclosed

Paul Onuachu – Genk, £18m

Transfers Out

Dynel Simeu – Morecambe, loan

Nico Lawrence – Torquay, loan

Dan Nlundulu – Bolton, loan

Ryan Finnigan – Crewe, loan

Kazeem Olaigbe – Harrogate, loan

Lewis Payne – Eastleigh, loan

Thierry Small – St Mirren, loan

January Transfer Window Rated

8 – Overall, a great transfer window for the Saints. Mislav Orsic for £8m is a class signing for me, even at the age of 30, as he’s well-and-truly proven himself in the Champions League against Premier League opposition. A hat-trick against Tottenham and a winner against Chelsea, I’m sure he’s looking forward to his next trip to London.

Young Argentinian defensive midfielder Carlos Alcaraz has also joined from Racing Club, and has allowed James Ward-Prowse to move into more of an advanced role. The deadline day deal for 20 year-old Kamaldeen Sulemana should bring an added zing to the wing too, with Nigerian giant Paul Onuachu hoping to provide the goals. He’s scored 16 in 18 for Genk this season.

Tottenham Hotspur

Transfers In

Arnaut Danjuma – Villarreal, loan

Pedro Porro – Sporting Lisbon, loan

Jude Soonsup-Bell – Chelsea, undisclosed

Transfers Out

Matt Doherty – Atletico Madrid, free

Bryan Gil – Sevilla, loan

Djed Spence – Rennes, loan

Adam Hayton – Barnsley, undisclosed

Harvey White – Derby, loan

January Transfer Window Rated

5 – It wasn’t a busy window until Deadline Day, but that doesn’t mean Spurs didn’t make headlines. The Arnaut Danjuma spectacle didn’t fail to entertain as they rubbed salt into the wounds of the Everton decline.

What can arguably be seen as a success is keeping Harry Kane, who despite Man United rumours is set to stay at Tottenham, trophyless, for the rest of his career. Without Kane, I’m not scared to say Tottenham would be a midtable team.

West Ham United

Transfers In

Luizao – Sau Paulo, free

Danny Ings – Aston Villa, £15m

Transfers Out

Thierry Nevers – Bradford, loan

Craig Dawson – Wolves, £3.3m

Pierre Ekwah – Sunderland, undisclosed

Darren Randolph – Bournemouth, undisclosed

Conor Coventry – Rotherham, loan

Will Greenidge – Colchester, undisclosed

Harrison Ashby – Newcastle, £3m

Emmanuel Longelo – Birmingham, undisclosed

January Transfer Window Rated

6 – West Ham have been crying out for a striker. They’ve been creating their fair share of chances with an expected goals per game of 1.60, but converting just 0.85 of them into the back of the net. This is in part due to Gianluca Scamacca’s injury prone start to his Hammers career, but bringing in Danny Ings (also injury prone) doesn’t convince me as the solution.

He should provide some good competition with a struggling-to-finish Michail Antonio though, and he has proven he can score in the Premier League this season. He’s managed 6 goals for Villa in 19 games, and converted from an xG of 5.3.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Transfers In

Matheus Cunha – Atletico Madrid, loan

Mario Lemina – Nice, undisclosed

Pablo Sarabia – Paris Saint-Germain, £4.4m

Craig Dawson – West Ham, £3.3m

Daniel Bentley – Bristol City, undisclosed

Joao Gomes – Flamengo, £15m

Transfers Out

Goncalo Guedes – Benfica, loan

Leonardo Campana – Inter Miami, free

Theo Corbeanu – Arminia, loan

Matija Sarkic – Stoke, loan

Fabio Silva – PSV, loan

Ki-Jana Hoever – Stoke, loan

Jackson Smith – Walsall, loan

Chem Campbell – Wycombe, loan

Joe O’Shaughnessy – Released

January Transfer Window Rated

6 – Personally, I really like Matheus Cunha and I think that he could be an upgrade on Goncalo Guedes. Just like West Ham, Wolves have been struggling to score goals, sitting dead last for goals scored with 12 in 20. Full faith will be in the Brazilian striker to change their fortunes and save them from relegation for the rest of the season.

Craig Dawson stands out as a shrewd signing, and should provide some serious competition to Max Kilman and Nathan Collins. I can’t say I see Pablo Sarabia as an upgrade though, I just don’t rate him.

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