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There are two essential times of the year when Football clubs can buy, sell, trade, or loan players between each other – the January transfer window and the summer transfer window. Many people have spoken against transferring players, such as the former manager of Reading Steve Coppell. They support the previous system where players could be traded during the season until closing. Others disagreed with the January transfer window by saying it was unfair, such as the former manager of Arsenal – Arsène Wenger and Manuel Pellegrini, former manager of Manchester City. The January transfer window is also referred to as the mid-season transfer window. In this article, we will review all the latest transfers that happened during the January transfer window.
When does the January Transfer Window start and end?
Each football association has its own dates set for both the pre-season and mid-season transfers. We will show you a table to see when the most famous associations start and end their January transfer window.
|Football Association||Start Date||End Date|
|Brazillian League||1st January||31st March|
|England Leagues||1st January||31st January|
|Scottish Premiership||1st January||1st February|
|France, Spain, and Germany’s Leagues||1st January||2nd February|
|Denmark’s Superliga and Turkey’s Süper Lig||1st January||31st January|
|Russian Premier League||28th January||28th February|
|Australia’s A-League||3rd January||31st January|
|The USA and Canada's Leagues||7th February||1st May|
|Chinese Super League||1st January||28th February|
There are more associations with different dates, but these are the most popular ones. According to the rules, each transfer window has to be twelve weeks long.
Can Transfers be Made After the Deadline?
In the English Premier League, if a club is completing the transfer late during the last day of the transfer window, they could submit the so-called “Deal Sheet” between 9 PM and 11 PM GMT. This action will secure them a little more time to complete the paperwork and FIFA's transfer matching system, so they can apply for international clearance for their newly signed players. This gives the clubs until midnight to complete the transfer. There was an Emergency Loan rule which allowed clubs to make loan deals in case of injuries or unexpected gaps, but that rule was removed in 2016.
The exception to the rule is the free agents. Since they aren’t connected to any club, they can sign a contract for a team anytime during the season.
Premier League January Transfers: Which Players Entered the Teams?
The premier league has made many changes to the squads in their teams this season, and we will list every player who joined the teams in the Premier League and where they are coming from. Since the players who left the teams during this window were way more in numbers, we won't list their names, but we will say how many players the team parted with during the winter window.
Arsenal loaned out seven players to other teams and gained two players from loans this transfer window – Pablo Mari from Flamengo, and Cedric Soares from Southampton.
Aston Villa parted with five players during the January transfer window, mostly loans to other teams. The team gained five new players, though. Pepe Reina from AC Milan and Danny Drinkwater from Chelsea are loans, while Borja Baston from Swansea City is free. Mbwana Samatta from Genk and Louie Barry from Barcelona signed-up for an undisclosed amount.
AFC Bournemouth hasn’t bought any players this transfer window but loaned out six of their own to other clubs, like Cardiff City, AC Milan, Wigan Athletic, and others. We will wait and see if they will get any new editions during the summer transfer window, or they would keep their squad as it is.
Brighton & Hove Albion
The team lost eleven players who were either loaned out or signed with another team. Brighton & Hove Albion signed up only two players during the transfer window:
- Aaron Mooy from Huddersfield
- Tariq Lamptey from Chelsea
Burnley loaned ten players to other clubs and parted with Nahki Wells when it comes to additions to the team, they signed for an undisclosed amount with Henri Ogunby from Manchester City, and Josh Brownhill from Bristol City.
Chelsea is one of two teams in the English Premier League who haven't made any transfers into the team during the winter window. They loaned nine players to different clubs and lost one player to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Crystal Palace lost seven players, mostly on loans to other teams, but one of them signed-up to another team as well. During the winter window, they only gained two players – Cenk Tosun from Everton on loan and signed with Scott Banks from Dundee United.
Everton hasn't spent money on multiple players on this transfer window. They got Jarrad Branthwaite from Carlisle United for an undisclosed amount. The club lost one player who signed for another team and loaned out six others to different clubs.
Leicester City only got one player this window – Ryan Bennett from Wolverhampton Wanderers. They loaned seven other players to different teams, and one signed up to another team. We can only wait and see if the loss of the players during the season would be a negative thing for the English club.
Liverpool parted with six players during this window, and five of them were loans. They gained two new sign-ups for undisclosed amounts:
- Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg
- Joe Hardy from Brentford
Manchester City hasn't got any new players during the January transfer window, but they gave four players on loan to other teams, and two others were bought from them. We will wait and see if they will buy or sign with anyone during the summer transfer window, or they are simply happy with their squad and don't want to make any changes.
Manchester United lost seven players, mostly on loans, but gained only three. Two of them – Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon, who was courted a long time before finally joining the team, and Nathan Bishop from Southend United for an undisclosed amount and got Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua on loan.
Newcastle lost only two players this transfer window but gained four new ones. Stan Flaherty joined via a scholarship from Arsenal, while the other three players are on loan:
- Valentino Lazaro from Inter Milan
- Danny Rose from Tottenham Hotspurs
- Nabil Bentaleb from Schalke
Norwich lost fifteen players, mostly loaned out to other teams, but gained four new ones. One of them is a loan – Ondrej Duda from Hertha Berlin, while the other three (Lukas Rupp from Hoffenheim, Melvin Sitti from Sochaux-Montbeliard, Sam McCallum from Coventry City) and signed-up for an unknown sum.
Sheffield lost eleven players but gained five new ones. Panos Retsos from Bayer Leverkusen and Richairo Zivkovic from Changchun Yatai are loans, while Jack Rodwell was previously unattached. Sander Berge from Genk who won six tackles during his debut, and Jack Robinson from Nottingham Forest signed up, but we don't know for how much.
Southampton lost seven players and only gained two. Kyle Walker-Peters from Tottenham Hotspurs and Jacob Maddox from Chelsea are both loans, but at least they both come from the Premier League and have experience.
The Spurs lost thirteen players during this window but only gained three. Gedson Fernandes is on loan from Benfica, while Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis and Steven Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven signed for an undisclosed amount.
Watford gained four new players but parted with six others. Transfers for undisclosed amounts were Ignacio Pussetto from Udinese, Myles Roberts from Reading, and Joao Pedro from Fluminense. Teddy Perkins, who was previously unattached, also joined the Watford ranks.
West Ham United
West Ham gained three but lost five players during this transfer window. Darren Randolph from Middlesbrough and Jarrod Bowen from Hull City were bought for an undisclosed fee, while Tomas Soucek is on loan from Slavia Prague.
The Wolves gained five players during this transfer window but lost thirteen. The club was joined by:
- Luke Matheson form Rochdale
- Enzo Loiodice on loan from Dijon
- Daniel Podence from Olympiacos
- Nigel Lonwijk from PSV Eindhoven
- Leonardo Campana
Top January Transfer Window Deal Outside of the Premier League
The total amount all famous clubs (Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, and Serie A) spend on players during this window is around £811 million, which is a record number for the winter transfer window. The total amount of deals made was four hundred and seventy-nine. Since we already displayed all the Premier League Transfers, we will talk about some of the best transfers that other leagues made.
Raul De Tomas – from Benfica to Espanyol for £20 million
The hitman came to Espanyol when they were at the bottom of La Liga, and as of yet, they are still at the bottom of the food chain in the Spanish League. The player scored three goals during his first three games, but we will see if he can help the team climb up to La Liga.
Krzysztof Piatek – from Milan to Hertha BSC for £27 million
Piatek’s career in Milan was very successful, and the season ended with thirty goals out of forty-two games. Hertha BSC hopes that the player is going to help them climb up the Bundesliga ladder, so we have to wait and see if that happens.
Diego Demme – moved from RB Leipzig to Napoli for £12 million
Since his transfer, Demme has had a positive statistic, and Napoli hopes that he can team up with Fabian Ruiz to create a dynamic duo, just like he did with Naby Keita for RB Leipzig a few seasons back. We can only sit and watch to see if the Napoli manager’s hope would come true.
Paco Alcacer – signed-up to Villarreal for £25 million from Borussia Dortmund
Paco Alcacer is a goalscorer with more goals in 90 minutes than almost all other players in the Bundesliga. He shined on his debut and scored. He is Villarreal's chance to enter the Champions League after many years of absence.
Christian Eriksen – from Tottenham Hotspurs to Inter Milan for £20 million
The outside-of-the-box specialist was in Tottenham for six years and finally made his move during the January transfer window. The Inter team is newly formed, and they hope to climb the ladder in Serie A and overcome Juventus's advantage.
Dani Olmo – RB Leipzig bought him for £20 million from Dinamo Zagreb
This player is very talented when it comes to attempting take-ons, and he is only twenty-one years old. The only players who have a higher statistic in that department (across Champions League and Europa League) are names like Lionel Messi, Eden Hazard, and Mateo Kovacic.
Erling Braut Haaland – Borussia Dortmund bought him for £20 million from RB Salzburg
This fantastic goalscorer scored eight goals in his first eight Champions League games. He has such talent and potential, and receive offers from a number of clubs but decided to join Borussia Dortmund. The player even scored a hat-trick on his debut.
Our Final Conclusion on the January Transfer Window
The January transfer window is a time when many deals were made, either loans or new contracts with different teams. Most clubs, especially in the English Premier League, gained players, but there were also the ones that only parted with some of their players, whether for a short time, or permanently. Those clubs are Manchester City, Chelsea, and AFC Bournemouth. In other popular leagues also many transfers occurred, some were for the better, but some were questionable. We will wait and see how the summer transfers are going to change the team squads, and if any of the three teams that didn't get new players would decide to buy new ones permanently, or for a short time.