These players have been the most important signings for their respective clubs.
The January transfer window has now been concluded. Needless to say, the winter window has seen some of the best transfers in the history of football. Following up on that tradition, many clubs made significant signings in the 2022 January transfer window. The highlight of this window were clubs like Newcastle United, Aston Villa, and FC Barcelona, who made some brilliant signings for the second half of the season.
Clubs like Liverpool and Inter Milan have also made additions to their squad. On the other hand, the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Bayern Munich failed to make any important signings. The gross spending by top flight clubs reached €295m, with a number of signings coming on Deadline Day.
With that in mind, let us take a look at the top 10 signings of the 2022 January transfer window:
10. Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid to Newcastle United)
On 7th January 2022, Newcastle United announced the signing of the English right-back. He is the first marquee signing of the Saudi era for Newcastle. The Magpies paid £12m to Atletico Madrid for his services. He has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract, with an option for a further year.
Trippier had a good run at Atletico Madrid since signing in 2019. He made 86 appearances for the Spanish club, helping them win the La Liga title last season.
9. Anthony Martial (Manchester United to Sevilla)
The much-hyped Anthony Martial could not justify his talent at Manchester United. Since signing for the Red Devils in 2015, he managed to score only 79 goals in 269 appearances. The French forward will be hoping to turn his fortunes around after signing for Sevilla in a loan move until the end of the season.
His last appearance for Manchester United was on 22nd January against West Ham. United won that game 1-0, probably a god farewell match for the 26-year-old. There was interest from Juventus as well as Barcelona. At Sevilla though, the forward believed he would get more playing time.
8. Christian Eriksen (Brentford)
The story of Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen has to go down in the history books. The 29-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest while representing Denmark at the Euro 2020 tournament. His former club Inter Milan released him from his contract.
On Deadline Day of the January 2022 transfer window, he signed for Brentford, marking his return to the Premier League. He was solid in the league when he represented Tottenham Hotspur. Brentford fans will be hoping for the Dane to recreate his past exploits. He has signed a six-month contract until the end of the 2021-2022 season.
7. Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur to Lyon)
Tanguy Ndombele signed for Spurs in 2019, becoming their most expensive player ever. The North London club had to pay £55m to land the French midfielder. Mauricio Pochettino was very keen on signing the midfielder. Even Jose Mourinho, who managed the Frenchman at Spurs, considers his talent second to none across Europe.
Unfortunately, he could not recreate his magic at the London club. Lyon paid an amount of £1.2m as a loan fee to land the midfielder. They even have an option to buy him back in the summer transfer window for £54m.
6. Julian Alvarez (River Plate to Manchester City)
The search for a No. 9 may have finally come to end for Manchester City. Going by their form this season, the team do not look like one without a prolific striker. The likes of Riyad Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling have done an excellent job.
City have paid £14m for the striker, who is nicknamed “The Spider.” They have loaned him back to River Plate until the end of the season. This means that Alvarez will wear the City blue in July 2022. He was signed on Deadline Day.
5. Ferran Torres (Manchester City to FC Barcelona)
The Spanish forward has joined FC Barcelona for a transfer sum of €55m plus add-ons. Torres could have been the solution to the missing forward problem at Manchester City, but unfortunately he failed to match Pep Guardiola’s expectations. He registered 16 goals in 43 appearances for the Cityzens.
Barcelona’s new manager Xavi must be very happy to have got both Torres and Adama Traore as January signings. Torres is known to be a clinical finisher and on the other hand, Traore can solve the problems on the wings.
4- Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur to Everton)
The impact of appointing Frank Lampard as their new manager is already visible at Goodison Park. Fans will be excited to see two new signings on Deadline Day in Donny van de Beek and Dele Alli. Lampard is known to have engineered the two acquisitions.
Alli has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal, leaving Tottenham after seven long years. He was excellent under Mauricio Pochettino, but has failed to make an impact since the departure of the Argentinian. The Toffees could end up paying upto £40m for the winger. The fee structure is based on performance-related add-ons.
3- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal to FC Barcelona)
In a surprising turn of events, FC Barcelona made another addition to their forward line on Deadline Day. Aubameyang brings much-needed experience to the Spanish club. He possibly looks to be a replacement for Sergio Aguero, who had to announce his retirement in the middle of the season.
Ferran Torres and Adama Traore will support him on the wings. The Gabon international had been out of favour at Arsenal due to disciplinary reasons. The Gunners will be pleased on saving a huge sum of money in his salary.
2. Philippe Coutinho (FC Barcelona to Aston Villa)
The Brazilian completed his loan move until the end of the season, with an option to buy for €33m. FC Barcelona paid a huge amount for Coutinho in 2018. But sadly, the Brazilian failed miserably to make an impact for the Catalans. He also went on loan to Bayern Munich, but returned back after his tenure.
Coutinho can surely make an impact for Aston Villa under manager Steven Gerrard. He made it to the PFA Team of the Year in 2014-15, which was also Steven Gerrard’s last season at Liverpool. Villa made another major January transfer signing in French left-back Lucas Digne.
1- Dusan Vlahovic (Fiorentina to Juventus)
Perhaps the most significant and top-most signing of this winter transfer window. The Serbian has been in red-hot form for Fiorentina. He has netted 17 goals in Serie A this season and is the joint-top scorer. He was wanted by the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham as well, but the striker was clear about his choice.
Juventus paid €70 million for the forward. This makes him the year’s most expensive January transfer signing. The deal will keep him in Turin until June 2026. Vlahovic will earn a gross salary of €7m per season.
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