PICTURE by Premier League.
AND SO another transfer window closes with plenty of arrivals and departures to talk about.
I think most would agree that this year’s January window was arguably one of the most exciting mid-season ones there’s ever been in the Premier League with clubs spending over £400m.
Amongst the other big news was the fact that Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil had signed a new three-year deal with the club, putting an end to rumours surrounding his future at the Emirates Stadium.
Here’s the full list of every Premier League club’s major deals from the window ….
IN: Konstantinos Mavropanos (PAS Giannina, Greece) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund).
OUT: Theo Walcott (Everton), Francis Coquelin (Valenica) and Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)
It’s all change at the Emirates Stadium as the likes of long-serving stars such as Olivier Giroud, Francis Coqulein and Theo Walcott and contract rebel Alexis Sanchez make way for the new faces.
Armenian winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who arrived as part of the deal that took Sanchez to Manchester United, has slotted in right away as he grabbed a hat-trick of assists on his home debut against Everton last weekend.
Fellow new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a former team mate of Mkhitaryan’s at Borussia Dortmund, also scored in that 5-1 victory. The Gabonese striker will bring with him goals and some much needed electric pace to Arsenal’s frontline.
It won’t fix their defensive problems, but their attack sure looks pretty potent with the new additions to the squad.
OUT: Lewis Grabban (Aston Villa, loan) and Benik Afobe (Wolves, loan)
Must have been boring being a Bournemouth fan during this transfer window – no signings made!
Is Eddie Howe quietly confident that he already has the perfect squad to avoid relegation this season?
Well, with the likes of Jermain Defoe, Callum Wilson and Jordon Ibe all firing home goals this season, there’s a good chance that they should be just fine.
IN: Jurgen Locadia (PSV) and Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester) and Bojan Radulovic Samoukovic (Lleida)
OUT: Kazenga LuaLua (Sunderland), Jamie Murphy (Rangers, loan) and Soufyan Ahannach (Sparta Rotterdam, loan)
Brighton have boosted their chances of staying in the Premier League by adding some attacking threat to their side.
Leonardo Ulloa, who hit 23 goals in 50 matches for the Seagulls between 2013 and 2014, returns to the club on loan from Leicester City and he could certainly grab them a goal or two.
Elsewhere, Dutch striker Jurgen Locadia has arrived from PSV. He will add something different Chirs Hughton’s attack with his sheer strength, height and power.
IN: Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (Spurs, loan) and Aaron Lennon (Everton)
No major players out for Burnley, who have enjoyed a phenomenal season so far, thoroughly exceeding expectations under the guidance of Sean Dyche.
They have bolstered their options out wide however with the capture of Georges-Kevin Nkoudou on loan from Tottenham and experienced winger Aaron Lennon, who I’m sure will start regularly for the Clarets.
With no fears of relegation likely to creep in this year, it looks as though they’ll be targeting a top ten finish come the end of May.
IN: Ross Barkley (Everton), Emerson Palmieri (AS Roma) and Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
OUT: Kenedy (Newcastle United, loan), Baba Rahman (Schalke, loan), Michy Batshuayi (Borussia Dortmund, loan) and Charly Musonda (Celtic, loan).
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has made some shrewd signings in the January transfer window too.
Signing midfielder Ross Barkley for just £15m could prove to be a steal and the capture of Olivier Giroud from Arsenal could for near enough the same price (despite some protesting from Chelsea fans) should also be a bargain. He has his critics but a record of 73 Premier League goals in 180 appearances speaks for itself.
I expect Giroud to challenge the off-form Alvaro Morata for that starting striker spot and he will provide something different up top for the likes of Eden Hazard and Pedro to whip crosses into.
Fellow new signing Emerson Palmieri will provide decent cover for Marcos Alonso at left back.
IN: Erdal Rakip (Benfica, loan), Jaroslaw Jach (Zaglebie Lubin) and Alexander Sorloth (FC Midtjylland)
OUT: Sullay Kaikai (Charlton, loan)
A relatively quiet transfer window for Palace, although they did signing Norwegian striker Alexander Sorloth from Midtjylland.
The 22-year-old had scored 10 goals in 19 appearances before making his move to the Premier League and at 6ft 4′ is well and truly built to cope with the physical nature of the league.
Whether or not he can provide the goals is another thing of course, but I’m fairly sure that he will prove to be good back-up to Christian Benteke either way.
IN: Cenk Tosun (Besiktas), Theo Walcott (Arsenal) and Eliaquim Mangala (Man City, loan)
OUT: Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Kevin Mirallas (Olympiacos, loan), Mohamed Besic (Middlesbrough, loan), Ademola Lookman (RB Leipzig, loan), Sandro Ramirez (Sevilla, loan) and Aaron Lennon (Burnley)
Everton may not have enjoyed the glorious season they were promised back in the summer, but nevertheless, they’re doing alright and should be expected to finish in the top 10.
The signing of Cenk Tosun from Besiktas for £27m should provide them with some goals, as should the experienced Theo Walcott who arrives after having spent 12 years at Arsenal.
The loan signing of Mangala from Manchester City could be hit or miss truth be told as he is often unpredictable.
The one thing that seems to have angered Everton fans the most is the fact that youngster Ademola Lookman has been shipped off on loan to German side RB Leipzig (where he scored on his debut last week). However, game time will prove to be important to him and I think he’ll return as an even better player which will benefit Everton in the long run.
IN: Terrence Kongolo (Monaco, loan) and Alex Pritchard (Norwich City)
Huddersfield should have been more involved in the transfer window in my opinion.
Whilst they haven’t been the whipping boys of the league, as many of us had predicted back in the summer, they’re still very much in danger of being relegated and they have done very little to help themselves in terms of bolstering their squad.
The ONLY boost they will have had is the addition of versatile Dutch player Terrence Kongolo on loan from Monaco. He can play anywhere along the defensive line and also in defensive midfield which could prove to be handy if the Terriers suffer some injuries as the season wears on.
Of course it’s always hard for the “smaller” clubs to compete in the transfer market, but I think David Wagner will be disappointed that he couldn’t bring in more re-reinforcements.
IN: Fousseni Diabate (Gazalec Ajaccio) and Callum Wright (Blackburn Rovers)
OUT: Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton, loan), Islam Slimani (Newcastle United, loan) and Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, loan)
Leicester are back in-form following a stop-start beginning to their season and have now crept into the top ten in the table.
The 2015-16 Premier League winners have a habit of signing unknowns from the lower realms of French football and turning them into gems (see N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez for example).
Now, it looks as though they may have done the same with the signing of Fousseni Diabate from Ligue 2 side Gazalec Ajaccio. He made his debut for Leicester in their FA Cup fourth round match against Peterborough and scored twice in a 5–1 win. He then followed that up with a shining display against Swansea City last weekend.
If Mahrez goes in the summer, which looks increasingly likely, I genuinely think that 22-year-old Diabate could turn out to be the perfect replacement in the long run as he has the pace and movement to be a great Premier League player.
IN: Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton)
OUT: Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Daniel Sturridge (West Brom, loan), Harry Wilson (Hull City, loan), Lazar Markovic (Anderlecht, loan), Jon Flanagan (Bolton Wanderers, loan) and Marko Grujic (Cardiff City, loan)
It was a fairly interesting January window at Anfield, as The Reds smashed their transfer record to sign Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton for a reported £75m.
The Dutch defender now joins Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana as former Saints’ stars who are playing for Liverpool and despite a relatively tough start to life at the club, I think he should add some real steel to Jurgen Klopp’s side once he has truly settled.
The other big news was the departure of Coutinho to Barcelona for around £120m. As good as he was though, I do think that the fact that they have Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, who is in the form of his life, available to them on the attack will mean that he is not sorely missed by the club.
IN: Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao)
OUT: Marlos Moreno (Flamengo, loan) and Eliaquim Mangala (Everton, loan)
City have also broken their transfer record in this window, signing French defender Aymeric Laporte from La Liga side Athletic Bilbao for around £57m.
Despite never having starred for his country, Laporte is a top, top defender who at just 23-years-old, left Spain having made an impressive 161 league appearances.
Strong in the tackle and great in the air, he has everything it takes to become one of the best defenders around and with John Stones being hit and miss for City and Vincent Kompany forever struggling with injuries, I can see him slotting in alongside Nicolas Otamendi in that first team real soon.
IN: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) and Matej Kovar (FC Slovacko)
OUT: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal), Axel Tuanzebe (Aston Villa, loan) and James Wilson (Sheffield Weds, loan)
United stunned the world when they captured Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal during the January window in a deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan go the other way.
The dynamic Chilean became the Premier League’s highest earner when he made the move, earning a reported £500,000 a week at Old Trafford. There’s no doubting that he could prove to be worth every penny however.
During his time with Arsenal, the 29-year-old became the main man at the club and left with a record of 60 Premier League goals in 122 matches to his name. At United, he can still be the main man and can be that attacking spark that Mourinho’s side have been lacking.
He has the energy to drive his team forward and control the flow of the game and that’s something that United have been missing, arguably, since the days of Cristiano Ronaldo. I’m not saying he’ll be as good as CR7 was, but he should certainly make an impact in Manchester just as he did in London.
IN: Kenedy (Newcastle United, loan), Martin Dubravka (Sparta Prague, loan) and Islam Slimani (Leicester, loan)
OUT: Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers, loan), Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest, loan), Rolando Aarons (Hellas Verona, loan) and Henri Saivet (Sivasspor, loan)
Newcastle have bolstered their attacking options with two lively loan signings.
Talented Brazilian youngster Kenedy joins from Chelsea, having previously been at Watford on a loan spell. He impressed during his debut in the 1-1 draw v Palace last week and I’m sure that the fans can’t wait to see more of him.
Meanwhile, Islam Slimani has also joined temporarily from Leicester City. The Algerian forward has been a bit of a hot and cold player since he’s arrived in England, but you can’t doubt his quality. He’s as good with his head as he is with his feet and I think he’ll prove to be a useful player for Newcastle in their quest to stay in the Premier League this season.
Notable departures from the club during the window were midfielders Rolando Aarons and Jack Colback – who have both been loaned out for the rest of the season.
IN: Guido Carrillo (AS Monaco)
OUT: Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) and Matt Targett (Fulham, loan)
It was a quiet transfer window for Southampton, who saw their best defender leave for a huge sum of money, but yet failed to replace him.
The only thing Saints fans had to get excited about (to use the term loosely) was the signing of striker Guido Carrillo from Ligue 1 side Monaco. The Argentinian only scored 15 goals during his three year stint in France, which is doesn’t exactly make for great reading if you’re a club that has slipped into the danger zone in the Premier League.
I do think that they should have enough quality to beat the drop however, as they have some great players in their ranks such as Dusan Tadic, James Ward-Prowse, Nathan Redmond etc.
The signing of Carrillo just seems a little pointless however.
IN: Moritz Bauer (Rubin Kazan, Russia), Kostas Stafylidis (Augsburg, loan), Moussa Niakate (Paris FC) and Badou Ndiaye (Galatasaray)
Stoke have been fairly busy in the January transfer window and they needed to be too as they have had a tough season to date.
The loan signing of versatile defender Kostas Stafylidis could turn out to be a decent one. The Greek defender previously played on loan in the Premier League for Fulham in 2014-15 and looked like a handy player to have in a squad.
Fellow defenders Moussa Niakite and Moritz Bauer should also add some better defensive options to Paul Lambert’s side.
Senegalese striker Badou Ndiaye will provide cover to Mame Biram Diouf and Eric Choupo-Moting, but he is not a proven goalscorer as one goal in 17 appearances for Galatasary in the Turkish League will tell you.
IN: Andre Ayew (West Ham) and Andy King (Leicester, loan)
OUT: Roque Mesa (Sevilla, loan), Ollie McBurnie (Barnsley, loan) and Jay Fulton (Wigan, loan)
Poor Andre Ayew doesn’t know where he belongs does he?
Having made his move to London with West Ham in 2016, he’s now been brought back to Swansea for the exact same price that he left for in the first place (£20m). He will reunite with his brother, Jordan, this time around though and that could prove to be a deadly duo up top for the South Walian side.
Andy King has been brought in on-loan from Leicester to provide cover in the midfield and it’s just as well, as Dutch midfielder Leroy Fer has just been ruled out for the season with an ankle injury picked up against Leicester last weekend.
The major departure for Swansea has been defensive midfielder Roque Mesa who returns to Spain on loan with Sevilla. Having arrived from Las Palmas in the summer, the Spaniard looked for all the world as though he could be brilliant for the Swans with his passing abilities, but he really failed to live up to the hype.
IN: Lucas Moura (Paris Saint-Germain)
OUT: Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (Burnley, loan)
Spurs had a very quiet transfer window, but did manage to bring in Lucas Moura on transfer deadline day for a bargain price of £22m.
The Brazilian winger arrives from PSG having never really settled at the club. During his time in his native with Sao Paulo, the 25-year-old was regarded as one of the next big things in football.
Fast forward a couple of years and he may not be on Neymar’s level, but he’s certainly a very good player who possesses a lot of pace and brilliant dribbling skills.
Stick him up top with Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min and I’m sure that you would have a terrifying front three for Prem defences to deal with. He could turn out to be one of the signings of the window – especially at such a cheap price in today’s market.
IN: Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona, loan), Pontus Dahlberg (IFK Gothenburg), Didier Ndong (Sunderland, loan) and Dodi Lukebakio (Charleroi)
OUT: Brice Dja Djedje (RC Lens, loan), Costel Pantilimon (Nottingham Forest, loan), Isaac Success (Malaga, loan) and Mauro Zarate (Velez Sarsfield, loan), Ben Watson (released)
Watford have had a fairly successful window in my opinion.
The loan signing of Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona is an impressive one in my opinion as he is a fantastic player. Having previously had two separate loan spells at Everton, the Spanish winger returned to England this week and immediately stood out with a fine performance (and a goal) in the 4-1 win over Chelsea.
His flair and pace will bring some much needed attacking prowess for the likes of Troy Deeney and Roberto Pereyra to feed off of.
Fellow loanee Didier Ndong should fit in nicely alongside another defensive midfielder, Abdoulaye Docoure, who is enjoying a fine season in the heart of The Hornets’ midfield.
Monday’s win over Chelsea proved that Watford are playing some good football at the moment and I fully expect them to finish in the top 10 this season or just outside of it.
IN: Ali Gabr (Zamalek, loan) and Daniel Sturridge (LIverpool, loan)
OUT: Tyler Roberts (Leeds United)
The Baggies managed to sign an experienced international forward and complete the Egypt national team’s centre back pairing during their January transfer window.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge arrives at the Hawthorns with a wealth of Premier League experience and goals to his name, having netted for Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea and the Reds along the way.
Of course, the only problem is his injury record, which continues to haunt him. There’s no doubting that if the 28-year-old stays fit, he will prove to bang in the goals for West Brom and in a year where England are heading to the World Cup, he will want to do all he can to impress Gareth Southgate and be on that plane to Russia in June.
Meanwhile, defender Ali Gabr joins on loan from Zamalek and will team up with fellow Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazi who has impressed since joining West Brom in the summer. Between them, the pair have over 50 caps for their country and with Jonny Evans out with injury, it looks as tough they could soon pair up in the Premier League.
IN: Joao Mario (Inter Milan, loan) and Jordan Hugill (Preston North End)
OUT: Diafra Sakho (Rennes, undisclosed), Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach, loan) and Andre Ayew (Swansea City)
West Ham’s marquee signing is Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario, who arrives on loan from Italian side Inter Milan.
The 25-year-old first made a name for himself whilst playing for Sporting Lisbon in his homeland. Following a fantastic tournament in Euro 2016, where he helped Portugal lift the title for the first time, he made his move to Inter for a fee of around £50m.
However, despite being a lively and creative player, he found it hard to settle in Italy and that is why Inter have decided to loan him out. It could well work in West Ham’s favour though.
Mario is a quality player who can no doubt add a bit of cutting edge to a side that desperately needs it since Dmitri Payer left for France.
So, who’s been your favourite singing of the window? Who do you think can make the most difference to their club? Let AFFEFootballNews know in the comments section below ….