Clubs always use the transfer window to show muscle and shrewd clubs to pull off deals that will shame big-money signings. When the deadline day, common sense and haste fly through the window, and the circus gets pumped with nitrous, like the students who wait to revise their notes two hours before the exam. Clubs get business done in an astronomically short time but spend the entire period trying to haggle.
The January transfer madness
The January transfer window opened on Sunday January 1, 2023 and closed at 11pm in England on Tuesday January 31, 2023.
The January transfer window was no exception. Fabrizio Romano is the most valuable name of this period. It was not worth it if he didn’t capture your team’s news. He’s the Mr. Know-It-All, and it has been alleged that some clubs use his information for scouting. He will miss a few updates. But that’s because he’s human.
- At this time, the deal is off.
- Discussions are ongoing.
- Verbal agreement with the player.
- Personal terms agreed.
And HERE WE GO. Those three words are the joy of football fans all over the world.
So, what did we witness at the end of the grueling transfer deadline day?
Chelsea has bossed this game. After Mudryk had “publicly” bowed at the feet of Mikel Arteta, Chelsea swooped in and snatched him for £88.5m. After playing footloose and fancy-free with Enzo Fernandez, the Blues got the Argentine over the line on deadline day for a British record fee of £106.8m.
Confirmed Chelsea signings
Enzo Fernandez - Chelsea, £106.8m
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
Arsenal confirmed the signing of Chelsea midfielder Jorginho for £12M. At the same time, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag swooped for Marcel Sabitzer on loan from Bayern Munich, with a deal confirmed right at the end of the transfer window. Tottenham have finally got their man in Pedro Porro.
MAJOR JANUARY TRANSFERS
- Fernandez to Chelsea from Benfica: €121 million
- Jorginho to Arsenal from Chelsea: £12 million
- Joao Cancelo to Bayern Munich: Loan
- Marcel Sabitzer to Manchester United: Loan
- Mykhailo Mudryk to Chelsea: €100 million
- Anthony Gordon to Newcastle United: £45 million
- Cody Gakpo to Liverpool: £37 million
- Benoit Badiashile to Chelsea: £35 million
- *Georginio Rutter to Leeds United: €40 million
- Noni Madueke to Chelsea: €35 million
- Leandro Trossard to Arsenal: €27 million
- Malo Gusto to Chelsea: £26.3 million
- Dango Ouattara to Bournemouth: £20 million