Ever since Neymar’s transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, transfer windows have become one of the most exciting periods in soccer season. And even though January is not the most optimal time for doing business, the market has seen some significant movements. Despite the heavy inflation and economic crisis, some clubs have spent a lot of money to boost their chances of winning silverware. This transfer window has also impacted various bookmakers and their odds and that includes your favorite sportsbook as well.
Continue reading below to check out what the exciting January transfer window had to offer this season.
- Lucas Digne to Aston Villa – $33 million
Lucas Digne is considered to be one of the best left-backs in the English Premier League. The Frenchman spent almost four seasons in Everton before deciding to leave the troubled club to join Aston Villa for a fee of $33 million. He signed a four-year deal and made his debut on the 15th of January. Digne is tied on the fifth place with nomadic striker Chris Wood, who joined Newcastle from Burnley for the same amount.
- Bruno Guimaraes to Newcastle United – $46.31 million
After spending two seasons in Lyon and featuring 56 times, the 24-year-old Bruno Guimaraes decided to continue his career in Newcastle United. The popular Magpies are now among the richest clubs in the world thanks to new Saudi owners, so they didn’t think twice before splashing out $46.31 million on the Brazilian defensive midfielder. Fans at St. James Park hope this name will help them avoid relegation.
- Luis Diaz to Liverpool – $49.5 million
Most people believe Luis Diaz is the biggest steal of this transfer window. The Colombian winger joined Liverpool from Porto in a deal worth $49.5 million. The price may rise another $17 million depending on his success with the club. Diaz spent almost three seasons in Porto and scored 26 goals in 77 games. Unfortunately for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool fans, the transfer of Fabio Carvalho from Fulham failed in the last hour because documents couldn’t be finalized in time.
- Ferran Torres to Barcelona – $60.5 million
In January, Ferran Torres was one of the earliest signings, having joined Barcelona for a staggering $60.5 million. Torres joined Manchester City as one of the biggest soccer talents, but failed to impose himself in Pep Guardiola’s team. Now he is part of the long-term project to rebuild Barcelona after the departure of Lionel Messi. The club also failed to offload Ousmane Dembele this transfer window, as the player opted to stay until summer.
- Dušan Vlahovi? to Juventus – $90 million
Dušan Vlahovi?’s transfer saga lasted an entire month. This highly-rated Serbian striker featured 98 times for Fiorentina, scoring 44 goals in the process. Juventus paid $90 million for his services and had to sell two of their players to fund this move. The Old Lady also added a few more names to their team sheet, including Dennis Zakaria and Federico Gatti.
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