Football Features

30 done deals you might have missed as transfer deadline officially closes

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 23:00, 31 January 2022


The January transfer window is now over and the final weekend saw a flurry of player movement across Europe.

There were so many deals completed in the end that you’d be forgiven if a few slipped under your radar. So, here are 30 of the most interesting that you may have missed:

1. Anthony Martial

From: Manchester United

To: Sevilla

Fee: Loan

Martial has found himself falling down the pecking order at Old Trafford and a loan to La Liga chasing Sevilla and the restorative coaching genius of Julen Lopetegui under the Andalucian sun could be just what the Frenchman needs to get his career back on track.

2. Hwang Hee-chan

From: RB Leipzig

To: Wolves

Fee: £14m

Wolves snagged Erling Haaland’s former striker partner on loan in the summer but he’s been sufficiently impressing over his first half-season that they’ve already activated the purchase clause in his loan deal to make the move permanent.

3. Bruno Guimaraes

From: Lyon

To: Newcastle

Fee: £33.3m

After a false start last week, Newcastle and Lyon finally worked out the kinks and brought this brilliant Brazilian to Tyneside. Despite being mired in a relegation dogfight, the Magpies now have one of the very best holding midfielders in the league. A wizard of ball recovery and possession recycling. He should shine next to Joelinton.

4. Christian Eriksen

From: N/A

To: Brentford

Fee: Free

In what could possibly be the feelgood story of the season, less than a year after he nearly died, Christian Eriksen is back playing professional football. Having been released from his contract with Inter he has signed for Brentford and will hope to add some of his trademark creative brilliance to The Bees’ play.

5. Amad Diallo

From: Manchester United

To: Rangers

Fee: Loan

United’s young wing wonder has headed north in search of more game-time. And so far so good as he scored just five minutes into his debut with the Glaswegian side, and should go on to have a productive back-half of the season.

6. Marko Lazetic

From: Red Star Belgrade

To: AC Milan

Fee: £3.3m

Marko Lazetic is a promising young striker joining a team full of experienced veteran forwards he can learn from. Aged just 18 he will have time to learn and just to keep expectations in check, Milan have given him Kaka’s old number 22.

7. Robin Gosens

From: Atalanta

To: Inter Milan

Fee: Loan

One of the bright sparks of Euro 2020, Robin Gosens has jumped from fourth to first in the Serie A table by joining champions Inter on an 18 month loan deal with a purchase obligation of £23.3m). He should provide Inter with a potent new dimension.

8. Calum Chambers

From: Arsenal

To: Aston Villa

Fee: Undisclosed

Aston Villa’s winter recruitment continues abound as they pick up Calum Chambers to add some strength in depth at right-back behind the mercurial Matty Cash. He should be a solid squad player for Steven Gerrard.


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9. Daniel Wass

From: Valencia

To: Atlético Madrid

Fee: £2.1m

After Kieran Trippier left Madrid for Newcastle, Diego Simeone was in need of an attacking right-back or right-wing-back. Enter the ceaselessly dynamic Daniel Wass, who should give Atleti lots of pace and penetration.

10. Ilaix Moriba

From: RB Leipzig

To: Valencia

Fee: Loan

After a messy exit from Barcelona caused him to miss out on Xavi’s youth revolution, Ilaix completely failed in his efforts to distinguish himself at Leipzig and has left on loan to the basket of chaos that is Valencia. There he will hope that coach José Bordolas can do for him what he did for Marc Cucurella at Getafe and make Barcelona look very, very stupid for letting this kid go.

11. Samuel Kalu

From: Bordeaux

To: Watford

Fee: £3m

Watford’s desperate attempts to stay in the Premier League will get a helping hand as they picked up Nigerian winger Samuel Kalu from Bordeaux. Roy Hodgson will be hoping he can add the spark they’re missing in attack.

12. Dusan Vlahovic

From: Fiorentina

To: Juventus

Fee: £62.5m

After a drawn-out and ridiculous transfer saga all month, Dusan Vlahovic has predictably shunned Arsenal and chosen to move, mid-season, to Juventus. Fiorentina bag a sizeable fee for the Serbian while he captures Cristiano Ronaldo’s no. 7 shirt. He has 20 goals in 24 games so far this season; can he crack 30 with Juve? Can he push 40? Let’s see.

13. Arthur Cabral

From: Basel

To: Fiorentina

Fee: £11.6m

Needing to replace Vlahovic’s goals, Fiorentina moved swiftly for Brazilian bomber Arthur Cabral. The young forward is the kind of rough and rugged striker with a penchant for the spectacular that you could imagine playing during Serie A’s 90’s heyday. He bagged 27 goals in 31 games for Basel in just half a season and should fit in nicely.

14. Kevin Paredes

From: DC United

To: Wolfsburg

Fee: £5.2m

The USMNT has always been the weaker, less impressive USNT when compared to the USWNT who are obvious juggernauts. Still, the fellas are getting their act together with some promising young talents coming through. One of those, Kevin Paredes, just made the jump to Europe. At 18 he’s got room to improve but this left-back could thrive in the Bundesliga.

15. Skov Olsen

From: Bologna

To: Club Brugge

Fee: £5.8m

Chasing a third straight title, Club Brugge have picked up young Skov Olsen to add some pace and skill to their wide areas and perhaps fill some of the gap left behind by Emmanuel Dennis’ departure.


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16. Stefano Sensi

From: Inter Milan

To: Sampdoria

Fee: Loan

Despite a bright start under Simone Inzaghi, Stefano Sensi hasn’t really made much of an impact in this revamped Inter side and has thus been loaned out to Sampdoria where he will hope to build form and keep his place in the Italy squad.

17. Felipe Caicedo

From: Genoa

To: Inter Milan

Fee: Loan

Former Manchester City cult hero Felipe Caicedo’s roaming journey around the world game has made its most glamorous stop yet as the Ecuadorian reunites with Simone Inzaghi at San Siro with Inter Milan. Caicedo should be a useful back-up for the Nerazzurri.

18. Adama Traoré

From: Wolves

To: Barcelona

Fee: Loan

Born within sight of the Camp Nou, a series of unfortunate events ended up with Adama Traoré struggling at Middlesbrough. But the care of Tony Pulis and Nuno Espirito Santo brought him back to the top and now Xavi is righting the wrongs of summer 2015 and bringing Adama home. Barcelona were in desperate need of pace and dribbling and they will find both with Adama; the Catalan has completed more take-ons in Europe’s top five leagues since the start of 2018/19 than anyone not named Leo Messi.

19. Sardar Azmoun

From: Zenit St. Petersburg

To: Bayer Leverkusen

Fee: Undisclosed

The Iranian Messi, as he is known, has been a consistent source of goals for Zenit St. Petersburg over the last four years and now he’s moving on up to the Bundesliga where he will look to add a touch of lethality to Bayer Leverkusen’s attack.


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20. Luis Diaz

From: Porto

To: Liverpool

Fee: £33.3m

After missing out on Adama Traoré, Spurs turned their attention to Luis Diaz. This awoke Liverpool from their transfer slumber and Jurgen Klopp’s Mighty Reds whirred into action, snatching the Colombian out from under Antonio Conte’s nose. Luis Diaz will now head to Merseyside and endeavour to become the latest really good wing-forward that Jurgen Klopp turns into an absolute monster.

21. Julian Alvarez

From: River Plate

To: Manchester City

To: River Plate

Fee: £15m

City’s search for a striker seems to have concluded as Pep Guardiola’s men snagged Argentine hotshot striker Julian Alvarez for the thoroughly reasonable price of £15m. However they will loan Alvarez back to Buenos Aires until the summer, ensuring he doesn’t struggle by coming into the thick of a Premier League title race where minutes will be hard to come by and can instead try and add to the six titles he’s already won with River.

22. Max Kruse

From: Union Berlin

To: Wolfsburg

Fee: Undisclosed

The veteran forward re-joined old club Wolfsburg on a short-term deal for an undisclosed fee at the close of the window.

23. Jonas Wind

From: Copenhagen

To: Wolfsburg

Fee: £10m

Jonas Wind was really soaring with 28 goals in 59 games across the last season and a half for Copenhagen. He seemed ready for bigger and better things and so when Wolfsburg completed their busy January by snatching him up, he got the move he was ready for.

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24. Wout Weghorst

From: Wolfsburg

To: Burnley

Fee: £12m

With Wind and Kruse in the bag, Wolfsburg were now free to engage with Burnely who were desperate to make something happen after the departure of Chris Wood to Newcastle. That something? Signing the 6’6 striker Wout Weghorst and announcing him with one of the great videos in transfer season history.

25. Denis Zakaria

From: Borussia Monchengladbach

To: Juventus

Fee: £4.2m

With Rodrigo Bentancur completing a move to Tottenham, The Old Lady have wasted little time in bolstering their central midfield with the signing of Denis Zakaria, who was the subject of interest from several heavyweight clubs but has ultimately moved to Turin in the final few hours.

26. Nat Phillips

From: Liverpool

To: Bournemouth

Fee: Loan

Expected to move to a Premier League club on a permanent deal this month, Phillips has instead opted to drop down a division and link up with Scott Parker’s Bournemouth on a temporary basis, as the Cherries look to climb back up the footballing ladder and into the big time.

27. Romain Faivre

From: Brest

To: Lyon

Fee: £12.5m

Romain Faivre made his professional debut as a teenager for Monaco back in 2018. The talent was clearly there. But it took a move to Brest for that talent to really come to the fore, and the 23-year-old now has big shoes to fill in the form of Bruno Guimaraes’ midfield void after he joined Newcastle.

28. Tanguy Ndombele

From: Tottenham

To: Lyon

Fee: Loan

Antonio Conte sanctioned the departure of three first-team players on deadline day — all on loan — one of which was Tanguy Ndombele, who has returned to Lyon three years after he left the club for £55.45m.

29. Federico Gatti

From: Frosinone

To: Juventus

Fee: £7m

A somewhat unconventional signing for a club accustomed to big-money moves, Massimiliano Allegri has tested his luck in the Serie B market and recruited highly-regarded defender Gatti, sending the 23-year-old back out on loan to Frosinone.

30. Reinildo Mandava

From: Lille

To: Atletico Madrid

Fee: £2.5m

Out of contract in the summer, Diego Simeone chose not to wait for his contract to expire and has instead brought Reinildo Mandava to the Spanish capital for a very modest £2.5m. It could prove a masterstroke!

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