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Deadline day done deals you might have missed so far, from Joao Cancelo to Matt Doherty

By Ben Green

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Published: 22:55, 31 January 2023

As the clock ticks on, clubs across Europe are scrambling to get last-minute deals over the line before the January 2023 window closes.

It’s been another hectic month of dealings, and deadline day for the winter window has been an equally frenetic affair. Plenty of transfers have already transpired since the clock struck 12am, and you can bet your boots more contracts will be inked deep into the night.

For a quick refresher ahead of the closing stages, we’ve rounded up all of the major deals to happen so far. Read on below for your deadline day recap.

Joao Cancelo

From: Man City

To: Bayern Munich

Fee: Loan

It’s a transfer that few would have seen coming at the start of the month, but Joao Cancelo, once the vital artery of Pep Guardiola’s backline, has moved to Bayern Munich on loan for the rest of the season (with an option to buy for £61.5m). The Portuguese inverted full-back had seen his game time restricted in recent outings following the emergence of Rico Lewis, and will now miss City’s attempt to defend their Premier League crown against current table-toppers Arsenal.

Djed Spence

From: Tottenham

To: Rennes

Fee: Loan

Once a rare occurrence in football, more and more English players are starting to leave the home comforts of the Premier League for pastures new — and Djed Spence is the latest to venture overseas. A summer purchase from Middlesbrough, the 22-year-old Londoner looked an ideal fit for Antonio Conte’s wing-back system, but he failed to cement a consistent starting berth under the Italian and has now sought to rediscover his verve in Ligue 1, on loan at Rennes for the remaidner of the season.

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Terem Moffi

From: Lorient

To: Nice

Fee: Loan

Terem Moffi was being courted by West Ham for much of the window, but the Nigerian marksman has ultimately settled on the French Riviera with Nice. A clinical and robust forward, the 23-year-old is currently the joint-eighth highest scorer in Europe’s top five leagues this season with 12 goals in Ligue 1. He has also scored all eight of the ‘Big Chances’ that have fallen his way. That kind of final-third potency should flourish at the Allianz Riviera.

Philipp Max

From: PSV

To: Eintracht Frankfurt

Fee: Loan

Having lost Filip Kostic to Juventus in the summer, Frankfurt have had a chasmic void at left wing-back this campaign, which has been filled by several players. Those have included right winger Ansgar Knauff, Juve loanee Luca Pellegrini and Christopher Lenz. Indeed there hasn’t really been a consistent presence in the specialised position. Former Bayern Munich academy player and three-capped Germany international Philipp Max could be that consistent presence, though. The 29-year-old is an electric and explosive No. 3 who comes back to the Bundesliga three years after leaving for PSV. He looks an astute piece of business.

Denis Suarez

From: Celta Vigo

To: Espanyol

Fee: Loan

Denis Suarez moved to Arsenal on loan in the last few days of the 2019 January window, and the ex-Barcelona midfielder has made another last-ditch move in winter four years on. Having largely floundered at the Camp Nou and struggled in the Premier League, Suarez rebuilt his career somewhat at Celta. He now returns to Catalonia with Barca’s eternal local rivals Espanyol, looking to help the club move away from relegation danger in La Liga.


From: Arsenal

To: Norwich

Fee: Loan

In the fleeting moments Marquinhos featured for Arsenal, he has looked promising. Fans will now be excited to see the Brazilian youngster test his talents in the notoriously physical Championship environment. A real sink-or-swim division, Marquinhos will be able to flex his attacking muscles under David Wagner and hone his craft as Norwich look to bounce back to the Premier League. His unpredictability and flair could be the tonic the Canaries need to push on.

Diogo Monteiro

From: Servette

To: Leeds United

Fee: Undisclosed fee

Elland Road has a reputation for nurturing young talent and giving fledgling prospects a chance to thrive. Teenage centre-back Diogo Monteiro will be hoping that mantra rings true for his career, as he transfers across from Servette and looks to catch the attention of Jesse Marsch, who himself has shown few inhibitions of handing young players a chance — a notion 19-year-old Wilfried Gnonto, who also moved from Switzerland in the summer, can attest to.

Florian Thauvin

From: Tigres UANL

To: Udinese

Fee: Free transfer

It’s been a weird career trajectory for Florian Thauvin, who was once considered (like so many before him) ‘the next big thing’. Following an exceptionally underwhelming stint on Tyneside with Newcastle, the 10-capped France international returned to Marseille and rebuilt his career, earning a place in Les Bleus‘ 2018 World Cup-winning squad as a result. It was thought he might go on to join one of Europe’s perennial heavyweights, but in 2021 he moved to Tigres UANL in Mexico in quite a bizarre twist of fate. Afer a year in Monterrey linking up with compatriot Andre-Pierre Gignac, he is now back on the continent, joining Udinese on a free.

Diego Llorente

From: Leeds

To: Roma

Fee: Loan

Diego Llorente’s injury-plagued existence in West Yorkshire has come to an unfortunate end. When in full motion, the Spaniard provided the requisite ball-playing qualities that meshed well with Leeds’ possession-heavy style, but issues with fitness ultimately held him back. He has now joined Jose Mourinho’s Roma, hoping to pick up a run of games and put his casualty problems behind him, with the Eternal City club having an £18m obligation to buy him.

Thorgan Hazard

From: Borussia Dortmund


Fee: Loan

It was explained by Dortmund’s sporting director Sebastian Kehl that Thorgan Hazard pushed for a loan move away from the Ruhr district to get more game time. And his wish was duly granted as he joins PSV, who are pushing for the Dutch title, and face Sevilla in the Europa League knockout play-off. Having sold Cody Gakpo and Noni Madueke to Liverpool and Chelsea respectively this month, Hazard’s arrival will bring some much-needed firepower up front.

Sasa Lukic

From: Torino

To: Fulham

Fee: £8m

Keen to strengthen Fulham’s prospects of reaching the European places, Marco Silva has bolstered his midfield with the acquisition of Sasa Lukic from Torino. The Portuguese already has one of the most versatile and dynamic midfields in the league, with Harrison Reed, Andreas Pereira and Joao Palhinha proving an exceptional composition, but Lukic’s ball-destroying capabilities will bring an added dimension of oomph.


From: Chelsea

To: Arsenal

Fee: £12m

A fair few players have crossed the Chelsea-Arsenal divide in recent times, and Jorginho is the latest to make the London switch. Still a very tidy and intricate operator, the press-resistant midfielder should work well in Mikel Arteta’s system. Amid the controlled chaos of his fledgling side, the Italy international can bring a level of calm and tranquility to balance the tactical broth. Arteta needed midfield reinforcements, and he acquired a title-winning one.

Illia Zabarnyi

From: Dynamo Kyiv

To: Bournemouth

Fee: £24m

A fee of £24m is not an insignificant amount of money, and that is how much Bournemouth have ponied up for young Ukrainian defender Illia Zabarnyi. Capped 22 times by the nation, the 20-year-old joins from Dynamo Kyiv with a strong reputation and should bring some serious aggression and physicality to Gary O’Neil’s side. This could prove a safety-insuring purchase for the struggling promoted club.

Naouirou Ahamada

From: Stuttgart

To: Crystal Palace

Fee: £9.7m

Once on the books at Juventus, the 20-year-old sought a new adventure in the Bundesliga with Stuttgart after he found a traffic jam of talent blocking his pathway to the first team in Turin. His acceleration at the Mercedes-Benz Arena has caught the eye of Patrick Vieira, an unparalleled box-to-box force during his heyday, so he should certainly be a good judge of talent, offering Palace fans promise for their new midfield star.

Albert Sambi Lokonga

From: Arsenal

To: Crystal Palace

Fee: Loan

Also through the door is Albert Sambi Lokonga, with Palace seeking to do their business late into the window. The Belgian hasn’t really had a chance to consistently shine in north London, and he will now be hoping to burst into life in the Premier League under a new coach. Allowed to leave with Arsenal signing Jorginho, the 23-year-old will be hoping to make a considerable impression in south London.

Matt Doherty

From: Tottenham

To: Atletico Madrid

Fee: Free

Quite extraordinarily, Spurs cancelled the final 18 months of Matt Doherty’s contract to allow him to move to Atletico Madrid with the club unable to sanction any more loans. It’s quite the audacious move from Spurs, who also allowed Djed Spence to leave on the same day, weakening their wing-back depth.

Marco van Ginkel

From: PSV

To: Vitesse

Fee: Undisclosed

They say never return, but in the case of Marco van Ginkel, there’s no better place to salvage a frustrating career to date. A promising start at boyhood club Vitesse earned him a big move to Chelsea where he, unfortunately, spent the majority of his time in the club’s physio room. He would get everything back on track at PSV, initially on loan, but competition for places in their midfield today guaranteed an unlikely homecoming.

Islam Slimani

From: Stade Brestois

To: Anderlecht

Fee: Free

A string of eye-catching performances earned Algerian marksman Islam Slimani a switch to Premier League champions Leicester City but it never quite worked out for him in the Premier League and he’s since developed into somewhat of a journeyman man. Slimani enjoyed spells in Ligue 1, between a return to Sporting, and will now look to pull up trees at Belgian powerhouse Anderlecht.


From: Rayo Vallecano

To: Real Zaragoza

Fee: Loan

One of the more infamous signings Man Utd made under Sir Alex Ferguson with their legendary boss stating he never watched him play before joining. His time at Old Trafford was brief and the seven-time capped Cape Verde international never really fulfiled whatever potential Ferguson’s former assistant Carlos Queiroz saw until this recent spell at Rayo Vallecano where he bagged 11 goals across 98 league appearances. No longer wanted Bebé has now temporarily joined Real Zaragoza who are languishing in Spain’s second division.

Héctor Bellerín

From: Barcelona

To: Sporting CP

Fee: Free

At one point Héctor Bellerín could have very well been the Premier League’s best right-back. The former Arsenal full-back has in recent times been playing in his native Spain, where he rejoined boyhood club Barcelona before spending time on loan at Real Betis, having parted ways the 27-year-old continues his career at Sporting CP.

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