The 2023 January transfer window was a naturally frenetic affair, with Chelsea continuing their spending spree under shopaholic Todd Boehly.
Uninhibited by financial constraints, the American tycoon sanctioned another transfer war chest — and Graham Potter duly filled his boots, bringing in a collection of superstars and household names; one of whom, Enzo Fernandez, was secured for a British-record £106.8m transfer.
Of course, Chelsea were not the only compulsive shoppers last month. Most clubs were active in one way or another, whether authorising departures, exploring loans or mopping up youngsters. In fact, some have even been busy after the window has already slammed shut.
Below are several such deals that have transpired following Tuesday’s deadline day…
Signed for: Nottingham Forest
Signed from: Al Sadd
Nottingham Forest drew headlines in the summer for their extravagant spending habits — and that spilled over to the winter for Steve Cooper’s side with the club making several additional signings. But, not even the fixed parameters of a transfer window can prevent the promoted club from bolstering with aplomb, with Forest making Andre Ayew their 30th signing of the season earlier this week following his release from Al Sadd.
?? Hoş geldin Adnan Januzaj ?? pic.twitter.com/U3Dd3zTycf
— İstanbul Başakşehir (@ibfk2014) February 3, 2023
Signed for: Istanbul Basaksehir
Signed from: Sevilla
Following his release from Real Sociedad in the summer, Adnan Januzaj signed for Sevilla on a free transfer, and it looked like savvy business from the Andalusians. However, after just six months, the former Manchester United winger is once again on the move, joining Istanbul Basaksehir for the rest of the season after finding playing time hard to come by at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.
Ibaigane ha activado la cláusula pactada en su día con el @PSG_inside
— Athletic Club (@AthleticClub) February 1, 2023
Signed for: Athletic Club
Signed from: PSG
Fee: Undisclosed fee
Ander Herrera returned to Bilbao in the summer on loan from PSG, and the club triggered a clause in his contract to make his signature a permanent one just after deadline day. Expected to go through when he made his temporary transfer, the elegant midfield metronome will now be pulling the midfield stings for the foreseeable future back at San Mames.
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Signed for: FC Seoul
Signed from: Nottingham Forest
Hwang Ui-jo was one of the many players signed by Forest in the summer, but he went out immediately out on loan to Olympiacos — who are also owned by Forest boss Evangelos Marinakis — after joining from Bordeaux. However, he has since returned from Greece and will now spend the second half of the campaign back in his native South Korea with FC Seoul.
Enfant du Nord devenu Sang et Or ❤️?
Milieu délié à la palette technique complète et pur produit de la formation nordiste, Angelo Fulgini rallie l'Artois dans le cadre d’un prêt avec option d'achat ✍️
— Racing Club de Lens (@RCLens) February 1, 2023
Signed for: Lens
Signed from: Mainz 05
Against all expectations, Lens are third in Ligue 1 and offering a slender title push against habitual leaders PSG. In The Blood and Gold‘s bid to push for automatic Champions League qualification and continue to be a thorn in PSG’s side, Franck Haise has made an eleventh hour signing, with versatile French midfielder Angelo Fulgini joining on loan from Mainz.
— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) February 4, 2023
Signed for: New York Red Bulls
Signed from: Union SG
Fee: Undisclosed fee
Dante Vanzeir was the ‘Footballer of the Year’ and top scorer in the Belgian First Division B as Union SG gained promotion in 2020/21. He then played a key part last campaign as the club famously finished as runners-up in their first season back in the top flight since 1973, starring alongside Brighton star Kaoru Mitoma. The one-capped Belgium international has now hopped across the pond to play in the MLS with New York Red Bulls.
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Damien Da Silva
? Our defender, Damien Da Silva, joins Australian club Melbourne Victory ✍
Thank you for everything Damien, we wish you full success in this beautiful project! ??? pic.twitter.com/jf0gwloXvp
— Olympique Lyonnais ???? (@OL_English) February 3, 2023
Signed for: Melbourne Victory
Signed from: Lyon
After a near two-decade career exclusively in his native France, soon-to-turn 35-year-old Damien Da Silva has sought pastures new down under by joining Melbourne Victory. The veteran defender leaves his homeland having turned out for the likes of Lyon, Rennes, Caen, Clermont, Rouen, Chateauroux and Niort.
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— SCR Altach (@SCRAltach) February 3, 2023
Signed for: Rheindorf Altach
Signed from: Milan
Having starred for Red Star Belgrade as a precocious sensation, Milan secured the teenager’s services in January last year. The 6ft 4in 19-year-old made his Serie A debut in November this season and has now joined Austrian Bundesliga club Rheindorf Altach on loan, hoping to gain some more experience.
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