The best signings of the January transfer window
The winter World Cup added an extra dimension to the usually monotonous January transfer window.
While teams across Europe are still strapped for cash in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, clubs from the Premier Super League took full advantage of their overseas competitors’ financial woes.
Thus, much of the business that took place in the recently closed transfer window concerned clubs from the English top flight as cash was splashed all over the country, up and down the division.
Here are 90min’s top ten transfers of the 2023 January transfer window.
Manuel Neuer’s injury could’ve derailed Bayern’s stuttering campaign with the unreliable Sven Ulreich poised to deputise in the great goalkeeper’s absence.
However, the German giants were never going to let that scenario play out, and they instead moved quickly to bring in an emergency replacement.
As contingency plans go, the signing of Sommer may well be the best solution Bayern could’ve hoped for. The Swiss stalwart has long been considered as one of the Bundesliga finest shot-stoppers and his proficiency between the sticks means FC Hollywood will not miss their skipper too much.
For so long, Arsenal seemed destined to secure the signing of a player that may or may not be on this list a little later on, but they were pipped to the post by their London rivals.
That forced Edu Gaspar into action, and an alternative was quickly sounded out. A deal for the disgruntled Trossard was easy enough to pull off, and the Belgian is certainly not the worst Plan B in the world.
He provides much-needed attacking depth in forward areas as Arsenal go in search of their first Premier League title since 2004. The winger’s versatility will be appreciated by Mikel Arteta, as will his directness in possession and ability to finish with both feet.
“Who cares if we’ve got one of the world’s very best right-backs knocking about, let’s go and sign a leading teenage talent anyway,” Todd Boehly said, probably.
Gusto joined Chelsea just a couple of days before the deadline and has since been loaned back to Lyon for the remainder of the season. Thus, Blues supporters will have to wait a while until they see one of their many shiny new toys in action.
This is a signing that will eventually garner plenty of excitement at Stamford Bridge. The young Frenchman has the potential to blossom into one of the world’s very best right-backs.
Gusto’s as dynamic as they come; a player that gets supporters on their feet once he advances into the final third.
When was the last time Leicester had a competent defence? God, it feels like forever. Where have Robert and big Wes been?
Anyway, Leicester went a long way to fixing their defensive issues by signing World Cup hero Souttar from Stoke on deadline day. It’s not a glamorous move, but one that could prove to be mightily astute.
Souttar is a proper no-nonsense defender, but he also boasts the attributes of your archetypal modern-day centre-half. A move to the Premier League seemed inevitable following his impressive campaign in Qatar, and it’s Leicester who snapped him up.
What happened to Bournemouth at the end of the January transfer window? Matias Vina, Hamed Traore and Ilya Zabarnyi! That’s some conclusion.
How the Cherries have been able to snag a player of Zabarnyi’s talent is remarkable. This is a guy that has excelled in major tournaments for his country and looked at home in the Champions League.
This is a stellar bit of business and the club’s work in January could go a long way to staving off the threat of relegation during the second half of the season.
The addition of talented young centre-back Badiashile has got lost in the wilderness in west London given Chelsea’s transfer activity in the wake of the Frenchman’s arrival.
Nevertheless, Badiashile emerged as one of Europe’s most exciting defensive talents at Monaco and the Blues will think they’ve snagged the 21-year-old at a bargain price (£35m) given his potential.
Badiashile has the potential to be a cornerstone of Graham Potter’s Chelsea project.
Finally, a break from the Premier League. Although, there were several English clubs interested in signing Angers midfielder Ounahi.
The young Moroccan rose to prominence at the end of 2022 as he enjoyed a stellar World Cup campaign with the Atlas Lions. The elegant Ounahi starred in Morocco’s journey to the semi-finals.
A January move beckoned for the 22-year-old, and he had multiple options at his disposal. However, he opted to remain in Ligue 1 and join Igor Tudor’s Marseille, who had just sold Gerson to Flamengo.
It’s another stepping stone for the midfielder, who may well be on the move once more should his World Cup form perpetuate in the French top flight.
It was on, off, and then back on again.
For a while, it seemed like Tottenham wouldn’t appease Antonio Conte by bringing in Pedro Porro, but the Lilywhites finally secured their man following arduous and complex negotiations with Sporting CP.
It’s a move that has garnered plenty of excitement in N17, with Porro shining against Spurs in Sporting’s two Champions League group stage clashes back in the autumn. The wing-back is an excellent technician; one that could transform Conte’s build-up while adding some much-needed quality from wide areas in the final third.
Overall, this move resembles Inter’s deal for Achraf Hakimi in 2020 which catapulted Conte’s project in Milan. The Italian will be hoping that Porro has a similar impact.
Chelsea moved with the utmost ruthlessness to snatch Mudryk from under Arsenal’s nose. The Blues were forced to pay a mammoth fee, one that could reach £100m if certain bonuses are paid, but this kid looks like a superstar in the making.
His brief cameo at Anfield filled supporters with hope moving forward, and there’s genuine belief that 22-year-old Mudryk could salvage Chelsea’s bleak 2022/23 campaign.
The winger showed off his destructive talent in the Champions League earlier this season, and he’s poised to take the Premier League by storm once the Blues return to action.
While there had been murmurs of discontent from Joao Cancelo’s camp, this was a move that surprised absolutely everybody.
The Portuguese full-back had become a bit-part player for Pep Guardiola after the World Cup and his frustrations over a lack of game time reportedly culminated in a ‘training ground bust-up’ between player and coach before the FA Cup clash with Arsenal.
So here we are.
While some have questioned City’s decision to let a talent like Cancelo, who played such a key role in their title success last season, depart, nobody is second-guessing Bayern’s willingness to secure the player on an initial loan deal until the summer.
Cancelo can only be described as a unicorn. He can perform a variety of functions and do almost everything with the ball at his feet.
The 28-year-old may well be the spark Bayern need following an indifferent run of form.
Man Utd ready Kane bid; Tuchel eyes Mount reunion at Bayern
90min rounds up the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip circulating around the world…
Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold is ready to sanction a move for Harry Kane, with the Red Devils set to offer £80m for the Tottenham striker. (Daily Star)
However, Manchester United are no closer to agreeing a new contract with Marcus Rashford, whose deal expires in 2024. (The Athletic)
Arsenal are one of several clubs vying to sign Denmark international Jesper Lindstrom, with Eintracht Frankfurt ready to sell for a fee of €30m. (Sport1)
Real Madrid are hoping to sign Leroy Sane from Bayern Munich this summer amid speculation that his future at the Allianz Arena is uncertain. (Fichajes)
Following Thomas Tuchel’s arrival, Bayern Munich are prepared to reunite their new manager with Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount. (The Times)
Barcelona are willing to re-sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Chelsea on loan this summer. The Gabon striker only made the switch from Camp Nou to Stamford Bridge back in August. (Sport)
Liverpool have joined Arsenal and Tottenham in the race to sign Evan Ndicka on a free transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt. (Daily Mirror)
Another centre-back target for Liverpool is Napoli’s Kim Min-jae, who is also wanted by Manchester United. (Rai)
Manchester City are ready to replace Ilkay Gundogan with either Jude Bellingham or Florian Wirtz in the event he departs for Barcelona on a free transfer. (Football Insider)
The father of Barcelona winger Ansu Fati has hit out at the club for their treatment of the winger, though insisted he wants to stay at the club. (COPE)
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Chelsea join race for Gladbach midfielder Manu Kone
Chelsea have registered an interest in Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Manu Kone, 90min understands.
The Blues are looking to bolster in midfield this summer and have added plenty of names to their shortlist, at the top of which is West Ham United’s Declan Rice.
There are plenty of suitors for Rice, however, and so Chelsea are exploring all their options. 90min reported in January that Southampton’s Romeo Lavia was once again of interest to the London side, who failed with a bid to sign the Belgian last summer.
Now, sources have confirmed that Gladbach starlet Kone has played his way onto Chelsea’s radar.
The 21-year-old defensive midfielder has been sensational for Gladbach and has attracted significant interest from across Europe, with Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain both known admirers of Kone.
In the Premier League, Liverpool and Newcastle have both scouted Kone this year ahead of a summer departure from Gladbach which is becoming increasingly likely.
Chelsea are now firmly in the fight for Kone who, at 21, fits the profile for the Blues’ new owners as a young star with plenty of top-flight potential.
Kone was recently asked about the interest in him, admitting to Le Parisien that he is honoured to see so many big clubs watching him.
“I live well with rumours, I don’t pay attention to everything that is said. It’s more my entourage and my friends who send me the articles,” he explained. “It’s a source of pride for them to see my name associated with big clubs, but it doesn’t make me hot or cold. I prefer to finish my season quietly. Afterward, what must happen will happen.”
Asked specifically about the interest of PSG and a possible return to the city of his birth, Paris, Kone insisted the only deciding factor for him when it comes to a transfer would be the game time on offer.
“It’s true that I’m Parisian,” he acknowledged. “I was born and trained here. There is a logical link.
“But whether it’s Paris or another club, I don’t care. I just want to play football. In Monchengladbach, I play. So if I have to leave, I’ll think about playing first.”
Josko Gvardiol reveals Pep Guardiola chat & confirms RB Leipzig transfer stance
RB Leipzig centre-back Josko Gvardiol has confessed the club have no interest in selling him this summer, despite widespread interest from across Europe.
The likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Real Madrid have all expressed an interest in the 21-year-old, who penned a contract extension last summer to tie him to the Bundesliga side until 2027.
90min understands Gvardiol’s contract includes a release clause of €100m which becomes active in 2024, so any sale this year will have to be negotiated directly with Leipzig – something Gvardiol does not believe his current employers are prepared to do.
“The club is not interested in selling me this summer, so there is no point in talking about anything else,” Gvardiol told a press conference.
“The most important thing is to end this season in Leipzig in the best possible way.”
Among Gvardiol’s suitors are Manchester City and Pep Guardiola, after whom the Leipzig defender is nicknamed due to the similarities in their surnames.
The due were seen speaking after City’s Champions League last-16 victory over Leipzig earlier this month, but Gvardiol declined to reveal what was said.
“I extended my hand to Guardiola and congratulated him on advancing in the Champions League,” the defender said. “Guardiola, a great coach, threw a few words at me, but I will keep them to myself.”
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