Premier League probably had its craziest winter transfer window when almost every outfit strengthened their squad with significant investment. January is not the usual time to strike high-profile deals, but it proved to be quite the other way round this term when several pronounced moves occurred prior to 31st’s transfer deadline.
A few of them, however, have truly gathered lots of attention across the globe and we picked up such five incomings that are remarkably significant considering the status of their respective sides.
5. Virgil Van Dijk To Liverpool
The transfer talks broke down in summer, but Jurgen Klopp finally got their preferred transfer target when Liverpool struck a world-record fee for a defender ( £75 mil) to buy his services. The Dutchman has been brought in to sort out the Reds’ defensive frailty and made an instant impact with a Merseyside derby triumph where he netted a late winner. His next couple of games, however, ended in disappointing defeats and the defender now must settle in quickly to justify the hype he generated among league’s ‘Big Six’.
4. Aymeric Laporte To Manchester City
Manchester City are well ahead in Premier League title race and also in contention to lift the other three titles (the prestigious Champions League along with two domestic Cups in form of FA Cup and Carabao Cup) they are currently participating in. Yet the City boss Pep Guardiola opted to invest more to his defensive line and brought in the French youngster by activating his £57 mil release clause at Athletic Bilbao. The Citizens had a few defensive lapses at times due to John Stones’ inconsistency and skipper Vincent Kompany’s ever-growing injury concerns. Laporte thus is now expected to partner Nicolas Otamendi in the heart of City backline for years to come.
3. Alexis Sanchez To Manchester United & Henrikh Mkhitaryan To Arsenal
Probably the most innovative transfer deal of the window when Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger swapped their players to achieve their purposes. Manchester United agreed to a deal with Chilean Alexis Sanchez (who netted 30 goals last season for Arsenal) and sent Mkhitaryan in the opposite direction. Sanchez was not going to extend his stay beyond this summer and handed in a transfer request at Arsenal. Wenger thus reluctantly agreed to the move as he was going to lose his star attacker for free in July. Also, he got the Armenian in return who is a perfect suit in Wenger’s free-flowing football and is capable to fit in multiple attacking roles.
2. Olivier Giroud To Chelsea
Chelsea might have struggled to find a ‘fox in the box’ forward all winter but finally managed to strike a £18 mil deal with Arsenal for their hitman Olivier Giroud. The French international has a vast Premier League experience (where he netted 105 times in 253 outings) and earned a cult status among the Gunners fans during his five-and-a-half years realm. But he is now supposed to be the answer to Chelsea’s striker conundrum who badly need an experienced goal-scorer to dominate the box with his physical presence and aerial supremacy.
1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang To Arsenal
Despite losing out Alexis Sanchez with no Champions League football, Arsenal seemed to have the most significant transfer window when they agreed a club-record £60 mil deal with Borussia Dortmund for their striking sensation Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabonese international has netted 141 times in 213 appearances for the Bundesliga heavyweights prior to his move to North London and is determined to continue the same in order to take the Gunners back in ‘top four’ race.
Also, Tottenham Hotspur have signed Brazilian Lucas Moura from Paris St. Germain for a fee of £25 mil and Theo Walcott’s 20 mil transfer move to Everton from Arsenal has already left an impact when the Englishman scored a brace to secure a win against Leicester City on Wednesday night. Bottom-placed West Bromwich Albion came up with a massive surprise by acquiring Liverpool’s prolific forward Daniel Sturridge on loan for the remainder of the campaign.