January 2022 Big transfers – Part I

Here, we discuss the biggest winter transfer of football in 2022, the clubs across all the top 5 leagues signed in Europe.

Everton unveiled Van de Beek. Image source: Everton FC

Donny Van De Beek 

Van De Beek was roped in by Manchester United in September 2020 for €39m. He had shown immense potential with Ajax backed up by a string of good performances as an attacking midfielder. But his move to the Red Devils has not turned out all that well for him because he was benched more than he was started. The impasse has taken turns as he has moved to Everton on a loan spell till the end of the season, which seems to be a win-win for everyone including himself, Everton, and Manchester United.  

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Dusan Vlahovic

Just at 22, Vlahovic has been turning heads courtesy of some compelling football with ACF Florentina. His move to Juventus for a sum of €81.6m seems reasonable, given what he can do on the pitch. Juventus have been lacking in the final third on the attacking front since the departure of Ronaldo but his recruitment changes things dramatically. 20 goals and 4 assists halfway through the season is pretty impressive and he can only get better. 

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Aaron Ramsey

Ramsey, aged 31 has been acquired by Rangers FC on a loan spell till the end of the season. Ramsey, who plays centrally in the midfield is one of those players who is very pleasing to the eyes. He moved from Arsenal to Juventus in July 2019 and it has been a bit underwhelming. Hopefully, his move to Rangers can reignite the fire in him and help him prolong his career at the top level. 

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Rodrigo Bentancur

Bentancur has moved from Juventus to Tottenham Hotspurs for a sum of €19m, with a further €4m dependent on clauses. He has signed the deal until 2026. The Uruguayan international had been a regular feature for the Bianconeri side in the midfield making 181 appearances for them. The Spurs have addressed their midfield which didn’t seem too flattering at all. 

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Luis Diaz 

Liverpool Football Club have acquired the services of Luis Diaz for a sum of €45m from FC Porto. The 25-year-old Colombian winger (left) had 60 goal involvements in 125 appearances for his former club (41 goals, 19 assists). With the likes of Salah, Jota, Mane, and Firmino already in the ranks, Liverpool have added another bow to their string. 

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Bruno Guimaraes

Newcastle signed Bruno Guimarães from Lyon for €40m plus €2m add ons. Newcastle will go big in the coming years under the new management and Guimaraes is their most expensive so far. The 24-year-old Brazilian defensive midfielder is a great prospect and can help the Magpies solve their defensive woes. 

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Adama Traore

Traore joined Barcelona from Wolves on loan. Barca can recruit him permanently for around €30m for 5 years, if they want, eventually in the summer. Traore was a hit-and-miss player during his time for Wolves. The former Barca player would look to redeem himself in his second coming in Camp Nou. 

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Robin Gosens

Robin Gosens joined Inter from Atalanta on loan with obligation to buy for €25m. The contract was signed and sealed, until June 2026. German fullback has shown great potential during his time in Atlanta and Germany, and Italy will look to continue their successful mantra when it comes to fullbacks. 

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Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang joined Barcelona on the deadline day after his relationship turned sour in recent months. The separation was mutual as per Arsenal as Auba gets to play, that too for Barca and Arsenal will save his huge salary as they wanted. Auba had 92 goals and 29 assists in 165 appearances for Gunners. 

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Tanguy Ndombele

Olympique Lyonnais signed Tanguy Ndombele from Spurs on a six-month deal with a buying option for €65M. Lyon had to plug the void left by Guimaraes and that they have done by bringing in Ndombele. The French Midfielder plied his trades for Lyon before joining the Spurs in 2019.