The European clubs were extremely busy when it came to closing deals ahead of the January transfer window and one such major deal on deadline day was Schalke defender Ozan Kabak moving to the champions of England, Liverpool. The Reds were desperate to get some centre-back options at the club and secured two on the deadline day. Along with Kabak, there were many other signings that made the headlines in this transfer window.
Here we’d look at the top ten signings from the 2021 January transfer window.
OZAN KABAK (Schalke to Liverpool on Loan)
In a season where Liverpool are failing to keep even one centre-back fit, it was imperative that the Reds brought in a player to fill that position. They left their business late and on deadline day they managed to secure the services of not just one but two centre-backs in Ozan Kabak from Schalke and Ben Davies from Preston Northend. Kabak’s deal is a loan one with an option to buy next year whereas Davies has joined the club on a permanent basis.
JESSE LINGARD (Manchester United to West Ham United on Loan)
Manchester United academy boy, Jesse Lingard found himself out of favour at Old Trafford this season. Kudos to Jesse he wanted to go out on loan and get some playing time in the Premier League under his belt. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Lingard has a future with the club and this loan spell away at West Ham will do him good.
AMAD DIALLO (Atalanta to Manchester United, Permanent Transfer)
Manchester United paid the big bucks to get the 18-year old attacker from Atalanta’s academy to the Premier League. The deal was done in the summer and he was supposed to be on loan at Atalanta for the remainder of the season but United brought an early end to the loan and called him to Manchester in January. He scored a brace on his debut with the Under-23s against rivals Liverpool and looked like he could be ready for first-team action. One to look out for.
MARIO MANDZUKIC (Al-Duhail SC to AC Milan, Permanent Transfer)
The tall Croatian striker, Mario Madzukic has joined Italian legends AC Milan in this January window. He has a contract till the end of the season with an option to extend it for one additional year. It’ll be fascinating to see what sort of a partnership he and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be able to forge for a team looking to win the Scudetto this year.
SEBASTIEN HALLER (West Ham United to Ajax, Permanent Transfer)
Sebastien Haller had a wretched time in the Premier League with the Hammers. He joined the club post a big-money move in 2019 but failed to adapt to the physicality of the English league. He was allowed to join Ajax in this window and the 26-year old striker has netted twice for his new club in six matches.
TAKUMI MINAMINO (Liverpool to Southampton on Loan)
Takumi Minamino has had a tough year in English football as he has failed to impress in the limited opportunities he has got with Liverpool. He was brought in as a possible replacement for Roberto Firmino but hasn’t got the playtime he deserves. A loan spell to Southampton, a team that plays similar football to Liverpool and consistently playing in the Premier League will help him become a better player for Liverpool in the future.
TIMOTHY FOSU-MENSAH (Manchester United to Bayer Leverkusen, Permanent Transfer)
The young Dutch defender broke into the United team a couple of years ago. Since then he failed to make himself one of the first names on the team sheet and it looked like his time in English football was over. He has found a way to the Bundesliga having signed for a promising team Bayer Leverkusen on a permanent basis.
MARTIN ODEGAARD (Real Madrid to Arsenal, Loan)
Young Martin Odegaard was hailed as the next big thing when he joined Real Madrid in 2018. He has failed to break into the Madrid team but his loan spell to La Liga side Real Sociedad was quite promising. He was brought back by Madrid for this season but Zinedine Zidane hasn’t given the Norweigan the game time he deserves. Arsenal seems to be a very exciting place for Odegaard to apply his craft in and the Gunners could do with some of his goal scoring ability this season.
SAMI KHEDIRA (Juventus to Hertha Berlin on Loan)
Sami Khedira has found a way back to Germany as he signed for Hertha Berlin from Juventus. The details of the deal haven’t been made public yet, but for Khderia’s sake this move works out pretty well for him as he wasn’t in the plans of new Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo. The German has made a comeback to the Bundesliga after more than a decade and his experience could come in handy for the club from the capital of Germany.
MESUT OZIL (Arsenal to Fenerbahce, Permanent Transfer)
Exiled from Mikel Arteta’s team for the season, Mesut Ozil made a big call to join Turkish team Fenerbahce in this transfer window. The German playmaker hasn’t played a single minute of football this season and it seemed like he was waiting for his contract to get over in the summer to make a decision about his future. But this move seems to have come at the right time for Ozil and hopefully Fenerbahce fans could see what a creative player he really is in the coming months.
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