The ‘Second Transfer Window’ or the ‘January Window’ as it is more commonly known has finally come to an end. According to reports by Deloitte's Sports Business Group, the English Premier League saw one of the most costly January window in the history of the game. Only the deadline-day record went as high as £150m on Wednesday to take their overall outlay for the month to £430m.
Every year new players sign clubs while some are recalled from their loan. The clubs too put a lot of players on loan to different clubs during this time and sometimes the transfer takes place across leagues. Here’s a look at the transfers from this year’s transfer window.
Emerick Aubameyang (Auba) - Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal
In what was considered the biggest transfer this season, the deal to acquire Auba was the costliest deal for Arsenal in the history of the club’s transfers. The striker from Gabon is expected to fill the gap left in the team by Alexis Sanchez and help Arsenal climb the point table from their current sixth position.
Olivier Giroud – Arsenal to Chelsea
Giroud moved to Chelsea for a whopping £18million. The striker from France joined the club on the transfer day deadline and is expected to play next weekend. Giroud was present at Stamford Bridge on January 31, as home team Chelsea suffered a shocking 3-0 defeat against Bournemouth.
Theo Walcott – Arsenal to Everton
Bringing an end to his 12 years long career in Arsenal, Walcott moved to Everton for £22.5million. The boy who grew up in the Arsenal camp was seen in the Everton Jersey on January 31 as he started his journey at Everton with two goals against Leicester city.
Virgil van Dijk – Southampton to Liverpool
The defender from Netherlands was bought at a sky-high price of £75 million. Virgil was considered the heart and soul of Southampton defense and has proved his mantle in the field, especially during the last two seasons. However, the club is yet to play the Holland international who was seen on the bench during Liverpool’s match against Huddersfield.
Aymeric Laporte - Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City
If you follow the EPL you will know that Manchester City is currently enjoying more than 10 points gap with the second position Manchester United as they sit on top of the table. Making their team even stronger, City added Laporte to their side for a pay of £65 million. The defender from France debuted for the club against West Broom and had an impactful first Game. He has been a choice for the Blues since 2016.