Soccer: Top 5 January Transfers in Europe
Top 5 January Transfers in Europe
The January transfer window is officially closed, meaning one thing: it is February. And with February comes the return of football to all European leagues -- other than the Premier League, of course -- and the magnificent Champions League!
This mid-season window of opportunity for clubs to shore up areas of need, sign a key player for a championship run has been hotly contested as to whether or not it should be continued. Some, namely Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, think it is downright unfair. Although, he may just be bitter over the farcical transfers he did (and did not) take part in last month.
Despite the merit of these grievances, the window was open and teams did make moves. Some made good moves, while others made great ones. In all, it was a fairly interesting transfer window complete with big names and big money.
This article will list off the five players signed in January who could make the most impact in the second half of the season and beyond. This will not include players who have signed for a club only to be loaned back for the remainder of the campaign, or deals set to be finalized in the summer. Nor will it look at loan deals as they will be short-term at this point.
Without further ado, here are the five January transfers that will make the most impact.
5. Juan Mata
A panic buy? Maybe. A fantastic buy? Definitely.
Manchester United pulled off a coup when they snatched Juan Mata from Chelsea. The playmaker did not come cheap, though, and cost the maligned champions £37 million. He has already made an impact at Old Trafford, assisting on two goals in his first two games.
4. Nemanja Matic
Nemanja Matic was a peculiar buy for Chelsea not in terms of talent, but due to the fact that he had already been in Chelsea's books in the past. The Blues decided they needed him back, and Matic looks to be well worth the £22 million it took to get him.
Hernanes is not necessarily a household name, but he can play like one. The Brazilian made 154 appearances for Lazio while scoring 40 goals. Inter Milan paid £13 million for the midfielder and will hope that he will provide the creativity in their push for Europa or Champions League play next season.
2. Yohan Cabaye
Yohan Cabaye is returning to France after a successful spell at Newcastle United. Paris Saint-Germain had been keen on the playmaker and were willing to pay £20 million for the player's services, a price Newcastle could not pass up.
Jorge Luiz Frello signed with SSC Napoli after emerging as Hellas Verona's best young talent. The 22-year-old has tallied seven goals and three assists in 10 games this season. This compelled Napoli to pay £4 million for the midfielder despite having a solid squad already.