The January transfer window is usually not associated with moves from the teams’ biggest star players but there are always some deals which stand out from the others just the same
With the transfer window closed for most European leagues, here is a recap of the most notable transfers which went down throughout January. Some of the most active on the transfer market were Chelsea, Barcelona and Monaco.
Fabregas to Monaco
The Spaniard joined struggling Ligue 1 side Monaco during this transfer window in an attempt to get more playing time and hoping he can help the French side avoid a shock relegation this season.
Wow. I’m honoured to announce that I will be starting an exciting journey with this wonderfully historic Club. @as_monaco will be my home for the next 3.5 years and I cannot wait to start this new challenge. #daghemunegu #NowItsTime pic.twitter.com/t2rB4Vqklh
— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) January 11, 2019
Fabregas joined the principality club on a three-and-a-half-year-deal without a fee as the English side will be paid through different performance-related bonuses.
The 31-year old brings with him vital experience for the squad and world-class quality in midfield.
Higuain to Chelsea
After spending more than ten years in the La Liga and Serie A, Gonzalo Higuain embarked on a new experience in the Premier League as he joined Chelsea on loan from Juventus.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 23, 2019
He arrived at Stamford Bridge after a disappointing loan spell at AC Milan, a part of his career which surely does not reflect the previous experiences he’s had with Real Madrid, Napoli and Juventus.
Higuain was reunited with manager Maurizio Sarri, under whom he managed to score an impressive 36 goals in 35 appearances and surpassing Nordahl in most goals scored during a whole Serie A campaign.
Balotelli to Marseille
The Italian forward Mario Balotelli joined another French side during the January Transfer window as he made his move from Nice to Marseille.
— Olympique de Marseille (@OM_Officiel) January 23, 2019
According to reports, the former Inter and Milan striker joins the French side on a six-month deal as a free transfer with his wage being a total of £2.6 million until the summer.
Balotelli got his first goal for Marseille immediately on his debut in a 2-1 loss to Lille.
Morata to Atletico Madrid
The Spanish striker has had a tough period with Chelsea since joining in the summer of 2017 and hopes he can return to his best with the Colchoneros now.
Agreement with @ChelseaFC over the loan of @AlvaroMorata for the remainder of the current season and the next one.
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— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 28, 2019
Morata joined Atletico Madrid on an 18-month loan to Atletico Madrid, his first ever youth club.
With Diego Costa sidelined with a foot injury and Griezmann constantly starting for the Spanish side and not resting at all, Simeone now has a more than a decent alternative in Morata.
Pulisic to Chelsea
With Hazard still in doubt whether he will be staying at Chelsea next season, the Blues have made a precautionary move and went on to secure a deal with Borussia Dortmund for Christian Pulisic.
Pulisic will remain at Dortmund for the rest of the season on loan and with the aim of clinching the Bundesliga title from German giants Bayern Munich.
The deal is reported to be worth around £57.6 million makes Pulisic the second-most expensive player in Chelsea’s history, after Alvaro Morata.
De Jong to Barcelona
At just 21 years of age, Frenkie de Jong is surely one of the best young talents in world football and that is why he was scouted by some of the world’s best clubs for a long period of time. These included Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain among others.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 23, 2019
However, it was Barcelona who was able to secure his services as from next summer. The Catalan club will pay Ajax a fee close to €86 million including bonuses and the Dutch will sign a five-year contract until 2024.
Paredes to Paris Saint-Germain
The Argentinian midfielder, who was pursued by Chelsea for a long time, joined Paris Saint-Germain from Zenit during the January transfer window.
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— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) January 29, 2019
The Ligue 1 champions were quick enough to secure a deal for the former Roma player, for a fee said to be around €47 million.
PSG turned to Leandro Paredes after having missed out on another young midfielder, Frenkie De Jong who joined Barcelona.
Almiron to Newcastle United
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder, who spent the last season and half of this year’s campaign with MLS side Atlanta United, made the switch to European football as he joined Newcastle United in the Premier League.
🎥 If you haven't seen Miguel Almirón's exclusive first interview as a Newcastle United player yet, you can watch it on NUFC TV now.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 31, 2019
It was maybe the standout deal of the January transfer deadline day as Newcastle broke their transfer record fee with the Paraguayan’s signing.
Almiron will cost the Premier League side a fee reported to be around £20 million, surpassing Michael Owen’s transfer fee that was paid to Real Madrid from 2005.
Piatek to Milan
The Polish forward, who’s had a dream debut season with Genoa, netting thirteen goals in 19 appearances, joined AC Milan just after six months.
Piatek replaced Argentinian forward Gonzalo Higuain who’s had a highly disappointing experience with the Rossoneri in the last six months.
— AC Milan (@acmilan) January 23, 2019
Genoa’s initial asking price was €40 million but Milan managed to secure the deal at just around €35 million including any bonuses relating to an eventual Champions League qualification at the end of the season.
Piatek continued with his terrific scoring streak when he scored a brace on his first start with the Rossoneri against Napoli in the Coppa Italia.
Pavard to Bayern Munich
The current German champions have added further strengthened their defence for next season with the signing of France international Benjamin Pavard from Stuttgart.
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 9, 2019
The 2018 World Cup winner will join the Bavarian side for a fee reported to be around €35 million. Pavard signed a five-year-deal until 2024 with Bayern.