Rather than lump all the January transfers into one big piece I’ll be doing a week-by-week roundup of some of the biggest, or most intriguing, transfers in the game.
We’ll be just doing transfers from December, there were just one or two of real interest, and January 3 thru to January 10 in this weeks roundup, and BBC’s transfer list is our source as it was in the summer. So, hopefully, there won’t be any misses. Or else it’s their fault.
There have been some big transfers already in January, and we’re likely to see at least one more with Wilfried Bony’s move to Manchester City getting closer after both sides agreed on a fee.
Eljero Elia: Werder Bremen to Southampton(loan)
Eljero Elia’s trickery and speed might help him be a hit at Southampton, and in the fast-paced Premier League. The Dutchman has gone through a number of clubs during his career without living up to his full potential. Working under Ronald Koeman may just help him hit those heights.
Nelson Oliveira: Benfica to Swansea(loan)
Maybe Garry Monk was wary about losing Wilfried Bony for more than just a month with the 2015 African Cup of Nations. In Nelson Oliveira he picks up a player formerly touted as the answer to Portugal’s striker problems.(At least in some areas) The fact that Oliveira has spent almost his entire Benfica career on loan suggests he still has a long way to go to fulfill that destiny.
Fernando Torres: Chelsea to AC Milan, AC Milan to Atletico Madrid(loan)
Ah. Sad to see Fernando Torres stumble through games and seasons like he has lately. Hopefully a return to Atletico Madrid sees him end his career on good form. It’s a surprise Chelsea took that long to get rid of him but AC Milan were pretty ruthless.
Hatem Ben Arfa: Newcastle to Nice(free)
Hatem Ben Arfa was one of the brightest talents in the Premier League a few seasons ago but has always been a mercurial talent. His loan move to Hull during the summer was surprising even if his time at Newcastle seemed to be coming to an end, and now the fall is complete. The move back to France, and to team like Nice in particular, may be good chance for the 27-year-old to prove himself out of the limelight.
Lukas Podolski: Arsenal to West Ham(loan)
Lukas Podolski shouldn’t have had to leave Arsenal. That’s my opinion though I guess. The German forward should be effective with Inter in Italy with regular games under his belt, and then it will be decision time for Arsenal. This loan is effectively the beginning of the end of his Arsenal career.
Mauro Zarate: West Ham to QPR(loan)
Mauro Zarate was brought in during the summer as one of the attacking signings to help Sam Allardyce play some more expansive football. The play of Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho kept him on the bench so out he goes on loan to QPR. Let’s see if things are any different there.
Victor Valdes: Unattached to Manchester United
Manchester United now has two quality goalkeepers after the signing of Victor Valdes, no offense to Anders Lindegaard, to continue a growing trend with a number of big clubs. Not sure that fans should be too worried about losing David de Gea as a result. There’s no doubt he is, and should be the number one considering his continued growth since joining Manchester United. It just means a possible injury to the young Spaniard won’t be as big of a worry with Valdes as cover. (Not sure why Valdes didn’t go to Liverpool though where he probably would’ve been No. 1)
Steven Gerrard: Liverpool to LA Galaxy(free)
Probably the biggest story of the window so far, Steven Gerrard’s announcement that he was leaving Liverpool at the end of the season was sort of strange timing. It provided plenty of chatter, and could have been a move to deflect the media away from all the poor results for the Merseyside club. He’s now set to join the LA Galaxy in the MLS and pretty much makes them favorites for a second straight MLS Cup title.
Miguel Layun: Granada to Watford
Kind of a strange one here. Miguel Layun signed for La Liga side, Granada, on December 30 and was originally set to go on loan to Watford, or that was the thought. He’s now officially a Watford player without having played a single game in La Liga. Apparently both sides are owned by the same family. Go figure. Layun put in some solid performances for Mexico during the 2014 World Cup and we may see him in the Premier League next season if he’s able to help Watford in their bid for promotion.
Xherdan Shaqiri: Bayern Munich to Inter
Another big move in January but surprising given the player involved and the eventual destination. It was a matter of when not if Shaqiri would leave Bayern as he’s not gotten enough playing time but I doubt many would’ve considered Inter as the destination. It’s a great signing for the Italian side and a signal of intent. Should be interesting to watch how this develops.