Tagged: January Transfer Window

January Transfer Roundup: Week 4 and Deadline Day

And to end of post-January Transfer window deadline day, let’s recap the latest deals.

Rather than lump all the January transfers into one big piece I’ve been doing a week-by-week roundup of some of the biggest, or most intriguing, transfers in the game.

The window is now closed so we’ll be looking at transfers from January 25 until closing time on February 2nd this time. BBC’s transfer list is our source as it was in the summer. So, hopefully, there are no misses. Or else it’s their fault. Here’s Week 1 and Week 2 and Week 3.

The last week brought plenty of action, and some pretty big moves, so there are lots to go through.

 

Lucas Silva: Cruzeiro to Real Madrid

Real Madrid are getting the young Galacticos now it seems. Good reviews on Lucas Silva but maybe he should wary considering what happened to the last well-rated defensive midfield Brazilian prospect Madrid brought in. Casemiro if anyone doesn’t remember. Will be interesting to see how, or if, Silva develops at Madrid.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa: Newcastle to Roma

Not a bad pickup for Roma but it doesn’t really change much as Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has played with them on loan since the start of the season. I guess they can then turn their attention to other pieces in the summer.

Samuel Eto’o: Everton to Sampdoria

Well. That was out of the blue. Sort of. Eto’o and Roberto Martinez were so happy with this deal in the summer. Eto’o was just as he was with Chelsea though, a shadow of his former self. Not really sure what Sampdoria expected to get out of him. They got this though.

Joel Campbell: Arsenal to Villareal(loan)

And another CONCACAF starlet bites the dust. Joel Campbell will duly go on to star with Villareal as Carlos Vela has with Real Sociedad and Arsenal fans will kick themselves and scream at Arsene Wenger. I kind of hope that happens to be honest. Yes, he needs the playing time so hopefully he uses it well. I’m looking forward to him at Villareal.

Gabriel Paulista: Villareal to Arsenal

Probably not the name any Arsenal fans wanted but we’ll take him. I’m trying to greet this move with the same skepticism as I did with Laurent Koscielny’s move but there’s been too many good things said about Paulista. Looked solid in the few Villareal games I’ve seen too so hopefully it works out. Doesn’t change a huge deal in my eyes though.

Mattia Destro: Roma to AC Milan(loan)

Definitely an eyebrow-raiser here. Mattia Destro hasn’t played much for Roma this season but a move to Milan seems random. Guess selling that team bus worked out. I think he’ll help them immensely but I wonder what Roma were thinking.

Scott Sinclair: Manchester City to Aston Villa(loan)

Honestly. Honestly. I thought he retired or something. No joke. I’m not sure either side has that much to get excited about. Scott Sinclair has a lot of rust to get out of his legs and Villa probably need more than just a speedy winger. Guess we’ll see.

Seydou Doumbia: CSKA Moscow to Roma

Ah. Now I see what Roma was thinking. One of my, and probably a lot of gamers, favorite FIFA and Football Manager buys finally moves to a bigger stage. Seydou Doumbia linking with Gervinho? Roma should have fun if works out well.

Deadline Day

Sebastian Giovinco: Juventus to Toronto FC

Kind of funny that this wasn’t considered in BBC’s list of big deals when they separated the deadline day transfers into two categories. It was listed in the “Others” section. Oh, well. Sebastian Giovinco moves to Toronto FC early and I’ll be keeping a keen eye out, especially when they play the likes of Seattle Sounders or LA Galaxy. They do play them right? Not entirely certain of how the MLS schedule works to be honest.

Robert Huth: Stoke City to Leicester City(loan)

Works out well for all involved. Robert Huth is probably too archaic for Mark Hughes’ defense and Leicester City is in need of an experienced defender to help in the relegation battle. Or maybe he’ll play striker like in his Chelsea days.

Andre Schurrle: Chelsea to Wolfsburg

Well. I’m sure Wolfsburg is hopeful adding Andre Schurrle will provide a spark and help them pressure Bayern Munich even more but I don’t see that happening. Not the Schurrle providing a spark part but the challenging Munich part.

Juan Cuadrado: Fiorentina to Chelsea

Hmm. Could Chelsea have used cover elsewhere on the pitch? Does this mean the disciplined Willian gets left out a bit more? He’s the only likely candidate. It will be interesting to see how Juan Cuadrado adapts to the Premier League and how he’ll work in Jose Mourinho’s plans.

Filip Djuricic: Benfica to Southampton/ Ryan Bertrand: Chelsea to Southampton

Won’t say I know much about Filip Djuricic but Southampton’s moves in the market have been good thus far so won’t be surprised if he does well. Betrand is just making official what was going to be official in the summer anyways.

Wilfried Zaha: Manchester United to Crystal Palace/ Lee Chung-Yong

Let’s just say that didn’t work out and move on. Seems like Wilfried Zaha could’ve just stayed at Palace from the get-go and still be where he’s at currently. Lee Chung-Yong is a nice pickup for Crystal Palace and they have an interesting set of wingers now with those two and Yannick Bolasie.

Aaron Lennon: Tottenham to Everton(loan)

I was so bored with transfer deadline day that I missed this one. I’m still a bit surprised at Aaron Lennon’s move to Everton but I can’t help but think Roberto Martinez will make very good use of the winger. I hope the Toffees perform better in the second half of the season.

Darren Fletcher: Manchester United to West Bromwich Albion

I’m surprised it took Darren Fletcher this long to move on from Manchester United. Credit to him for coming back from his illness but he wasn’t the same player after. West Bromwich’s midfield gets some help but the attack and defense needed help too.

January’s deadline day keeps punters glued but managers can come unstuck | Sean Ingle | Football | The Guardian

January’s deadline day keeps punters glued but managers can come unstuck | Sean Ingle | Football | The Guardian.

Hmm. So things won’t be that interesting tomorrow after all. I can see there being no big signings on deadline day. The window overall hasn’t been great. Not bad, but now jaw-dropping, wow signings.

Transfer Window Special: Market Insiders on How the Deals Get Done | Bleacher Report

Transfer Window Special: Market Insiders on How the Deals Get Done | Bleacher Report.

This is a really great piece to read with the January transfer window coming to a close. Very informative.

January Week 3 Transfer Roundup

Rather than lump all the January transfers into one big piece I’ve been doing a week-by-week roundup of some of the biggest, or most intriguing, transfers in the game.

We’ll be just doing transfers January 18 through January 24 in this weeks roundup, and BBC’s transfer list is our source as it was in the summer. So, hopefully, there are no misses. Or else it’s their fault. Here’s Week 1 and Week 2.

There’s been some big moves already this January but unfortunately there’s not much to talk about this week.

 

Krystian Bielik: Legia Warsaw to Arsenal

Arsenal got the man they need and not the man they want in the form of 17-year-old Krystian Bielik. Wait. That doesn’t sound right. Arsene Wenger picked up a talented player capable of playing defensive midfield and central defense in a few years time.

Nathaniel Chalobah: Chelsea to Reading(loan)

Nathaniel Chalobah’s loan to Reading in the middle of the season comes after an unsuccessful period at Burnley. Chalobah only made four appearances for Burnley but will be looking to make an impact in his third loan spell to a Championship side.

Kyle Naughton: Tottenham to Swansea

Two sides to this one. A lack of playing time this season made this move a necessity for Kyle Naughton while Swansea have money to spend after Wilfried Bony’s departure, and needed to bolster their defensive options. Should work out well for both sides.

Martin Odegaard: Stromsgodset to Real Madrid

The big one of the week occurred after months of hype and courting from the best teams in the world. Real Madrid was the club to eventually win the race to sign the 16-year-old Norwegian teenage sensation. His career will be watched with lots of interest.

January Week 2 Transfer Roundup

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 January 11 through January 17 in this weeks roundup, and BBC’s transfer list is our source as it was in the summer. So, hopefully, there are no misses. Or else it’s their fault. Here’s Week 1

There have been some big transfers already in January and that’s continued this week.

 

Matija Nastasic: Manchester City to Schalke(loan)

Manchester City does have the depth to deal with letting Matija Nastasic go but you have to wonder what’s happened with under Manuel Pellegrini. Nastasic looked a very capable defender when he had a regular run of games and he’s still young enough to recover. A spell under Roberto Martinez, and in the Bundesliga, should do him well and give Schalke help in defense.

Yaya Sanogo: Arsenal to Crystal Palace(loan)

Wonder how Crystal Palace fans felt when they heard this news? Probably weren’t happy after his debut. Sanogo’s loan will be watched with intrigue by both Crystal Palace and Arsenal fans. Hopefully he does improve with the game time he gets.

Wilfried Bony: Swansea City to Manchester City

The big move of the week is definitely this one. And it may be the biggest one of the season if Manchester City somehow haul in Chelsea and retain their title. The Ivorian striker seems a very good option to come in for Sergio Aguero, who has had some injury issues during his time in England.

Jermain Defoe: Toronto FC to Sunderland

Sunderland get an experienced Premier League striker in the form of Jermain Defoe and he may just help them in their relegation battle. Scoring has been a big issue for the Black Cats and they get a player in decent form. He scored 11 goals in 16 games during his brief stint in the MLS.

Jozy Altidore: Sunderland to Toronto FC

Jozy Altidore returns to North America after a mostly disappointing spell in Europe. The US striker scored just once in the Premier League for Sunderland during his two seasons at the club. A chance to link-up with national teammate, Micheal Bradley, may just help Altidore gain some form and give Toronto a real chance at success in the 2015 MLS seasons.

Suso: Liverpool to AC Milan

Milan’s makeover continues with the capture of a young player who can hopefully reach his full potential at the club. The emergence of other players at Liverpool, and a few incoming transfers, may have led to Suso’s departure from Liverpool as he was initially given a few chances when Brendan Rodgers joined the club. He gained some good experience in La Liga with Almeria last season but we’ll see what happens in Italy.

January or June: Is it better to buy now or pay later? | FourFourTwo

January or June: Is it better to buy now or pay later? | FourFourTwo.

Nice piece here that brings up some good points.

Wilfried Bony’s move to Manchester City is that example of the “game-changer” transfer so far. At least, I’m sure that’s what Manchester City and their fans, the sensible ones, hope.

I’m sure Chelsea fans are just a little nervous about that. Don’t think it was a good move for him personally though, especially if he flops.

Some good points brought up though. It’s hard to think of any big January transfers having a title-winning impact.(Wenger smiles smugly and shakes head knowingly)

December and January Week 1 Transfer Roundup

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.

 

December Transfers

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.

 

January Transfers

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.

How A Transfer Works

How A Transfer Works.

Such a great story that. The rise of Crumpleton’s Dave Thumper.

Aside from the glaring mistake at the beginning of the article, the January transfer window began today(the 3rd) and not on Jan. 1st as it always does in Football Manager, this is a great piece. Definitely informative on the process as a whole but I won’t argue if you feel like an expert on the matter due to your FM experiences.

Me? I throw money at a player if I really want them. Case in point, I got David Alaba from Barcelona after he became the world’s best left-back for 68m plus exchanging a pretty solid left-back I had at the time. Yeah, I know, it didn’t really feel like a victory but I wanted a marquee defensive signing as I was set everywhere else. I know FM’s major drawing point is its realism but it’s still a game so I treat it as such at times, plus if it was too realistic I wouldn’t have won a quadruple with Arsenal.(Just thought I’d throw that out there)

Interesting piece though.

Until next time.

The Winter Transfer Window is Open: Silly Season Officially Begins

For the next month or so we’ll be hammered with daily transfer rumours about our favorite players, teams etc. Good times.

Just as a preview of what to expect from this next month, let’s look at the rumours from Talksport.com. It’s actually not a great example, as there aren’t too many absolutely ridiculous rumours in there, but it hopefully it gives you an idea and a couple do jump out.

David Moyes invites Steven Gerrard to Real Sociedad is one. For one thing, it’s confirmed he’ll go to the US. Secondly, even though that rumour came out before the eventual confirmation Spain was/is the least likely destination for Stevie G. It would be more of a shocker than Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid.

West Brom looking to sell Saido Berahino is another. Yes, sell arguably your best player, and a young one at that, when you’re in the midst of a relegation battle. Good stuff.

Jermain Defoe being touted as an option for Liverpool just adds on to the fun. Not that he’s a bad player, but if Defoe’s the answer to Liverpool’s problems then they’ve really fallen far fast.

There will be lots more, of course, and there will be plenty of outlandish ones to comment on. Of course one of the big ones for Arsenal which was annoying and not amusing was this whole Edinson Cavani link again. Smh. I don’t even have any words for that.

We looked did monthly transfer roundups during the summer but since it’s just one month this time around we’ll do a weekly roundup of transfers. Unless a really big transfer occurs which we may look at in-depth.

Until next time.