It hasn’t been the most frantic of January windows, but we are now at the home stretch and there is still plenty of time for deals to transpire.
Despite 13 Premier League clubs having yet to make a major January signing at the time of writing, a number of transfers have taken place elsewhere on the continent.
And not least over the past week, so we’ve covered some of those that may have slipped under your radar.
1. Papu Gomez
DONE DEAL: @SevillaFC_ENG have signed Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gómez from Atalanta on a deal until 2024.
Football Index value: £0.70 (Sell) – £0.78 (Buy)
In the end it was a rocky divorce for these two parties, as Atalanta poster boy and club legend Papu Gomez called time on his transformative stint in Bergamo, during which he became the protagonist for Gian Piero Gasperini’s ‘great entertainers’ and guided The Goddess to Champions League football for the first time ever.
However, a falling-out with Gasperini signalled the end of this once fruitful relationship. And Sevilla have profited from the discord, signing one of Serie A’s most creative players, underpinning the continued success of transfer guru Monchi in the market. At £5.5m, his acquisition is a snip, despite the Argentine turning 33 next month.
2. Arkadiusz Milik
Football Index value: £0.37 (Sell) – £0.52 (Buy)
A departure this January seemed almost inevitable for Milik, who was not included in Napoli’s Serie A or Europa League squads for the season. His career in Naples has been derailed by two serious knee injuries, but he will be hoping to put those long-term setbacks behind him and showcase the kind of form he exhibited at Ajax, which prompted the Parthenopeans to go all out for his signature in 2016.
On his day, Milik has been likened to legendary Italian marksman Christian Vieri in terms of his playing style, with both forwards possessing a thunderous left boot. He has linked up with Andre Villas-Boas’ men on an 18-month loan deal with an option to buy, and the former Chelsea and Spurs boss will be desperate for his new forward to rediscover his spark.
3. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Fee: Free transfer
Class is permanent as the old adage goes, and that may be why Schalke have bolstered their attacking ranks with 37-year-old Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to help stave off the threat of relegation. The Royal Blues rather ominously went the opening 14 games without a win this season, the nadir of this barren run coming on matchday one when Bayern Munich struck eight past a hapless Ralf Fahrmann.
Christian Gross’ side remain rooted to the foot of the table and 10 points adrift of guaranteed safety (eight points off the relegation play-off spot), so Huntelaar’s acquisition has come at a good time. His departure from Amsterdam was largely facilitated by Ajax’s recent purchase of Sebastien Haller, and he returns to Gelsenkirchen having previously netted 82 Bundesliga goals in 175 matches. Continue reading
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