The winter transfer window is usually an opportunity for clubs to do good business. The opportunity to afford one or two reinforcements for the second part of the season, where everything is decided. And this year again, the winter window is proving to be particularly hectic. Half of this transfer window passed, the time is to take stock, and to summarize the main movements of the beginning of the year 2023.
How not to start with Cristiano Ronaldo? Admittedly, it is not a transfer strictly speaking since the Portuguese entered free of any contract with Al Nassr. But this winter, after a frustrating World Cup with Portugal, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner left Europe for Saudi Arabia. There, he will now be led by a certain Rudi Garcia, flattered by the idea of working on such a great play. “My duty in Europe is done. Al Nassr offers me an opportunity and a new challenge! declared the now highest paid player in the world during his historic presentation.
A Premier League still just as attractive
The big blow of this transfer window, it is for the moment Liverpool who have achieved it. While Cody Gakpo seemed promised to Manchester United, who had been studying the file since last summer already, the Red Devils saw themselves stealing the Dutchman in a fraction of a second by their lifelong enemy, Liverpool. For around forty million euros, the Reds offered themselves one of the revelations of the World Cup, author of an excellent start to the season with PSV Eindhoven. With all the injuries, especially in the attacking sector, in the workforce of Jurgen Klopp (Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz), Cody Gakpo could have a decisive role in the second part of the season for his new team. Especially since Liverpool must move up the Premier League standings, and play in the Champions League round of 16 against Real Madrid in February and March.
Chelsea have also been quite active over these first 15 days of the transfer window. A nightmarish start to the Blues season prompted Todd Boehly to take out the checkbook at the start of 2023. Only an instruction in the policy of the American president, to recruit young people, in order to have a forward-looking workforce. With this in mind, Chelsea went to get Frenchman Badiashile from AS Monaco for 40 million euros. The central defender will have the opportunity to learn alongside experienced players like Thiago Silva, Koulibaly and Azplicueta. But Londoners didn’t stop there. Youngsters Carlos Santos (Brazil) and David Datro Fofana (Ivory Coast) have also signed. In addition to these three arrivals, Chelsea have also reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid for Joao Felix. He was also excluded for his first meeting on Thursday evening.
The other shots of January
Obviously, the transfer window was not limited to this handful of transfers. In France, Olympique de Marseille has formalized the arrival of Malinovskyi from Atalanta Bergamo in the form of a loan with a mandatory purchase option. In England, Matheus Cunha has joined Wolverhamtpon, while Loïc Badé, the former Rennais, has settled in Southampton. In Germany, Daley Blind joined Bayern Munich for 6 months and former Niçois Dolberg joined Hoffenheim on loan. Iconic World Cup goalkeeper Ochoa has arrived at Salernitana in Italy, while Sevilla have released Isco from his contract.