On Wednesday we summarize the personal results of the European transfer campaign, highlighting the 10 most significant winter transitions.
Since all of them in one way or another relate to the championship of England, we will not repeat ourselves and immediately move on to other leagues. Let’s start with the Spanish giants. However, they don’t have much to be proud of.
Having delivered an inexplicably powerful season under Carlo Ancelotti, Florentino Pérez seemed to put off developing the team for later. In the summer, he traded the standout Casemiro for the promising but crude Aurélien Tchouameni and signed Antonio Rüdiger. On the other hand, he sold some players for small things and let go of a group of former point guards Gareth Bale, Marcelo, Isco and, to a lesser extent, Luka Jovic, which significantly reduced the number of players available. of the coach
Real Madrid is suffering from this now. However, in the winter, Perez did not draw any conclusions, as if he agreed to leave this season to fate. The club’s boss signed just another Brazilian Andrik from Palmeiras for 35 million euros (plus 25 million bonus), but this transition will only take place in the summer, because the player has not yet reached the age of majority.
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So the Italian mentor will have to go out himself. However, he himself spoke very diplomatically: “We did not close deals in the winter, because there was no need for this. If you plan your summer job well, there is no need to go to the market in winter. If you have to make transfers in January, then something happened: injuries or something else, including poor planning.
The Catalans did not spend a penny in winter either, but that is due to the most powerful summer campaign, which was marked by the use of all the economic levers that Joan Laporta had. Yes, and frankly sunk positions were not found after six months in the team. In January, the Blaugrana president just found a new job for Memphis Depay (Atlético paid 3 million) and Héctor Bellerín (Sporting got it for 1 million).
The Dutchman’s case for blue garnet in recent years turned out to be too classic. In the summer of 2021, Barca seduced the striker for free, who left Lyon with a loud scandal, then spent a year and a half on the bench, lost more than half the cost (20 million instead of 45 million). then). transition) and was given to a competitor for a measly penny. I am sure that in every game with the team, Xavi Memphis will shoot and shoot.
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At Xavi’s request, the midfield center tried to reinforce Laporta. To do this, the Catalans entered into negotiations for Sofyan Amrabat (Fiorentina, loan without the right to purchase) and Marcelo Brozovic (Inter), who impressed everyone at the World Cup, and considered Daniel Parejo (Villarreal), 33 years old. that he is absolutely wild, but no one was signed. In addition, striker Marcus Thuram (Borussia M) and Benjamin Pavard (Bayern) could move to Camp Nou, but they also stayed in their positions. Although the latter, after arriving in Munich, Joao Cancelo was especially eager to go to Catalonia.
As a result, in January, Laporta put his signature on a single document: a new contract for Marcos Alonso, calculated until the summer of 2024.
“We think that everything is in order with the squad. Yes, we understand that nobody has replaced the players who left, but we have given priority to the registration of Gavi, and now also of Ronald Araujo, Marcos Alonso and Iñaki Peña”, explained the director of Barcelona, Mateu Alemani.
Diego Simeone’s team was the only one of the giants that got signings. True, they turned out to be the same Depay who hardly played (contract until 2025) and Tottenham right-back Matt Doherty, 31 (contract until summer), whose best period of his career fell while playing for Wolverhampton (2010-2020). .
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At the same time, the “mattress manufacturers” sent three people to England at once: they released the 33-year-old veteran Felipe to finish playing for Nottingham Forest, and also distributed attacking players João Felix (” Chelsea” paid 11 million for these six months) and Matheus Cunha (“Wolverhampton). Those who left cannot be called losses, but the ability of newcomers to help the team at the moment is in doubt, so It will not be easy for Simeone in the spring, and it is possible that in the summer the rumors about his desire to leave Madrid will be confirmed.
OTHER SIGNIFICANT TRANSFERS FOR WINTER 2022/23
Arno Danjuma (winger, 25), Villarreal to Tottenham on loan for £3m
We talk about this transition in a selection of the main winter signings. The U-Boot winger had a great time last season and the part of this season in which he didn’t get injured, so he deserves to be called one of Villarreal’s leaders. In this sense, the interest of the Spurs is logical. Nothing is known about Danjuma’s subsequent buyback, so he will need to put in considerable effort to motivate Antonio Conte to pay for a full transfer.
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Viktor Tsygankov (winger, 25 years old), from Dinamo K to Girona – loan for 5 million
The Catalans were very worried, signing such a remarkable football player for a penny. It is clear that in the current situation it would be difficult for Dynamo to keep the player, but selling him more than four times cheaper than the estimated cost (transfermarkt estimates it at 22 million) cannot be called a success. And in Girona, he is by far the most expensive footballer -Yangel Herrera, who ranks second, is estimated at… only 9 million-.
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Alex Moreno (full back, 29), Betis to Aston Villa – £13.5m transfer
A much more market story, although here the buyer paid remarkably poorly – the Spanish is estimated at 20 million. However, Betis is still in the dark, because in 2019 he was thrown out of Rayo Vallecano for 9.7 million. During this time, Moreno spent 122 games with the Verdiblanca shirt (6 goals and 14 assists), 11 of them in the Europa League.
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Brian Gil (winger, 21 years old), Tottenham to Sevilla – on loan
Pap Gueye (defensive, 24 years old), Marseille to Sevilla – on loan
Perhaps it makes sense to unite the two newcomers from Sevilla, called up in winter for only six months with a specific objective: save the team from relegation and, if possible, climb the table as high as possible. Both were rotation players on their teams, so a starting spot is not assured here. It should be noted that Gil, 21, is a youth squad player for the Andalusians, who played 21 games with the team (2+2) and was sold to London in the summer of 2021 for 25 million euros.
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