The Premier League transfer window has been open for more than a week. As a result, football transfer news is poised to dominate the discussion in the coming weeks, with rumours of big-money arrivals and squad alterations as teams try to meet their goals in the months ahead.
January is notorious for being an expensive month for doing business, but when strategic moves are taken, it can be the difference between a team’s success and failure.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal all spent a lot of money in the summer transfer window. This month, everyone will be pulling out their wallets once more. Teams at the other end of the table will almost certainly pay to prevent relegation.
Liverpool, however, has been cautious in recent months but maybe keen to make a move now that two of its finest players, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, have been ruled out of the Africa Cup of Nations.
● Kieran Trippier
Kieran Trippier has moved from Atletico Madrid to Newcastle United in an unusual move. Newcastle United are virtually relegation fodder in the Premier League, yet the Englishman won La Liga with the Rojiblancos last season.
The Magpies, backed by new investors, have made no secret of their goals. Trippier is a fantastic acquisition for them and a considerable boost over their present full-backs. Newcastle United has signed the 31-year-old to a two-and-a-half-year contract. The club will be able to prolong it for another year.
● Philippe Coutinho
For the remainder of the season, the Brazilian international joined Aston Villa. He will report to Steven Gerrard, former Liverpool player who is now the manager of Aston Villa.
When Coutinho joined Barcelona in 2018, he was one of the finest players in the Premier League. However, that move did not work out for him, and he is now hoping to return to the English top division after a few seasons and a spate of ailments.
Coutinho joins Aston Villa on a six-month loan, with a buy option for the Premier League club.
● Lucas Digne
If anyone had any doubts about the drawing power that Aston Villa’s head coach Steven Gerrard would bring to the Premier League club, they now have their answer less than a fortnight into the January transfer window.
On Thursday, the Villans sealed the transfer of Lucas Digne from Everton for roughly €31 million after the France international fell out of favour at Goodison Park under Rafa Benitez. The 28-year-old has previously represented Barcelona, PSG, AS Roma, and Lille OSC and offers Villa another boost following the loan signing of Philippe Coutinho, who has added to Gerrard’s early 2022 pleasure.
● Chris Wood
Newcastle United announced the signing of Chris Wood, a New Zealand striker, from Burnley on Thursday. Wood has agreed to a two-and-a-half-year deal with the club and will make his debut against Watford at St. James’ Park on Saturday.
Following the arrival of England international full-back Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid, the 30-year-old becomes the Magpies’ second January transfer window signing.
Wood will don the number 20 shirt, which was his first for his country. In 60 appearances for the All Whites, the Auckland-born forward has scored 27 goals.
● Ferran Torres
The most high-profile deal of the January transfer window so far has been Ferran Torres to Barcelona. With a fractured foot, the Spaniard has been out, but he is returning soon. In the summer of 2020, Torres signed for Manchester City.
For Pep Guardiola’s team, he made 43 appearances in all competitions, scoring 16 goals and assisting four times. Torres was the UEFA Nations League’s leading goal scorer earlier this season.