2022 January Transfer Window: What happened on deadline day
The 2022 January transfer window is now closed and there were plenty of moves happening up until the final bell on deadline day. As teams now prepare for the second half of the season here are some of the players who have made moves during the last day of the 2022 transfer window and a few that were expected to move, but in the end, did not.
The Gabonese striker has been the talk of the day over whether or not a move to Barcelona would be completed. It is now official that the Arsenal forward will be joining Barcelona after not having a deal agreed upon earlier today. Aubameyang has been under the microscope in the last month as he was stripped of the captaincy of Arsenal at the beginning of December before being dropped from the squad not having played for the Gunners since December 6th, 2021. In 15 matches for Arsenal, this season Aubameyang has seven goals. He will look to fill a hole in the Barcelona squad that has been there since Lionel Messi’s departure in August of 2021. He will be leaving on a free permanent transfer.
After two and a half seasons for Tottenham in England, midfielder Tanguy Ndombele will return to Lyon. The Frenchman played 66 matches for Lyon from 2017-19 before moving to England. Ndombele will return on loan at Lyon, who are currently 11th in Ligue 1. When he moved to Tottenham he was the club’s record signing of $72 million. However, he has not lived up to the hype and has only played in nine Premier League matches this season. Ndombele will be on loan to Lyon for the remainder of this season with Lyon having the option to buy him in the summer transfer window for $72 million.
The Juventus midfielder will go on loan to Glasgow Rangers with the option to make the move permanent in the summer. Aaron Ramsey made 49 appearances for the Italian giants after spending the previous 11 years playing for Arsenal. Ramsey has had a history of injuries and has missed 17 matches this season due to injury. He will be joining a Rangers side that sits top of the Scottish Premiership only two points ahead of archrivals Celtic. He should fit in well with Rangers and help improve the midfield of the defending Scottish champions. This signing comes in time for the Old Firm derby between Celtic and Rangers that is happening on Wednesday, February 2nd.
Manchester City have made the signing that could be looked back on as the transfer of the year by signing Jullián Álvarez from River Plate. The two teams have agreed to a fee of $22.86 million. The now 22-year-old Álvarez has been superb for River Plate with 20 goals in 35 league matches for the Argentine champions. Since playing for River Plate Álvarez has had success in nearly every possible competition in South America winning the 2018 Copa Libertadores and 2019 Copa Argentina Final. He also was part of the Argentina team that won the 2021 Copa America. He was named the 2021 South American Player of the Year. There have been comparisons drawn to former Manchester City and Argentina international, Sergio Agüero. Since Agüero left Manchester City, the English side have not established a true striker and Álvarez has the potential to fill this void perfectly. Álvarez will remain on loan at River Plate until the summer.
After collapsing during a 2021 European Championship match between Denmark and Finland there were questions of the possibility of Eriksen ever playing again. The Denmark international suffered a heart attack against Finland and was then released by Inter Milan in the following months. However, Eriksen will be back playing soon enough as he was signed by Premier League side Brentford on a free transfer. This will be his second spell in the Premier League after spending seven seasons from 2013-20 playing for Tottenham. In that time the dangerous midfielder played in over 220 matches scoring 51 goals and having 62 assists. He joined a Brentford team looking to stay up in their first season in England’s top division since 1947.
Players that did not move that were thought to be
There are always a few last minute deals made and this was one of them. Fulham was said to have sold 19-year-old Carvalho to Liverpool for $11.23 million. However, this deal fell through at the very end as the contract had not been agreed on before the deadline hit. The issues arose with the idea that Liverpool would sign Carvalho and loan him right back to Fulham for the rest of the season. There is a likely chance that this deal will end up going down during the summer transfer window.
The Barcelona forward has been linked to leaving for a while, but nothing materialized on the 2022 January transfer deadline day. There were ongoing talks about Dembele potentially going to the Premier League to play for Chelsea as the Catalan side have been trying to get his wages off their books. Barcelona bought Dembele from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 for a whopping $154 million. He has not lived up to expectations only scoring 18 goals in 82 matches in Spain. Dembele is one of the players that will have all eyes on him come the summer transfer window.
Manchester United was approached by Newcastle and West Ham about the transfer of Lingard, but United want to keep him around. Lingard made leaps and bounds while on loan at West Ham last season and was near to making the England team for the 2021 Euros. Man United will likely be keeping Lingard to use him in the race for a top four spot in the Premier League.
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