LONDON (AFP) – There was little late drama as the January transfer window closed on Friday, but Premier League clubs still spent over GBP200 million over the past month on new players.
AFP Sports loos at the biggest moves of the January window.
BRUNO FERNANDES (SPORTING LISBON TO MANCHESTER UNITED)
United’s long-running interest in the Portuguese international midfielder finally materialised in a EUR55 million deal that could rise to as much as EUR80 million if performance-related add-ons are met.
Fernandes, 25, has been a prolific goalscorer for Sporting over the past two seasons and will offer a much-needed goal threat to a United side devoid of the creative talents of Paul Pogba and top scorer Marcus Rashford for the next few weeks due to injury.
STEVEN BERGWIJN (PSV EINDHOVEN TO TOTTENHAM)
Spurs’ manager Jose Mourinho did not get the striker he desired to deputise for Harry Kane, but he does have another option in attack with the arrival of Dutch winger Steven Bergwijn.
The highly-rated 22-year-old already has nine caps for the Netherlands and scored 31 goals for PSV in winning three Eredivisie titles.
TAKUMI MINAMINO (RED BULL SALZBURG TO LIVERPOOL)
Liverpool are cruising towards a first Premier League title for 30 years in large part thanks to their smart recruitment over the past few years and Minamino could be another bargain for the European champions.
The Japanese international impressed Jurgen Klopp as Salzburg pushed Liverpool despite twice losing narrowly to the Reds in the Champions League group stages and was available for just GBP7.25 million due to a buyout clause in his contract with the Austrian champions.