The 15 biggest deals of the 2016 January transfer window

The 15 biggest deals of the 2016 January transfer window

The 15 biggest deals of the 2016 January transfer window

Photo credit: The Sun/ The Foxes have unveiled Amartey

The 2016 January transfer window closed at 11pm GMT on Monday 1 February

Spending for the January 2016 which closed at 11pm GMT on Mmonday 1 February, currently stands at £175m, the biggest January window for five years, sports business analysts at Deloitte say.

The biggest for the January window was the deadline day deal which saw Stoke paying £18.3m for Giannelli Imbula from Porto.

Our sports desk analyses the biggest deals of the 2016 January transfer window as the curtain lowered.

1. Freddy Guarin – Inter Milan to Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC: A move that still baffles the neutrals. Guarin has been an important player for Inter Milan since signing from FC Porto.

2. Alexander Pato – Sao Paolo to Chelsea: Injuries ruined a young Alex Pato’s career in AC Milan but after reviving his career in Brazil, he is back in Europe with Chelsea who have had a disappointing season so far.

3. Ramires – Chelsea to Jiangsu Suning: Ramires was a loyal servant to Chelsea foe five years. Known for his high work rate and stamina, the midfielder joins Guarin in China. Rumoured to be earning almost twice as what he earned at Chelsea.

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4. Gervinho – AS Roma to Hebei China Fortune: After Rudi Garcia left AS Roma, Gervinho seemed certain to go. He joins Guarin and Ramires as the highest profile players to join the Chinese Super League in the 2016 January transfer window.

5. Seydou Doumbia – CSKA Moscow to Newcastle: A prolific striker at CSKA, DOumbia is one of many Ivorians to move to the Premier League. Newcastle will hope his goals keep them in the league.

6. Christian Atsu – Chelsea to Malaga: The young player was being pursued by two Spanish clubs, Levante and Malaga. The latter triumphed and now the Black Stars forward would hope to perform.

7. Eder – Sampdoria to Inter Milan: Inter Milan needed firepower to boost their Champions League and title chances and the man they turned to way Sampdoria hitman Eder who has 12 goals in the league already.

8. Stephan El Shaarawy – AC Milan to AS Roma: Cut his loan deal at AS Monaco short to sign for Luciano Spaletti’s AS Roma. Scored on his debut for the club against Empoli.

9. Christian Tello – Porto to Fiorentina: A key player for last season Champions League quarter-finalist FC Porto, Tello has cut his loan deal short at the club to join Champions League chasing Fiorentina from Barcelona.

10. Giannelli Imbula – Porto to Stoke City: The biggest deal of the January window in England was the deadline day deal which saw Stoke paying £18.3m for Imbula from Porto. A steady performer, Imbula will improve an already impressive Stoke City outfit.

11. Younes Belhanda – Dynamo Kiev to Schalke 04: Belhanda surprised the whole of Europe when he joined Dynamo Kiev when the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool were interested in him. Now after impressing iun Ukraine, he moves to Champions League chasing Schalke 04.

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12. Oumar Niasse- Lokomotiv Moscow to Everton: One of the best strikers in Russia will compete with Romelu Lukaku for a starting berth in the team. His signing makes sense after attackers Aiden McGeady and Steven Naismith left the club.

13. Kevin Prince Boateng – Schalke to AC Milan: Was a free agent after his contract with Schalke 04 expired. Has come on twice for the former Italian champions and has shown flashes of the brilliance that made him a fan favorite during his first spell at the club between 2010 and 2013.

14. Emmanuel Adebayor – Free agent to Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew says Adebayor is probably the greatest talent to ever sign for Palace which says a lot about how this troublesome albeit prolific striker is though of in his new ground. Will hope he performs well in his six months at the club so he can be offered a longer deal in the summer.

15. Daniel Amartey – FC Copenhagen to Newcastle: A good purchase by the Foxes, Ranieri is to have been monitoring the young Ghana defender who can also play in midfield.

Jonjo Shelvey left Swansea City for Newcastle

Notable mentions:

Juan Iturbe – AS Roma to Bournemouth

Mohammed Elneny – Basel to Arsenal

Marko Grujic – Red Star Belgrade to Liverpool

Steven Caulker – Southampton to Liverpool

Victor Valdes – Manchester United to Standard Liege

Emmanuel Emenike­- Fenerbahce to West Ham

Andros Townsend – Tottenham to Newcastle

Steven Naismtih – Everton to Norwich City

Charlie Austin – QPR to Southampton


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