Player sales transactions in the middle of the season, aka in the winter transfer market, especially in Europe, often result in a number of transfers that are really wow.
Usually the clubs will be fond of shopping in the summer. Thus, new players will be able to have enough time to adapt to their new colleagues.
But they did not close the door to buy players in the middle of the season. There are several reasons to make buying and selling transactions in the middle of the season.
There are clubs that are forced to release their players because they are forced to because the player is desperate to move. There are also those who are forced to because they need new ammunition.
This sometimes forces a team to spend deeply in the middle of the season. So who are the 10 players who recorded the most expensive transfer transactions of all time in the January transfer market, aka in the winter?
Check out the following information. For the record, the price is obtained from the Transfermarkt site.
This transfer just happened, precisely in the January 2022 transfer market. He was transported by Barcelona from Manchester City.
Torres was transported with a dowry of around 55 million euros, not including bonuses etc. This is quite surprising because the Blaugrana are actually experiencing financial problems.
Barca could not register Torres because of the salary cap rules. But they were finally able to register him after releasing Philippe Coutinho and cutting Samuel Umtiti’s salary.
This transfer occurred in the 2010-11 season ago. At that time he moved from Liverpool to fellow Premier League club, Chelsea.
The cost reached 58.50 million euros. Liverpool are actually reluctant to let him go because he is one of their mainstay strikers since being recruited from Atletico Madrid in 2007.
However, Torres failed to shine at Chelsea. He couldn’t show the same performance as when he was at Liverpool and his name was included in one of the worst signings for the Blues.
The Brazilian midfielder was originally Chelsea’s midfield champion since the summer of 2012. However, he only stayed at Stamford Bridge until January 2017 only.
Oscar was willing to leave Chelsea to move to Shanghai Port in China. He was transported with a tag of around 60 million euros.
The decision was a bit surprising given his young age and he is another player at his age who would prefer to play in Europe. Until now the 30-year-old player still feels at home playing at the club.
A goal-hungry and provocative player. He had been in and out of Atletico Madrid and then defended Chelsea from 2014 to 2017 only.
Because Costa was not included in Antonio Conte’s plans at that time. He was linked with AC Milan, Everton and AS Monaco.
But in the end he returned to Atletico in January 2017 for 60 million euros. That amount is almost double what Chelsea spent when they brought him from Atletico in the summer of 2014.
Had traveled the world with Udinese and Sampdoria before finally anchored at Sporting Lisbon. It was at this club that the name Bruno Fernandes skyrocketed.
The Portuguese player was later linked with Liverpool. But in the end he moved to Manchester United for 63 million euros.
Fernandes is a blessing for Man United. He immediately set up with the team and until now continues to be a mainstay of the Red Devils in midfield.
Had failed in Italy with AC Milan. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang then found his soul mate in Germany with Borussia Dortmund.
Arsenal then won the hunt for the Gabonese player in the middle of the 2017-18 season. He was transported with a tag of 63.75 million euros.
Aubameyang was Arsenal’s best striker in the Premier League. But in the last two seasons his form has declined and it looks like he will soon be kicked out of the Emirates Stadium.
One of the players who is also matched with Borussia Dortmund. Christian Pulisic appeared attractive with the Bundesliga club and became a bone of contention for many clubs.
In the end, the hunt for Pulisic was won by Chelsea in the middle of the 2018-19 season. The Blues had to bring him in by spending fresh money of 64 million euros.
But Pulisic has had a little difficulty adapting in the Premier League so far. And this is exacerbated by his misfortune, which is often injured.
A solid defensive fortress whose name is flying with Athletic Bilbao. Aymeric Laporte was targeted by many big European clubs.
But eventually he moved to Manchester City. At that time he was bought with a price tag of around 65 million euros.
The purchase was a hit because Laporte immediately became an important part of the City squad. He also helped The Citizen win the league and in the process managed to set a record by collecting 100 points.
Virgil van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk began to attract attention when he joined Southampton in 2015. He was then said to be targeted by Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Van Dijk was then inclined to move to Liverpool. However, Soton were angry with the Reds because they thought they were making an illegal approach.
In the end Liverpool were only able to sign him in January 2018 and the Dutch defender immediately became an important part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad. The Reds at that time spent 84.65 million euros and it can be said that the money was indeed worth spending for him.