Barcelona, Juventus, Tottenham ? Reviewing the Winter Transfer Window of Top European Clubs.

The January Transfer Window as usual hasn’t disappointed the football fans. It all got hot as the deadline day was approaching and eventually became a popcorn fest. From Aubameyang to Vlahovic there were some jaw dropping transfers in the window as teams look forward to do the respective ramifications to achieve their season end goals. Here’s a review of the TOP 3 transfer windows from Top Clubs across Europe.

  • Barcelona –

        IN – Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) (FREE)

        Adama Traore (Wolves) (ON LOAN)

        Ferran Torres (Manchester City) (€55M)

        Dani Alves (Sao Paolo) (FREE)

Barcelona came in having a debt of over €1.4 billion (11,840 Crores INR) and were expected to sign absolutely no one over the transfer window due to overload of financial crisis. But in a series of dramatic events an ambitious President in the form of Joan Laporta made sure that the club still finds their paths right as they aim to a Top 4 finish in La Liga and avoid UEFA Europa League atleast next season.

Signing of Dani Alves will surely boost the locker room’s way of dealing with tricky situations under pressure which they’ve missed almost every year especially in Champions League. This is a massive boost also considering the fact that their Talisman Lionel Messi is no longer there to deadlift them in crunch situations. While Ferran Torres is a fantastic signing considering the La Masia teens already lighting up Barcelona’s squad this season. The Spanish 21 year old International showed great promise last season in the Premier League ( 15 starts, 7 Goals, 2 Assists) and in UEFA Euros 2020 (4 starts, 2 Goals, 1 assist) as well. With Barcelona coach Xavi liking prolific wingers and Luuk De Jong always lurking in the box, Torres with a reputation of pinpoint crosses from that right foot on right flank is a hot favourite to start and shine this season for Barcelona.

Adama Traore has a homecoming as La Masia’s very own is back on a short term loan spell till the end of season where if he can convince the Barcelona stakeholders about his quality then the loan move can be made permanent as well for €29M. Traore a flashy dribbler (83 dribbles completed out of 102 attempted) is also one of the fastest sprinters across footballing world and competes with the likes of Mbappe and Davies in terms of top speed. With Ferran and Traore on either side of flanks and Xavi having a thing about wingers, Barcelona fans must be absolutely psyched to see how this link up works out. And if this wasn’t all, Barcelona have signed Aubameyang as well to fill a void created with the unfortunate exit of Kun Aguero and Luuk De Jong’s loan spell coming to an end after the current season. Aubameyang, a Premier League enigma saw a dip in his form since 2020-21 season with some disciplinary breaches resulting in the termination of his captaincy and contract but he still has that killer instinct to finish the job in front of the net and will be motivated to have a fresh start under Xavi and a rebuilding Barcelona.

 

  • Juventus –

       IN – Dusan Vlahovic (Fiorentina) (€63M)

       Denis Zakaria (Borrusia Monchengladbach) (€5M)

       *Federico Gatti (€6.3M) (Loaned back to Frosinone, expected to join next season)

Juventus were the Big Bulls in this transfer window due to the gargantuan signing of striker Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina. Since the departure of their Goal Machine Cristiano Ronaldo, slipping to unusual spots in Serie A points table to finishing 4th in Serie A last season and having made their worst start to a Serie A in 60 years this season things were looking pretty ugly for the 36 times Serie A champions. But as the deadline day was inching closer the Board made sure to sign a striker as to attempt to fill the Ronaldo void permanently. Vlahovic, the 22 year old Serbian is as good as it gets in front of goal. Netting 21 Goals last season in 34 starts he’s looking even more lethal this season with that fantastic left foot having netted 17 goals in 21 starts.

Denis Zakaria, a 25 year old holding midfielder from Switzerland will also look to strengthen the defensive core of Juventus along with Manuel Locatelli as the boss Allegri usually preferring a double pivot at the heart of Juventus Midfield this season. With shipping of Rodrigo Bentancur for €16M to Spurs on permanent basis and this being a €5M deal, this can be considered a like for like preferred swap by Allegri also fruiting profits for the club. Federico Gatti on the other hand is one for the future as Juventus look to stabilize their core at the defence along with De Ligt for an ample future. The Serie-B’s one of the Breakout Youngster Gatti represents 2nd Division side Frosinone and has been carrying the defensive duties on his back along with 4 Goal Contributions in 18 league starts. With the evergreen Italian duo of Chilleni and Bonnuci slowly moving towards dawn this is a fantastic signing in it’s own right. Though the move being permanent, Juventus have shipped Gatti back to loan to his parent club till the end of current season. 

  • Tottenham Hotspur –

        IN – Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus) (LOAN till end of 2022-23)

            Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus) (€16M)

Just like A Rabbit Pulled Out Of The Hat, Tottenham have pulled a perfect heist on the deadline day of Transfer Window and look more promising than ever under Antonio Conte. The club hit an all time low as early as current season in European competition been eliminated from Europa League Group stage and subsequently from Europa Conference League too. But with new regime under the new manager Tottenham are one of the favourites to finish Top 4 this season and they’ve further solidified that belief with 2 great signings in Kulusevki and Bentancur. Bentancur who is only 24 was a regular starter for Juventus and Uruguay. A promising holding midfielder, no player had more tackles (205) and interceptions (147) than Bentancur in Serie A in last 4 seasons. He along with Hojberg will look to make a pivotal duo in mid for Spurs offering both attacking and defensive prowess. While Kulusevski is also expected to provide dynamism to Spurs attack along with the likes of Kane & Son. The 21 year old Swedish even though wasn’t a regular starter at the former club, but the 18 month loan spell just might be what the doctor ordered in his growing career. And where else it’ll be better than The Premier League ? Where the lights shine the brightest.

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