January Sales Summary Around Europe
>The transfer window has just closed, but this winter’s period wasn’t too busy, although there’s still been plenty of interesting moves around Europe’s top leagues.
English Premier League
Struggling Liverpool built some funds with the sales of Andriy Voronin to Dinamo Moscow and Andrea Dossena to Napoli, yet their only acquistion was Argentine international Maxi Rodriguez from Atletico Madrid on a free transfer.
Meanwhile, fellow English giants Arsenal resurrected Sol Campbell’s career with a move for him having played in England’s fourth tier with Notts County earlier this season. Manchester City were also typically active signing Patrick Vieira and allowing Robinho to leave on loan to Santos.
And the Sky Blues are believed to have spent the most on a single deal with a reported £7m for Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson. Fellow Champions League chasers Tottenham saw Robbie Keane leave on loan to Scotland whilst adding Eidur Gudjohnsen from Monaco.
Bottom-club Portsmouth managed to establish some much-needed funds after the sales of Asmir Begovic to Stoke and Younes Kaboul to Spurs. But that probably confirms their relegation. Battling West Ham have added attacking options in Benni McCarthy, Ilan and Mido.
Spanish La Liga >
Midtable Atletico Madrid needed to do something to breathe life into their season and their €10m deal for Argentina forward Eduardo Salvio was just that. They’ve also added Tiago Mendes on loan from Juventus for the rest of the campaign.
Elsewhere there wasn’t much action, but Valencia did bolster their forward ranks with Alejandro Dominguez, fresh from consecutive titles with Rubin Kazan in Russia.
Lower in the table, Valladolid have signed defenders Asier del Horno and Borja Fernandez, while Real Zaragoza added 2002 Brazilian World Cup winner Edmilson and bottom-club Xerez signed Uruguayan midfielder Nicolas Vigneri from Puebla.
Italian Serie A
Leaders Inter Milan bolstered their squad with president Massimo Moratti describing McDonald Mariga’s move to the San Siro from Parma as ‘the best thing that could have happened’ to his side during the transfer window. That deal sees Luis Jimenez, who was on loan at West Ham, move on loan to Parma.
Struggling Rome club Lazio have worked hard during January with the addition of forward Sergio Floccari along with Sebastian Eguren from Villarreal and deadline day purchase Thomas Hitzlsperger from VfB Stuttgart.
Their city rivals AS Roma did well signing Luca Toni from Bayern, forcing out Stefano Okaka Chuka on loan to Fulham, while AC Milan famously added David Beckham along with Mancini on loan after making the move from one side of Milan to the other. Interestingly, Inter have also added Goran Pandev after his fallout at Lazio.
The big story in Germany was Ruud van Nistelrooy’s move from Real Madrid to Hamburger SV and even Bayern boss Louis van Gaal got in on it all, claiming his club weren’t even after the Dutchman. That’s hard to believe considering van Nistelrooy’s record and he could be very important for HSV.
Elsewhere, Halil Altintop ended his time at Schalke 04, moving to Eintracht Frankfurt. Felix Magath’s Schalke were very busy signing Johann Baumjohann, Peer Kluge and Edu amongst others. >
Battling Stuttgart also were quite active with Christian Gross keen to implement change, moving on Ludovic Magnin, Yildiray Basturk and Jan Simak, whilst unfortunately losing Hitzlsperger. Stuttgart did gain defender Cristian Molinaro from Juventus on loan.
French Ligue 1
Olympique Lyonnais spent €8m on Croatian defender Dejan Lovren from Dinamo Zagreb, while Champions League challengers Lille snapped up backman Ricardo Costa from VfL Wolfsburg. Elsewhere, Olivier Kapo returned to France after a move to Boulogne.
Ajax splashed out €4m on highly-rated Uruguayan midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro from Nacional, while Feyenoord lost Andwele Slory to English football. Leaders FC Twente purchased Azerbaijan star Vagif Jagadov from Europa League opponents Qarabaq for an undisclosed fee.
Turkish Super Lig
Scottish Premier League
Celtic boss Tony Mowbray promised big changes in January and he delivered with the likes of Barry Robson and Scott McDonald leaving to be replaced by deadline day trio Robbie Keane, Diomansy Kamara and Edson Braafheid.
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