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January Transfer Window Round-up

The January transfer window has closed and it ended with a dramatic deadline day where Chelsea’s splurged out on Fernando Torres, but here’s the full round-up across Europe. Torres heads to Chelsea>

England

Chelsea Ins; Fernando Torres (Liverpool), David Luiz (Benfica) Outs; Daniel Sturridge (Bolton – Loan), Gael Kakuta (Fulham – Loan) The big movers of the transfer market with their English record transfer of Fernando Torres, while adding David Luiz to their central defence is shrewd stuff. Could be the catalyst for title push.

Manchester United Ins; Anders Lindegaard (Aalesunds) Outs; Federico Macheda (Sampdoria – Loan) The Red Devils kept it simple.

Arsenal Ins; None Outs; Carlos Vela (West Bromwich – Loan), Aaron Ramsey (Cardiff City – Loan) No significant moves by the Gunners, who may have fancied adding a defender to their squad.

Manchester City Ins; Edin Dzeko (VfL Wolfsburg) Outs; Emmanuel Adebayor (Real Madrid – Loan), Wayne Bridge (West Ham – Loan), Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn – Loan) The arrival of Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko is the big move, while those surplus to requirements have been shipped out on loan.

Suarez becomes a Red>

Liverpool Ins; Luis Suarez (Ajax Amsterdam), Andy Carroll (Newcastle) Outs; Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Ryan Babel (Hoffenheim), Paul Konchesky (Nottingham Forest – Loan) The loss of Torres has been the big news, but the Reds spent plenty of his sale money on Uruguay star Luis Suarez in a major signing. Andy Carroll is an interesting addition for the money spent.

Tottenham Ins; Steven Pienaar (Everton) Outs; Robbie Keane (West Ham – Loan), Jamie O’Hara (Wolverhampton – Loan), Giovanni Dos Santos (Racing Santander – Loan), David Bentley (Birmingham City – Loan), Kyle Walker (Aston Villa – Loan) Spurs have farmed out a few players on the fringes of the side, highlighted by Robbie Keane moving to struggling West Ham. Steven Pienaar adds something to midfield.

Aston Villa Ins; Darren Bent (Sunderland), Michael Bradley (Moenchengladbach – Loan), Jean Makoun (Lyon), Kyle Walker (Tottenham - Loan) Outs; Stephen Ireland (Newcastle – Loan), Curtis Davies (Birmingham City), John Carew (Stoke City – Loan), Steve Sidwell (Fulham) Gerard Houllier has been busy this transfer window, spending big on Darren Bent, while adding some quality in Jean Makoun and US midfielder Michael Bradley.

Sunderland Ins; Sulley Muntari (Inter Milan – Loan), Stephane Sessegnon (PSG) Outs; Darren Bent (Aston Villa), David Healy (Rangers), Andy Reid (Blackpool), Paulo da Silva (Real Zaragoza) The Black Cats are in the mix for Europe and after the sale of Darren Bent, boss Steve Bruce acquired some quality in midfield duo Sulley Muntari and Stephane Sessegnon.

Spain

FC Barcelona Ins; Ibrahim Affelay (PSV Eindhoven) Outs; None There’s been little need for change at Nou Camp, but Dutch midfielder Ibrahim Afellay adds some depth.

Adebayor to replace Higuain>

Real Madrid Ins; Emmanuel Adebayor (Manchester City – Loan) Outs; Mahamadou Diarra (Monaco) With Gonzalo Higuain ruled out for the rest of the season, signing a striker was a priority for Jose Mourinho and in Emmanuel Adebayor they have a top-class talent.

Villarreal Ins; Cicinho (AS Roma - Loan) Outs; Jefferson Montero (Levante – Loan), Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor - Loan) The Yellow Submarine will be happy to have fended off interest in star Italian attacker Giuseppe Rossi.

Valencia Ins; Adil Rami (Lille), Jonas Goncalves (Gremio) Outs; Manuel Fernandes (Besiktas – Loan), Sofiane Feghouli (Almeria – Loan), Adil Rami (Lille – Loan) Unai Emery spent big on strong defender Adil Rami but loaned him back to France. Jonas Goncalves adds some firepower.

Atletico Madrid Ins; Elias Mendes (Corinthians), Juanfran Torres (Osasuna) Outs; Simao Sabrosa (Besiktas), Ignacio Camacho (Malaga), Sergio Asenjo (Malaga – Loan) Some interesting losses, highlighted by Simao’s departure to Turkey. Spent 7million euros on Brazilian midfielder Elias Mendes.

Sevilla Ins; Ivan Rakitic (Schalke 04), Gary Medel (Universidad Catolica) Outs; Abdoulay Konko (Genoa) Gregorio Manzano has added some highly-rated midfield talent to his underperforming side.

Espanyol Ins; Jesus Datolo (Napoli) Outs; Victor Ruiz (Napoli), Didac Vila (AC Milan) Espanyol keep much of the same.

Malaga have been busy>

Malaga Ins; Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich), Julio Baptista (AS Roma), Enzo Maresca (free), Ignacio Camacho (Atletico Madrid), Sergio Asenjo (Atletico Madrid – Loan), Diego Buonanotte (River Plate) Outs; Nabil Baha (AEK Athens), Edinho (Maritimo – Loan), Juanito (Almeria), Diego Buonanotte (River Plate – Loan) New Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini has been spent plenty of owner Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani’s money, with plenty of new arrivals, but so far the results haven’t been forthcoming. Worries.

Italy

AC Milan Ins; Antonio Cassano (Sampdoria), Mark Van Bommel (Bayern Munich), Urby Emanuelson (Ajax), Didac Vila (Espanyol), Nicola Legrottaglie (Juventus) Outs; Ronaldinho (Flamengo), Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente – Loan) Milan did some great business in January, selling Ronaldinho at a decent price, while winning the race for Antonio Cassano at only 5million euros. They also swooped for Mark Van Bommel after he fell out of favour at Bayern.

Inter Milan Ins; Giampaolo Pazzini (Sampdoria), Houssine Kharja (Genoa), Andrea Ranocchia (Genoa – Co-ownership), Yuto Nagatamo (Cesena - Loan) Outs; Sulley Muntari (Sunderland – Loan), Mancini (Atletico Mineiro), Jonathan Biabiany (Sampdoria), Davide Santon (Cesena – Loan) Inter securing Giampaolo Pazzini has immediately proved good business, while shipping out Mancini, Sulley Muntari and Davide Santon has been done well, with some talent coming the opposite way replacing those departed.

Pazzini's instant impact at Inter>

AS Roma Ins; None Outs; Julio Baptista (Malaga), Cicinho (Villarreal – Loan), Stefano Okaka Chuka (Bari – Loan) No major changes, despite big names moving on.

Napoli Ins; Victor Ruiz (Espanyol), Giuseppe Mascara (Catania) Outs; Jesus Datolo (Espanyol) The double swoop for Victor Ruiz and Giuseppe Mascara caught many by surprise as ambitious Napoli aim high.

Lazio Ins; Giuseppe Sculli (Genoa) Outs; None Lazio hoped to add firepower in January and they got their man in Giuseppe Sculli.

Juventus Ins; Luca Toni (Genoa), Andrea Barzagli (VfL Wolfsburg), Alessandro Matri (Cagliari - Loan) Outs; Nicola Legrottaglie (AC Milan), Amauri (Parma – Loan) Juve did manage to keep shot-stopper Marco Storari and add some talent in Alessandro Matri and Andrea Barzagli, but failed to sign some targets including Ivan Rakitic or offload Momo Sissoko.

Udinese Ins; None Outs; Antonio Floro Flores (Genoa) Offloading Floro Flores at this price was good business, while keeping Alexis Sanchez could prove very important as they chase a top-four finish.

Cassano; Another attacker left Samp>

Palermo Ins; None Outs; Massimo Maccarone (Sampdoria), Kamil Glik (Bari – Loan), Paulo Hernan Dellafiore (Cesena – Loan) Nothing major occurred for the Sicilians.

Sampdoria Ins; Federico Macheda (Manchester United – Loan), Massimo Maccarone (Palermo), Jonathan Biabiany (Inter Milan), Gilberto Martinez (Brescia) Outs; Antonio Cassano (AC Milan), Giampaolo Pazzini (Inter Milan), Guido Marilungo (Atalanta) After the departure of some key attackers, they’ve drafted in new strikers in Federico Macheda, Massimo Maccarone and Jonathan Biabiany. Hard to re-invent a whole frontline though.

Genoa Ins; Abdoulay Konko (FC Sevilla), Mauro Boselli (Wigan – Loan), Linus Hellenius (Hammarby), Juraj Kucka (Sparta Praha), Antonio Floro Flores (Udinese) Outs; Luca Toni (Juventus), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan - Co-ownership), Anthony Vanden Borre (Genk), Raffaele Palladino (Parma), Giuseppe Sculli (Lazio), Houssine Kharja (Inter Milan) It’s hard to know what to make of the activity of the most active club in the transfer window, but adding Juraj Kucka is a curious one.

Fiorentina Ins; Valon Behrami (West Ham) Outs; Cristiano Zanetti (Brescia), Felipe (Cesena – Loan) Hardly an inspiring transfer window, at least they kept Riccardo Montolivo.

Germany

Borussia Dortmund Ins; None Outs; Tamas Hajnal (VfB Stuttgart – Loan) Jurgen Klopp has opted to stick with what’s worked.

Van Bommel departs Bayern>

Bayern Munich Ins; Luis Gustavo (Hoffenheim) Outs; Mark van Bommel (AC Milan), Martin Demichelis (Malaga), Edson Braafheid (Hoffenheim), David Alaba (Hoffenheim – Loan) Bayern pounced for talent Hoffenheim man Luiz Gustavo, while offloading those who’d fallen out including Mark Van Bommel and Martin Demichelis.

Bayer Leverkusen> Ins; None Outs; Patrick Helmes (VfL Wolfsburg) Selling Patrick Helmes for a fee reported to be around 8million euros is decent business.

Schalke 04 Ins; Ali Karimi (Steel Azin), Angelos Charisteas (Arles), Anthony Annan (Rosenborg) Outs; Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla), Jermaine Jones (Blackburn – Loan), Erik Jendrisek (SC Freiburg) Felix Magath got busy in January moving on midfielders Ivan Rakitic and Jermaine Jones, while drafting in veteran attackers in Ali Karimi and Angelos Charisteas who are both proven at this level.

Werder Bremen Ins; Denni Avdic (Elfsborg) Outs; Hugo Almeida (Besiktas) Almeida is Werder’s topscorer so his departure is a blow for the struggling club and Denni Avdic is hardly the most inspiring acquisition. Grim times for Thomas Schaaf.

Helmes to replace Dzeko at Wolfsburg>

VfL Wolfsburg Ins; Tuncay Sanli (Stoke City), Koo Ja-Cheol (Jeju United), Dieumerci Mbokani (Monaco – Loan), Patrick Helmes (Bayer Leverkusen), Jan Polak (Anderlecht) Outs; Edin Dzeko (Manchester City), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Karim Ziani (Kayserispor – Loan) Failed to secure Jefferson Farfan from Schalke, but added plenty on deadline day including strikers Patrick Helmes and Tuncay Sanli. The loss of Edin Dzeko is a blow but they seem to have spent reasonably well to replace him.

France

Lille Ins; Adil Rami (Valencia - Loan) Outs; Adi Rami (Valencia), Yannis Salibur (Boulogne) The leaders managed to retain the services of strong defender Adil Rami along with talents Eden Hazard and Gervinho.

PSG> Ins; None Outs; Stephane Sessegnon (Sunderland) PSG stayed away from the transfer window, content with what they’ve got, but allowing Stephane Sessegnon to move on.

Olympique Lyonnais Ins; None Outs; Jean Makoun (Aston Villa) The departure of Cameroon midfielder Jean Makoun is a blow but the squad still has depth.

OM get Fanni>

Marseille Ins; Rod Fanni (Stade Rennes), Jules Goda (Bastia) Outs; None France international Rod Fanni adds steel to OM’s backline.

Bordeaux Ins; Fernando Cavenaghi (Real Mallorca – Loan Return), Andre (Dynamo Kiev - Loan) Outs; Ouwa Moussa Maazou (Monaco – Loan), David Bellion (Nice – Loan) The return of Fernando Cavenaghi is a major plus for Jean Tigana.

Netherlands

PSV Eindhoven Ins; None Outs; Ibrahim Affelay (FC Barcelona), Nordin Amrabat (Kayserispor) The loss of Ibrahim Afellay is a blow for the leaders.

FC Twente Ins; Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan – Loan), Arnold Bruggink (free) Outs; Bernard Parker (Panserraikos – Loan), Dario Vujicevic (VVV Venlo – Loan) US international Oguchi Onyewu is a good additon who can shore up the Twente defence. Arnold Bruggink is an interesting signing, but worth the punt.

Onyewu is a big signing for Twente>

Ajax Ins; Dario Cvitanich (Pachuca – Loan Return) Outs; Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Urby Emanuelson (AC Milan), Mido (Zamalek) The loss of Luis Suarez and Urby Emanuelsen suggests Ajax’s title hopes are gone. Suarez has only scored 7 goals this term, with Mounir El Hamdaoui leading the way, but he’s a big, big loss for the Amsterdam club. Ajax failed to get the deal for Heerenveen’s Bas Dost through too.

Portugal

FC Porto Ins; None Outs; Ukra (Braga)

Benfica Ins; Lionel Carole (Nantes), Jardel Vieira (Olhanense), Nemanja Matic (Chelsea), Jose Luis Fernandez (Racing) Outs; David Luiz (Chelsea),

Sporting Lisbon> Ins; Cristiano Oliveira (PAOK) Outs; Liedson (Corinthians)

David Luiz off to Chelsea>

Greece

Olympiacos Ins; None Outs; None

Panathinaikos Ins; None Outs; None

AEK Athens Ins; Nabil Baha (Malaga), David Mateos (Real Madrid – Loan), Michel (Birmingham City - Loan) Outs; None

Turkey

Trabzonspor Ins; None Outs; None

Bursaspor Ins; Kenny Miller (Rangers), Ahmet Ari (Gaziantepspor), Jozy Altidore (Villarreal - Loan) Outs; Yenal Tuncer (Antalyaspor - Loan)

Fenerbahce Ins; None Outs; Kazim Kazim (Galatasaray), Gokhan Unal (Istanbul BB - Loan)

Besiktas have spent big>

Besiktas Ins; Hugo Almeida (Werder Bremen), Simao Sabrosa (Atletico Madrid), Manuel Fernandes (Valencia - Loan) Outs; Tomas Zapotocny (Sparta Praha), Filip Holosko (Istanbul BB – Loan), Fatih Tekke (Ankaragucu), Michael Fink (Moenchengladbach), Rodrigo Tabata (Al Rayyan)

Galatasaray Ins; Kazim Kazim (Fenerbahce), Bogdan Stancu (Dinamo Bucuresti), Robinson Zapata (Dinamo Bucuresti), Emmanuel Culio (CFR Cluj), Yekta Kurtulus (Kasimpasa) Outs; Elano (Santos), Ali Turan (Antalyaspor), Serdar Ozkan (Ankaragucu)

Scotland

Celtic Ins; Kris Commons (Derby County) Outs; Jos Hooiveld (FC Copenhagen - Loan), Milan Misun (Swindon Town)

Rangers Ins; El Hadji Diouf (Blackburn – Loan), David Healy (Sunderland) Outs; Kenny Miller (Bursaspor)

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