The Best Of The January Transfer Window So Far
January 12, 2018 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan

Over the past couple of years, the January transfer window has lost some of its charm. Even Sky Sports don’t really seem to care that much about it until Deadline Day itself. However, the January transfer window can really change a side’s season for the better, or for the worse. A team can end up selling their best player to a rival club, Fernando Torres to Chelsea comes to mind here, but in fairness his best days were behind him! Or you could end up buying a player who completely transforms the fortunes of your team, the likes of Luis Suárez, Gabriel Jesus, Gary Cahill… the list goes on.

So what clubs have splashed the cash this window? Let’s take a look at some of the biggest done deals so far in this January transfer window.

Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool to Barcelona (Fee: €142 million)

Let’s start off with the big one first shall we!? after five years at Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho has left Anfield for the second highest transfer fee in history. The 25 year-old Brazilian Magician had become Liverpool’s number one playmaker over the previous few years and has been growing into the role with regular man of the match appearances.

coutinhosad

This transfer had been earmarked since last summer, when it looked like Coutinho was all set to leave Liverpool, but for one reason or another Liverpool were able to hold on to their man, with many believing the transfer would take place in summer 2018.

coutinhoshappy

However, Nike accidentally posted a photo of Coutinho in a Barcelona jersey on New Year’s Eve suggesting that the transfer was back on, and so it was and Coutinho has left Liverpool halfway through the season.

nike-coutinho-gaf

It will be interesting to see what sort of role Coutinho plays at Barca, will he be taking up the Andres Iniesta role from the legendary playmaker or will he play further forward alongside Messi and Suarez, one thing we know for certain Liverpool haven’t wasted any time spending the money received for Coutinho, which moves us on to our next transfer.

Virgil Van Dijk – Southampton – Liverpool (Fee: €75 million)

Liverpool fans must be praying to the football gods that Virgil Van Dijk is at long last the answer to their defensive frailties. For €75 million the Dutch international better be and then some. This deal initially tried to take place last summer, however, Southampton blocked the transfer and then in turn Van Dijk refused to play for the south coast side in order to push the move through.

vvd-sad

The summer transfer window came and went and Van Dijk was initially isolated from the Southampton team. He returned in September, but in the middle of December with speculation about his future rising, Van Dijk was left out of match-day squads. Then, on December 27th it was announced that Van Dijk had signed with the red half of Merseyside, with Liverpool apparently paying Southampton’s requested amount in the biggest transfer for a defender in history.

vvd

Van Dijk has already made an impact at the other end of the field for Liverpool, scoring the winning goal in their FA Cup 3rd round tie against local rivals Everton and immediately turning himself into a fan favourite. However, whether or not VVD will cure Liverpool’s shittydefence-itis, we’ll have to wait and see!

Ross Barkley – Everton to Chelsea (Fee: €15 million)

A few years ago, Ross Barkley was seen as the future of English football due to his pace and power. Sadly injury and a tendency to hang around with the wrong people left Barkley in the wilderness at Everton, with former manager Ronald Koeman refusing to play the 24-year old.

barkley-sad

If Barkley wanted to reignite his stagnating career he had to leave Everton sooner rather than later. Fortunately for Barkley, Chelsea came calling and he completed the €15 million deal last week, a snip compared to what he has previously been valued at (around €45 million).

barkley

Since the deal has been completed there have been calls by many people, including the Mayor of Liverpool, for the police to investigate the transfer. Allegations around whether this transfers is legal came up, due to the low nature of the price agreed between both clubs and the fact that it’s been reported that Barkley’s agent received half of the €15 million transfer fee. If anything actually comes of this, well that remains to be seen.

Diego Costa – Chelsea to Atlético Madrid (Fee: €57 million)

Well after every transfer window since he joined Chelsea were it looked like Diego Costa was going to leave West London, he finally left and returned to the club where he made his name. Costa leaves Chelsea with a grey cloud over his head. The Spanish international had fallen out with manager Antonio Conte last season, Conte convinced Costa to remain as Chelsea marched to the Premier League title.

costa-sad

Then Costa was refused his dream move back to Atletico Madrid during the summer due to Chelsea stalling over the transfer fee, Costa responded by saying Chelsea were treating him like a criminal, for his comments Costa was excluded from the first team and did not play a part in any of Chelsea’s matches this season. Eventually in September, Chelsea and Atletico agreed a deal for the striker to return to Madrid for €57 million in January.

costa

Costa has hit the ground running since his return to Atletico scoring on his first game back. In his second game back, Costa managed to get himself booked for elbowing a player, score a goal and get himself booked again for celebrating with the fans, reminding everyone that he’s still the same lovable bastard  he was at Chelsea.

With the January transfer window just beginning to heat up, make sure to check back in with us at The Sharpe in early February. Then we’ll go through the remaining transfers which take place from now until deadline day.

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The Best Of The January Transfer Window So Far
January 12, 2018 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan

Over the past couple of years, the January transfer window has lost some of its charm. Even Sky Sports don’t really seem to care that much about it until Deadline Day itself. However, the January transfer window can really change a side’s season for the better, or for the worse. A team can end up selling their best player to a rival club, Fernando Torres to Chelsea comes to mind here, but in fairness his best days were behind him! Or you could end up buying a player who completely transforms the fortunes of your team, the likes of Luis Suárez, Gabriel Jesus, Gary Cahill… the list goes on.

So what clubs have splashed the cash this window? Let’s take a look at some of the biggest done deals so far in this January transfer window.

Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool to Barcelona (Fee: €142 million)

Let’s start off with the big one first shall we!? after five years at Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho has left Anfield for the second highest transfer fee in history. The 25 year-old Brazilian Magician had become Liverpool’s number one playmaker over the previous few years and has been growing into the role with regular man of the match appearances.

coutinhosad

This transfer had been earmarked since last summer, when it looked like Coutinho was all set to leave Liverpool, but for one reason or another Liverpool were able to hold on to their man, with many believing the transfer would take place in summer 2018.

coutinhoshappy

However, Nike accidentally posted a photo of Coutinho in a Barcelona jersey on New Year’s Eve suggesting that the transfer was back on, and so it was and Coutinho has left Liverpool halfway through the season.

nike-coutinho-gaf

It will be interesting to see what sort of role Coutinho plays at Barca, will he be taking up the Andres Iniesta role from the legendary playmaker or will he play further forward alongside Messi and Suarez, one thing we know for certain Liverpool haven’t wasted any time spending the money received for Coutinho, which moves us on to our next transfer.

Virgil Van Dijk – Southampton – Liverpool (Fee: €75 million)

Liverpool fans must be praying to the football gods that Virgil Van Dijk is at long last the answer to their defensive frailties. For €75 million the Dutch international better be and then some. This deal initially tried to take place last summer, however, Southampton blocked the transfer and then in turn Van Dijk refused to play for the south coast side in order to push the move through.

vvd-sad

The summer transfer window came and went and Van Dijk was initially isolated from the Southampton team. He returned in September, but in the middle of December with speculation about his future rising, Van Dijk was left out of match-day squads. Then, on December 27th it was announced that Van Dijk had signed with the red half of Merseyside, with Liverpool apparently paying Southampton’s requested amount in the biggest transfer for a defender in history.

vvd

Van Dijk has already made an impact at the other end of the field for Liverpool, scoring the winning goal in their FA Cup 3rd round tie against local rivals Everton and immediately turning himself into a fan favourite. However, whether or not VVD will cure Liverpool’s shittydefence-itis, we’ll have to wait and see!

Ross Barkley – Everton to Chelsea (Fee: €15 million)

A few years ago, Ross Barkley was seen as the future of English football due to his pace and power. Sadly injury and a tendency to hang around with the wrong people left Barkley in the wilderness at Everton, with former manager Ronald Koeman refusing to play the 24-year old.

barkley-sad

If Barkley wanted to reignite his stagnating career he had to leave Everton sooner rather than later. Fortunately for Barkley, Chelsea came calling and he completed the €15 million deal last week, a snip compared to what he has previously been valued at (around €45 million).

barkley

Since the deal has been completed there have been calls by many people, including the Mayor of Liverpool, for the police to investigate the transfer. Allegations around whether this transfers is legal came up, due to the low nature of the price agreed between both clubs and the fact that it’s been reported that Barkley’s agent received half of the €15 million transfer fee. If anything actually comes of this, well that remains to be seen.

Diego Costa – Chelsea to Atlético Madrid (Fee: €57 million)

Well after every transfer window since he joined Chelsea were it looked like Diego Costa was going to leave West London, he finally left and returned to the club where he made his name. Costa leaves Chelsea with a grey cloud over his head. The Spanish international had fallen out with manager Antonio Conte last season, Conte convinced Costa to remain as Chelsea marched to the Premier League title.

costa-sad

Then Costa was refused his dream move back to Atletico Madrid during the summer due to Chelsea stalling over the transfer fee, Costa responded by saying Chelsea were treating him like a criminal, for his comments Costa was excluded from the first team and did not play a part in any of Chelsea’s matches this season. Eventually in September, Chelsea and Atletico agreed a deal for the striker to return to Madrid for €57 million in January.

costa

Costa has hit the ground running since his return to Atletico scoring on his first game back. In his second game back, Costa managed to get himself booked for elbowing a player, score a goal and get himself booked again for celebrating with the fans, reminding everyone that he’s still the same lovable bastard  he was at Chelsea.

With the January transfer window just beginning to heat up, make sure to check back in with us at The Sharpe in early February. Then we’ll go through the remaining transfers which take place from now until deadline day.

Evan Coughlan
Writes about sport and stuff. When Evan thinks of a witty comment it will appear here.

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