Transfer window deadline day: Biggest news from Europe’s top leagues as window closes

Transfer window deadline day: Biggest news from Europe’s top leagues as window closes

Most years, the January transfer window is a time rich with transactions as teams across Europe bring in new players to improve their clubs near the midway point of the season. This year, things have been slower than usual, particularly in the Premier League.

During the summer transfer window last year, Premier League clubs spent about $3 billion on transfers, according to Deloitte. It was a new record for spending during a transfer window, breaking the old one by almost $557 million. Even last January was far more busy than this one in the Premier League. The 20 league clubs spent a record $1.03 billion last year compared to the less than $127 million spent so far this year.

Here’s all the latest on the January transfer window ahead of Thursday’s 6 p.m. ET deadline.

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Feb. 1: Bertrand Traore – Aston Villa to Villarreal (Free)

Bertrand Traoré has terminated his contract early and joined La Liga’s Villarreal on a free transfer. The forward scored eight goals for Aston Villa across all competitions in his first season at Villa Park. Now, after competing for Burkina Faso in the Africa Cup of Nations, he will head to Spain.

Feb. 1: Orel Mangala – Nottingham Forest to Lyon (Loan)

The 25-year-old midfielder from Belgium will be on loan to Lyon, with an option for a $16 million purchase. Olympique Lyonnais is currently placed at the third spot from the bottom of the Ligue 1 standings at 16, and they desperately need assistance in turning their fortunes around this season.

Feb. 1:Alejo Veliz – Tottenham to Sevilla (Loan)

The 20-year-old Argentine will head to Spain to join Sevilla for the remainder of the season after passing a medical examination. Veliz has played in only eight Premier League games for Tottenham this season, scoring one goal.

Feb. 1: Hendry Blank – Dortmund to RB Salzburg ($4.3 million)

The 19-year-old German center-back came up as a member of Dortmund’s youth academy, which he joined in 2019. In June 2023, he signed a contract with their reserve team, Borussia Dortmund II. At the end of the January transfer window, Blank has decided to pursue an opportunity to play in the Austrian Bundesliga with a first-team club: RB Salzburg, a team currently at the top of their league.

Feb. 1: Maxime Estève – Montpellier to Burnley (Loan)

Estève, a 21-year-old French center-back, moves on a loan from Ligue 1 to a Premier League club fighting its way out of the relegation zone. According to The Guardian, it is expected to become a full transfer in the summer worth around $11 million.

Feb. 1: Adam Wharton – Blackburn Rovers to Crystal Palace ($23 million)

Crystal Palace add the 19-year-old defensive midfielder from the EFL Championship club hours before the deadline. It’s a deal that can rise to $28 million.

Feb. 1: Hugo Ekitike – PSG to Eintracht Frankfurt (Loan)

Ekitike, a 21-year-old striker, heads to the Bundesliga from Ligue 1 on loan with a €30 million buy clause, according to soccer news insider Fabrizio Romano.

Feb. 1: Lino Sousa – Arsenal to Aston Villa (Undisclosed)

Two of EPL’s top teams completed a transfer on Thursday, with the 19-year-old Portuguese left-back heading from third-place Arsenal to fifth-place Aston Villa. He will be loaned from Villa to EFL Championship team Plymouth Argyle.

Feb. 1: Tommaso Baldanzi – Empoli to Roma ($16 million)

Baldanzi, a 20-year-old attacking midfielder, has scored two goals in just 14 appearances for Empoli in Serie A play this season. Roughly $2 million of Baldanzi’s transfer cost is in add-ons, and he’ll join a club just outside of Champions League qualifying spots – currently fifth place in the Italian league.

Feb. 1: Yorbe Vertessen – PSV Eindhoven to Union Berlin ($5 million)

This transfer initially was reported a few days ago, but injury trouble at PSV almost led the club to hold onto their 23-year-old winger. Now that the deal is complete, he heads to Union Berlin, a club fighting to stay out of Bundesliga’s relegation zone.

Feb. 1: Sergio Akieme – Almería to Stade de Reims ($11 million)

Akieme joined Almería on loan from Barcelona in 2020 before the club bought a permanent contract the following year for €3.5 million. Now, the 26-year-old left-back heads to Ligue 1 as Reims try to make a push for a top three spot and Champions League qualification.

Feb. 1: Mahmoud Dahoud – Brighton to Stuttgart (Loan)

Dahoud, a 28-year-old defensive midfielder, has only made six starts and nine appearances for Brighton this season. Now, the Germany national team player rejoins the Bundesliga, where he made 101 appearances for Dortmund from 2017-2023. Stuttgart will get his help to remain in contention for a Champions League qualifier spot.

Feb. 1: Rodrigo Ribeiro – Sporting to Nottingham Forest (Loan)

The 18-year-old Portuguese forward made six appearances for Sporting but now joins Nottingham Forest on a loan with an option to buy.

Feb. 1: Morgan Rogers – Middlesbrough to Aston Villa ($10 million)

EFL Championship club Middlesbrough signed Rogers, a 21-year-old forward, from Manchester City last year for around $1.25 million. According to ESPN, there are performance-related add-ons included in this deal worth up to nearly $9 million more.

Jan. 31: Gio Reyna – Dortmund to Nottingham Forest (Loan)

The Bundesliga club reached a contract extension agreement with Reyna, a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team, through June 2026 before loaning him to Nottingham Forest. According to ESPN reporting, La Liga club Sevilla and Ligue 1’s Marseilles were also interested in the 21-year-old midfielder.

Jan. 28: Sacha Boey – Galatasaray to Bayern Munich ($34 million)

Boey, a 23-year-old right-back, made 63 appearances over his three seasons with Turkish club Galatasaray. Now, the French defender will try to help Bayern Munich make a Bundesliga title push amid a tight race with Leverkusen.

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