Transfer Deadline Day: Man Utd signs Odion Ighalo, Carrasco returns to Atletico

Here are the highlights from the winter transfer deadline day. While Manchester United signed Nigeria's Odion Ighalo, Yannick Carrasco returned to Atletico.

According to Sky Sports, Manchester United has reached an agreement with Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo.

According to Sky Sports, Manchester United has reached an agreement with Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo.   -  AFP

Hello and welcome to the highlights of all the major happenings of the January transfer deadline day.




4:23 AM IST: Aston Villa welcomes Borja Baston from Swansea. Meanwhile, Tom Carroll’s contract at Swansea has been terminated with immediate effect.

4:21 AM IST: Barcelona and Nice have reached an agreement for the loan transfer of Senegalese right-back Moussa Wague until June 30.

4:08 AM IST: Albert Adomah joins Cardiff City on loan from Nottingham Forest. Meanwhile, Cardiff releases defender Lee Peltier. He will join West Bromwich Albion.

4:06 AM IST: England's Connor Wickham has joined Championship club Sheffield Wednesday on loan until the end of this season.

4:02 AM: Motherwell has signed Rolando Aarons on loan from Newcastle until the end of the season. Meanwhile, the side releases James Scott, who is destined to join Hull on a £1.5m deal.

3:59 AM IST: FINALLY! DONE DEAL! Manchester United has signed Nigeria's most flamboyant striker Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua on loan until the end of the season, in the dying minutes of the window. There is no option to buy the player at the end of the term.

The man's moving to his dream club. We wish him all the very best!


Odion Ighalo   -  AFP



3:53 AM IST: Mansfield Town's striker Andrew Cook has joined Tranmere Rovers on loan until the end of the season for an undisclosed fee.

3:51 AM IST: West Brom has signed Lee Peltier from Cardiff on loan until the end of the season.

3:50 AM IST: Back to the squad! Huddersfield has re-signed former goalkeeper Jonas Lossl on loan from Everton.

3:48 AM IST: Rangers FC have a swap! While it welcomes Florian Kamberi on loan from Hibernian, it loans out midfielder Greg Docherty to the Scottish Premiership side until the end of the season.

3:45 AM IST: Iceland U-19 captain Isak Thorvaldsson has joined Fleetwood Town FC on loan from Norwich City FC.

3:41 AM IST: Jason Lokilo has joined Doncaster Rovers on loan from Crystal Palace FC.

3:38 AM IST: Tottenham has reached agreement with Stoke City for the transfer of Tashan Oakley-Boothe.

3:35 AM IST: FINALLY! Wolves' Ryan Bennett has joined Leicester City FC on loan until the end of the season.

3:34 AM IST: BIG NEWS COMING IN, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! Manchester United has reached an agreement with Odion Ighalo over a six-month loan from his parent club, Shanghai Shenhua, reports Sky Sports.


3:31 AM IST: Bristol City defender Taylor Moore has joined Blackpool FC on loan.

3:24 AM IST: Southampton FC under-23 captain and midfielder Callum Slattery has completed a loan move to Dutch side De Graafschap for the remainder of the season.

3:21 AM IST: Bristol City has signed Hull’s midfielder Markus Henriksen on loan for the rest of the season.

3:21 AM IST: Dundee has signed the Hearts captain Christophe Berra on loan.

3:19 AM IST: Seriously Brighton? Are you kidding me? 'Me' here is a hungry Indian soul stuck at office till 4:30 in the morning!


3:11 AM IST: Bolton Wanderers FC announces the signing of midfielder Jacob Mellis.

3:05 AM IST: Matty Palmer signs for Swindon Town FC.

3:04 AM IST: Southend United can confirm an agreement has been reached to mutually terminate the contract of Liam Ridgewell.

3:03 AM IST: As we wait for Manchester United to finalise the Ighalo deal, why not take a look at AFP's list of major winter moves in Europe's leading leagues (most fees given are estimates based on press reports):


Francisco Trincao (POR) to Barcelona from SC Braga/POR for 31 million euros ($34.3 million) -- will join in July

Reinier Jesus (BRA) to Real Madrid from Flamengo/BRA for 30 million euros

Paco Alcacer (ESP) to Villarreal from Borussia Dortmund/GER for 23 million euros

Raul de Tomas (ESP) to Espanyol from Benfica/POR for 22.5 million euros

Youssef En-Nesyri (MAR) to Sevilla from Leganes for 20 million euros

Hatem Ben Arfa (FRA) to Real Valladolid, free agent

Carles Alena (ESP) to Real Betis from Barcelona on loan

Yannick Carrasco (BEL) to Atletico Madrid from Dalian Yifang/CHN on loan

Suso (ESP) to Sevilla from AC Milan/ITA on loan



Krzysztof Piatek (POL) to Hertha Berlin from AC Milan/ITA for 27 million euros

Lucas Tousart (FRA) to Hertha Berlin from Lyon/FRA for 25 million euros (loaned back to Lyon until end of season)

Dani Olmo (ESP) to RB Leipzig from Dinamo Zagreb/CRO for 20 million euros

Erling Braut Haaland (NOR) to Borussia Dortmund from RB Salzburg (AUT) for 20 million euros

Exequiel Palacios (ARG) to Bayer Leverkusen from River Plate/ARG for 17 million euros

Munas Dabbur (ISR) to Hoffenheim from Sevilla/ESP for 12 million euros

Alvaro Odriozola (ESP) to Bayern Munich from Real Madrid/ESP on loan

Angelino (ESP) to RB Leipzig from Manchester City/ENG on loan

Alexander Nuebel (GER) to Bayern Munich from Schalke 04 on free transfer -- will move at end of season



Dejan Kulusevski (SWE) to Juventus from Atalanta for 35 million euros -- will finish season on loan at Parma

Stanislav Lobotka (SVK) to Napoli from Celta Vigo/ESP for 25 million euros

Christian Eriksen (DEN) to Inter Milan from Tottenham Hotspur/ENG for 20 million euros

Diego Demme (GER) to Napoli from RB Leipzig/GER for 15 million euros

Ashley Young (ENG) to Inter Milan from Manchester United/ENG for 1.5 million euros

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (SWE) to AC Milan on free

Victor Moses (NGR) to Inter Milan from Chelsea/ENG on loan

Simon Kjaer (DEN) to AC Milan from Sevilla/ESP on loan

Patrick Cutrone (ITA) to Fiorentina from Wolverhampton Wanderers/ENG on two-year loan with obligation to buy

Carles Perez (ESP) to Roma from Barcelona/ESP on loan



Bruno Guimaraes (BRA) to Lyon from Athletico Paranaense/BRA for 20 million euros

Aurelien Tchouameni (FRA) to Monaco from Bordeaux for 20 million euros

Youssouf Fofana (FRA) to Monaco from Strasbourg for 15 million euros

Tino Kadewere (ZIM) to Lyon from Le Havre for 14 million euros - loaned back to Le Havre until end of season

Strahinja Pavlovic (SRB) to Monaco from Partizan Belgrade/SRB for 10 million euros -- loaned back to Partizan until end of season

Remi Oudin (FRA) to Bordeaux from Reims for 10 million euros

Steven Nzonzi (FRA) to Rennes from Roma/ITA on loan



Julian Weigl (GER) to Benfica/POR from Borussia Dortmund/GER for 20 million euros

Ryan Babel (NED) to Ajax/NED from Galatasaray/TUR on loan

Marcos Rojo (ARG) to Estudiantes/ARG from Manchester United/ENG on loan

Javier Hernandez (MEX) to Los Angeles Galaxy/USA from Sevilla/ESP -- undisclosed



2:53 AM: Sheffield United midfielder Mark Duffy has joined ADO Den Haag on loan until the end of season.

2:48 AM IST: Bristol City forward Antoine Semenyo signs for Sunderland.

2:40 AM IST: Rochdale's Ryan Delaney has joined Bolton Wanderers on a permanent deal.

2:38 AM IST: News from League One: Lincoln has signed midfielder Liam Bridcutt on loan from Nottingham Forest.

2:27 AM IST: Reading's Marc McNulty has swapped a loan spell at Sunderland AFC for a return to Hibernian FC on loan until the end of the season.


Marc McNulty


2:21 AM IST: Spurs' Shilow Tracey has joined Macclesfield Town on loan until the end of the season.

2:18 AM IST: Willian Jose will not be leaving Real Sociedad. The club says: “This last day of the market is about closing the exit of Ruben Pardo from the club. In the winter market there will be no more movements in the current squad.”

2:17 AM IST: Ravel Morrison arrives to Middlesborough FC on loan from Sheffield United.

1:50 AM IST: Paddy Reading
moves from Middlesborough to Stevenage FC.

1:39 AM IST: Meanwhile, Manchester United is in contact with Odion Ighalo’s agents right now, reports BBC. WILL IT HAPPEN? THE RUMOURS ARE INTENSIFYING BY THE MINUTE!



1:39 AM IST: Coventry City sign Ryan Giles on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers until the end of season.

1:21 AM IST: AC Milan acquires Belgian winger Alexis Saelemaekers from RSC Anderlecht on loan until the end of the 2019/20 Serie A season, with an option to make the deal permanent.

1:19 AM IST: Everton goalkeeper Jonas Lossl is set to rejoin former club Huddersfield Town on loan until the end of the season, reports BBC.

1:16 AM IST: Sheffield United has signed Bayer Leverkusen defender Panagiotis Retsos on loan for the rest of the season.

1:09 AM IST: Another Premier League signing people! Wolverhampton Wanderers FC has signed Luke Matheson from League One side Rochdale. In case the name doesn't ring a bell, here's more information regarding the youngster: Matheson made the headlines when he scored at Old Trafford in September as Rochdale held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw in the EFL Cup third round before losing on penalties.

Wolves sporting director Kevin Thelwell told the club's website: "Our recruitment team have watched Luke since he made his debut at 15.

"The system we play, it's set up for him. He plays at right-back for Rochdale at the moment, but he's a right-wing-back in our eyes because of his energy and ability to continually sprint and recover.

"At 17, for a boy to have so much experience, be English and have such a strong mentality is fantastic, and we think he's everything we're about.

"It's great for all of us to get him in the building, we're really excited and we think he's going to be a top talent."


Luke Matheson.



1:04 AM IST: Pontus Dahlberg has joined FC Emmen on loan from Watford for the rest of the season.

1:01 AM IST: DEAL! Brighton has signed defender Tariq Lamptey from Chelsea on undisclosed terms until June 2023.


Tariq Lamptey.


12:54 AM IST: JUST IN! Jarrod Bowen has agreed personal terms on his move from Hull to West Ham on a £20m-plus deal.

12:35 AM IST: Sebastian Prödl: “I am just grateful to have Watford on my CV, I am moving on now but I am glad I have been here. Watford will always have a place in my heart.”

Prödl's contract has been terminated by mutual consent.

12:30 AM IST: DONE! Maya Yoshida’s loan move from Southampton to Sampdoria is confirmed.

12:56 AM IST: Matt Smith has joined Charlton on loan from Manchester City until the end of the season.

12:13 AM IST: Good news from Anderlecht! Winger Marko Pjaca arrives on loan from Juventus.

11:56 PM IST: Borja Baston completes a move to Aston Villa from Swansea.

11:55 PM IST: Confirmation: Steven Nzonzi on loan to Rennes until the end of the season, with option to extend for another year.

11:52 PM IST: AC Milan’s deal to sign Antonee Robinson from Wigan hits a block. The defender will remain at the DW Stadium.

11:42 PM IST: THE WAIT'S OVER FOLKS! Emre Can joins Borussia Dortmund from Juventus with a buyback clause worth 25m euros (£21m).

"In Emre Can we get a German national player who can be used across multiple systems in defence as well as in central midfield," says Dortmund sports director Michael Zorc.

"A player who, as well as his technique, has a strong will to win."

Can, 26, who started his career at Bayern Munich and was at Liverpool from 2014-18, added: "I think the team has great potential and can win something. I am convinced that I can help them and can't wait to play in front of these fans for whom Borussia Dortmund is known all over the world for the first time."


Borussia Dortmund has completed the signing of Emre Can from Juventus on loan until the end of the season.   -  BVB


10:47 PM IST: Barcelona and Palmeiras have reached an agreement for the transfer of midfielder Matheus Fernandes Siqueira. He will join the Blaugrana for a fee of €7m, plus €3m in add-ons.

10:44 PM IST: Manchester City's Angelino has been loaned out to RB Leipzig, the PL defending champion has announced.


10:17 PM IST: Dortmund has agreed terms with Hoffenheim for the sale of Jacob Bruun Larsen.

10:15 PM IST: Keisuke Honda has joined Brazilian side Botafogo. His signing was announced in peculiar fashion!


10:11 PM IST: According to The Guardian, Jarrod Bowen has completed his medical with West Ham and is now on his way to London to discuss personal terms.

09:49 PM IST: Meanwhile, Aberdeen has made history with its signing of Ronald Hernandez. He becomes Aberdeen's first-ever Venezuelan signing.

09:38 PM IST: Sampdoria is close to agreeing a loan deal for Southampton centre-back Maya Yoshida, according to Sky Sports. Meanwhile, the Saints have also agreed a loan deal for Chelsea midfielder Jacob Maddox.

09:30 PM IST: RB Leipzig is in talks with Manchester City over a potential move for Angelino, according to Kicker.

09:07 PM IST: Newcastle United has announced Ki Sung-yueng has left the club by mutual consent. "We would like to thank Ki for his efforts both on and off the pitch throughout his time at St. James’ Park and wish him well for the future," the club said in a tweet.

08:38 PM IST: Manchester United's interest in Joshua King "has cooled", according to Sky Sports.  It is believed that the Red Devils are looking for options elsewhere.

08:28 PM IST: Jarrod Bowen's move to West Ham has stalled over personal terms, reports Sky Sports.

08:17 PM IST: Edinson Cavani is staying at PSG, the club has confirmed.


08:11 PM IST: West Ham boss David Moyes is "hopeful" of Jarrod Bowen's move to the Hammers. "I can't confirm it is done but I hope it can be concluded," he said.

07:56 PM IST: No deadline day transfers for Liverpool, confirms Jurgen Klopp. "Incoming: nothing. Outgoing: nothing," he said. "You can leave Melwood after the press conference, calm down and go to another place where it is more exciting."

07:54 PM IST: Seems like no more signings for Arsenal after the confirmation of Soares. Mikel Arteta says, "Never say never but I'm pretty convinced that's us."

- As clubs scramble to secure last-minute deals, an unforeseen element is making things difficult for some - China's coronavirus epidemic. Yaya Toure, Marko Arnautovic, Mousa Dembele, Odion Ighalo and Salomon Rondon are some of the names who have been affected by this.


Full story: Transfer Deadline Day: Coronavirus blocks player moves

ICYMI, Cedric Bakambu's move to Barcelona from Celtic has fallen through while he was on his way to Catalonia. The Democratic Republic of the Congo striker had a good laugh about the fallen move on Twitter:

07:20 PM IST: Carlo Ancelotti claims there was no offer received for Everton's Richarlison, who was linked with a big-money move to Chelsea. Ancelotti said: "He was here yesterday, not in Barcelona. There were rumours but we didn't receive an official offer for him. The player is happy here and signed a new contract only one month ago."

07:16 PM IST: Huge news coming in from Chelsea: Frank Lampard has confirmed Olivier Giroud is not moving away from Chelsea. Also, he has admitted the transfer window is "95 per cent" over for The Blues.

Full story: Olivier Giroud to remain at Chelsea


07:10 PM IST: Burnley has confirmed there will be no deadline day signing for the club.

07:02 PM IST: Manchester United signs goalkeeper Nathan Bishop from Southend United for an undisclosed fee.

06:35 PM IST: Sheffield United signs Richario Zivkovic on loan from Chinese club Changchun Yatai. The Blades have an option to make the deal permanent in the summer.

06:16 PM IST: Ex-Manchester United striker James Wilson has signed an 18-month deal with Salford City.


ICYMI: Earlier today, Rangers signed Ianis Hagi -- the son of Barcelona and Real Madrid great Gheorghe -- on loan from Genk until the end of the season.


05:58 PM IST: Yannick Carrasco returns to Atletico Madrid! He joins Atletico on loan until the end of the season from Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang. The Belgian player had played for Atleti from 2015 to 2018.

Full story: Carrasco returns to Atletico on loan from Dalian Yifang


05:27 PM IST: Barcelona has signed 20-year-old Francisco Trincao from Braga. The winger will join the La Liga giant in the summer for £26million. The youngster is dubbed "the new Ronaldo" and has a buyout clause of £420million.

Full story: Barcelona signs Francisco Trincao: Release clause set at €500 million

05:23 PM IST: Joshua King to Manchester United rumours - The Red Devils are unlikely to re-sign Joshua King from Bournemouth before the transfer deadline, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Asked about the prospect of signing King on deadline day, Solskjaer said: "I don't think we'll do any more business, no, I don't think so."

Full story: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rules out Joshua King's move to Manchester United

05:07 PM IST: Wolverhampton defender Ryan Benett is on his way to Leicester City for a medical, reports Sky Sports. He is expected to join the Foxes on loan for the rest of the season.

4:48 PM IST: Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has made it clear that midfielder John Fleck will stay at the club amid rumours of a £20million move to Arsenal. Here's what Wilder has said:


4:37PM IST - Major news so far:

- Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has confirmed Manchester United has shown interest in striker Joshua King.

- Chelsea's Olivier Giroud for rumoured for a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

- Arsenal has confirmed the loan signing of defender Cedric Soares from Southampton.

- PSG's Edinson Cavani is rumoured for a move away from the Ligue 1 giant.


January may not see the biggest transfers as compared to the summer transfer window but in the last decade teams have splashed the cash.

The 2019 January transfer saw six deals which cost over £30 million across the top five leagues. Brazilian Philippe Coutinho's transfer to Barcelona from Liverpool in 2018 remains the biggest winter transfer.