Transfer Deadline Day highlights: Chelsea signs Enzo for British record-fee; Sabitzer joins United on loan; Ziyech move to PSG hit by red tape

Highlights from the deadline day of the 2023 winter transfer window.

Updated : Feb 01, 2023 06:06 IST

Highlights of Sportstar’s transfer centre on Deadline Day, where we tracked signings of players around Europe on the last day of the January 2023 winter transfer window.

Recap: Noteworthy transfers on deadline day
Enzo Fernandez to Chelsea: Chelsea reached an agreement with Benfica to sign Argentina World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez for a British record 105 million pounds ($129 million) in a deal till June, 2031.
Jorginho to Arsenal: English Premier League side Arsenal has acquired the services of Jorginho from city rival Chelsea in a deal worth 12 million pounds. Jorginho signed a one-year contract with an option to extend by one year.
Marcel Sabitzer to Manchester United: Manchester United  completed its third winter signing, on deadline day, securing the signature of Austrian midfielder Marcel Sabitzer on a loan deal till the end of the season.
Pedro Porro to Tottenham Hotspur: Tottenham Hotspur signed Spanish right back Pedro Porro from Portuguese side Sporting on loan until the end of the season with an obligation to make the deal permanent in the summer.
Matt Doherty to Atletico Madrid: Tottenham Hotspur and Matt Doherty mutually agreed to the termination of Matt Doherty’s contract to enable him to join Atletico Madrid on a free move.
Official: Marcel Sabitzer completes Manchester United move
Manchester United has officially announced the signing of Austrian midfielder Marcel Sabitzer from Bayern Munich on loan until June 2023.
Sabitzer said: “Sometimes in life you have to make quick and important decisions. From the moment I heard about this opportunity I knew it was right for me. I am a competitive player; I want to win and help the club achieve its aims this season.  “I feel that I am at my peak as a player, and that I can contribute a lot of experience and energy to the squad. I am excited to start with my new team-mates and manager and to show my qualities to Manchester United fans.”

Ziyech deal to PSG reportedly off after documents not submitted on time

Latest on Ziyech transfer
PSG has an appeal ready to LFP. The contracts are not validated as things stand after Chelsea and PSG exchanged documents. As things stand, the deal is off.

Latest transfer news

  • Official: Harry Soutter has joined Leicester City on permanent deal from Stoke City.
BREAKING: Ziyech move to PSG hits snag
PSG and Chelsea signed the contracts but they were not sent back to be registered in time. The contracts are not validated as of now. The clubs are trying to find a solution.

Latest transfer news

  • Ziyech has signed the necessary documents for his PSG move. Now, the contracts need to be registered and then the player can officially make the move.
  • Official: Jonjo Shelvey has completed his move to Nottingham Forest from Newcastle United.
  • Official: Albert Sambi Lokonga has joined Crystal Palace on a loan deal until June.
Spurs sign Porro
Tottenham Hotspur has completed the signing of Pedro Porro from Sporting Lisbon in a deal until June, 2028.

Latest transfer updates

  • Genk has signed Arokodare from Amiens to replace Onuachu who’s now set to join Southampton.
  • David Datro Fofana will stay at Chelsea. There will be no loan move to OGC Nice or any other club.
  • Official: Nottingham Forest has completed the signing of Keylor Navas from PSG on a loan deal until the end of the season. Personal terms were already agreed and now, documents have been signed and approved.
Official: Latest news from Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur and Matt Doherty have mutually agreed to the termination of Matt Doherty’s contract to enable him to join Atletico Madrid on a free move.
Earlier in the day, Doherty signed for Atletico Madrid from Spurs on a loan deal.
Club statement: “We have mutually agreed to the termination of Matt Doherty’s contract to enable him to join another club. Signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers in August, 2020, the Republic of Ireland international made 71 appearances for us in all competitions, scoring three goals. We should like to thank Matt for his service and wish him well for the future.”
Chelsea has finally reached an agreement with Benfica to sign Enzo Fernandez for a British record 105 million pounds. The clubs are looking to complete formalities as quickly as possible before the end of the window. Fernández will sign with Chelsea until June 2031
The transfer saga finally comes to an end!!
Update: Enzo is currently undergoing medical tests with the Chelsea staff. Meanwhile, the legal team is making sure that the deal is signed.
Ziyech to PSG
PSG has reached an agreement with Chelsea to sign Hakim Ziyech on loan until summer. The deal has not been signed yet, but everything is in place. There is a loan fee but no option to buy according to reports by The Athletic.
AC Milan, Roma, RB Leipzig and other PL clubs were also interested.

Transfer updates:

  • Official: Nottingham Forest confirm the arrival of Brazilian defender Felipe from Atlético Madrid. He has signed a deal until June 2024.
  • Meetings still ongoing between Benfica and Chelsea for Enzo Fernandez. No medical in place as of now. Chelsea will try till the end to secure the player before the window closes.
  • Jose Marsa is set to leave Sporting to join Sporting Gijon on loan deal until June.
  • Barcelona are now closing in on Julián Araujo deal with LA Galaxy
  • Bournemouth has completed the signing of Hamed Traoré from Sassuolo and Ilya Zabarkyi from Dynamo Kyiv
  • Milan Skriniar will leave Inter in June on free transfer to join PSG. His move this winter is off!
  • Crystal Palace announces signing Naouirou Ahamada from VfB Stuttgart while Luke Plange joins Lincoln City on loan for the rest of the season
Sabitzer arrives at Carrington!
Manchester United’s latest loan signing was spotted at the club’s training centre in Carrington, as per local reports. Erik Ten Hag’s side will announce him shortly.

Latest transfer news:

  • Fulham announces the signing of Torino midfielder Sasa Lukic on a permanent deal
  • Derby County has completed the loan signing of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harvey White until the end of the season.
  • Emre Demir has joined Turkish Super League side Fenerbahce SK from FC Barcelona
  • Sporting CP’s Pedro Porro has reportedfly completed his move to Tottenham Hotspur
  • Official! Former Barcelona fullback Hector Bellerin is a Sporting CP player
  • Ukrainian centre back Ilya Zabarkyi joins Bournemouth on permanent deal.
Arsenal announces the signing of Jorginho from Chelsea. The player was interested in the move and a keen Arteta snapped up the opportunity to get him to Arsenal on deadline day.

Latest transfer updates:

  • Hector Bellerín has completed his move from Barcelona to Sporting CP.
  • Fulham has complete the agreement to sign Cédric Soares from Arsenal, as per reports.
  • West Bromwich has to sign Chelsea youngster Omari Hutchinson on loan.
OFFICIAL: Thorgan Hazard joins PSV!
Thorgan Hazard has joined PSV Eindhovem from Borussia Dortmund on a loan deal. The agreement has been signed and completed today.

Latest transfer updates

  • Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are on the verge of agreeing a deal for Hakim Ziyech. The details are being discussed. Ziyech got offers from multiple clubs but chose PSG.
  • Leicester City’s Ayoze Perez has officially made his move to La Liga club Real Betis.
  • Fulham has signed Torino midfielder Sasa Lukic on a permanent deal for 10 million Euros, which includes add-ons.
  • Barcelona is close to signing Julian Araujo from LA Galaxy. Agreement between both club is just a matter of time. Personal terms with the player have already been agreed.
  • According to reports, Barcelona will not be able to secure a deadline day signing for Sofyan Amrabat. Fiorentina will not accept an ‘option to buy’ clause and Barca can’t proceed with obligation or permanent deal.
Manchester United makes a deadline day signing
Manchester United has signed Marcel Sabitzer from Bayern Munich on Tuesday on a loan deal, with no option to buy. The deal set to be signed in the final hours, with personal terms also having been agreed.

Latest transfer news

  • Southampton is closing in on a deal to sign Paul Onuachu from Belgian club Genk. He will follow Kamaldeen Sulemana as a new signing.
Atletico signs Doherty on loan
Matt Doherty has signed the contract to complete the loan deal to Atlético Madrid from Tottenham.

Latest transfer updates

  • Albert Sambi Lokonga’s loan deal to Crystal Palace from Arsenal is done. Medicals were completed in the afternoon itself. The Gunners have accepted loan deal for Lokonga until June.
  • Fiorentina is set to sign Moroccan talent Abdelhamid Sabiri. He will joins on a permanent deal from Sampdoria.
  • Pedro Porro will sign the contract as new Tottenham player in the next few hours, around 1:30 AM IST.
  • Djed Spence has joined Rennes on loan with a NO buy option from Tottenham Hotspur.
  • PSG has reached full agreement to loan talent Ayman Kari to Lorient with a buy option clause. The deal is done and is to be announced soon
Manchester United agrees personal terms with Sabtizer
Manchester United hs agreed personal terms with Bayern Munich’s Marcel Sabitzer. Sabitzer immediately accepted the terms and expressed his desire of working under Erik Ten Hag. He will be in Manchester later tonight waiting to sign for Man Utd on a loan deal.
Update: Sabitzer is on his way to Manchester in order to complete his move to Man United.
BIG NEWS: Benfica and Chelsea close to agreeing deal for Enzo Fernandez
As per reports, Benfica and Chelsea are optimistic about agreeing a deal for Enzo Fernandez. Benfica have granted permission to the World Cup-winning midfielder to do medical in Portugal in case a deal is struck.
Caicedo to Arsenal deal off
Moisés Caicedo’s deal with Arsenal is now completely off. There will be no further talks. Brighton rejected Arsenal’s bids of 60 million and 70 million pounds respectively. The Seagulls had no intention of selling Caicedo.
Marseille signs Vitinha
Vitinha has completed his move to Olympique Marseille and signed the paperwork. The deciding fee was 26 million Euros, which would reach 30 with add-ons. The player will land in Marseille shortly to complete medical tests.

Latest transfer news

  • Nottingham Forest is pushing to sign keeper goalkeeper Keylor Navas on loan. Talks are on with PSG to make final decision on salary share.
  • Leicester City defender Caglar Soyüncü will reportedly not join Atletico Madrid now, due to Financial Fair Play salary limits. He is expected to move for free in July.
  • Hector Bellerin, just landed in Lisbon with his agent and on his way to the medical tests as new Sporting player. Barcelona has aready approved the deal.
  • Ivan Fresneda will stay at Real Valladolid until the end of the season. Loan bid received today has been rejected. He was rumoured to be going to either Arsenal or Borussia Dortmund. He is expected to get a top club move in the summer window.
  • Despite rumours about a possible move to Inter, Manchester United centre-back Harry Maguire will stay at the club. There was never any concrete news about Maguire leaving the club in January. He is staying till the end of the season.
Enzo deal has NOT collapsed
Talks are ongoing between Chelsea and Benfica over the potential transfer of Enzo Fernandez. The deal has not collapsed. The coming hours are crucial in the transfer saga.

Latest transfer updates

  • Conor Gallagher wil stay at Chellsea. The clubs don’t want another loan and permanent offers well below valuation. He is most likely staying till the end of the season, barring any late twists.
  • Olympique Lyon has opened talks to sign Tiemoué Bakayoko from Chelsea, who is currently on loan to AC Milan. The deal is not done yet.
  • AC Milan official statement following rumours of new deal talks collapsed with Rafa Leão: “Stories on negotiations collapsed with Leão are fake — also damaging image of both club and player. AC Milan keep negotiating with Leão in professional way”.
Isco to Union Berlin off!
Spanish midfielder Isco was expected to join Union Berlin, but the deal ultimately collapsed. We would have liked to see Isco with us, but we have our limits. These were exceeded today, contrary to the previous agreement, so the transfer will not take place,” the Bundesliga side said in a statement.

Latest transfer updates

  • According to reports, Isco’s move to Union Berlin is on the verge of collapsing after medical tests in the morning with the German club. “Conditions of the deal have changed compared to initial discussions,” the player’s camp said.
  • Crystal Palace is edging closer to signing Albert Sambi Lokonga from Arsenal on a loan deal. There is an agreement from the player’s side as well. The player will have his medicals in the coming hours.
  • The latest Tottenham signing Pedro Porro is completing medical tests. He will complete the paperwork right after that. Porro will join Spurs on a five and a half year contract.
  • Leicester City is close to completing the signing of Australian international Harry Souttar on a permanent deal for 15 million pounds. The defender is undergoing his medicals and an official statement is soon to follow.
Latest signing update
OGC Nice signs Terem Moffi on loan with obligation to buy from Lorient. The total fee package adds up to 30 million Euros, with add-ons included.

Latest transfer news:

  • Barcelona extends Alex Valle’s contract until June 2025. The youngster decided to stay despite many proposals from the top five European leagues. Valle joins Andorra FC on loan until the end of the season after signing the contract extension.
  • Several reports from England and Spain indicate Bernardo Silva has been approached by FC Barcelona again, despite Manchester City maintaining the fact that the player is not for sale.
  • Meanwhile, Jorginho has reportedly completed his medical at Arsenal and is expected to be announced as a Gunner, soon.
Manchester United transfer news
Manchester United has been dealt a blow after the injury of Christian Eriksen and is desperate for a midfielder on the last day of the transfer window. Marcel Sabitzer is one of the top names on its list and the club has inquired about his availability, but no development on the same so far.
Chelsea is also interested in the player and is expected to move for him if the Enzo Fernandez deal does not happen.

Latest transfer updates

  • CE Sabadell FC midfielder Sergi Altimira has completed a permanent move to Getafe, as per reports from Spain. He has a deal until 2027.
  • Latest reports say that Sofyan Amrabat will not leave Fiorentina in this transfer window despite an offer for Barcelona.
  • According to reports Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign Yannick Carrasco on loan (Replacement for the injured Christian Eriksen).
  • Vitinha has completed his move to Marseille according to reports for a fee in excess of 30 million Euros. Vitinha will be in Marseille in the afternoon to sign the contract.
  • Negotiations between Inter and PSG to fast-track the Milan Skriniar deal in January are collapsing. Skriniar has already signed for PSG but will only join the club in July. A January move is most likely not happening.
Transfer updates from club managers:
Ten Hag on signing replacement after Eriksen injury: “Something on Deadline Day is difficult, you can’t make policy on bad injuries. We have players in the midfield, good players, players who can fill the gap.”
Xavi on Amrabat move: ”We’re open to signing one new player, Bellerín asked to leave. We are on it . . . Sofyan Amrabat? Of course he’s very good player — but I can’t speak about players who aren’t here.”
PSG Manager Christophe Galtier on Ziyech move: “We’re working on Hakim Ziyech deal, it’s true and talks are ongoing — I don’t want to say more as he’s Chelsea player.”
Full agreement for Sulemana reached!
Southampton has reportedly agreed to sign Ghanaian winger Kamaldeen Sulemana from Rennes. The player was a targer for RB Leipzig, Everton and the Saints and the winger chose Southampton.

Latest transfer updates:

  • Marseille is reportedly set to sign Portuguese forward Vitinha for around 28 million pounds from PSG. Aston Villa was interested but lost the race.
  • Barcelona is not looking to sign fullback Benjamin Pavard on deadline day. No talks are happening with Bayern. Reports say that the Catalan club is interested in Pavard but will most likely go for him in the summer window.
  • Manchester United boss Erik Ten Hag has decided to keep Facundo Pellistri according to reports. A deadline-day move looks unlikely for the Uruguayan youngster.
  • Sofyan Amrabat didn’t show up for training at Fiorentina today. He is pushing for a Barcelona move on deadline day according to report.
  • West Bromwich Albion is closing in on a deal for Fulham midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah
  • Fulham, at the same time, is in the final stages of signing Serbian midfielder Sasa Lukic from Torino
  • Southampton is in negotiations with Genk for Nigerian striker Paul Onuachu

Done deals so far on deadline day so far!

  • FC Bayern signs João Cancelo on loan from Manchester City for the remainder of the season.
  • Chelsea striker Jude Soonsup-Bell joins Tottenham Hotspur
  • Newcastle United, on the other hand, has signed defender Harrison Ashby from West Ham United
  • Leicester City has agreed to sign Australian defender Harry Souttar from Stoke City
  • Jorginho reportedly set to sign for Arsenal from Chelsea
  • Inter Milan attacker Eddie Salcedo joins Genoa on loan
  • Dutch full-back Patrick van Aanholt is set to join PSV from Turkish Super League side Galatasaray.
  • Manchester City is set to sign under-16 goalkeeping talent Lewys Benjamin from Cardiff City. The Wales U17 international will reportedly join City in the summer.
  • Marquinhos joins Norwich on loan from Arsenal
  • Diogo Monteiro to joins Leeds United from Servette FC
  • Leeds United confirms the departure of centre-back Diego Llorente to Roma for the remainder of the season
Manchester City full-back Joao Cancelo completes his loan move to Bayern Munich.
Club Statement
FC Bayern has signed Portugal international João Cancelo on loan from Manchester City. The 28-year-old full-back moves to Munich on an initial deal through to the end of the current season.
FC Bayern is a great club, one of the best in the world, and it’s enormous motivation for me to now play alongside these extraordinary players in a team. I know that this club, this team lives for titles and wins titles every year. I’m also driven by the hunger for success. I’ll give my best for FC Bayern,” Cancelo said.

Transfer updates:

  • Reports in Germany indicate Thorgan Hazard is on his way from Borussia Dortmund to PSV Eindhoven.
  • Serie A side Udinese announce the signing of Florian Thauvin from Mexican side Tigres UNAL
  • As per reports in England, Bernardo Silva is set to stay at Manchester City.
DEAL DONE! Llorente joins Roma on loan, Jude Soonsup-Bell joins Spurs
Leeds United confirms the departure of centre-back Diego Llorente to Roma for the remainder of the season. Leeds has brought in Diego Monteiro as his replacement.
Chelsea striker Jude Soonsup-Bell joins Tottenham on permanent move on Deadline Day.
Club Statement
The 19-year-old forward has signed from Chelsea and agreed a deal that will run until June 2025.
Having joined Chelsea’s youth academy at Under-13 level, Jude progressed through the ranks to make his senior debut in a Carabao Cup fixture against Brentford in December, 2021, after signing his first professional contract earlier in the year.
In November, 2020, he became the first Chelsea player in 59 years to score four goals in an FA Youth Cup game, helping the Blues overcome Barnsley.
At international level, Jude has featured for England’s Young Lions across numerous age categories and has appeared for the Under-19s alongside Alfie Devine, Nile John and Dane Scarlett, who is currently on loan at Portsmouth.

Transfer updates:

  • Barcelona is interested to sign Sofyan Amrabat from Fiorentina and Anthony Elanga from Manchester United. Amrabat impressed with Morocco in the FIFA World Cup, while Elanga has been a promising youngster at Old Trafford.
  • Paris Saint-Germain is in advanced negotiations to sign Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea. The Moroccan has agreed personal terms, but two clubs are now discussing the fee and details.
Cancelo extremely close to signing for Bayern on loan
Manchester City full-back Joao Cancelo is very close to joining Bayern Munich on loan. As per reports, a buy-out clause of 70 million euros has been attaches to his contract.

Latest transfer updates:

  • Tottenham Hotspur youngster Djed Spence to move to Ligue 1 side Rennes on loan.
  • Former Arsenal and Barcelona full-back Hector Bellerin is expected to join Sporting Lisbon for the rest of the season ,while Barca chases LA Galaxy’s for Julian Araujo.
  • Atlético Madrid has agreed to sign Matt Doherty on loan deal from Tottenham Hotspur. No option to buy has been included.
Harry Souttar joins Leicester City, Ashby to Newcastle United!
Leicester City has agreed to sign Australian defender Harry Souttar from Stoke City for 15 million pounds, reports BBC.
Newcastle United, on the other hand, has signed defender Harrison Ashby from West Ham United for an undisclosed fee.
Club Statement
The 21-year-old was born in Milton Keyes but has represented Scotland at under-21 level and has made seven senior competitive appearances for the Hammers across the Premier League and domestic and European cup competitions.
The Magpies have had a long-standing interest in the right-back, whose father, Barry, played for Brentford, Watford and Gillingham during a near 20-year career in the Football League.
Head coach Eddie Howe said: “Harrison is a very talented young player with a lot of potential so we are delighted to sign him.
“He has very good attributes so we are looking forward to working with him in this exciting new chapter of his career.”
Ashby, who has signed a long-term contract, added: “I could not be happier. I can’t get the smile off my face and it’s a proud day for me and my family.
“I’m buzzing to come to the game tonight, to meet the fans and to get a taste of the atmosphere.
“I wouldn’t be here today without West Ham, so I thank all the coaches that I had from growing up to now, but I’m delighted to be here.”

Done deals so far on deadline day so far!

  • Jorginho reportedly set to sign for Arsenal from Chelsea
  • Inter Milan attacker Eddie Salcedo joins Genoa on loan
  • Dutch full-back Patrick van Aanholt is set to join PSV from Turkish Super League side Galatasaray.
  • Manchester City is set to sign under-16 goalkeeping talent Lewys Benjamin from Cardiff City. The Wales U17 international will reportedly join City in the summer.
  • Marquinhos joins Norwich on loan from Arsenal
  • Diogo Monteiro to joins Leeds United from Servette FC
Jorginho looking to move to another London club!
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has reportedly agreed to join Arsenal from Chelsea, as the Blues look for a fresh rebuild under new owners. Personal terms have been agreed, but negotiations for a suitable transfer fee is still in process.
As per the latest reports, the clubs have agreed on a free, as per The Athletic and the midfielder is expected to be at the Arsenal training ground today itself. Formal announcement expected in a few hours.
OFFICIAL! Eddie Salcedo joins Genoa on loan
Inter Milan attacker Eddie Salcedo joined Genoa on loan for the remainder of the season with an option to buy. The Serie A club announces the signing on Twitter.

Latest transfers, as per reports:

  • According to reports, Dutch full-back Patrick van Aanholt is set to join PSV from Turkish Super League side Galatasaray.
  • Manchester City is set to sign under-16 goalkeeping talent Lewys Benjamin from Cardiff City. The Wales U17 international will reportedly join City in the summer.
OFFICIAL! Leeds United signs Diogo Monteiro from Servette FC.
Club Statement
Leeds United is pleased to announce the signing of central defender, Diogo Monteiro who joins the club from Swiss Super League side Servette FC.
Monteiro made his league debut for Servette at the age of 16, becoming the third youngest player to make an appearance in the Swiss Super League. He has played seven times in all competitions for the Maroons, who currently sit third in the league table.
The defender has also made a number of international appearances through various age groups for Portugal, from Under-15 to Under-19 levels, representing the country over 30 times.
The recently turned 18-year-old has agreed a three-and-a-half year contract at Elland Road and will initially join up with Michael Skubala’s Under-21s squad, as they continue to battle for promotion from Premier League 2 Division 2.
DONE DEAL! Marquinhos joins Norwich on loan from Arsenal
Club Statement
Brazilian winger Marquinhos has joined Norwich City for the remainder of the 2022/23 season from Premier League leader Arsenal.
The teenager joined Arsenal in June 2022 on a long-term deal from São Paulo and has since made six appearances for Mikel Arteta’s side.
On his debut in the Europa League, Marquinhos scored and registered an assist against Swiss side FC Zurich.
Of his six senior appearances for Arsenal, he has made three in Europe, and one each in the three English domestic competitions.
He will wear the number 13 shirt for the Canaries where he will link up with former São Paulo team-mate Gabriel Sara once again.
Speaking at the announcement of his transfer, Marquinhos said: “I’m really happy to arrive here in Norwich and very excited to play my first game.
“I’ve learnt a lot as part of my adaptation here in England. It’s totally different to Brazil. It’s more intensive but I’m adapting well in order to help Norwich.
“I’m also really happy to get to know a new club, a new culture and a new city. The fans can expect that I’ll show desire.”
Head coach David Wagner added: “We’re delighted to have been able to add Marquinhos to our group. He is a young and exciting wide player, who wants to learn and further continue his development.
“I’d like to thank both Arsenal, for their in trust in allowing the deal to happen, and Stuart [Webber] for getting everything sorted so quickly.
“We now look forward to welcoming Marquinhos to our first-team group ahead of the remainder of the season.”

Transfer rumours and deals expected to finish on Deadline Day:

  • Barcelona has reportedly submitted an official proposal to LA Galaxy for Julian Araujo to replace Hector Bellerin, who’s expected to join Portuguese side Sporting.
  • Bournemouth is closing in on another deal, other than Traore, to sign Ukrainian centre back Ilya Zabarnyi from Dinamo Kiev
Bayern Leverkusen looks for a full-back in the 11th hour!
German media outlet Sport1 is reporting that Bayer Leverkusen is interested to sign Croatian defender Borna Sosa from VfB Stuttgart after failing in the pursuit of Fran Garcia from Rayo Vallecano.
Garcia is expected to sign for Real Madrid after snubbing the Bundesliga side.

Transfer rumours and deals expected to finish on Deadline Day:

  • Hakim Ziyech is looking for a way out of Stamford Bridge after falling in the pecking order of Graham Potter. PSG is one of the clubs interested in his signature.
  • Bournemouth closes in on Ivorian midfielder, Hamed Traore, who has travelled to England to complete his move from Sassuolo on deadline day. The deal is expected to fetch about 30 million euros for the Serie A side.
  • Harry Souttar is expected to sign for Leicester City from Stoke City for a fee around 15 million pounds.
Diogo Monteiro to joins Leeds United!
Portuguese defender Diogo Monteiro has joined Leeds United from Swiss side Servette FC, as per reports from England. He will be the replacement for Diego Llorente, who will join Roma on loan.


It is that time of the year again when footballers will be on the move, teams will get a chance to strengthen their squads and be on the constant lookout for talents, which might turn out to be the missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle.

As club football slowly emerges from its post-World cup hibernation, the 2022-23 January transfer window is unique because of the preceding circumstances.

In football, there are two transfer windows, mandated by FIFA - the first one is the summer transfer window, which spans from June to August. The second one is the winter transfer window that takes place across January. 

When was the transfer window first introduced?

The idea of a transfer window was first proposed and discussed by national football associations in the 1990s, but it wasn’t until 2002 that FIFA made the system compulsory and official.

What is the transfer window used for?

While the term ‘transfer window’ is more widely used, it is officially known as the ‘registration period’ by FIFA. There are two registration periods - one that happens after the season and another that happens in January. 

Follow all January deadline day stories here:

What makes the 2022-23 January transfer window unique?

Unlike other seasons, this January transfer window takes place right after the FIFA World Cup. The World Cup is usually a summer event, but the Qatar World Cup was the first ever edition to take place in winter. 

This effectively means that player performances in the World Cup will be an important metric for clubs to decide which players they want to sign. Big-money deals are usually synonymous with the summer window, but it won’t be surprising if clubs go for cash-rich deals for players who did well in Qatar. 

When did the January transfer window 2022-23 open?

The January transfer window opened at midnight on January 1 in the Premier League. It also opens for business on the first day of 2023 in the EFL and in Scotland, Germany and France. Clubs in Italy and Spain started making deals on January 2.

When will the January transfer window 2022-23 close? 

For the other top five leagues across Europe, the window shuts at different times.  

January Transfer Window 2022-23 deadlines of the top five leagues across Europe
Premier League: February 1, 4:30 AM IST
Bundesliga: January 31, 10:30 PM IST
Serie A: February 1, 12:30 AM IST
La Liga: February 1, 4:30 AM IST
Ligue 1: February 1, 5:29 AM IST 

**All timings are in Indian Standard Time**

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