Full list of January’s Premiership transfers
Is it just me, or was this January transfer season woefully quiet?
I’m not talking about the normal banter (where Bale was linked with Real Madrid and Micah Richards touted as an 18m buy) but real transfers.
None of the top four made any significant splurges into the transfer market. Arsenal earned around 5m thanks to Stokes, Larsson and Lauren going out, plus with part of Upson fee going to them. Liverpool brought in a handful of loan deals plus Arvalo Arbeloa, but considering the way they had brought in players last summer (and with the takeover not complete) they were never going to splash 10m+.
Manchester United stuck with just Larsson (Hargreaves and Bale will have to wait till the summer, so will Klose and Torres), while Chelsea tried and failed to bring in Tal Ben Haim (in retrospect, that’s probably a good thing for them).
Tottenham brought in Taraabt and let go of Davenport and Davids, Newcastle got in Gooch, Villa brought in Young and West Ham went shopping for their lives.
But all in all, a quiet transfer window, where the biggest deals happened in Real Madrid – Ronaldo moving to Milan (18 months, 5m, Oliviera going on loan for 6 months the other way) and Becks signing for LA Galaxy for an amazing amount of money (so much that I’ve actually forgotten how much).
It was almost as if Premiership teams (most, not all) had accepted their fate for this season and were waiting for the next.