The January transfer window is often regarded as an uninspiring affair, usually featuring plenty of loan moves as below-the-radar deals which clubs perform aiming to tweak and fine-tune their squads for the remainder of the season.
Occasionally however, the winter market results in mouth-watering deals involving some big names and big fees.
And with the 2017 January transfer window already in the rear-view mirror, we took the liberty of labelling it one of the most exciting winter markets in a while.
It has been a busy affair across the European continent and especially in the Premier League, as English clubs went on to record a transfer window profit for the first time ever.
Even though they ended up spending a six-year January high of £215 million, the profit has been made in excess of £40 million more than what has been paid out, the finance analysts Deloitte have revealed.
Additionally, Premier League clubs’ January spending is the second-highest behind the record-breaking year of 2011, when the total of £225 million was splashed on new players.
The emergence of the Chinese Super League and its financial power have surely had a big hand in boosting the numbers this year, and with the transfer window in the Chinese market officially open until 28 February, it is likely that we could witness some more high-profile action.
We have already presented our Top 10 Chinese Soccer Transfer list, earlier this month and although there will be no modifications to the very top of the Chinese transfers, it should be noted that the Chinese made whopping moves on the deadline as well.
One of the two most notable moves is definitely the €18 million transfer of the Brazilian forward Pato from Villarreal to Tianjin Quanjian, whereas the €23.3 million Odion Ighalo’s move from Watford to Chanchun Yatai is another one in line of the mind-blowing deals.
Former Watford man fits in the top 5 biggest deals in 2017 bracket, as well.
So, before we present you with the Top 10 January Transfer Deals in Football History, let’s talk a bit about some of the biggest confirmed transfers that occurred this winter.
Top 5 January 2017 Deals
Brazilian Oscar leads the way as the most expensive player in January 2017 with €60 million price tag slapped on his back. Behind him is former West Ham favourite Dimitri Payet whose Marseille transfer cost €29.3 million.
Morgan Schneiderlin sits third in the list with €22.9 million Everton paid Manchester United to get the French midfielder. He follows the aforementioned Odian Ighalo, whereas Memphis Depay concludes the top 5 with his €18 million transfer to Olympique Lyon.
And without further ado since enough has been said about their transfers through the years behind us, we present the ultimate TOP 10 list with the most expensive January transfers to this date.
Top 10 January Transfer Deals To Date
- Oscar: Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG – €61million
- Fernando Torres: Liverpool to Chelsea – €58 million
- Alex Teixeira: Shakhtar Donetsk to Jiangsu Suning – €50 million
- Juan Mata: Chelsea to Manchester United – €44 million
- Jackson Martinez: Atletico Madrid to Guangzhou Evergrande – €42 million
- Andy Carrol: Newcastle United to Liverpool – €41 million
- Lucas Moura: Sao Paulo to Paris Saint-Germain – €40 million
- Julian Draxler: Wolfsburg to Paris Saint-Germain – €40 million
- Edin Dzeko: Wolfsburg to Manchester City – €37 million
- Willian: Shakhtar Donetsk to Anzhi – €35 million
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