What business has gone down in the winter transfer window?
15 January 2020
As we head into the half-way point of the winter transfer window, we look at what business has been made by teams hoping to strengthen their squads at the turn of the year.
Takumi Minamino follows in Sadio Mané’s footsteps
The Japanese starlet caught Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s eye during the Champions League group stage, the lively playmaker caused havoc in and around the box for Red Bull Salzburg during both clashes in group E of the competition.
Minamino registered two 90 minutes against the Merseyside outfit, netting in the Anfield fixture where he assisted in the 3-0 fightback before Mohamed Salah added the killer blow.
The Reds quickly snapped up Salzburg’s star man, taking advantage of the player’s £7.25million release clause.
Committing to a four-and-a-half-year deal for the technically gifted 24-year old, Minamino will be looking to accelerate his career after a five-year stay with the Austrian giants, recording 199 appearances and 64 goals.
Agreed in December Minamino joined up with his teammates in January, when he was officially announced as a Liverpool player.
The Japanese international arrives in Merseyside to bolster an already lethal attack force, heading for their first Premier League title on the back of last year’s European success.
Wayne Rooney bolsters Derby County squad
Former England captain Wayne Rooney returns to familiar shores after signing for Derby County in a deal which sees the 33-year-old become a player-coach in Phillip Cocu’s side.
Signing in the summer, the former Manchester United man joined up with his new teammates in January after shutting his chapter with DC United in the MLS.
Rooney spent a season state-side with United where he scored an impressive 23 goals in 41 appearances.
Veteran goalscorer, Rooney, was named captain during his first game as a Derby County player, relieving former captain Curtis Davies of his duties as Rooney looks to adapt into his leadership role at the Championship outfit.
The opening two games for the Englishman and his new side have reinforced the talent of the former Premier League star, registering wins against Barnsley and top tier Crystal Palace in the FA Cup third round.
Zlatan Ibrahimović returns to the San Siro
Prolific sharpshooter Zlatan Ibrahimović makes a return to Italy’s capital after an eight-year absence.
The Swede joins the Milan outfit on a short-term contract spanning for the remainder of the Serie A season.
Waving goodbye to MLS outfit LA Galaxy, Ibrahimović enjoyed an illustrious two seasons in the US, notching a remarkable 53 goals in 58 appearances, mirroring his impressive goalscoring record in the French capital with Paris Saint-Germain.
Turning out last for the Rossoneri in 2010, Ibrahimović contributed to AC Milan’s Serie A title in 2011.
Re-joining AC in January, Stefano Pioli will be hoping the striker’s pedigree will bolster the side’s attacking options with Krzysztof Piątek failing to reach heights of last campaign and rumoured for an exit from the club.
Cenk Tosun makes the move from Merseyside
Turkey national team captain makes the switch from Merseyside to south London, as the Everton midfielder joins up with Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace for the remainder of the Premier League campaign.
The Former Besiktas JK frontman joins Palace after Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment left Tosun in the dark, not featuring in the manager’s opening four games.
With one goal to his name for the Merseyside outfit this season, Hodgson will be keen to see the striker improve that tally with the Eagles sitting at the foot of the scorers list in England’s top tier.
A little over two years since the forward snubbed a move to Crystal Palace to favour a move to Goodison Park, the 28-year-old is a proven goal scorer, recording 20 goals in 33 appearances during his last full season in the Süper Lig with Besiktas JK.
Ryan Babel returns to childhood club
Product of the notorious Ajax academy, Ryan Babel reconnects with his childhood club, re-joining the side after seven years away from the Amsterdam Arena.
Returning on loan from Galatasaray SK, Babel agreed a deal with the Eredivisie club until the end of the 2019-20 campaign.
The 33-year-old’s two previous spells with Ajax brought 133 appearances, 29 goals and 19 assists in the Dutch capital.
The versatile frontman assisted in the Amsterdam outfits two Eredivisie and KNVB Cups during his two separate stays.
Turning out for the likes Liverpool, Fulham and Besiktas JK, the Dutchman will be looking to reignite a return to the Netherlands national team, linking up with Dutch stars Donny van de Beek, Daley Blind and Quincy Promes, the weathered forward will hope to build on his 63 appearances and 11 goals for the Oranje.
Spurs snap up talented youngster from Benfica
José Mourinho’s first signing as Tottenham Hotspur boss was named as talented Portuguese youngster Gedson Fernandes from SL Benfica.
The 21-year-old joins the north London side on an 18-month loan spell after catching the eye of the Spurs head coach.
Falling out of favour at SL Benfica, the midfielder joins Mourinho’s injury-plagued side, where Tanguy Ndomblele is set to be sidelined for three months and Moussa Sissoko remains injured while Christian Eriksen flirts a move away from Spurs.
With a deal that comes with an option to buy, Mourinho will hope the Fernandes will hit the ground running in north London.
Turning down deals from West Ham United, Chelsea and offers from further European clubs, Fernandes favoured a move to Tottenham Hotspur.
Veteran Keeper Pepe Reina returns to the Premier League
Aston Villa have bolstered their goalkeeping options with the loan signing of Pepe Reina. The Premier League side have been plagued with injuries between the sticks as they look to survive the drop on their return to the Premier League.
England international Tom Heaton has been ruled out for the remainder of the season and with his understudy, Jed Steer now on the treatment table, Villa boss invested in experience with Pepe Reina arriving at Villa Park.
The Spanish shot-stopper returns to England’s top division after a six-year absence, last turning out for Liverpool between 2005-14.
Reina registered a colossal 395 appearances during his time with the Merseyside outfit, helping the Reds to an FA Cup and English League Cup titles.
The World Cup winner had spells in Europe with FC Bayern, SSC Napoli and current employers AC Milan.
Now the 37-year-old the keeper joins up with Dean Smith’s Villa side in hope of regular game time after Gianluigi Donnarumma is now the regular feature in goal for the Milan side.