Everything you need to know about the end of the January transfer window
It’s one of the most exciting times of the season: the transfer deadline is almost here.
Teams don’t have much time to finalize their teams for the rest of the season. Once the window is closed, there is no going back. If you have a weakness in your team, it’s best to fix it now.
Here’s everything you need to know about the end of the January window.
For Premier League clubs, the January transfer window actually closes on Monday February 1 at 11:00 p.m. (GMT).
The teams have until that deadline to secure both permanent contracts and loans, although they can ask the Premier League for a short extension in order to get the documents signed if they leave them late in the window.
Now that the UK has left the European Union, Premier League teams no longer have free rein to the best young European talent.
We have seen a noticeable drop in the number of overseas youth coming to England this month, and that’s because they are no longer automatically eligible for a work permit. They have to go through the same process as everyone else.
However, after the window closes, the Premier League is ready to sit down with the FA and the EFL to discuss whether the new system should remain in place or whether any changes need to be made for the English football remains competitive with the rest of the world.
Like the Premier League, the other top five European leagues – Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 – will all see their transfer windows close on February 1.
There are slightly different windows for various other leagues, with teams like China (February 26), Russia (February 25) and Portugal (February 4) still able to do business for a bit longer.
In the summer of 2020, there was a ‘domestic transfer window’ which was extended for an additional week after the standard window closed, giving Premier League sides the opportunity to do business with the squads. of the EFL. This is how Joe Rodon, Said Benrahma and Karlan Grant traveled to Tottenham, West Ham and West Brom respectively.
However, that should not be the case this winter. Once the window is closed, it will remain closed until the summer.
There is still time for the deals to come out of nowhere and surprise us, but there are a handful of transfers to watch out for as the window closes.
At Manchester United, all eyes will be on whether Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Brandon Williams are heading for the exit door at Old Trafford, while on the other side of Manchester, the defender of City Eric Garcia is still wanted by Barcelona.
Dele Alli is also expected to leave Tottenham, with Paris Saint-Germain pushing him to sign him on loan, while Brighton hope to confirm Ecuadorian starlet Moises Caicedo’s signing from Independiente del Valle.
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