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January transfers that you may have missed from all over Europe


Regardless of the ongoing pandemic, the football spectacle must continue and clubs have had to make full use of the January transfer window when needed.

Admittedly, spending was not as dramatic and high as usual – the January 2021 window is officially the quietest transfer window since 2010 – there were still some deals to be made and some good deals in the case of some clubs.

With the deadline drama and clubs like Liverpool hogging the headlines in their month-long search for a center-back, a lot of interesting moves are slipping under the radar. Don’t worry because 90 mins gathered these exact transfers and compiled them into one article, just for you.

Here is a list of all the key transfers that you might not have noticed even during the January transfer window.

Despite being linked with a move to the Premier League and incessantly flirting with Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti over reunification, Sami Khedira has returned to his native Germany with a free transfer.

There is no time for romance in Berlin, however; his new club occupy 15th place in the Bundesliga.

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Mandzukic is back in Italy | Alessandro Sabattini / Getty Images

Strengthening the ranks for the second half of the season, getting Mario Mandzukic back on a free transfer is an underrated activity for Milan.

He offers solid competition in the Scudetto race and gives them the – admittedly unlikely – option of fielding the two fronts that are the most physically intimidating in football.

Replacing outgoing Joshua King who left for Everton, Bournemouth’s choice to look to the temporary but experienced Shane Long could prove to be a wise signing.

The 34-year-old had fallen down the pecking order at Southampton and was not set to fall even more after the arrival of Takumi Minamino from Liverpool.

The latest in Yannick Bolasie’s efforts to find regular football, the 31-year-old was reunited with former Middlesbrough coach Neil Warnock on loan at the end of the season.

This is his fourth loan as an Everton player.

Despite interest from other Premier League sides, Demarai Gray ended a five-year stint at Leicester by also heading to the Bundesliga.

It didn’t quite happen for Gray at King Power Stadium, but at just 24, Leverkusen could get him a good deal.

Andy king
King won the Premier League with Leicester | Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

A former Gray teammate and staunch Leicester servant, Andy King left the Foxes after 14 years in the summer of 2020.

He has been a free agent ever since, but has now signed an agreement to play in the Belgian top flight until the end of the current season.

Jean Michaël Seri, Toni Kroos
Fulham doesn’t want Seri anymore | Xaume Olleros / Getty Images

Having been excluded from Fulham’s Premier League team on his return to the top flight, Jean Michael Seri has secured a temporary stint in Ligue 1 with Bordeaux.

Seri had a successful 2019/20 season in Turkey with Galatasaray, but that was not enough to convince Scott Parker to give the Ivorian another chance.

Gedson Fernandes, James Joyce
Fernandes played against Marine in the FA Cup | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

The abundance of loan deals is no coincidence; With clubs concerned about financial uncertainty caused by pandemic, temporary changes are the news thing.

Gedson Fernandes’ nightmare in London with Tottenham has come to an end, with Benfica recalling him prematurely and sending him to Galatasaray until the end of the season.

Jeremiah Frimpong
Frimpong traded Scotland for Germany | Ian MacNicol / Getty Images

Two impressive seasons at Celtic were enough for Leverkusen to solicit the services of Jeremie Frimpong.

The 20-year-old defender signed a four-year contract with the German side and also saw ex-club Manchester City earn money. The Cityzens inserted a sell clause into his contract after selling him to Celtic in 2019.

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Watford added experience | Athena Pictures / Getty Images

Dan Gosling has ended a six-year tenure with the Cherries to join Watford’s other promotion prospects.

The 30-year-old midfielder arrives after Manchester United’s recall of James Garner following a lack of playing time.

Speaking of the devil, Garner was the victim of a leadership change at the Hornets (shock) and never had a peek following the appointment of Xisco Munoz.

United called him back and sent him to Nottingham Forest in search of regular minutes, where he could be key to keeping them in the league.

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Rahman is barely a Chelsea player at this point | Srdjan Stevanovic / Getty Images

Yes, Baba Rahman is again on the books at Chelsea.

This is his fourth loan spell since signing for the Blues in 2015, never really making an appearance after his first season at the club. Maybe it’s time to consider making one of these moves a permanent switch.

Even we cannot escape the endless chasm that is Chelsea’s loan cycle.

Danny Drinkwater has left the club again on a temporary basis, this time to Turkish Super Lig club Kasimpasa until the end of the season.

After being linked with a move to several big clubs for some time, Moussa Dembele eventually left Lyon and headed to La Liga.

By signing for Atletico Madrid after Diego Costa’s departure, Atleti has the option to buy the France international for £ 30million at the end of the season.

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