January transfer madness: What's happened already and what's next?

Kieran Trippier’s arrival at Newcastle and Villa’s shock loan swoop for Philippe Coutinho has got the January window off to a flyer… so what has happened so far, who’s next – and what will happen in the rest of the month as clubs look to spend big?

  • January window is hotting up with plenty of top clubs eyeing big-money deals
  • Kieran Trippier is in at Newcastle and Philippe Coutinho has gone to Aston Villa
  • Sportsmail takes a look at what’s happened so far and what deals could follow  
  • Aaron Ramsey, Anthony Martial and Erling Haaland among the potential movers 

We are now a week into the January transfer window and already there have been some massive deals taking place, with plenty more in the pipeline.

Aston Villa’s swoop for Philippe Coutinho came out of the blue in the latter half of this week, and with that now over the line, Sportsmail is here to give you the full lowdown on what is happening in England and beyond.

Here, we take a look at what’s happened so far, who could be next this week… and what is likely to occur across the rest of the month. 

Aston Villa have completed the sensational loan signing of Philippe Coutinho this week

So far, eight of the 20 Premier League clubs have already secured a January arrival, be it a player slotting straight into the first team, or a youngster that will blossom over the course of a few years.

Newcastle and Villa have made the two most high-profile signings in the January window so far, with Kieran Trippier and Philippe Coutinho respectively.

Both arriving from LaLiga, the pair are big names who will command a lot of attention. Trippier won the Spanish title with Atletico Madrid last season but has now become the first signing of Newcastle’s new regime, while Coutinho’s loan arrival at Villa sees him link up with his former team-mate Steven Gerrard after six years apart.

Kieran Trippier is also back in the Premier League after joining Newcastle from Atletico Madrid

Everton have been busy, with Vitaliy Mykolenko (pictured) and Nathan Patterson already in

Everton have also been busy, securing the £10m purchase of defender Nathan Patterson from Rangers, and the £18m signing of left back Vitaliy Mykolenko from Dynamo Kiev.

Elsewhere, goalkeeper Jonas Lossl is in at Brentford, Brighton have signed youngster Kacper Kozlowski and will loan him out, and wonderkid Mateo Joseph Fernandez has swapped Espanyol for Leeds United. 

At Watford, Hassane Kamara and Samir have arrived from Nice and Udinese respectively, while Wolves have completed a deal for Hayao Kawabe from their feeder club Grasshoppers.

Internationally, it has been quieter… but there has been one major exit from the Premier League that was confirmed before the end of December.

Manchester City’s Ferran Torres headed back to LaLiga, joining Barcelona in a huge £55m deal… prompting the Nou Camp side’s president Joan Laporta to claim ‘we’re back!’

Ferran Torres was involved in the biggest deal so far, sealing his £55m move to Barcelona

Watford have signed two players, including Hassane Kamara (pictured) from French side Nice

Who could be next in the coming days? 

Aaron Ramsey back to the Premier League looks to be a deal that could materialise over the next few days. He’s almost certain to leave Juventus and a return to England seems the most likely. His £325,000-a-week wage could be a sticking point, though. He has reportedly already turned down an offer from Burnley, and links with Newcastle are to be expected given their pulling power now.

Lucas Digne is also expected to be on the move in the coming days, after falling out of favour at Everton under Rafa Benitez. The afore-mentioned signing of Vitaliy Mykolenko has effectively ended his time as a first-team player at Goodison Park, and he’ll be out the door when the right offer comes.

Nat Phillips could also be a high-profile January move, with the Liverpool defender edging closer to the Anfield exit door. The Reds turned down a £7m bid this week from an unnamed Premier League club and are hoping for £15m, but if a fee can be agreed then that is a deal that could have movement over the weekend and into the start of next week.

Finally, Anthony Martial is another player close to a move this month, with his time at Manchester United seemingly at an end. Newcastle is an option on loan, but more likely he will go abroad with Sevilla among the clubs interested. Given the fact he has been given the green light to leave Old Trafford, a move could happen soon. 

Aaron Ramsey’s return to England would be huge news and more than one club is interested

Lucas Digne (right) has asked to leave Everton, with Chelsea a potential destination for him

And what’s in the pipeline later in the month?

Unsurprisingly, most of the deals will happen towards the end of the month, and all eyes are on St James’ Park to see just how frantic it gets under the new Saudi owners. With relegation a real possibility, they could yet spend big to stave off the threat of going down to the Championship.

Eddie Howe’s side are being linked with new players every day and with Trippier confirmed as the first man through the door, expect many more to follow between now and January 31.

Chelsea’s left back situation is one being closely monitored at Stamford Bridge, and it is something Thomas Tuchel will be desperate to fix this month.

The injury to Ben Chilwell, while far from ideal, came early enough for the Blues to solve their problems in the January window, and it could be as simple as getting Emerson Palmieri back from his loan spell at Lyon.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has endured a worrying fall from grace at Arsenal recently

Other options include signing Digne, or they could rely on Cobham and bring through a player like Ian Maatsen from the youth set-up. Whatever happens, that is a situation to keep an eye on between now and the close of the window. 

Another intriguing player this month is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has been frozen out at Arsenal and doesn’t appear to have a future at the club after his latest rule-breaking misdemeanour.

He’s currently gearing up for AFCON with Gabon, and has also just caught Covid, but his agent will be working overtime in the background in a bid to find his client a new club before the end of the month.

It’s not a deal that looks imminent, but it will be no surprise to see the Gunners cut their losses and get rid of their former captain before the summer.

Erling Haaland is perhaps the most-talked about name when it comes to big-money transfers

There could also be some incomings at Arsenal, with Dusan Vlahovic one name on everyone’s lips at the Emirates. The latest word is that they’re poised to make a January move – but Tottenham, Manchester United and Juventus are also keen.

Finally, there’s the small matter of Erling Haaland, with Manchester City potentially keen to try and blow their rivals out of the water and sign him in January, ruling out the expected summer scrap for his signature.

Big-money offers will certainly be made this month, but whether they will be able to prise him from Dortmund’s clutches is another thing all together.

What is for sure, though, is that it is set to be a very exciting month of transfers, both at the top of the Premier League, and further down the pyramid…




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