February 1, 2011
ESPNsoccernet rounds off the major deals in the Premier League's winter transfer window.
A ripped picture of Fernando Torres outside Melwood.
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The winter transfer window rarely provides clubs with bargains as high-prices, cup-tied players and problems integrating into a side halfway through a season do not make for the best moving conditions. However, this January brought about five of the biggest deals in world football. Just when you think it’s on its way out…
In the current transfer climate, it was something of a surprise that moneybags Manchester City were only involved in one deal - the signing of £27 million striker Edin Dzeko from Wolfsburg. But City stopped at that one deal, leaving two clubs to break records aplenty on deadline day in strengthening their sides.
Defending Premier League champions Chelsea, struggling this season, saw fit to splash £50 million on bringing Spanish striker Fernando Torres to the club from Liverpool, while also parting with £25 million to resurrect their deal for highly-rated Benfica defender David Luiz. Quite a way to reinvigorate your title challenge.
Meanwhile Liverpool were forced into making a £35 million move for Newcastle’s 22-year-old striker Andy Carroll to replace the Chelsea-bound Torres, while they also picked up one of their top targets, Ajax forward Luis Suarez, for what seems to be a paltry £22.7 million in comparison.
With Darren Bent joining Aston Villa from Sunderland for £24 million, it was an incredible month of spending given the current financial climate. But, while there were big moves aplenty for the struggling sides, the top two in the Premier League at the start of February - Manchester United and Arsenal - did not see fit to add to their squads, while Champions League chasing Tottenham could only add Everton’s Stephen Pienaar for £2.5 million.
As the saying goes: money does not always guarantee success.