We look at Premier League’s top 10 biggest deals of January transfer Window, starting from Fernando Torres to Daniel Sturridge.
Fernando Torres – (Liverpool to Chelsea) £50m
Chelsea broke the British transfer record by spending a reported £50m fee to seal the service of Fernando Torres for five-and-a-half year deal in 2011 winter window. The signing was actually pushed through just before the transfer deadline and also came on a dramatic day, with Chelsea and Liverpool involved in the four biggest transfers of the day.
Andy Carroll – (Newcastle United to Liverpool) £35m
In January 2011 Liverpool signed Andy Carroll from Newcastle United for a club record fee of £35million. The introduction of Carroll, was intended to roll back the years for Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool. Except he never really kicked on. People still laugh at Liverpool for Andy Carroll to this day.
Juan Cuadrado – (Fiorentina to Chelsea) £26.8m
Chelsea completed the biggest transfer of the 2015 winter window as they boosted their team for the title fight with the £26.8m capture of Juan Cuadrado. The Colombian winger brought versatility to the attacking line, as Thierry Henry once said: “He can beat anyone at any time and he’s a proper winger also – that’s something you don’t see often now, guys that want to go down the line and beat people and cross. That’s what you want if you’re a striker, so I think he will be a special player.”
David Luiz – (Benfica to Chelsea) £25.5m
On 30 January 2011, David Luiz completed a transfer to Chelsea for a fee of £25.5m million, with a five-and-a-half-year contract. He made his official Premier League debut on 6 February, replacing Jose Bosingwa in a 0–1 home loss against Liverpool. Eight days after, he made his first start for Chelsea in a 0–0 draw against Fulham.
Wilfried Bony – (Swansea City to Manchester City) £25m
Manchester City bolstered their attacking force with the £25m signing of the Premier League’s top scorer in 2014, Wilfried Bony. The Ivory Coast attacker, whose arrival at the Etihad was eventually delayed because of his Africa Cup of Nations commitments, went on to win praise from Manchester City boss Pellegrini for his skill, intelligence and power.
Luis Suarez – (Ajax to Liverpool) £22.7m
It is certainly easy to forget Luis Suarez’s arrival at Liverpool from Ajax for a staggering £22.7 million in January 2011 as the transfer was overshadowed by Liverpool’s another signing Andy Carroll for a club-record fee of £35 million. It soon became clear that, while Carroll was a waste of money, Suarez was an exceptional signing. Later in the next three-and-a-half seasons, the Uruguayan striker netted 82 goals in 133 games to transform the Liverpool squad and guide them so close to winning their first Premier League title.
Andre Schurrle – (Chelsea to Wolfsburg) £22m
To raise fund for an expensive move for Cuadrado, Chelsea decided to sell Schurrle to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg for £22m in the 2015 winter transfer window. The German World Cup winner actually impressed in flashes during his spell at Chelsea, but failed to hold down a regular place in the first eleven. However, in Chelsea’s Premier League winning campaign, Schurrle’s goal in the 1-1 draw at the Etihad in September was a crucial moment.
Javier Mascherano – (West Ham to Liverpool) £18.7m
Mascherano initially joined Liverpool on a loan move from West ham United in the 2007 winter transfer window. After months of speculation, Mascherano finally penned a 4-year permanent contract with Liverpool on 29 February 2008.The transfer reportedly cost Liverpool £18.6million and included not only the transfer fee, but also the Argentine defender’s wages for the four-year deal.
Gabriel Paulista – (Villarreal to Arsenal) £14m
On 26 January 2015, Gabriel Paulista was granted a work permit by the UK government and expected to join Arsenal for a fee of around £14 million. He eventually signed for the Gunners from Villarreal two days later, with Joel Campbellmoving the other way on a loan spell.
Daniel Sturridge – (Chelsea to Liverpool) £12m
Daniel Sturridge’s potential had long been seen around the top flight of English football, but he had endured an average spell both for Manchester City and Chelsea without coming enough close to fulfilling it. However, in January 2013, Liverpool took a chance on Sturridge and signed him from Chelsea for £12 million. It proved to be an effective move, as Sturridge finally emerged as the player he had always threatened to be.