The Premier League Transfer Round Up
The January transfer window closed at 11:00PM GMT last night for the Premier League, with some frantic trading for the big spenders. The biggest news of all was the transfer of Fernando Torres from Liverpool to Chelsea for a reported British record fee of fifty million pounds (roughly AU$80 million). There were also big moves in the other direction with Liverpool picking Andy Carroll from Newcastle for 35 million pounds (AU$56 million) and Luis Suarez from Ajax for 22.7 million pounds (AU$36.32 million)
The Torres move is very interesting, he started in the Premier League like a superstar, but has been off form for some time. He didn’t have a good World Cup, so maybe this could be a good move for both Liverpool and Torres. We understand Liverpool were loath to let him go, but when he put in a transfer request, it is always hard to keep a player that does not want to stay. Picking up two strikers to replace him should see Liverpool safe and may be the shake up that Anfield needs. Newcastle will miss the presence of Andy Carroll as has been evidenced by their form when he has been out injured.
Apart from Chelsea, none of the the top five clubs opened their cheque books, despite the raging gaps in Arsenal‘s defence and Manchester City‘s normal big spending. Most of the top five used the period to put young players out on loan and dispose of some deadwood. With Arsenal putting almost a whole teams worth of youth talent temporarily at other clubs.
Here is a summary of the movements for the top five clubs
|Carlos Vela||West Bromwich Albion||Loan|
|Roque Santa Cruz||Blackburn||Loan|
|Wayne Bridge||West Ham||Loan|
|David Luiz||Benfica||£21.3M = AU$34.08M|
|Fernando Torres||Liverpool||£50M = AU$80|
|Patrick van Aanholt||Leicester||Loan|
|Tommy Carroll||Leyton Orient||Loan|
|Harry Kane||Leyton Orient||Loan|
|Giovani dos Santos||Racing Santander||Loan|
By Max Power