Mercato Winter .. Deals that lead to .. “Lots of money, little effect.”

More than 3 months have passed since the closing of the winter transfer market for the season (2021-2022), which was an opportunity for clubs to strengthen their ranks, cover some deficit centers, strengthen their lines and an opportunity for players to search for a team that gives them more playing minutes, whether with a permanent or temporary transfer.

The last winter transfer market was one of the most contracting windows of the transfer market, which gave positive indications that European clubs were beginning to overcome the financial crisis caused by the spread of the Corona virus, and at a time when a lot of money was spent, the outcome had little impact.

Newcastle deals

Newcastle, the English club, were at the top of the list of the best spending clubs in the winter Mercato, and benefited from the acquisition of the Saudi Investment Fund, which bought the club last October for £ 300 million, which is the ownership of the British businessman Mike Ashley quit.

Newcastle closed 5 deals in the club’s first transfer window under the Saudi leadership, with a total value of around 102.10 million euros, in an effort to get the club out of its difficult position in the Premier League, and relegation avoid.

While Juventus was second on the list of the clubs spending the most in the winter transfer market in 2022, with a spending of 97.70 million euros, ahead of Barcelona in third place, which spent 55 million euros, to join its ranks in the team renewal campaign to strengthen. by the new administration led by Joan Laporta.

Liverpool were the fourth best club, spending 45 million euros, while Everton finished fifth, with a total net expenditure of 37.50 million euros, to give his new coach, Frank Lampard, new solutions to get the club out. to get his difficult situation in the Premier League. .

Vlahovic model

Juventus’ contract with Fiorentina’s Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic for 81.60 million euros was the most expensive signing in the last winter transfer market, and the third most expensive deal ever concluded in the winter Mercato, after Philippe Coutinho moved from Liverpool to Barcelona in 2018 it (135 million euros). ), the move of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton to Liverpool in the same year (84.65 million euros).

The Serbian international is also considered the fourth most expensive transaction in the club’s history, after Cristiano Ronaldo (117 million euros), Gonzalo Higuain (90 million euros), and Matthias de Ligt (85.50 million euros).

It seems that Vlahovic has left his best record this season in Fiorentina, where he has so far not lived up to expectations, and was satisfied with scoring 6 goals and two assists, in 13 games, with which he played in all competitions . the old ladies team, compared to 20 goals and 4 assists.In 24 games he played in all competitions with Fiorentina in the first half of the season.

Vlahovic could not transfer his leading levels to Juventus, who are still struggling in the Italian league by occupying fourth place with 62 points, and face a real danger in the final rounds, in a fierce competition for the qualifying positions for the European Champions League.

Ferran Torres

Barcelona’s contract with Spanish wing Ferran Torres of Manchester City was the second most expensive deal in the winter Mercato, as it cost the Catalan club 55 million euros. An amount that places him in ninth place in the list of the most expensive purchases in the history of the Catalan club, and in second place on the list of the club’s most expensive winter transactions after Philippe Coutinho.

Ferran Torres has become an absolute key player in the plans of Xavi Hernandez, who insisted on his inclusion last January, but he is still far from the levels that justify the large amount that Barcelona paid for his services, and gets a lot of criticism after each meeting due to its lack of focus before The goal, misses several real chances to score.

Ferran Torres has played 18 matches with Barcelona in all competitions so far this season, scoring 7 goals and 5 assists, including only 4 goals in the League, while scoring two goals in the European League, and one in the Kings Cup.

Luis Diaz

The signing of Liverpool with Porto wing Luis Diaz for 45 million euros is the third most expensive deal last winter, and the most expensive deal the Reds have concluded in the January transfer window.

The Colombian star has shown some special levels with Liverpool, but in terms of points, he is still far from balancing the value of the amount he paid for. The 25-year-old has scored 3 goals and one assist in 13 games he has played for Liverpool, most of which have been off the bench, as a replacement for the brilliant Sadio Mane.

In fourth and fifth place, respectively, are Newcastle players Bruno Guimarães, whose signing from Lyon cost 42.10 million euros, and English striker Chris Wood, who joined from Burnley for 30 million euros.

Newcastle concluded 5 deals in the first transfer window for the club under the Saudi leadership, with a total value of around 102.10 million euros, in an effort to get the club out of its difficult position in the English Premier League, and to avoid relegation.

Eddie Howe’s fingerprint

Coach Eddie Howe managed to climb Newcastle from 18th to 15th place with 34 points, 10 points behind the relegation positions, and he is largely credited with this, more than the new deals, as he rearranged the team, his tactical style, and his previous experience with other clubs to avoid relegation from the English Premier League.

Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimarães, the second most expensive deal in the club’s history, played 10 games with Newcastle, 6 of them as a substitute, and scored one goal, while Chris Wood the third most expensive deal in Newcastle’s history 12 games played. , and scored only two goals. The rest of Newcastle’s three other deals were English referee Kieran Trippier of Atletico Madrid, and Brighton defender Dan Born, valued at 15 million euros each. Newcastle have also signed Aston Villa left-back Matt Targett on loan, in a deal whose value was not. revealed.

Tripper Beginnings

Trippier made a strong start with Newcastle by scoring two goals in 4 games, before suffering a metatarsal fracture, which ended his season. Dan Born played 9 games and scored a goal, and Matt Targett played 9 games in a row without any offensive effect.

The left-back of Aston Villa is in sixth place, as his contract with Everton last January cost about 30 million euros. The French international has played 10 games with Aston Villa and provided one assist.

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