Kingdom– There was little late drama as the January transfer window closed
on Friday, but Premier League clubs still spent over £200 million ($261
million) over the past month on new players.
AFP Sports loos at five of the biggest moves of the January
Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United)
United’s long-running interest in the Portuguese
international midfielder finally materialised in a 55 million euro (£47
million, $61 million) deal that could rise to as much as 80 million euros if
performance-related add-ons are met.
Fernandes, 25, has been a prolific goalscorer for Sporting
over the past two seasons and will offer a much-needed goal threat to a United
side devoid of the creative talents of Paul Pogba and top scorer Marcus
Rashford for the next few weeks due to injury.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed Fernandes will make his debut
when Wolves visit Old Trafford on Saturday and the Red Devils need an instant
impact from their latest big money buy as they trail Chelsea by six points in
the race for a top-four finish.
Steven Bergwijn (PSV Eindhoven to Tottenham)
Spurs’ manager Jose Mourinho did not get the striker he
desired to deputise for Harry Kane, but he does have another option in attack
with the arrival of Dutch winger Steven Bergwijn.
The highly-rated 22-year-old already has nine caps for the
Netherlands and scored 31 goals for PSV in winning three Eredivisie
Takumi Minamino (Red Bull Salzburg to Liverpool)
Liverpool are cruising towards a first Premier League title
for 30 years in large part thanks to their smart recruitment over the past few
years and Minamino could be another bargain for the European champions.
The Japanese international impressed Jurgen Klopp as
Salzburg pushed Liverpool despite twice losing narrowly to the Reds in the
Champions League group stages and was available for just £7.25 million due to a
buyout clause in his contract with the Austrian champions.
Sander Berge (Genk to Sheffield United)
Sensing the chance to qualify for Europe for the first time
in the club’s history, the Blades have splashed £22 million on talented
Norwegian midfielder Sander Berge.
Chris Wilder’s men are eighth in the table, but just one
point behind United in the Europa League places.
Mbwana Samatta (Genk to Aston Villa)
Also leaving the Belgian champions this month was Samatta,
who will become the first Tanzanian to feature in the Premier League.
A season-ending injury to Brazilian Wesley left Villa
without a natural striker and Samatta will be hoping to make a better impact at
Bournemouth on Saturday than in his debut against Leicester on Tuesday when he
missed a glorious chance as Dean Smith’s men progressed to the League Cup