It’s almost time for the biannual celebration that is the football fan’s favourite time of the year; that’s right the January transfer window is almost over. A full day is spent with Jim Smith glued to our screens as Sky Sports news takes us through the rollercoaster ride of emotions as the rumour mill circulates as to whether or not your club will make that big money signing. To celebrate we thought we would give a rundown of some of the best January transfer window sales to English clubs.
Arriving for a meagre £7million from Spartak Moscow in January 2006 Ferguson pulled off an absolute steal with the signing of Vidic. The Serbian went on to form arguably one of the most formidable centre back partnerships the premier league has ever seen alongside the England centre back Rio Ferdinand. In fact the pair were so good together even Gerard Pique, who has gone on to win countless trophies at Barcelona, couldn’t even get a look in. Vidic remained an integral player at the club until summer 2014 when he left for Inter Milan.
Another arrival in the January 2006 window the flying Frenchman was signed from Monaco for a snippet at just £7million. Evra endured a slightly shakier start than Ferguson’s other new arrival but once the initial adjustment period was over he never looked back. Evra proved the picture of consistency and made the left back slot his own over the 8 years he was at the club. Honours won during his time include five premier league titles and a Champions league trophy.
Liverpool fans could be forgiven for being slightly hesitant at the large £22.5million transfer fee that the club paid for a relatively unknown Uruguayan striker from Ajax. However, they needn’t have worried as Suarez goal scoring prowess saw him become an icon akin to the likes of Rush, Dalglish and Torres at Anfield. Suarez came painstakingly close to helping the Merseyside club achieve their first league title sing the ‘90s in 2013/14 season only to see their title challenge fade away at the final hurdle. Still revered on the Kop to this day the striker left for pastures new when in the summer of 2014 he signed for Catalan giants F.C Barcelona.
Since Ricardo Carvalho had left Chelsea there was a void at centre back alongside club icon and skipper John Terry. The void was well and truly filled in style when Chelsea signed the powerhouse centre back from Bolton for a reported fee of £7million in January 2012. Cahill grew in stature as each game passed and soon became not only a Chelsea regular but one of the first names on the England team sheet. Honours at Chelsea include a Champions league as well as a Uefa cup and Premier league title. As of late Cahill has had to endure a stint on the side lines but with the quality and experience he has it’s only a matter of time before he is back in the fold.
The signing of Javier Mascherano from West Ham to Liverpool for £18million in January 2007 proved a shrewd move from then Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez. Mascherano arrived in England under a cloud of controversy but at Liverpool he went on to show his real quality adding some steel and fight to the heart of Liverpool’s midfield. Mascherano was one part of the formidable trio of a Liverpool midfield comprised of himself, Gerrard and Alonso, before leaving to join Barcelona in 2010.
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