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Top Five January Transfers Ever

Top Five January Transfers Ever

The winter transfer window is about to end and there haven’t been many big deals or shuffling of squads so far. The big clubs haven’t been quite active, with only Manchester City roping in Gabriel Jesus though, even that deal was finalised in the last transfer window. Everyone is looking forward to the transfer deadline day, which has always been the most interesting day of the transfer window. The winter window has it’s own pros and cons as players who join usually don’t get much time to adjust to the new club and have to perform right away and that is what usually makes or breaks a player. Fernando Torres has been the best example of this. The Spanish striker was arguably the best striker in the Premier League at that time but suddenly was roped in by Chelsea and since then he has never been the same beast as he once used to be. There have been really good signings as well and that’s what we’ll look forward to in this article.

5. Ivan Rakitic from Schalke to Sevilla

Football Soccer – Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona – Spain King’s Cup- San Mames stadium, Bilbao, Spain – 20/01/16 Athletic Bilbao’s Benat Etxebarria (L), Inigo Lekue (R) and Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic in action. REUTERS/Vincent West

One of the best midfielders in the business today, the Croatian maestro, who is the heart of Barcelona’s midfield now was one of the most low profile transfer at one point of time. Sevilla signed him for a $1.3m ¬†from the German club and it totally turned out to be a bargain for them. The Croat helped Sevilla to win the Europa league title in 2012/13 season and also became the captain of the club under Unai Emery who won 3 consecutive Europa league titles with the Seville based club. Rakitic even now is one of the favorites at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium and gets the standing ovation from the crowd unlike Sergio Ramos who is treated with whistles and negative chants. The ability of Rakitic to pick out passes accurately with both feet plus the vision he has, has made him one of the most underrated talents in the league which finally caught Barcelona’s eye when he created around 100 chances in a single season which was amongst top 5 in Europe’s top 5 leagues.

 

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