2013/14 Winter Transfer Window: Thoughts

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We’re halfway through the season and smack middle of the winter. In these cold winter nights, reading that a player is joining your club can make these cold nights seems better knowing your getting a star striker or a master midfielder. I am of course talking about the January transfer window. The past month has been filled with shocking transfers and I’ll be writing about best deals that in my eyes, happened this transfer window. Aswell as a lot of transfers happened, a lot of drama occurred such as Juan Mata reacting badly when being subbed off on new years day which resulting him leaving Chelsea aswell as Matic resigning for Chelsea for a hefty fee of £21.5m, a full £20m more then they paid the first time for the Serbian international.

Robert Lewandowski
Transfer: Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich
Fee: Free transfer (joining Bayern 1/7/14)

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This was the first big transfer that happened and quite frankly, it was the most obvious. This was also the 2nd time in a row Borussia Dortmund sold a player to their major rival, first being Mario Götze for £37m and now Robert. He was an integral part of Dortmund’s Champions League campaign, most memorable being Lewandowski’s wonder game, scoring 4 goals against Real Madrid and effectively knocking them out of the Champions League in the semi-finals. He was also vital in their domestic season, finished 2nd in the top scorers list with 24 goals, 1 goal behind Kiesling who had 25. During last season, Lewandowski was linked with clubs such as Manchester United, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Bayern Munich after the Polish international declined a contract extension and said he wanted to leave last January but Klopp persuaded Robert to run down his contract before moving. From Lewandowski’s point of view, this is the perfect transfer. He’s going to a bigger club (arguably) where he can prove his worth as a striker as Bayern’s current strikers aren’t really the prolific strikers Pep is looking for that he had in Lionel Messi back at Barcelona and although he’s no Messi, he is very clinical in front of goal. He will also I feel, relish from the fact we will be playing with players like Ribery,Robben,Lahm and Schweinsteiger to name a few. He will also be reunited with former team-mate Gotze and should settle at Bayern quickly.This was very good business by Bayern Munich as they knew Robert wanted to come to the club, so instead of buying him in the summer like we all expected them to do, they waited till January so we only had 6 months left on his contract, meaning Lewandowski could sign a pre-contract with them and they can get such a world-class player on a free transfer.

Kevin De Bruyne
Chelsea to Wolfsburg
Fee: £17m

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Kevin De Bruyne was the first midfielder that was offloaded in Mourinho’s overhaul in the middle of the park and I for one, was quite surprised that Jose let him go. Regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in the world and with good reason. Kevin can score,pass,cross the lot. He was bought in by Andre Villas Boas on January transfer deadline day in 2012 from Genk for around £6.7m but was immediately loaned back to Genk for the reminder of the season. Under new boss Roberto Di Matteo, he was loaned out again this time to Bundesliga team Werder Bremen for a season long loan in which he really did announce himself to the world, getting 10 goals and 9 assists in 33 apps for Werder Bremen. Back at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho did not sell or loan out Kevin, so we all thought he was going to give the Belgian time to shine in the blue of Chelsea. We thought wrong, he was terribly underused and Jose Mourinho often got stick from fans, especially when he was in the crowd in a Belgium vs Columbia friendly whilst reportedly scouting Falcao, he got abuse from Belgian fans in the crowd for his conduct to the young midfielder. The move was good for Kevin, as he will get getting regular playing time and as for Chelsea, they have let go of a future great player so this may come back to haunt them.

Juan Mata
Chelsea to Manchester United
Fee: £37.1m

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The signing of Juan Mata was the most unexpected transfer and was met with mixed emotions from both Manchester United and Chelsea fans alike. Juan Mata came into the Premier League when he joined London club Chelsea from Valencia in 2011 for a reported £23.5m and for the next 2 seasons he stayed, he was voted Chelsea’s player of the year 2 seasons in a row and played a very important role in the Chelsea team and he also won some silverware wearing the blue shirt, the FA Cup and Champions League double in the 2011-12 season aswell as winning the Europa League last season. When Jose Mourinho came back to the Bridge, Juan Mata fell out of favour and was on the bench for majority of the matches leading up to his departure. The Spaniard’s frustrations was clearly shown as he threw a tantrum after being subbed off on new year’s day against Southampton and I think it was at that point Jose thought he didn’t want to stay as he was clearly not in his plans. He wasn’t transfer listed but with Manchester United desperately needing a creative midfielder, something that they have been missing since Paul Scholes retired and Mata looked the perfect candidate. David Moyes put in a bid for Mata which was reported to be around £40m, which would have smashed their previous transfer fee that they paid Tottenham for Berbatov. surprisingly, Chelsea accepted a bid of £37.1m by Manchester though La Liga side Athletico Madrid enquired about Juan to attempt to lure him back to Spain. The world cup winner arrived at the Carrington Training Complex on the 26th by helicopter because going by a car is too common for Juan, he likes to make statements. He was greeted by David Moyes and then by fellow countryman David De Gea and a few hours later after having a medical, he was officially a Manchester United player and was given the number 8 shirt, the former number of Anderson who was loaned out to Fiorentina earlier in the transfer window. For Manchester United getting midfielder was a must and they have bought in one of the best midfielders in the premier league and will could be the difference between getting a top 4 spot and Juan is not cup-tied in the Champions League as he did not feature for Chelsea in Europe earlier in the season. The move is great for Mata as he will be getting regular minutes and this being a world cup year and with the competition he is up against for a spot in the squad, he needs as much playing time as possible.

This month saw a lot of interesting transfers and I hope to see the players succeed at their new clubs.


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