January is usually quiet for migration, but Premier LeagueWinter spending in 2022 was the second highest in history and more than half the amount (€335 million, according to transfer market) spread by the following five clubs: Everton, Norwich City, Newcastle United, Watford and Burnley.
with breaks for World Cup With the ongoing economic crisis in Qatar and globally, it is unclear how the parties will respond to the various challenges this year, but some high-profile signings have already been agreed.
Here are the grades for all the big deals for January 2023 The most recent posts are at the top; Each day is in order of maximum fees. If you don’t see a grade for a major step that has been completed, check back later.
All fees are reported unless confirmed with an asterisk.
Atlético Madrid: A-
Reminder: Barcelona paid €120 million to sign Griezmann from Atletico in 2019, then loaned him to them for two years in 2021. That debt included an obligation to perpetuate the deal for €40m In the event he played over 45 minutes in 50% of the games he was available for…which he did. A legal battle ensued and eventually financially strapped Barca halved the fee to avoid a saga. It was already one of the worst signings for Barca, and seeing Griezmann shine in a new role (advanced midfield) for France at the 2022 World Cup only adds insult to injury.
Atletico have brought the 31-year-old back on a four-year deal, something of a gamble as he hasn’t recaptured his former brilliance for them while on loan. Still, at least they don’t have to monitor his minutes anymore. If they can get the best out of his new-found midfield abilities, they will be happy counting their €100m profit.
PSV had a fee of €50m in mind and director Marcel Brands went on record a few months ago saying that if Man United had offered that much in the summer, they would have let Gacpo go. But after a great World Cup with the Netherlands, the club’s valuation remained the same. It seems they could have asked for more, even if they could get another €8m in add-ons.
That said, it’s a super move from Liverpool. Not only did they beat rivals United to the punch, but they didn’t spend too much to sign a player with 55 goals and 50 assists in 159 senior games for PSV. He is versatile and has plenty of room to develop at 23 years old. It will be a step up in quality, but Gakpo has the skills to handle it.
Central Coast Mariners: B-
18-year-old Cowell shot to fame when he became the youngest player to represent Australia since Harry Kewell and then earned a place in the World Cup squad. Such has been his rise, he only signed his first professional contract in June, so Kuol has plenty to learn. But he’s extremely valuable and the Mariners couldn’t stand in the way of his big move.
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has already said the forward will be “nurtured and developed over the next few years to get him to the right level for the Premier League” so don’t expect an immediate impact from him. Indeed, after impressing at the World Cup, the club has already received plenty of loan offers. So much for the future.
Atlético Madrid: A
The Brazil striker joined Atletico from Hertha Berlin for €25m in 2021 but has failed to find regular first-team football with seven goals in 54 appearances. His lack of minutes this season has seen him left out of the Brazil squad for the World Cup and it would be no surprise to see him move on. But Atletico need cash and have done brilliantly to get such a big transfer fee, even though it will be paid in the summer.
The initial loan agreement will be “Automatically becomes a permanent deal until 2027, should certain clauses be triggered” And sources say it will cost Wolves €40m, plus a possible €10m add-on. This seems like an extremely large fee for a player who has yet to set the world alight in La Liga, despite being only 23 and has plenty of potential.
You don’t get many chances to sign a player of Ronaldo’s caliber, so fair play to Saudi Arabia for submitting such a silly sum that he couldn’t possibly turn down. The 37-year-old will reportedly earn a salary of $75m-a-year, but it’s a strange place for one of the greatest players of all time to end his career.
If we were to give individual grades for a player’s decisions, Ronaldo’s score would be lower. While he talks about playing until he’s 40, competing at the highest level and fighting for trophies, it seems he’s only interested in money after his time at Manchester United ended badly (and he already has plenty!).