From a MLS breakthrough star at Newcastle to a Barcelona exile becoming a Gunner, here are the top 5 moves from the winter window transfer deadline day
Miguel Almiron (from Atlanta United to Newcastle United)
Deemed “MLS’s finest export”, Miguel Almiron surely cost Newcastle United a lot of cash – up to 21 million pounds, breaking the club’s previous record set by the signing of Michael Own in 2005.
The 24-year-old Paraguayan playmaker has penned a five-and-a-half-year deal, meaning Newcastle aim to make him a key figure in the club’s short-term and immediate future. Considering the mix of quality and defensive skills, Almiron could quickly become a fan favourite at St James’ Park.
Peter Crouch (from Stoke City to Burnley)
Crouchy turned 38 on Wednesday, and is now known mostly for his “banter” and tweeting than for his time on the pitch. But the robot-man is ready to do it again, and could offer strength in the air to a Burnley side that need help wherever they can get it. He has scored just twice this season with Stoke City, but the swap with Sam Voakes could benefit all parties involved, regenerating the former England International.
Denis Suarez (from Barcelona to Arsenal)
The Gunners have been trying to sign the Spaniard from Barca for the entire transfer window, and have finally done it, on loan, just in time. Unai Emery has wanted him badly, after having had him as a player during his time at Sevilla, and believes he can lift the level of Arsenal’s midfield.
Without a doubt, the Barcelona man could add the quality that the Gunners have lacked in that position, gradually replacing Aaron Ramsey, who is on his way to Juventus at the end of the season.
— Denis Suarez (@DenisSuarez6) January 31, 2019
Youri Tielemans (from Monaco to Leicester City)
One of the latest deals to be sealed, with Leicester City securing the signing of one of the most interesting talented midfielders in Europe. The problems Monaco faced this season made everyone at the club look bad, but Tielemans scored five goals nonetheless and until not long ago was considered one of the potentially best central midfielders of the continent, coming third with Belgium at the last World Cup. Still only 21, Monaco paid 27 million euros to sign him from Anderlecht in the summer of 2017. To pick him up on loan seems a bargain for the Foxes.
Kostas Mitroglou (from Marseille to Galatasaray)
From the Europa League final with Marseille, back to fighting to progress in Europe with Galatasaray. The Greek striker in the Turkish capital, with a view to getting back to his best as quickly as possible. Just three goals scored this season with Marseille, and the loan to Galatasaray for the next 18 months to turn things around. Mitroglou could find the right place to get back to his best and could become a fan favourite in Istanbul.