#5 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Dortmund to Arsenal for 56 million):
After the loss of Alexis Sanchez to rivals Manchester United, Arsenal needed to sign a star player to signal their intent of winning some silverware this season. They found their star player in Dortmund’s pacy striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who was on the hinges of departure after handing in a transfer request to the Dortmund front office.
After a lot of speculation, Aubameyang signed for the gunners on deadline day for a club record fee of 56 million euros.
Aubameyang is one of the best strikers in world football and has been setting the pace in Bundesliga finishing in the top-2 of the goal scoring charts for the past two seasons with a total goal count of 56 goals. He has been an effective scorer in Europe too with 18 strikes in BVB’s last 2 campaigns.
#4 Diego Costa (Chelsea to Atletico Madrid for 57 million):
Diego Costa has always been controversy’s favourite child and his transfer from Chelsea to his former club Atletico Madrid was full of it. In June of 2017, After learning that he was not a part of Conte’s plans for the future via text message, Costa decided to move back to Atletico Madrid but he had to seek legal help as he thought that Chelsea were demanding really high transfer fees for him.
After a lot of drama, Costa signed for Atletico Madrid on 1st of January for a reported fee of 57 million euros.
Costa is an extremely talented and experienced striker who has previously played in La Liga and had scored over 50 league goals for Chelsea in the past 3 seasons.
Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City for 57 million):
It came as a surprise to the footballing community when Manchester City decided to shell out over 50+ million euros for Aymeric Laporte, a player who had refused to join them in the summer of 2016 but with City fighting for silverware on all fronts Pep Guardiola decided let forgones be forgone and requested the board to sign the young French defender.
Near the end of the January transfer window Laporte signed for Manchester City at a club record fee of 57 million pounds.
Laporte fits the bill for Pep’s style of football, he can defend robustly while also has the ability to initiate offense from the back. He measures in at 6ft 3in thereby solving City’s long standing problem of defending against taller opposition.
Virjil Van Djik (Southampton to Liverpool for 75 million):
Southmpton survived the summer transfer window when they were successfully able prevent the departure of their star defender Van Djik, who at that time was being recruited by a host of big clubs.
But their efforts could not survive the January transfer window as on 27 December 2017 Van Djik was signed by Liverpool for a world record sum of 75 million.
Standing at 6ft 4in Van Djik is an aerial threat on both sides of the pitch, he is calm and composed when in possession of the ball and has strong leadership skills, two attributes Liverpool’s defence is in dire need of at the moment.
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool to Barcelona for 114 million):
With the departure of Neymar and a long term injury to his replacement Ousmane Dembele forced Barcelona to look for a target in the January transfer window. In comes Phileppe Coutinho, an extremely talented player frustrated by his club’s inability to win silverware.
Recognising Coutinio’s frustration and eagerness to leave his current club, Barcelona started campaigning vigorously for his transfer. Their hard work bore fruit as they eventually snagged him up 105 million euros from Liverpool.
A talented dribbler with a penchant for the long shot, Coutinho is a player opposition need to be wary of at both times when he is inside the box and when he is outside the box. Coutinho is one of the best in dead ball situations and has the ability to play with both feet.
– Raj Kiran