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Deadline day: When does the January transfer window close?


Premier League clubs don’t have long left as they look to bolster their squads for the final push towards the end of the season.

One of the biggest transfer stories in January has been Manchester United’s pursuit of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

The Red Devils’ attempts to sign the Portuguese international hung in the balance for much of the month before he eventually signed on Thursday, the same day defender Marcus Rojo headed out to Estudiantes.

Arsenal have signed defender Pablo Mari on loan from Flamengo while Tottenham have recruited Gedson Fernandes from Benfica on loan and Steven Bergwijn from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven.

Spurs have also been loaning players out with defenders Danny Rose and Kyle Walker-Peters joining Newcastle and Southampton respectively.


Elsewhere Takumi Minamino joined Liverpool on New Year’s Day from RB Salzburg (although that deal was completed the previous month).

However there’s still a bit of time left for deals to be done.

When does the transfer window close?

Premier League and Championship clubs have until 11pm on January 31 to get their transfer targets to commit pen to paper.

If a deal looks set to go down to the wire then clubs can submit a Deal Sheet between 9pm and 11pm. They then have until midnight to apply for international clearance where necessary and submit the information needed for FIFA’s Transfer Matching System.

In Scotland the transfer window is open for another hour. Spain, Italy, Germany and France’s windows all close on January 31 too.

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However some leagues have a little longer to sign new players.

Clubs in Portugal have until February 2 while those in Russia and China have until February 21 and 27 respectively.

Which transfers have taken place so far this January?

Bruno Fernandes’ arrival at Old Trafford is the biggest deal so far in January, while Spurs have and Liverpool have bolstered there midfields with the acquisitions of Gedson Fernandes and Takumi Minamino respectively.

Other switches include Aston Villa’s loan deals for Danny Drinkwater and Pepe Reina, striker Cenk Tosun swapping Everton for Crystal Palace and Nabil Bentalab arriving at Newcastle on loan from Bundesliga side Schalke.

Ashley Young and Christian Eriksen have gone from Premier League rivals to teammates at Inter Milan
Ashley Young and Christian Eriksen have gone from Premier League rivals to teammates at Inter Milan

A lot of the January transfer talk has surrounded players leaving the Premier League, with Inter Milan snapping up Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, Ashley Young from Manchester United and Chelsea winger Victor Moses.

Other high profile transfers this month include Erling Haaland joining German giants Borussia Dortmund from RB Salzburg and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return to AC Milan.





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